THE ALLEY, a painting of a typical alley found behind the houses of some of the first cities in Ontario, is a compelling piece. A warm colour palette in the houses set against the cool snow and deep blue of a night sky make this painting both serene and unusual. Complementary solid wood frame custom made by the artist sets off the piece perfectly.
Framed size: 25 1/2" x 21 1/2" Image size: 20" x 16".
Available at Cedar Lake Studios, 19 Ainslie St. N. Cambridge or contact Cedar Lake for cost of packing and shipping. Hand delivery within Southwestern Ontario is available for a fee.
The Artist: David C. Armstrong started painting as a boy, growing up in Ottawa, Ontario. He studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and then at the Art Center Los Angeles. In L.A. he instructed at the Butler Fine Arts School. He has painted in three primary mediums. In Toronto, he painted abstracts and figures. Moving to the Georgian Bay area, he painted in the footsteps of the Group of Seven, establishing his reputation as an oil painter. In the early 90's, when he relocated to Brentwood Bay just outside Victoria, BC he painted the island villages, the rugged coast, and the West Coast sky, mostly in watercolour. Since returning to Ontario he has been using acrylics “and my work is larger and looser because of it”. David tailor-makes his own frames from white pine or basswood for each painting. The frames are wide, painted to show layers of colour in the old traditional way of gesso with a patina worked into the surface, and appropriate to his style of painting. ”As an easel artist, I paint vertically and directly. Most paintings are done 'a la prima'. I paint where I am; and farms, villages, and urban landscapes are frequent themes.” “I paint with a young boy’s enthusiasm, and an old man’s eye!”