First Citizens (House on Mill Street)

First Citizens

First Citizens

Acrylic on canvas, 20” x 16”  $295.

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Woodstock’s first citizens are her historic homes and – sometimes overlooked – the trees that stand beside them. I discovered these two at 121 Mill Street, now the home of a veterinary hospital.

First Citizens sketchThe tree and the house reminded me of two old friends, or perhaps a long-married couple. For the finished painting, I showed this relationship by subtly altering the sizes of the house and the tree, pulling them closer together. The original sketch at the right shows the “real” physical proportions of the two relative to each other.

Since I finished painting First Citizens, the old tree has been cut down and taken away. Only the old house now remains, beautiful but alone.

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