More from Newfoundland

by Barry Coombs
gouache on paper

We’re home from our summer wanderings. After the workshop ended, we had several days to enjoy Newfoundland. Our first priority was to visit Duntara and the Yellow House that was home for us in June of 2011. I started my series of gouaches in Duntara.

Duntara is now on the cultural map of Canada. Our friend, Catherine Beaudette, has opened Two Rooms, a charming space which combines contemporary art with displays of traditional artifacts.

Catherine Beaudette and Myself in Two Rooms

Keels is just down the road from Duntara. No single photo can do justice to this scenic outport. Keels was our favourite sketching spot last year and it was great to be back.

On the way back to the Sherwood Suites and Motel in Port Rexton, we stopped in for pizza at the Bonavista Social Club in Upper Amherst Cove. The Club wasn’t open yet last summer so this was our first visit.  We were overwhelmed with not only the delicious and fairly-priced food but the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. I can’t recommend it highly enough.


Our ferry was cancelled and we had to drive across the island, approximately 600 km, to the other departure point at Port-aux-Basques. Our setback did have a silver lining, though. We visited Gros Morne National Park and it is truly spectacular. That’s the Lobster Cove Head  Lighthouse above.

Below is the view from the deck of the Cat Stop Pub in Norris Point. The Cat Stop is currently my favourite pub in the entire world. Quidi Vidi beer on tap and weather-watching at it’s finest. Life is good.

We made it all the way across the island and didn’t hit a moose; no mean feat in Newfoundland. They’re here in numbers, as the evidence suggests.

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4 Responses to “More from Newfoundland”

  1. William Brisland Says:

    That pink-to-grey wash must have been a feat, can’t see many break lines. As always it’s superb.
    Will let you know our show dates as soon as we can.

  2. Alison Says:

    Now you have made me want to return to this beautiful part of Canada. Thank you for the wonderful workshop!

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