THE ART OF BUYING ART: The Majesty of Huron

THE ART OF BUYING ART: The Majesty of Huron--Large Wall Art


The Request:

“We live on the shore of Lake Huron, and I love its majesty especially when the sunlight comes breaking through the clouds. It needs to a large painting for our living room that will hang opposite our picture window looking out on the shore of the Lake. Can you do that?”

A reasonable request except I’m a Toronto based artist who had never seen Lake Huron let alone experience the image being requested! So thanks to Google Images I began a deep dive (no pun intended) to find images that would help me come up with an image that the clients would like. Luckily there were many looks to choose from…so many in fact that I had a difficult time picking one. The solution? I painted three small studies to show the clients various images to see which one they would like me to pursue. Here they are:



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They liked all three but perhaps not surprisingly the third one really captured the sunlight breaking through the clouds, which they loved.

So our next discussion was the size. They wanted BIG in order to properly represent the grandeur of the lake. Based on the size of their wall we all agreed that 48”x72” would be the perfect size. We also made sure this would fit in their SUV so they would not need to have it shipped.

They went back to Lake Huron and I started my work.

 I wanted to paint an image that would create some ambiguity between the sunlight hitting the clouds and the sunlight hitting the water and also by establishing multiple horizon lines. Nature often presents images that are so atmospheric they could be viewed and interpreted in a number of ways.

And here is the result:


THE ART OF BUYING ART: The Majesty of Huron--Large Wall Art

The good news is that the clients loved not only the finished product but they also like the studies so much they bought all there of them as well!


Here’s what they had to say:

“We are the proud owners of "Breaking Through at Dusk - Lake Huron" by Dan Brambilla. Working with Dan on this commission was truly a pleasure. Our friends are still commenting on how well he has captured the experience of living on Lake Huron.”


So if you are looking for a painting of your favourite body of water, give me a call!





Dan is a Toronto based award winning artist who has been painting for over 25 years. Dan’s passion is interpreting the primordial images of sky, horizon and water as viewed through the child-like-eyes of our prehistoric ancestors…images which are now burned into our modern collective unconscious. Dan imagines how these images were experienced and translates them into an atmospheric, minimalistic and somewhat surrealistic style representing the essence of what has enthralled us for millennia. Collectors of Dan’s artwork often describe the visual experience as: “Walking into a dream. This is the most serene, peaceful and ethereal art we have ever seen."