Saturday, January 13, 2007

Manitoulin Island

These old cement houses and split rail fences are hauntingly beautiful, and are one of the things that make this island unique. I noticed a photo of one on Our Manitoulin last night when I checked out island blogs. According to Life on Mantioulin this is "de-lurking week". I guess this might be a good time to mention that the new blogger format has allowed me to re-configure my comments section. So if you have been trying to comment on this blog and haven't been able to, well, now you can! Another well maintained island blog is Dylon Whyte's. Dylon is my website designer who also happens to be an author of chain mail jewelery books. Last but not least is Freshisle Fibers, a knitting and dyeing blog that I am thrilled to discover and shall return to. Yes, we are an interesting bunch of bloggers here on Manitoulin Island.


  1. I love this painting. The few remaining shells of homesteads around the island evoke the presence of mysterious and subdued spirits, and the range in this painting captures that for me.

  2. Yes, I feel the same. I think about the women who lived in them and what it must have been like. I did some research into who lived in this house. The title of this painting is "She outlived three sons and a husband".

  3. Judy, is that the same house that Our Manitoulin had a photo of on his blog? There's this one particular house on Hwy 6 that always catches my attention.

    Once again, I love your work. You truly capture the spirit and emotion through your art.

  4. Janet Patterson10:06 pm

    Judy - It is so uplifting to visit your blog! It never fails to inspire and provoke.

    Thank you!

  5. Chrissy, this painting is of the Halcrow House on Highway 6 that overlooks 10 mile point. I think that the Our Manitoulin photo is of a different house, between Manitowaning and South Baymouth. I appreciate the supportive feedback you've given me over the past months on this blog.

    Janet, I'm so glad you made a comment. Great to hear from you.

  6. Anonymous5:13 pm

    Judy, The painting of the Halcrow House is especially meaningful as well as a great piece of art, it's the home of my husband's grandmother. She was born and raised there along with eight siblings. Married a fellow from the one room school house and lived out her days on the Manitoulin, raising seven children of her own. Her parents were from the Shetlands.

  7. I would love to talk further with you about the history of this house. When I did the series of paintings and small quilts I did some research on your husband's family. Please email me.


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