Grand Manan Island 2014 – Final Day!


On Friday morning, we zoomed straight to Ingalls Head Cottages. The cottages are owned and operated by Wendy Plyley and she very kindly allowed us to park along the edge of her property. The cottages face a row of fishing sheds and docks that offer a great range of subject matter. At one end, we have a ‘back door’ view of the haul-up. The haul-up is the local term for the boatyard/drydock.

Most of my demonstrations over the week had been done indoors so it was time to set up my easel! This watercolour was painted on a 12 x 16″ Saunders, 140 lb., cold press block. I used an approach I refer to as ‘shape-reading’. No preliminary pencil drawing was done; straight in with the brush. Proportions may suffer a little bit but it’s fun and it’s great practice in observation and brush-handling.

I was in the mood to paint. Have you ever taken a workshop during which the instructor paints their own work over the course of the day? Some do. I don’t. I will spend some time sketching and preparing for the next demonstration or developing a sustained demonstration but I’m well paid to teach and that is my focus. I allow the painters to spread out over a given area and, at times, it’s hard enough to get around to each of them without working on my next solo exhibition.






The artists working on the beach were so intent on concentration that they barely noticed dozens of well-camouflaged  little art critics coming closer and closer.


Fortunately for us, one of the cottages was waiting for late arrivals. We were able to set up our critique in a shady spot.


It was back to the Marathon Inn for our Farewell Dinner on Friday night. Steak or lobster? You might wonder who would possibly choose steak on Grand Manan Island but Jim sure knows how to choose them and cook them. Final Critique followed dinner. It’s an enjoyable event as we look at our work from the week and discuss our adventures. We had an extremely congenial group and I’d like to thank every one of them for their contributions to a successful workshop. And thank you all for following and commenting.


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4 Responses to “Grand Manan Island 2014 – Final Day!”

  1. Gwen Brooks Says:

    Thanks, Barry, for taking the time to send these great reports and photos from Grand Manan. Your students’ studies are impressive. Gwen

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Carolyn Says:

    Such a magical place! Wish I were there….and have a wonderful birthday!

  3. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    This is a beautiful location with loads of possibility. Your students should be very satisfied.

  4. northpenninegallery Says:

    One day Barry I will be there!

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