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Watercolor pencil and pastel on Stonehenge paper. 22×30″This is a Memorial piece…it hangs in Victoria Sick Childrens Hospial in London Ontario , Canada…Toronto Maple Leaf SweatersThe boys are around 9 or 10 yearsFace Off was a commissioned piece….A couples 12 year old son died from cancer….Before he past he wanted to go to a Toronto Maple Leafs game and they let him shoot a puck into the net..Victoria Hospital for Sick Kids gave me a commission to do a painting of some young boys playing hockey with Toronto Maple Leaf sweaters on…so I went to an arena one Saterday morning and saw some kids with the sweaters on and they let me take some photographs.I put a composition together and I came up with this painting..I thought a ’ face off ’ was a good idea and made up the back ground that was really fun..The way families look watching there kids play hockey.. I wanted it to look like a hockey game and have the look of an arena with the ice ….to also make it look cold in there..I new I could do this with the colors I chose....Victoria Hospital gave this painting to the parents for donating money for a new wing for the hospital…and then the parents donated it to the terminal ward in Sick Kids where it hangs with a plac on it….The hospital had "Face Off printed and gave a print to the parents..I received a letter from the parents telling me what a great job I had done in capturing their son on the ice ….I had never met their son or had ever seen a picture of him but I realized then that “Face Off” had a power to help heal the process of there grief. They recogized something in the painting that they could identify with..Since then I have done quite a few memorial pieces and I realize the importance of them because they keep the grieving company and help them remember all the wonderful moments they had spent with their lost ones.

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I am a self taught portrait artist and photographer from Canada. I joined RB 2009. Most of my work is done in watercolor pencil, graphite, and pastel.

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  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 5 years ago

    Brilliant painting Margaret. I just love it.

  • Thankyou Jacquik.

    – Margaret Harris

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 5 years ago

    I just love these home-grown works.

  • Thankyou Al…are you a Canadian?

    – Margaret Harris

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 5 years ago

    Excellent work Margaret.

  • Thankyou Brian.

    – Margaret Harris

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 5 years ago

    Wonderful

  • Thankyou Squealia

    – Margaret Harris

  • artisan-market
    artisan-marketover 5 years ago

    Love everything about this watercolor including limited palette,composition and choice of subject.

  • Thankyou Natasha…this was a memorial piece

    – Margaret Harris

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    awesome;

  • Thankyou Scott I’m glad you like my work…this was a memorial piece ..it hangs in a childrens hospital.

    – Margaret Harris

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoabout 5 years ago

    What a wonderful piece Margaret. I love the blue and the soft faded look of the crowd. It really brings such wonderful focus to the players. This must be such a treasure in the Childrens hospital. I’m sure they LOVE IT!! GREAT JOB!!

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...about 5 years ago

    A very real story and you have capture the essence of 2 lads having their fun, I am sure the children really appreciate seeing this in their ward – it at least speaks of hope! Wonderful Work as always Magaret!

  • Thankyou Pam for taking the time to read this story and for your interest in my work xxx

    – Margaret Harris

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganabout 5 years ago

    This is so Canadian, Margaret, and a part of every young child’s experience growing up in this country. I am so pleased it is hanging in such a very special place. Beautiful piece of work. I am in awe.

  • Thankyou so much Bev! Ya it is really Canadian…did you read the story about this . It is a memorial tribute.

    – Margaret Harris

  • Cathy Amendola
    Cathy Amendolaabout 5 years ago

    Oh MAN you are good!!! LOVE this Margaret!!!! The folds, the stance…you can ‘feel’ the little humans under those uniforms!
    Cathy

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