Pearl Mist Cruise Ship at Midland Town Dock · 48 days ago

What an arrival to Midland.

This brand new cruise ship was seen docked at Midland Town Dock and what a nice sight to see! Midland residents and businesses and Mayor Gord McKay were all very pleased to welcome the ship to town!

Visit their website at Pearl Mist Cruise

I think they need some of our beautiful Georgian Bay images in their suites!

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  • The Pearl Mist Cruise Ship at Midland Town Dock, August 2014
  • View of Midland from the upper deck of Pearl Mist Cruise Ship.
  • Pearl Mist Cruise Ship leaving Midland Town Dock.
  • Spirits of Killarney
    Acrylics on Sculpted Mahogany
    42 x 65 AVAILABLE
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  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Acrylics on Sculpted Mahogany
    27.5 x 35.5 SOLD
    Finished painting.
  • Claustro Sculpted Paintings, Claustro Gallery Feb 2012

— Carol Currie


McGregor Bay Painting · 83 days ago

This painting was commissioned by a very dear friend. It is a view from her family’s cottage of McGregor Bay looking towards La Cloche mountains.

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  • Reference Photo for McGregor Bay.
  • McGregor Bay
    Acrylics on Panel
    24 x 48 Commission
    SOLD
  • McGregor Bay
    work in progress
  • McGregor Bay
    work in progress ... almost done.
  • McGregor Bay
    details up close
  • McGregor Bay
    up close detail of bushes
  • McGregor Bay
    close up detail of boulder
  • McGregor Bay in Claustro gallery.

— Carol Currie


Midland Public Library Acoustic Panel Artwork · 83 days ago

This reproduction of Sculpted Painting, Spirits of Killarney (see original artwork at this link), was created in cloth as an acoustic panel for Midland Public Library in accordance to John Meyer, Acoustic Engineer, of Newform Research

54.5” x 96”

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  • Cloth Acoustic Panel at Midland Public Library.
  • Cloth Acoustic Panel, Midland Public Library.

— Carol Currie


Western Islands, Georgian Bay, 42 x 108 · 159 days ago

Studied from a beautiful boat trip with the client, and followed by two overhead flights, this painting is a commission of Western Islands Georgian Bay.

Stu created a stunning seamless smooth surface wood panel for me to paint on.

Being that the painting was 42” x 108” and weighing over 90 pounds, Stu created bracing and installation anchors, both fastened to the piece, and a second matching one for the wall.

Remote Georgian Bay … The Western Islands! Located over twenty kilometres from the mainland, the Western Islands are as remote as remote gets in Georgian Bay. The Western Islands are nothing more than a lonely grouping of rocks, so far offshore that nothing else is visible but water and sky. In all directions there is only the horizon, a reminder that our time here is limited.

The first four photos are taken from the Southern Group of the Western Islands where a 45 foot lighthouse dated in 1895 stands to protect the Islands.

To view the other research trips we have taken to this location, follow these links;
Boat Trip August 2010, First flight at 7000 feet altitude March 2012, Second flight at 500 feet altitude May 2012

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  • Reference photo for sketch. Horizon and islands have changed position ... the piece will be much more dramatic than the photo.
  • Finalized sketch for Western Islands Sculpted Painting, 42 x 108
  • Western Islands
    Acrylics on Panel
    42 x 108 SOLD
  • Laminating the hanging bracket to panel.
  • laminating two braces on the back for hanging.
  • Lower under plastic, is the wood panel for painting, and above the plastic is the hanging bracket for the wall.
  • First application of paint!!!
  • Western Islands (left painting) all blocked in with first coats of paint.
  • Stu and Geoff positioning the piece for the photo shoot.
  • Western Islands, CLOSEUP
  • Western Islands, CLOSEUP
  • Western Islands, CLOSEUP
  • Approaching the Lighthouse of the Western Western Islands. Seriously, that's what they are called.
  • Seriously, it looks like something in the Carribean, or the Mediterranean .. but it's Georgian Bay! Okay, the water was a little colder.
  • And yes, HUGE trees finding growth amongst this harsh landscape and winds.
  • Western Islands
  • And as we circle the Westerns, no sight of land in the distance. So wonderfully remote.
  • Another Island we have yet to explore by land .. but I hear it's a beauty too!
  • Closer yet, and you can still see the lighthouse.

— Carol Currie


Collins Inlet, Georgian Bay, SCULPTED PAINTING of GEORGIAN BAY · 183 days ago

The Spirit of Georgian Bay, 27” x 82.5” x 3.25” Acrylics on Sculpted Mahogany.

Seemingly marking the changes of water heights, this painting, inspired by a photograph taken by our client of Collins Inlet in 2006, shows skeletal features, facial masks and structures smoothened by the wind effect of the motion of water. We chose to remove the trees and sky, and engineer the mounting to allow the piece to spin so there was no ‘right direction’ for the piece to hang. This way the piece will change and new spirits will come alive in every direction.

Stu took 3 × 1.5” layers of mahogany, 1/4” solid aluminum plate with fastened bar to mahogany to create the wood structure. Then well over 8 months later, the piece finished out at 27” x 82.5” x 3.25”, 101 pounds, and the carving was complete.

And who knows how many hours, but over 4 months later, Carol completed the painting with up to seven translucent coatings of fluid acrylics.

Visit The full carving process of The Spirit of Georgian Bay at our link

The history of how this piece came to be from the moment of conception in 2006, to the last brush stroke in 2014 is a beautiful story of love, passion, creativity which marks a period in the lives of three creative people.

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  • Reference photo taken by R. Weber, Collins Inlet, Georgian Bay.
  • The Spirit of Georgian Bay
    Horizontal Rockscape view
  • The Spirit of Georgian Bay
    Acrylics on Sculpted Mahogany
    March 2014
  • The finale of The Spirit of Georgian Bay.
  • The Spirit of Georgian Bay: Primed, one coat of paint, final painting.
  • closeup showing the landscape within.
  • Some amazing smooth lines are coming together now!
  • Looking good!
  • Epoxy coating.
  • And after cleanup and epoxy coating.
  • The 'hills' are coming into focus.
  • After exposing the wood while carving, Stu seals the piece with epoxy.
  • Carving with third layer taken from upper floor. Still work in progress.
  • Carving without projection, and with the third layer added on.
  • The shaping is starting to form slowly.
  • Mahogany from other end.

— Carol Currie