Nature’s Power, 6x6in. Oil on linen/panel.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Big Island, Nova Scotia
Well it has certainly been an adventure of sorts today! While heading to my location, I ran into a detour on the highway which took me approximately 30 minutes away from my destination. Once I arrived the wind was exceptionally strong! …
Strong gusts of wind and sand have joined me while I paint. At times I am literally forced to hang onto my easel causing me to retrieve materials with one hand. The wind has become stronger since my arrival and mother nature and I are battling for control.
Big Island is a mesmerizing place to paint, I am captivated by its wild and free spirit. Surrounded by the ocean it changes its personality at whim. Today I am attracted by the light that dances and ripples across the dune grass. In contrast violet shadows heighten its brilliance.
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(View in the opposite direction. You can see the windmills dotting the mountains.)
Everything seems to be moving today. Billowy clouds soar across the sky and speak of impending thunder showers. There is no time for needless thought, only intuitive decisions and a rhythm that only nature can express.
(My safe haven by the pylons–a little way down the beach from my subject)
P.S. Unbeknownst to me a couple arrived while I painted. I am sure they chuckled at me as I made exclamations of distress as I tried to keep all my belongings in tact. The sweet man took pity on me as I packed up to go and carried a couple of my bags back to the car for me: indicative of the friendly nature of this area.
P.P.S. Sand and bits of dried seaweed literally swirled around and at me as I painted. Oh the perils of plein air painting!