Rhode Island plein air painters got excited hearing that hurricane Bill was coming up the coast because it means BIG WAVES AT BEAVERTAIL! I finally got there yesterday, after the storm passed, but the waves were still pretty large, and we had a great time painting.
For those not familiar with Rhode Island, Beavertail Point is at the southern tip of Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay, RI. It faces the ocean and if there's a storm coming up the coast, it's the place to see big surf hitting rocks. Jon McPhilips painted there on Sunday and posted a great little video on his blog if you want to watch.
I went painting the other day with Kyle Bartlett, the owner of the Donovan Gallery, where I've been showing my work for years. I had never known about this spot in Adamsville before, but it was a lovely place to paint, complete with ospreys diving for fish nearby.
That's French for "Thar she blows!" So much more poetic in English! Anyhow, quick synopsis of my trip to Canada- two nights in Quebec City, three nights in Tadoussac. Tadoussac is a village in the Sanguenay National Park in Canada, where the Sanguenay fiord meets the St. Lawrence River. Besides some fairly spectacular scenery, its claim to fame is that whales of all kinds hang out there in the summer. We went on a whale watch croisiere (kwa-zayre) the first morning we were there and saw dozens of whales, mostly humpback, beluga, and minke.
I did a bunch of little sketches but nothing really worth posting- I'll just put up this one, "Self portrait in the rear view mirror while waiting for the ferry"--