This painting began as one related to my father as a teenager. That image is now hidden under a layer of red and yellow paint. I was unhappy with the quality of that image because I found myself working in a tight fashion. In an attempt to free myself, I painted lines and shapes with gestures that felt more energized.
This is what followed. It surprised me with its joyful air because I began the work on a day of despairing over the latest scientific warnings about climate change. Painting the image raised my spirits even as I thought: This beautiful world that we desecrate. At different points in the process, I was reminded of a Persian carpet and the ocean. My enduring love of seashells has entered the painting.
I used acryl gouache paint and, again, added some directly printed impressions of stamps that I made years ago.
No drawings this time, but here’s photos of one of my favourite places that we visited in Newfoundland. It’s Grates Cove at the northern tip of the Avalon Peninsula. We visited twice, had an excellent meal at the Grates Cove Studio amidst terrific artwork and walked on trails overlooking the ocean and later amidst the remains of old dry stone walls that surrounded the gardens of early settlers.
If you’d like to see more Newfoundland photos, I’ve opened a flickr account and uploaded 57 photos from our trip.
And if you click on the image below, you can see some of my artwork in my etsy shop:
Here’s 3 more drawings I made in Newfoundland in the presence of sweeping ocean views. The more dramatic the scenes became, I fewer lines I used. I didn’t have any plan to do this. It was just the only way I found I could put anything on paper, so magnificent were the views. So a few gesturing lines and some broad movements were what arose on paper.
Here’s 2 drawings from Western Bay, with a bit of a boardwalk showing in the second one:
And here’s a drawing from the East Coast Trail that we hiked:
And the photo near the spot that the above drawing is from:
Plus another photo at the start of the Witless Bay entrance to the trail:
When we were in Newfoundland we hiked in Terra Nova National Park by the ocean. One afternoon and the following day, we went to Buckley Cove. I carried a sketch book and pens with me during our trip and sat on a rock to draw part of the cove. When faced with such beauty, I found myself recording feeling and the movement of the rocks, trees and water rather than looking for exact representation. In this way, I was able to be with the place and feel the land and ocean. I began by quickly drawing the sweeping line of the cove and continued from there. That way I was not overwhelmed into inaction by the strength of the scene. Here’s a photo of the cove and the line drawing I did.
And, here’s a scene I found touching this week while walking down an alley back in Toronto. It seemed to me that whoever planted these flowers in the midst of concrete did an act of love.
I’ve just returned from a terrific trip to the Canadian province of Newfoundland, off the east coast of the mainland. The beauty of the land and ocean were healing. In addition to hiking and other sightseeing, I drew every day and will show you some of these pieces later. Meanwhile, here’s 2 photos from our trip.
I have some of my artwork in my etsy shop which you can see here: artsofmay.etsy.com
I took this photo at a friend’s place. I liked the reflections of sky in the glass that reminded me of water. There’s an ambiguous air to the scene as though various elements or realms are merging.