Art from then and now: as “The Dude” Lebowski would say, it ties the room together.

The newest artwork to adorn the walls of the Manse is a picture of: the Manse! It’s a photograph by our friend, neighbour and excellent photographer Dave deLang, using techniques that I do not begin to understand, that make it look as much like a painting as a photograph.

There are a lot of creative people in Hastings County generally and Queensborough particularly, and Dave deLang is one of them. I first met Dave through this blog, when he offered some helpful and knowledgeable suggestions about insulation and renovations and such. And then it turned out that he was a photographer, and a very fine one at that. If you go here you will see the gorgeous photo he shared of what he calls an “Angel Sunset” in the Queensborough area; and if you go here, you will see many other of his stunning photos.

Anyway, one very early morning a while back, unbeknownst to us, Dave came by the Manse and made the above early-morning-at-the-Manse photo. I posted the photo full-frame here, and as you can see, it looks like an amazing cross between a photo and a painting. Here’s how Dave explained what he had done, and it will mean something to some of you but I’m afraid it’s a bit over my head: “Pastel rendered in Photoshop and Corel Painter.”

We loved the picture and asked Dave if we could get a framed print of it, and he very kindly made all the arrangements. And a highlight of our last very busy weekend at the Manse was stopping by Dave’s place to pick up the finished product, which we are delighted with. It now hangs on the wall of the Manse’s living room – a room that, in its totally unrenovated state complete with 50-some-year-old curtains and a mishmash of furniture and boxes of books, is the definition of “work in progress.” But it is made infinitely more attractive thanks to Dave’s work of art.

And, thanks to a little bit of magic from the past, we are able to display it in conjunction with another artwork featuring the Manse, this one done in the mid-1960s by then-Queensborough painter Norah Hiscock as a commission from my father, The Rev. Wendell Sedgwick. That painting has been kicking around in my family ever since, and recently it has been returned to the very spot where it hung through the years Rev. Sedgwick and his family (that would be us) lived there.

The Manse as Art x 2: At left, a painting of the house done in the mid-1960s by Queensborough artist Norah Hiscock; at right, Dave deLang’s photo from 2012. Both hanging in the Manse’s living room, on either side of the curtains that date from the same era as the Norah Hiscock painting: my long-ago childhood.

I love the old and the new pieces of art being together, and I love both the pictures. As Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski of the great and hilarious Coen Brothers movie The Big Lebowski would say: “They really tie the room together.”

3 thoughts on “Art from then and now: as “The Dude” Lebowski would say, it ties the room together.

  1. Wow, seriously nice picture-painting. Would love to have such a talented guy “do” the Money Pit. I have some good shots of our house. Can he work with those? Love to meet Dave. I am always fascinated by the wonderfully talented people that sneak into our backwoods community, usually totally unannounced. These “outcomers” are the ones that appreciate the area the most..We have far to many natives that have the attitude; “If this wasn’t Madoc, I’d say it was beautiful.” We need more of you talented folk to move into our corner of the world!

    • It really is wonderful, but perhaps not surprising, that talented people find our area. After all, as we know, it is beautiful and largely unspoiled – and, as you suggest, they are able to see that beauty with the fresh eyes of an “outcomer.” I have checked with Dave whether it’s okay to pass on his co-ordinates and will do so back-channel, Grant.

  2. I know that in Newfoundland, folks who move in are called offcomers. I have changed it a bit, i.e. folks who have had about enough of the city look for a bit of peace and quiet and the OUTCOME is a place north of seven, thus, they are outcomers to me….G

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