The Making of 'Beach Rocks Bigtime' and our Trip to Newfoundland that Inspired It

06 January, 2019 0 comments Leave a comment

Karen Richardson in Newfoundland

In the summer of 2007, my husband and I (pictured above) toured the island of Newfoundland for two months with our travel trailer, slowly exploring this large province from the western ferry terminal at Port aux Basques to the eastern ferry terminal on the Avalon Peninsula. Pictured in this post are some of the many paintings inspired by our summer in Newfoundland.

Where Ice Meets Rock, watercolour by Karen Richardson

The highlights of our trip were many; the hospitable, fun-loving, hard-working people of Newfoundland, their incredible musical talents, world-famous Gros Morne National Park and Western Brook Pond were the top attractions for us.

Bonavista Fog, watercolour by Karen Richardson

We greatly enjoyed the historic Viking settlement re-enactment at l'Anse aux Meadows, numerous iceburg-sightings, a vast array of beautiful wildflowers, and learning the history of the cod fishery at Twillingate.

A Great Place to Bee, watercolour by Karen Richardson     Shipwreck Beach, watercolour by Karen Richardson     St. John's Welcome, watercolour by Karen Richardson     Western Brook Pond Waterfall, watercolour by Karen Richardson

The Skerwink cliff trail and historic architecture at Trinity, magnificent sea views at Bonavista, berry picking on the Avalon, and the vibrant culture of St. John's all were wonderful experiences.

Carved by the Atlantic, watercolour by Karen Richardson     Down Home Welcome, watercolour by Karen Richardson     Seaside Sunset, watercolour by Karen Richardson 

We spent 18 days hiking in Gros Morne National Park, which is on the mountainous west coast of the island. A few photos I took of the colourful stone beaches there have inspired dozens of pebble paintings since our visit.

Beach Treasures, watercolour by Karen Richardson      Shipwreck Point, watercolour by Karen Richardson     Saltwater and Stone, watercolour by Karen Richardson

Recently, I made this 90-second video of the creation of a large Newfoundland pebble painting, to show the layering process I frequently use to create the look of realistic stones. This is of interest to students of watercolour and allows non-artistic folk to get an idea of the planning that goes into my paintings. Click on the image below to view the video.

For more information about 'Beach Rocks Bigtime' (which currently is on display at Meta4 Gallery), click here.

Over many decades, we have toured every province and territory of Canada. Although each place was lovely and interesting to see, the island of Newfoundland remains in my top three favourite Canadian destinations (the others being Yukon Territory and Lake Superior). We look forward to another leisurely journey on The Rock one day soon.

Do you have a favourite spot in Newfoundland I should visit? Or a remarkable Newfoundland memory you would like to share? If you have suggestions or comments, please click on the 'Leave a Comment' button at the top of this post. 

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