I’m just back from two weeks off the grid (no internet! no e-mail!) of glorious painting on the Bruce Peninsula. This wonderful location is bordered on Georgian Bay on one side, and Lake Huron on the other, and has a landscape that really appeals to me. The Niagara Escarpment, a rock formation that runs south to Niagara Falls, has created many beautiful cliffs and bays on the peninsula.
Here are a few of the painting locations, kindly documented by my husband Bruce.
My work is inspired by the landscape, not an attempt to capture it in a realistic or photographic way.
There is a lovely access point to Bruce Peninsula National Park that you reach by walking an easy half-kilometer path. There are lovely rocks and coves, small islands, and it’s also a great place to swim.
Unfortunately, in the afternoons, stable flies are a nuisance here.
Many people visit Flowerpot Island every year, named for the large pillar formations formed by eroded limestone. We walked to the far side of the island, where the old lighthouse-keepers cottage is located, and I enjoyed painting the large rocks there.
On the Lake Huron side is Singing Sands beach at Dorcas Bay. This huge beach is very shallow. Too shallow for adults to enjoy swimming there, it seems to be an endless series of shallow sand bars. Very popular with young families. I was enjoying the tiny vivid yellow flowers and red grasses, as well as the dunes.
Little Cove is a beautiful spot in the National Park that is marred by only a couple of small chunks of private land. We encountered some wild weather there, and I had to move to avoid getting wet feet!
The round shapes in the rocks seen in the second photo are apparently formed when the great weight of a glacier pressing down on the rock is released due to melting, and the rock springs back. Very challenging to capture in a painting, but quite inspiring.
So now I just have to get busy and get images up on the site here to show you! It was a fantastic trip, and I painted almost every day.