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.
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.”