We accessed the Meredith Houseworth Preserve from a short trail off Cemetery Lane next to an old Anglican Church. This brought us to Whale Cove.
We were met by a large pond on our left as we reached the cobbled beach. It was very peaceful. If you looked way off to the left, you could see Ashburton cliffs where we had been earlier in the day.
Again, on a future trip, this could be the starting point of a coastal hike back towards the Whistle Lighthouse. Or, you can also leave the preserve to the right and it will lead you on a trail to the famous Hole-in-the-Wall and the Swallowtail Lighthouse.
I have some ideas of what I'd like to capture in my first painting of this preserve, although I havn't landed on an exact way to do it yet. My challenge is to get a sense of both the pond and the beach. It is difficult to think of an angle that can take in both. But I think it is possible to show either lots of pond with a hint of the beach or lots of beach with a hint of the pond.
Another first impression about this site is that everything seems to be spread out along the horizontal. So unless I want to really zoom in on one part of the site, I might decide to go for a long horizontal canvas for my first painting. Maybe something in the range of 18 x 48" or larger.
This is a site that is hard to narrow down into just one painting. It is a place that I am sure to return to and could end up being the source of many paintings down the road.