"Paddling Portrait of Bill Mason"
©2007, 17" by 21", Watercolour
I based this painting on Ken Buck's photograph of Bill Mason paddling his classic red canoe in Old Woman's Bay on Lake Superior.
The image was classic Bill: red cedar canoe, checkered shirt, red bandana, canvas packs and big white beard.
The original photo was slightly out of focus because it was a wide-angle shot taken from a fair distance away, so I sharpened it up a little. Also, I removed some large rocks that jutted up out of the water so that the canoe, and the ripples that it carves in the water are the focus. Lastly, I added the only thing that was, in my mind, missing: his beat-up old hat.
Paddling Portrait of Bill Mason
Reproductions of my art are available printed either on paper or canvas. Both formats are signed by me, the artist, and are high quality, full-colour prints of a high resolution scan or photograph of the original painting. All prints are inspected to ensure that the colours match the source and created using inks that are guaranteed to resist both fading and UV light.
These are printed on high quality paper to give them the look and feel of the original painting. In terms of the dimensions listed, please keep in mind that they are approximate. Since I custom mat and frame the prints myself, I reproduce them at specific sizes so that when they are matted to standard matting dimensions, the mat-board borders are consistent widths on all sides. It’s because of this that I highly recommend that you upgrade to the matted version (seriously, go do it now).
Now, if you've ordered a print that is not a standard sized when matted, then I highly recommend that you go back and order it in a frame. As described in the sister section Frames, I do all my own framing using reclaimed wood and am affordable.
If you want to avoid matting and framing altogether, then I suggest that you order the canvas option. I stretch the canvases myself using reclaimed wood and, with a profile that is an inch and a half thick, the art will make a strong statement on your wall.