Growing up on the Canadian Albertan prairies, my summers were spent camping out in the middle of nowhere, often in treeless flat plains stationed near our rare but precious lakes. Ironically, even though I am a prairie gal, I have always been drawn to water. I have only had three trips to the ocean, two to the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of British Columbia, and one to the Atlantic Ocean, Prince Edward Island.
This summer while gazing longingly at my favourite photographs of Prince Edward Island that I have very carefully and lovingly arranged on my dining room wall, an overwhelming desire overcame me to revisit the ocean and Prince Edward Island.
As it turned out, we never made it to the ocean, but my heART journeyed there through my photography and then back again to the prairie on my canvas.
I am a collector of old maps and atlases, and I decided to use them to assist me in creating my painting. I used them to create charming lobster boats, luscious trees and happy little colourful fishing shanties.
In the background I used old sheet music, as music is such an important part of the culture in PEI. We visited a fishing shanty where there was good old fashioned fiddle music. Peoples' feet were a tappin', hands were a clappin', smiles were a grinnin', and traditional French folk songs danced in my heart. I remember sitting their with my family, as happy as heron in a stream full of fish, with tears in my eyes, thinking," I am home! My dad, a prairie boy, would love this!"
In the background are also little blurbs from my favourite novel, "Anne of Green Gables" which takes place in Prince Edward Island... oh a kindred spirit indeed. I painted in a few details, such as the fishing dock, a buoy, rocks, a few trees and power poles and lobster traps. I also painted a few circles to represent how bubbly and magical I felt and how welcomed the friendly people there made me feel. I am so excited that I finally made some time to put on the finishing touches on this little painting of positively enchanting Prince Edward Island!
Viola! A positively perfect reminder of Prince Edward Island!
To warm your hearts and cold winter bodies, here are a few of my photographs from our visit to Prince Edward Island several summers ago!
Happy Paint Party Friday!
Thanks for leaving comments, they sure do warm my Canadian heart!