Douglas MacDonald has been carving, sculpting, casting and finishing amazing concrete pieces for several years. Each of his pieces from wall plaques to the garden moon are completely weatherproof to withstand all the elements including winter. He has just recently added the king to his queen planter with plans for the remainder of the royal court. Watch for it!
Another project of Doug’s over the past year has been the creation of a full chess set. Pieces are approximately 17″ high and available separately.
Inspired by decorative stonework that adorns heritage and historic buildings , Douglas MacDonald – formerly a commercial photographer – has been sculpting and casting a myriad of gargoyles, grotesques, and green men for over 25 years.
Wander through the historic district of any major city like Ottawa and look up. You’ll see stone carved grotesques or chimerae, strange and fantastical figures that were used to portray entities that populated the folk lore of the 18th century. When pipes are added for water runoff from the roofs these grotesques become gargoyles while a green man is a sculpture of a face that appears to be formed by greenery – leaves, branches, or vines.
With a keen eye for today’s gardens, Douglas has adapted this ancient stone art to a new medium that is fun and affordable for anyone.
You can reach Doug through his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Rue-Royale-Stone-580235402065319/?epa=SEARCH_BOX
and Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/rueroyalestone
And look for Doug at the following shows this year (just click on the show for more information). Please note that some of these shows may be cancelled due to COVID-19 so you should check the show’s site before planning to attend.
- March 7 London’s Seedy Saturday
- March 20-22 Sudbury’s Inspired Hands Spring Show CANCELLED
- April 2-5 Ottawa’s Originals Spring Craft Sale CANCELLED
- May 2-3 Lake Scugog Studio Tour
- June 6-7 Windsor’s Art in the Park
- June 20-21 Kiwi Garden’s Art in the Garden
- July 1-4 Kingston’s Artfest
- July 11-12, Dorchester’s Art in the Barn
- July 18-19 Jamie Brick’s Fantasy in the Forest Art Show and Sale
- July 21 – August 3 Almonte’s Bloomfest at Whitehouse Perennials
- September 11-13 Toronto Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts
- November 13-15 Peterborough’s Autumn Treasures Fine Artisan Sale
- November 20-22 Niagara’s Holiday Handmade Market