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The abbey in oil: a work in progress

Frank at work

Several months ago, Ken commissioned a painting of Acorn Abbey from a local artist, Frank Duncan. Frank is a celebrity in these parts. He’s also a neighbor. We asked Frank to unapologetically get in touch with his inner Thomas Kinkade and do interesting things with light and imagination. The painting will go in a rather large and very empty space above the mantel. The painting is coming along nicely.

The watercolor “sketch,” which is a kind of blueprint for the oil painting. We chose a composition that emphasizes life and exuberance by putting the garden and orchard in the foreground and letting the house risk getting lost in the woods. Lots of little animals will be hidden here and there in the painting, like Easter eggs.

The photograph that was used to lay in the painting’s composition and perspective

A Frank Duncan painting

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