Covid Creativity: 14Aug2020

by Olga Harhaj

We recently moved to South Lancaster and I have been looking at a few ideas for painting. We live close to the Lancaster Wharf so I decided to take a few pictures for ideas there. This is how this scene came about for my painting called Homeward Bound. Done in oil on stretched canvas. It is one of the paintings I submitted for the art show at the Glengarry Pioneeer Museum and one of the paintings I painted in May during Covid. 

Homeward Bound, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

Scottish Mona Lisa was painted in April this year. I actually painted one painting per month this year except for July. Needed a break!

Since moving recently to South Lancaster I discovered that there is a large Scottish heritage in the area of Glengarry. I decided to pay homage to all the Scottish descendants around Glengarry with my version of the Scottish Mona Lisa. The idea for this painting was suggested to me by Lesa at the Trading Post Studio. I also feel the painting is a great conversation piece!

Scottish Mona Lisa, oil on canvas, 16 x 12 in.

Collectif members, send an image (or a few) of very recent work to with up to 100 words describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling & how creativity helps. We’d like an informative, inspiring show & tell. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt.


  1. Hi Olga, I haven’t seen the museum show yet but I look forward to seeing your paintings. Homeward Bound has a lovely feel to it and of course I love the wry sense of humour in Scottish Mona Lisa. Good for you! Brenda


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