Grand Manan Island – Final Two Days!

This is part of the view from Seawall, the lovely cottage we rent every year from Marilyn and Peter Cronk (http://cottagesinthecove.com/). Three of our group spent the week in the Stone Cottage, just down the lane but completely screened from us by spruce trees. The group turned up at 9 am, Thursday morning, for a ‘studio’ demonstration. I used a similar process to a sustained demo from Charlevoix last week. I completed the drawing and preliminary wash the previous day. The wash involved soaking the sheet with pure water and touching in the primary colours quite gently and randomly (above right and enhanced so it’s easier to see where I put the colour).

Following the demonstration (final version below), we headed back to Seal Cove. This village has so much interesting subject matter that I usually take the group there twice during the week.

The Sardine Museum and Herring Hall of  Fame is comprised of three buildings that are full of artifacts from the days when smoked herring was a major island industry and export. The buildings were bought almost twenty years ago by Michael Zimmer, a New Yorker, who fell in love with Seal Cove and its’ traditions. He and his friend, Tony Nunziata, rescued many old tools, implements and furniture, allowing Islanders and visitors an opportunity to revisit this historic element of  Grand Manan culture. Michael and Tony have since passed away and are greatly missed but the Sardine Museum lives on under the stewardship of Nancy Ross.

I’m talking to some of our artists on the deck of McLaughlin’s Wharf Inn (506-662-3672 or 662-8760), an excellent restaurant and B&B in Seal Cove. Michael  hasn’t been painting or drawing for years and may have felt as if he was starting from scratch but he needed a break from a pressure-packed job and worked in both watercolour and acrylic this week.

I prepared two steps of a pen and watercolour demo in one of the Museum sheds. I started with a cool grey value study and then glazed colour over it. I saved it for Friday morning and used it for another discussion of pen and ink to start the day.

Woodward’s Cove was the site for the final day of our workshop. The tides are so high here that the harbour is completely drained of water at low tide and full to the brim six hours later. The harbour offers a wide variety of good painting material and coastal landscape is the inspiration if you look in the other direction. John is sizing up his subject as he overlooks the tidal flats.

Our Farewell Dinner was back at the Marathon Inn and most of us enjoyed delicious lobster although the steaks were top-notch, as well. Final Critique was a lot of fun. Here’s a shot of our group.

Four of our artists and a very supportive partner came all the way from Alberta in western Canada. Special mention also goes to Britta, who travelled from Germany for her fourth Grand Manan workshop.

So, that’s it. I taught my first workshop on Grand Manan Island twenty years ago and I’m already looking forward to next summer. There’s no rush, however. Aleda and I are here for another week of rest, recreation and painting. I have to get busy with a show coming up at the end of August.

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One Response to “Grand Manan Island – Final Two Days!”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Thank you for sharing so much information about the workshop and your technique. I have been reading all your posts and wish I could be there with the group. Enjoy your days of R&R. Congratulations on what appears to be a wonderful workshop.

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