Ellershouse Brook (oil on canvas 5 x 7 in. framed)
27 September2010 finds me on the bank of a brook near Ellershouse, Nova Scotia, gazing across a dark pool formed as the brook turns at a massive wrinkled and water carved bedrock wall. The rock is a greenish grey metamorphic, stained rusty-pink in places, with four little "caves" along a bedding fault, which reflect ripples on their ceilings. From the water to its forested crest, the nearly vertical wall is 15-20 metres high. I look straight up to Pines of half a century or more waving long arms of sunlit needles against the cobalt sky. The forest has crept half way down the rock face. Spruces, Maples and Pines perch on ledges and find roothold in crevices. To my right a large Maple with lichen-whitened bark leans over the pool to reflect its 'fluorescent' leaves from lime at the bottom to crimson at the top. It is matched by a Red Maple whose leaves haven't started to turn yet.
I’ve really bonded to this mama Snapping Turtle - she’s got me thinking about the lives of turtles, their vulnerabilities and hardships. Read my blog post at https://karstaddailypaintings.blogspot.com/?m=1
Painting on the ice, a creek scene to celebrate my Birthday
Just finished the second of three paintings started en plein air at the DRAW 2018 artists retreat on the Dumoine River, Quebec. See my blog about this one at https://karstaddailypaintings.blogspot.com/?m=1 54w
Portrait of two of my favourite biologists. Fred and I just back from BiotaNB in New Brunswick - “Resident Artist” for the 9th year running.