Black Sheep Gallery It is raining in Nova Scotia. The leaves are falling and we can smell the smoke from the wood stoves burning in the neighbourhood. We will soon be looking at a snowy countryside like the one in Maud Lewis’ painting of a sleigh ride, one of four paintings we have added to our web site. All four paintings were purchased near the end of Maud’s life. Both Maud and Everett were feeling their age and Maud was having difficulty keeping up with the demand for her paintings. She had started to use red markers on the roof of the church and the boats in the harbour because Everett was finding it hard to keep up with her demand for paint. Even though these paintings are not as strong as some of her earlier paintings they still are delightful creations from Maud’s memory of rural Nova Scotia.

On a sadder note, Donald Armstrong passed away on October 9th at the age of 103. Donald was a diary farmer and when he retired decided to try carving as a way of passing the time. He prided himself on the authenticity and accuracy of his work and travelled extensively throughout the farming areas of Nova Scotia searching for old farm equipment to study and to use as models for his carvings. Donald was a true gentleman and always a pleasure to visit. To experience a glimpse of Donald enjoying his life and his art, visit our videos of him at our Artist Videos link.

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