Saturday, April 4, 2009

It's that time again

The ice is skirting the shores of bays and harbours around Newfoundland. I'm waiting for the first drive of the season to Duntara to open our summer house. The last hour of this drive takes us on a winding course along the side of the ocean and yields lots of iceberg sightings.

The ocean outside St. John's harbour was coated white with ice last week. Here's a picture my husband took from Signal Hill looking toward the Atlantic.

This is what you see from the opposite side of the hill. It's the downtown portion of St. John's that wraps around the port.

An friend of mine, Tara Bryan, painter and book artist, has created many beautiful paintings of icebergs. Originally from Texas, she now lives in a very different landscape and views the sea every day.

Tara's artist statement states: "I am drawn to light and subtle shifts of colour. The air in Newfoundland is tangible, softening and dispersing the light and making the landscape delicious and mysterious. Through distilling the coastline to its essential forms and colours, I strive to represent the strength of its raw power and beauty. Since I first visited Newfoundland in 1989 I have been painting the coastline in oils, watercolour, acrylics and making books about this intriguing place." 2006

Iceberg Study# 2 , 2008, oil on canvas, 8 x 8 in.

Iceberg Study# 3 , 2008, oil on canvas, 8 x 8 in.

Iceberg Study# 4 , 2008, oil on canvas, 8 x 8 in.


Leslie Avon Miller said...

And I am looking forward to seeing more of Newfoundland from your perspective of the summer house. You do have internet there I hope?

Margaret Ryall said...

Internet at the summer house is a problem. Our only option is dial up through the phone line- no high speed. This means we need to have a land line first and then pay for internet. It's a costly venture. Otherwise we could operate with just our cell. Last year we bit the bullet and subscribed. It is soooooo slow. We have access to a community internet access site at the school in the next community. This is what we used before. That is a faster system, so that might be the option this year. I will be able to post but certainly not at the pace I currently can.