This is the painting as of May 23, 2021. It has been blocked in and I’m moving along with the rough detailing.
I’m adding a bit of history of the Ohio Erie Canal when it was just opening up the “Northwest Territory” to put this picture into context.
The Northwest Territory, 1787
The Northwest Territory was established in 1787 and included all the then-owned land of the United States west of Pennsylvania, east of the Mississippi River, and northwest of the Ohio River. It incorporated most of the former Ohio Country except a portion in western Pennsylvania, and eastern Illinois Country. It covered all of the modern states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, as well as the northeastern part of Minnesota.
Lands west of the Mississippi River were the Louisiana Province of New France (acquired by the United States in 1803 by the Louisiana Purchase); lands north of the Great Lakes were the British Province of Upper Canada, and lands south of the Ohio River constituted Kentucky County, Virginia.
You must keep in mind that just 16 years later, in 1803, Ohio became the 17th State, and less than 25 years later, The Ohio Erie Canal was a reality. The time frame of this painting was in the early days of the canal.
The Ohio Erie Canal ran from Cleveland to Portsmouth on the Ohio and was the only practical way of for farmers to get their grain to market. Most of the canal at this time was still running between small towns, through the uncut forests of Ohio.
This painting was meant to depict such an area between the village of Zoar and Roscoe Village near Coshocton Ohio.
And so until next time – – –