“Umbrellas aka The Cake Shoppe”

Umbrellas (aka The Cake Shoppe); undated; watercolour on paper; 56×37.5 cm

In the late 1960s Tinning explored his new neighbourhood looking for inspiration and experimenting with various genre, styles and media. This undated work likely from the late 1960s  is in the immediate area of his new studio/residence in “The Linton” on Sherbrooke Street West in Montreal.  It is a view looking across Cote des Neiges Road to a confectionary store a few doors north of Sherbrooke. Tinning’s studio window looked directly down on this street and “The Cake Shoppe” at 3415 Cote des Neiges (on the east side of the street) was a popular place for Montrealers to buy tasty desserts during the 1960s. This impressionistic style is a departure from Tinning’s figurative realism and displays originality and versatility with his much favoured watercolour medium.

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