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Experience Hamilton Harbour Through Art
BY Deb Mack
ON March 1, 2017
Lighthouses, shells, boats, ships & shipwrecks, all appeal to me. The cry of seagulls, the sound of the ocean, the lapping of water on rocks, the haunting sound of a foghorn. And although I haven’t done it in years…going fishing.

…could it be because I’m the water sign, CANCER.
…could it be because my childhood summer Sundays were spent fishing on the Grand River, Cayuga with my family and later Port Maitland near the lighthouse.
 
ARCTIC BLUE
This charming old tug boat was docked at Hamilton Harbour for many a season, until one day it was gone. I considered it the Harbour’s mascot, as it was a fixture across from William’s Café for so long. I’m so glad I immortalized it with a painting and poem to be enjoyed for many more years to come.
 
 
HARBOUR RIDE
My next Hamilton Harbour painting, “Harbour Ride”. The setting sun, the brilliant sky and silhouettes appearing here and there. A bicycle rides past under the lamp post.
 
 
SAIL AWAY
The freedom in the sky of a soaring bird.
The grace of a swan on a summer’s day
I match to those sailing boats gliding in the water
The waters of the Hamilton Bay.
 
 
GONE FISHING
This yellow little fishing boat looked lovely in front of the fall foliage of the Bay.
 
 
HAMILTON HARBOUR TOURS
If you haven’t enjoyed a tour of our Harbour on this sightseeing boat, you should with some local history thrown in. Double fun when the tall ships were here.
 
 
THE FROG PRINCE OF MELDRUM BAY
This painting started out from a photo I took of lily pads near the gazebo at Bayfront Park. I added the frog, some layers, magical scenery and a name of a place in Manitoulin Island.
 
 
LET’S SKATE AT PIER 8
If you ever want to do a painting of everyday people having fun doing an everyday thing, the Harbour is the place to be. I loved the colourful outfits, the family outing, the experienced ones and the learners, it was all good.
 
 
Author Bio - Deb Mack
Nature has always been a big influence in my creative works. I find beauty in simple subjects and nature’s textures, light and colours. When I’m not painting the layers of my garden, I’ve painted historic Hamilton, Hamilton Harbour, still life, everyday people, amd a taste of fantasy. My photography often inspires my paintings on canvas or rock.

As a self-taught artist, born in Hamilton, I began with oil painting in my teens and dabbled years in between only seriously getting back into painting with acrylics the last seven yrs or so.

For more of Deb's art, visit her website here.
Nature has always been a big influence in my creative works. I find beauty in simple subjects and nature’s textures, light and colours. When I’m not painting the layers of my garden, I’ve painted historic Hamilton, Hamilton Harbour, still life, everyday people, amd a taste of fantasy. My photography often inspires my paintings on canvas or rock.

As a self-taught artist, born in Hamilton, I began with oil painting in my teens and dabbled years in between only seriously getting back into painting with acrylics the last seven yrs or so.

For more of Deb's art, visit her website here.

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