Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dry Stream Fishing Cove Trail, 3' x 4' acrylic on canvas
 Fishing Cove Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands is a fairly gruelling descent of 355 metres from the top of MacKenzie Mountain through the forest to Fishing Cove.  Parts of the trail seem more like dry stream beds, with a tumble of moss and lichen-covered rock, and tree roots.  Using a turquoise underpainting, then drawing with cadmium red, I completed the work with  exaggerated colours, simplified patterns and shapes, building a composition which shows the delicacy and impermanence of the structures.  The natural landscape seems disorganized, but a rhythm, a tension develops as colour and line pull the disparate elements into energetic harmony.