On Saturday, Feb. 8, Simon J. Mitchell of the Meduxnekeag River Association led us on a snowshoe adventure through the Beardsley Hill preserve. This was my first visit to one of the NBNT preserves in the winter time. Simon proved to be a wealth of knowledge as he guided us along, pointing out all of the various tree species, including those that make up the Appalachian Hardwood Forest. He was also quick to point out many signs of wildlife along the way, including marks left by woodpeckers and bears, as well as some interesting prints left in the snow.
It looks like the Thomas B. Munroe preserve will be the first to get more than one painting. I just couldn't decide between two key landscape features on the trail: Ashburton Head or The Bishop. So, I'm going to paint both, but from very different perspectives.
Ashburton Head has a really interesting shape from the side, and you can actually see it all the way from Whale Cove while standing at the Meredith Houseworth preserve. I'll save the Bishop for a later post, but the first time I saw it I was looking down at it from the cliffs above. The first time I saw this side view of Ashburton Head was when we went on the field trip to Seven Days Work Cliffs in September. When the trail finally winds its way to the cobbly beach, this is what first struck my eye:
I've been really enjoying these watercolour pencil studies and find that they are helping me to plan certain aspects of the colours and composition before diving into the final oil painting.
Below is Ashburton Head sketched out on a 24 x 48" canvas:
Here is the sky and the start of the water:
Next, I will begin painting the rocky features that make up Ashburton Head itself.
The six "gentlemen" are feeling very encouraged by the response to our group exhibition at the Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery. There was a great turnout to the opening reception on the 16th! Thanks to everyone who came out for that special event and for all of the positive feedback we've received!
I want to especially thank Lynn, Jessica and Wayne for making the trip to Florenceville on behalf of the NB Nature Trust! It was great to see you there, and to celebrate with you on the launch of the Conservation on Canvas project!
The Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery has posted some terrific photos of the opening on their Facebook page:
Photos from As Seen By The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
New Brunswick Artist and Art Educator