august hurries by

How is it the twenty-fourth of August already? I tried to be more careful with my time, not to fill the summer too full of travel and shows, so that I had could savor it, work in the garden, work slowly and steadily and not be in a rush to go anywhere or get anything done. It's been a lovely summer out here in Vermilion. I'm caught up on past due projects and ahead in some new ones. The flower garden is dwindling down, most the the showy flowers are done for the season but there is still a nice assortment of interesting colors and textures in the foliage. The late summer garden has a different loveliness than the grandeur of the flowers and birds that lived there in June and July. The wrens have left along with their little ones, and the blue jays and chickadees have taken over the garden and the bird bath. It's been nice to bear witness to the transition of the season on a more intimate scale. But there is still good weather for painting outside. The summer isn't over yet. I've been meaning to write more, but I keep getting distracted by things in and out of the studio.

This week I worked on a small series of east coast themed paintings to send off to Details Past & Present Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI. I was hoping to make it back to the east coast this summer but it didn't work out. Instead, I happily revisited photos from the two trips I got to take there back in 2015.

  near black marsh, PEI,  mixed media on canvas, 14x14(in), $345 + GST,  2017

near black marsh, PEI, mixed media on canvas, 14x14(in), $345 + GST, 2017

If I remember correctly, the BD and my visit to Black Marsh was kind of an accident. We had rented a car and had determined to explore as much of PEI as we could. We drove from tip to tip, along the south shore and the north. We found the North Cape Hiking Trail and decided to go for a walk while the sun was beginning to set. We started along a gravel road and then continued onto a boardwalk that skirted along the sandy cliff above the shore. Part of the cliff had given way underneath the boardwalk where I snapped the photo for this painting. The boardwalk was suspended in mid-air, held up by it's own rigid structure. Erosion due to wind and rain is a powerful force on the North Cape. I wonder how much the shoreline has changed since our visit?

  inverness beach, cape breton,  mixed media on canvas, 14x14(in), $345 + GST,  2017

inverness beach, cape breton, mixed media on canvas, 14x14(in), $345 + GST, 2017

Much like the beaches on PEI, Inverness Beach in Cape Breton is also heavily populated with sedge grass. I remember the water being very clean and very cold here, even in July. I was not brave enough to go for a chilly swim. Maybe next time.

  cavendish beach, PEI,  mixed media on canvas, 14x14(in), $345 + GST,  2017

cavendish beach, PEI, mixed media on canvas, 14x14(in), $345 + GST, 2017

This is a very iconic image of one of the most popular beaches on PEI, hemmed in with sand dunes covered in sedge grass. I love those little red & white lifeguard cabins. They must look so out-of-place there in the winter.

  the yellow house, PEI,  mixed media on canvas, 14x14(in),  SOLD ,    2017

the yellow house, PEI, mixed media on canvas, 14x14(in), SOLD, 2017

I don't remember exactly where on the island this house was, and it is certainly not the only yellow house on PEI. The simple style of their houses, and the bright colors they tend to be painted with are one of my favorite things about the Maritimes and Newfoundland. It also happens to be one of the main sources of inspiration when it came to deciding what color the paint the walls in various rooms in our house here in Vermilion. Our living room is 'rocky mountain sky blue' and our kitchen is now 'bermuda teal'. We may not have moved to the east coast, but we've tried to emulate some of the brightly colored houses we saw there on our walls.

The fall workshop schedule at the Paint Spot is up. If you go over to the 'show & tell' tab, the links to register for the different classes are all there. I think there are still spots left.

I'm now working on a series of Edmonton themed pieces which will hang Transcend Garneau starting in October. Then the BD and I head to England for two weeks starting September 4th, so there will be more England drawings and paintings in the next few months to be sure.

The canvases I prepped this morning should be dry, so I'd better get back to it. Happy Thursday.