Muskoka Manor, 12″x14″, oil on canvas. For sale on etsy.
For those of you unfamiliar with Ontario, Muskoka is cottage country just north of Toronto. It’s a lovely place, but I won’t go there as it’s north of Barrie, Ontario and I won’t go north of Barrie, Ontario. The issue is that I tend to attract wildlife. Skunks, raccoons, snakes, and of course, bears. The last time I ventured north of Barrie was for a friend’s wedding. It was a lovely wedding, held at a resort near Muskoka. It had a nice beach and plenty of beautiful scenery, but when I walked out into the parking lot of the hotel, I encountered a mother bear and two cubs. This was on the heels of staying at another friend’s cottage in Muskoka and encountering water snakes and spiders the size of quarters. Spiders the size of quarters may sound like nothing to people who live in warmer climates, but the one advantage of enduring mind numbing cold six months of the year is that we tend to go without that kind of creature. Except, well, north of Barrie. So, this is what I imagine Muskoka to look like in the winter with a polka dot horse and pet pigs wearing warm sweaters.