Gros Morne

Thanks for dropping by my studio!

It doubles as our framing room. You can see in the background a bit of Indian Harbour, a 36″x24” Giclee on canvas, waiting to be framed.The skylight creates an uplifting environment to paint in, and the window provides a view into the woods (Regional Forest, which abuts the Homer Watson Woods).Photos we took of Gros Morne last June, a world heritage site, have been downloaded into the laptop, which allows me to enlarge any part of the photo.The water in the foreground (which is the last thing I’ll rework in this painting) is some of the cleanest and purest in the world!

Gros Morne painting as of Aug. 24, 2010

Gros Morne receives about 120,000 visitors each year. I don’t know how many visitors will “drop by” my studio next Tuesday to view Gros Morne, but let me know if you are one of them. I’ll have the welcome mat out for you!

Maritime Series

Mid-June last year, my husband and I began a 16-day tour of the four Maritime provinces, starting in Deer Lake, half-way up the west coast of Newfoundland.

I’ve started a series of Maritime paintings, the first four of which will be of Newfoundland:

* Gros Morne

* Ice Berg

* Puffins

* Bakeapples in bloom

We visited Gros Morne on the second day.  The outing began with a 3-km trek, mostly on board walks through peat bogs and marshes, to Western Brook Pond where the tour boat we had tickets for is permanently moored.  Lloyd put his back out handling luggage that morning, so the walk proved to be a real endurance test for him, while I wished in vain for a washroom! Six hundred-metre cliffs line Western Brook Pond, a glacially carved freshwater fiord.  Melting snow in the gullies spawned numerous waterfalls.  The timing of the trip was amazing as the captain said had we arrived two weeks later, the snow would have melted, drying up the waterfalls.

The first wash on the Gros Morne painting has been blocked in, and I’ve started on the detail.  I hope to blog each Tuesday.  Drop by next week if you would like to “visit” my studio and see how things are progressing!