Grand Manan Island – Day Two!


Seal Cove is a special place. Smoked herring was a thriving industry years ago and many of the smokehouses still stand. It was overcast this morning but turned out to be a lovely day.

I did a watercolour sketch as a demonstration. I didn’t use any pencil before painting. That can lead to some odd proportions and skewed perspective but it allows the brush to dance a bit.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs-GM2013

While painting, I discussed the decisions I made, the colours I chose and just about anything else that seemed relevant. Quite a few of the group tried my approach, at least for the morning.






We had two local choices for lunch. Some of the artists ate at the McLaughlin’s Wharf Inn. It’s a gorgeous place and it was a great lunch. We were also very grateful to the Inn for allowing us the use of their washroom during the day.

Others grabbed a yummy cheeseburger or sausage on a bun at The Beach Dog, a new, friendly and welcoming BBQ place in an old smokeshed. Brian wasn’t just doing the cooking; in about twenty minutes he actually made a quite serviceable wooden easel for our painter who’d been using a chair yesterday. Brian also owns Captain’s Jewel, a spacious rental cottage in Seal Cove.GM2013GM2013Alas, the time always comes to pack up for the day. We gathered for our critique and enjoyed viewing and discussing some exciting watercolours and drawings. GM2013



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