07 - Silver Lake Reclaimed (5 x 7 in. Oil on canvas, framed)
26 November finds me painting the view across a snow-patched meadow that used to be the north half of Silver Lake in Port Dover, Ontario. The Misner Dam was lowered for safety reasons two years ago and since then the river has returned to its old channel along the east side of this exuberant meadow of Goldenrod, Asters, Purple Loosestrife, Nettles, and Vervain, with thickets of Willows and Honey Locust. I can only see the river channel as a dark shadow between the tall herbs on its banks from where I stand on a picnic table to start my painting.