Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Gardens at Lion Hill

I finished this pastel this week. It is based on a photograph taken in the 1960s. The garden was the brain child of my Mother and was created by her and my Grandmother. This picture shows it in August when all the different colored daisies where in bloom. In the background one can just see the old house which was our summer home. The property was located on a hill over looking the Niagara River in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. We named it Lion Hill because of the stone lion who slept on the lawn near the front of the house.
Unfortunately, neither the house nor the garden exists any longer. A few years after we sold it, the house, which was about 160 years old, burned to the ground. The property was abandoned and, of course, the garden died out. We took the lion with us and he now sleeps in an ivy patch in the garden of a house in Buffalo, New York.

1 comment:

AltheaP said...

How restful and quiet your work is Martha. I love the pastels you've been doing.

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry Davis Thoreau