Collins Inlet, Georgian Bay, SCULPTED PAINTING of GEORGIAN BAY · Mar 23, 05:14 PM

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


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