Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Finished Painting

This painting has a story. When Jason and I were newlyweds we decided to hibernate in the country. And what country Cap Lumière is! The house that we rented was oceanview, 2 bedroom, tonnes of privacy for $325 a month. Can you believe it?!!

The moment I saw the place I knew that my soul had some claim on it. Do you ever have a stomach flip from riding the elevator? That's how it feels when you drive around the bend and get your first glimpse of Cap Lumière. The sky and the sea stretch as far as you can see to either side, and across the water you can see the red shores of Prince Edward Island .

There was a cliff just before the beach and the neighbor had installed stairs to go down. We'd picnic there, take off in the middle of the day for a quick dip in the summer and every morning I had a ritual of a morning walk. This piece is inspired by that view and insisted on being painted. Like I said earlier, I'd planned out a strawberry painting for my kitchen on this canvas.

There was a focal point on the cliffs that my eyes always rested on. A bunch of pines across from the house that signaled home. It felt like my little corner of the beach. Here's one of my pines, and I believe that the memory is a winter one. I'm thinking of calling it "Still Standing."


picciolo said...

oh I love this one, I think it my favourite painting of yours I have seen! And hearing the story behind it makes it even better!
: )

Debbie Egizio said...

This is such a beautiful piece! Sounds like a wonderful memory attached to it too!

Leah said...

oo, this is gorgeous, shayla! and i love the story too. :-)

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