These two little paintings were done last week on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. For the top one, I set up my easel right on the beach amid the families, surf guards, and sunbathers. Somehow, even with all the distractions, I found myself getting wrapped up in the painting and tuning out all the humanity around me. Still, when I look at the painting, I can hear the seagulls and waves and voices and feel the warmth of the sand and the breeze. That’s why I paint on location…no photo can ever evoke that kind of memories.
My vantage point for the bottom painting was perched atop a dune (NOT in an off-limits area), surrounded by wild roses. I had to find a view that showed both the sunlit and shaded side of the lighthouse. I guess this is one of the most photographed lighthouses on the island, but it’s new to me and so timeless, nestled in the dunes.