Hauling Traps

  “Hauling Traps” is a contemporary take on an old tradition. It’s an 8.5″x14″ watercolour of hauling lobster pots. I painted it from a reference photo (with permission). The photo was taken on a family member’s lobster boat in Neil’s Harbour.

In other parts of the province, lobster season starts on the last Monday in November and runs until the end of May. That means a lot of hours spent on the icy cold Atlantic waters in the dark in all kinds of weather. As much as I love lobster I couldn’t do the work these men and women do – much respect!

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Near Brackley Beach, PEI

I’d like to give this quick 8×10 sketch a more romantic title like Wind in the Dunes, or, Under the Dunes, or, Over…  I haven’t quite captured all the elements at play that made this such an uplifting piece to paint because it seems rather simple as paintings go. It may have been the ocean breeze, or being with good friends, or the herring gull that sailed over to inspect what I was doing. Whatever it was, I felt like I was in the zone, which allowed a certain degree of loose play with my brushes.

Prince Edward Island’s gift is in its beauty; I wonder why I always wait so long between visits?

Driftwood Scot’s Bay

Driftwood Scot’s Bay NS. 5×7 watercolour 140 lb Arches
This was a fairly complex piece of driftwood but it conveyed a sense of watching the person at the far end of the beach. I wanted to keep that so I took the time to go into the detail not wanting to go too far into the surreal.

My niece, who hiked the beach with me that day said it still looks like driftwood, so that’s good. And I’m very happy with my treeline and the greens I mixed from yellow and blue.

Overall accomplishments were successful greens, loose beach, detailed focal point, a figure for scale, and courageous use of colour!  I was about to apply a grey wash over the beach but decided to hold off at the last minute. The beach was full of coloured stones, washed up seaweed, and bits of stick.  It was too much detail to paint but I didn’t want to risk muting the sense of the place.   I’ve since renamed the piece “Amethyst Hunter”. Scot’s Bay has a beach once known for its amethyst so I’m glad the purple got captured. The purple shows a little more vibrant on screen than in the actual painting.

This is the second 5×7 in my prep for the mid-summer show.

Seascape #2

Practicing the techniques from our last class. The ocean could use some greens, greys and browns.

Not as loose overall. My imagination took over as I followed the emerging shapes to tease out some detail. It looks more like a fantasy landscape than the previous one.

There’s definitely more story in it, and you don’t always want just a pretty picture.