I remember the first time I visited the maritimes in Canada. Getting off the plane I could feel the distance I had just traveled.
I am on the other side of the country. I am the furthest away from home that I've ever been!
The east coat had so many different things that the small city where I grew up did not. The ocean, for one. Boats on blocks in yards instead of vehicles on blocks. The houses and buildings in the older areas were very different and usually painted bright colors. The houses were butted up to the sidewalks, instead of having sprawling front yards to separate dwelling areas from the streets. It was older too, with a richly documented history. I remember taking a walk through Fredericton with a friend I was visiting and stopping to gawk at the date on an old grave stone. Sometime in the 1600's, maybe 1634? I can't recall the exact date but that was old compared to the old gravestones and historical buildings in Alberta adorned with historical placards that give the date when these things were built or people died. My first trip to the maritimes was 2007 and I've tried my hardest to go back at least once a year for a visit.
I love the prairies. I grew up here, and now living in a small town where the Alberta/ Saskatchewan border is much closer to us than Edmonton, I've enjoyed exploring the area and around here and making more little sojourns into Saskatchewan and seeing what natural beauty it has to offer. But I am fascinated by the sea and lives lived by the seaside. I can't imagine getting into a boat to row (or motor) across a bay to go visit a friend for coffee or go to work. Or to wake up and see the sea from your house, or be close enough to walk or bike to it, or smell salt air wafting into your bedroom window. I hope we experience that kind of living one day.
For now we are very content where we are, and making almost yearly pilgrimages to the east coast is still a treat. Being able to capture these moments on canvas, even more so.
I created a series of three paintings about Peggy's Cove that are on their way to Details Fine Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI this week. They encompass most of my favorite visuals from the maritimes. I wish I could make this delivery in person, but September will come around soon enough.
I do love being by the seaside, especially in Atlantic Canada. Only 96 days until we are again!