Trinity Bight, Newfoundland – Day Two

We met at our studio, the English Harbour Arts Centre, this morning. I usually start the day with a demonstration but today I gave a presentation on the Newfoundland watercolours of George Campbell Tinning. Tinning was a Canadian war artist in the Second World War. He visited Newfoundland in 1949 and painted a series of watercolours. These works were exhibited last summer in Bonavista and we saw the show. I bought a catalogue produced by the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, Tinning’s home province.

Port de Grave, Newfoundland, 1949
by George Campbell Tinning
Private Collection

Tinning’s gutsy and honest portrayals of Newfoundland inspired everyone. After the talk, we set off to paint in the historic town of Trinity. The weather cooperated perfectly and we enjoyed a pleasant and productive day.


We headed back to the studio at the end of the day for our critique, which we did in two batches. Not only did we enjoy looking at the paintings but we’ve started to exchange stories of our experiences with the locals.

Newfoundlanders have a great reputation for friendliness and kindness and it’s well earned. One of our painters has been offered free accommodation in a picturesque fishing village and has also been invited to the local Friday night community party.

We had a flat tire repaired by two complete strangers (Glen and Ches), one of whom extracted a four-inch spike from the tire before patching it expertly. They were  generous and charming throughout the rescue mission.

Tuesday Critique – First Batch

Tuesday Critique – Second Batch



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One Response to “Trinity Bight, Newfoundland – Day Two”

  1. Scott Cooper Says:

    Looks like you have a terrific bunch of painters for the week. Have fun!

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