Working Sugar Bush 16" x 20" O/C
What we see in the painting above is a working sugar house in a sugar bush. The horses, pulling the sap from the maple trees to the sugar shack for processing to maple sugar is rather "old world" in the present and larger sugar bush.
In today's world, the maple sap is gathered from trees using plastic hose, running from tree to tree and then to the sugar house. Certainly not a romantic nor nostalgic as we imagined the view just a few years ago, is it ?
On top of the sugar shack we see the escape of the water from the sap as vapour/ steam during the boiling off process. The liquid that remains in the large kettle after this process is Maple Syrup.
The colours derived for this painting were created from my usual limited palette. My medium was Odourless Mineral Spirits, used sparingly.