Hall’s Harbour (Before the Rain)

Hall’s Harbour is a quick drive over North Mountain and a steep descent to the Bay of Fundy.  It’s one of several working fishing villages along the northwest shore of the province and a magnet for tourists, artists, photographers and lobster lovers.

The day was cool and the light was flat. My focus was twofold, capture the colour of the cliffs and pick up the texture of the beach.  Ultramarine, burnt umber and burnt sienna were applied loosely along the cliffs and allowed to mix. The rough shore was created by spattering, drybrushing and lifting-off with added indigo for shadows. The group seemed to like the results, but overall it’s a somber picture from a very grey day as you can see by the clouds

I didn’t want to leave without at least painting something more cherry. This little 30 minute sketch of a fishing boat did the trick.  We had just enough time for a fast critique before the rain started.


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