Painting on Brier Island

Six years ago I spent a week painting on Brier Island. It looks like I’m going to have that chance again in August and I am so excited about it. Here is the post from that original trip:
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More Brier Island

Last night lightening, thunder and rain knocked out the phone and internet connections here at the hostel. It was foggy, chilly and wet at 9 am this morning. Brier Island day 31But an hour later after the short ride down the dusty, bumpy, puddle-filled road to Pond Cove, the bad weather had blown away and the day was sunny and gorgeous.Brier Island day 33This is where I set up my painting table. I worked with acrylics fighting against the drying, strong winds.DSCN6952 Brier Island day 34

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I’ve got the main ingredients down and will finish this in the studio at home…without the wind, but with the memories. 😉

I have a blog post about painting on Brier Island coming up on my Art website. If you subscribe here, I’ll be able to share that experience with you.

My painting buddy Helen and I walked down to the shore at the end of our 7 hour painting session. Those 2 dots at the top of the hill are our cars. The whole day we saw just 3 other people in the distance on ATVs.

Brier Island day 35These have a leaf like a wild rose. I wonder what they are?Brier Island day 36Miniature wild iris are blooming all over the island.Brier Island day 37The beauty on Brier Island is so varied. All day long we listened to the laps of water on the rocks and the sound of birds and wind.Brier Island day 38

Brier Island Trails

Most long weekends in August we camp on Brier Island with Bear River friends.

It’s very low key…shared food, mostly vegetarian, cooked over the campfire or propane stove, sleeping in tents, nature walks, and lots of talks and laughter and bird watching and telling stories and sharing ideas and catching up.

One of my favorite delights is to fall asleep listening to the ocean waves. Or is it waking up to the haunting calls of seals?

Come with me down the green path…..



Along the bumpy ridge…..


Past the living tidal pools……


Along the craggy shoreline…….P1420180

Past the basalt lava flow that reaches all the way to Blomidon.P1420177


Past the rising tide…….P1420120Past the ocean waves……


Follow your nose……


Past the wild and fragrant Roses…..


We might be under shelter…


…or checking out the new, lone teepee…


..or riding bikes….


…or searching…


…or watching the sun set…


…or at the campfire…


…or walking through fields of wildflowers


…or imagining a new painting….


…or waiting for a ferry to go home.