This Plein Air painting day started off in Grafton NS. I got a ride up over the mountain to Black Rock to paint. The day was sparkling, the tide was coming in fast and it was extremely windy. I started to set up, and realized that I forgot my easel! I started working on a small table, while sitting down, (I always like to stand to paint). Things were blowing, and I was not having a good time! This small cove has few houses nearby, and a man came down to check his boat, and he saw us painting. He said ” you should have an easel”. I said” I wish! I forgot my easel back in the city”. He then said, “my wife has an easel” and I could borrow it for the morning. Well, I was stunned… what were the odds that a man just happened to be passing by, offered an artist’s easel for my use. It was wonderful, worked like a charm. Great Nova Scotian generosity! This was day two working with “real paint” , oils, and a limited palette of red, blue, yellow and white. Oils certainly are challenging, especially transporting wet paintings.
Red Cliffs at Black Rock
11×14 oil on birch panel