Thursday, 10 August 2017

Lake Kushog

“A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.” (Gaston Bachelard)

This is a watercolour that I started a couple of years ago as a plein air sketch, found it again and finished it this week. It is a view of Lake Kushog in the Algonquin Highlands south of Dorset, Ontario. In 1860 Kushog Lake was called Kakwakshebemahgog on some maps and Kahshahgahwige-mog on the survey. This is Ojibwa meaning “that which doesn’t run straight, with a lot of narrows where you can see through or beyond.” Probably Kushog is a corruption or slang version of these longer names.

Lake Kushog (14” x 10”)

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