“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!
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?
These fun deck chairs are the brightest things around and were trickier to sketch than you’d think. It’s the last day in Hubbards. So I may just take it easy for the rest of the day. The deck chairs are calling.
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.