As mentioned in a recent post, I taught at the Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour Symposium near Digby, Nova Scotia earlier this month. As soon as the symposium was over my wife, Susan, and I rented an RV and took a week to travel from Digby along the coast to Yarmouth and then along the south shore to Halifax.
I have to admit that it took a couple of days to get used to living in an RV. This one was a 2016, 28′ and pretty darn comfortable but still you’re living in very close quarters. After that initial period, however, we just loved it. Great to stop wherever you want and you’ve got your home right with you. I remember the first day when we stopped at Digby Harbour. I felt just like a tourist until I remembered we had lawn chairs and 15 minutes later were sitting in comfy chairs having coffee with a view of the harbour. We stopped at quite a few neat spots and did a lot of painting. I was hoping to do 2 paintings a day but we often didn’t get started until almost noon and then we tried to get a place to stay before supper so I was happy to have the painting opportunities that I had.
This first painting is Digby Harbour. We were parked just beside that truck on the far right.
This second painting was one I did at our campground at Lunenburg but it’s a painting of the fanciest house at the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre where the symposium was. I assume that it was originally the commander’s house. The conference centre is a semi retired military base.
This next one is a favourite of mine. It’s the Superstore in Yarmouth painted from the Walmart parking lot. (Guess where we stayed?)
This painting of Indian Harbour is looking at the back of the Clifty Cove Motel. About 25 years ago my mother and I travelled around the Maritimes and we stayed in that motel. I paid homage to her with the figure in green.
Here are some other photographs from our trip. Nova Scotia is a great place to visit. The people are very friendly, very generous and love to talk. Some of the locations and scenery along the south shore are fabulous. I know it’s a cliche but Peggy’s Cove is so picturesque and captivating that it almost defies belief.
Spending the night just outside Yarmouth with 2 friends from the symposium. Thanks, Dan & Susan.
If you get this far you deserve a medal but here is a final painting that isn’t from Nova Scotia but it’s also a recent favourite of mine. Its from our trip to Boston 3 years ago to see the John Singer Sargent Watercolour Exhibition.