A couple of summers ago, we visited Quebec City and stayed at L’Hotel Port-Royal in the lower town. I found the view of the street corner in front of the hotel endearing, especially a brick building with a curious mural that had been painted on the side of it. The mural said “Cigarettes Sweet,” or perhaps it meant “Sweet Cigarettes” (as it was probably an ad, the text may have been purposely reordered for effect).
I tinkered with painting one of my photos of this corner for well over a year. It took a while for the image to unfold, both in my mind and on my drawing monitor, partly because I kept putting it away for periods of time and working on other things. When it finally started taking shape, I just wanted to have fun with it and that’s how “Canadian Wildlife” came to be.
I had the first two prints made of it not long ago. They are 16″x20″ giclee prints, printed with archival inks on archival paper. They were printed by local photographer Mark Peterson. It’s hard to believe, but Mark’s been printing my work for at least 9 years now! (Maybe longer…I may be losing track at this point.)
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