Strathmere, Windy Day

Joyce Frances Devlin

BIRTH PLACE Fort Fraser, British Columbia

What colours come to mind when you think of a windswept landscape? Bright swathes of red and orange offset the greens and blues in this Strathmere scene by artist Joyce Frances Devlin. A bold orange is painted underneath the landscape – the colour peeks out from behind the scene, spills out in the foreground, and infuses the work with a sense of lively energy. Can you spot the hints of orange behind the clouds? Known for her vibrant paintings, Devlin uses vivid colour to convey the spirit and character of a place in her landscape scenes. She has lived and worked in the Ottawa region since 1965.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATE 1975
DIMENSIONS 142.2cm x 111.8cm x 2.5cm
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
Loose brushstrokes paint a landscape of various green trees and fields, with a fence alongside a grey road that runs from the foreground on the left across to the right. There is a blue sky above layered with white, blue and cream clouds. A bold orange is painted underneath the scene, with plenty of the undercoat seen in the foreground of the image.

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