|cottage at Cape Wolfe, PEI|
These little plein air studies were done on the deck, which is covered in some parts, which was a good thing because the rain and fog rolls in quickly when it has a mind to; which is often. I used the palette knife quite a bit in these studies. The sand in PEI is very red...red oxide to be precise...its because of the iron in the soil...which happens to be very good for growing potatoes, the islands primary crop. The red sand mixes with the sea water near shore creating unusual colours in the water.
I have to say I've come away from this trip discovering something new about my painting practice...and that is, I get less of a thrill out of recording what's in front of me as I do from inventing. O yes, I love the sound of the birds and the wind and sun in my nostrils, that's the part of plein air I love, but does is really satisfy my desire to create...? not as much. I love painting in the studio, when I have time to consider inventing my own colours, forms and ideas.