Back in the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to kayak to Dick's Island Nature Preserve in Bocabec with Walter Emrich. Since then I have been contemplating how best to capture this magnificent site in a painting. There were three characteristics that I felt needed to be included: 1) the "treeless-ness" of the island, 2) the rock features that serve as habitat for the seabirds, and 3) the abundance of seaweed (or "rockweed" as we called it) around the edge of the island. I finally settled on a composition after reviewing the many photos collected from that adventure. Below shows the upper right part of the painting in progress:
The most challenging part of the painting was to depict the seaweed flowing in the water as we approached the island by kayak. This is hopefully captured below:
Be sure to come see the painting in its entirety when it is on display in the final exhibition TBA!
A main feature of this preserve is a marshy area named Estabrooks Pond adjacent to Maquapit Lake (see above). This was accessible by following a sand/gravel bank along the edge of the lake. It was a very calm and peaceful morning with some distant fog and occasional drizzle. It was probably around 7 AM by the time we first reached the pond. Although we tried to approach quietly, we did scare up a small group of blue herons as we reached the pond. There was plenty of wildlife to see throughout the visit.
I am quite certain that my choice for this preserve is to paint a composition featuring the pickerel weed plants in Estabrooks Pond. They were very plentiful in one end of the pond, and I quite enjoyed the arrowhead shapes and colours they presented.
Next post will be a painting progress update...
New Brunswick Artist and Art Educator