Thursday, October 21, 2010

An Unusual Plein Air Painting Location

Fraser River Log Booms
8 x 10
oil on canvas board
Where else would one go to enjoy peace and quiet, natural beauty and timeless moments but the local sewage treatment plant!  A park has been created around it and it has become a popular destination for picnickers, walkers and cyclists and though it is only 20 minutes or so from downtown Vancouver it is possible to find a spot on a sand dune with no one in sight, only birds, boats on the river and the occasional plane taking off from the nearby airport.  The only downside is a whiff of nasty odor every now and then but I managed to find a nice place upwind with a good view of the river.  The next time I paint this scene it will be of the tug that went by as I was painting in the log booms.

3 comments:

Marie Theron said...

A lovely scene, so serene and very antropomorphic with the two poles looking like some human lovers!

graziano tessarolo said...

Here we have the same logs in the water in Venice and when I saw your painting I thought to at it...
Ciao Graziano

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks so much Marie and Graziano, this was not a subject I would normally think to paint but there it was in front of me pushing me outside of my comfort zone.