Covid Creativity: 13Oct20

by Olga Harhaj

Since moving from Lachine to South Lancaster late last year I have been motivated to paint the new scenes I see around me as I take my walks near the lake shore by the wharf. I always have my camera phone ready with me in case I see something that inspires me.

This spring, during Covid, I took a picture along the shore near the wharf which inspired me to paint this oil painting in September.

By the Wharf, oil on stretched canvas, 11 x 14 in.

I loved the composition and dash of burnt sienna that brought warmth to the picture. Hope you enjoy it too!

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.


    • Thank you Alison! I really enjoyed painting the scene. Lately though, I have been painting so many scenes with trees which I am not used to so hopefully I have been improving.

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  1. I like the moodiness of this painting. There must have been a soft wind blowing the pampas grass and creating the ripples on the water.
    btw, Lachine is my hometown though I haven’t lived there since 1970. Have you done paintings of the Lachine waterfront? maybe the iconic lighthouse?


    • Hi Susan, thank you for the comment and yes I have done one painting of the Lachine canal recently. I had posted it on the Facebook page “Lachine Then and Now” of which I am still a member.


  2. Amazing work Olga, I had to check if it was a picture looks so realistic.
    It fells like November just before the snow comes. Love it.


    • Thanks Sue, My painting style is more realistic but I still try to make it look like it was painted. I started out sketching and painting portraits so that is where the realism kicks in.


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