|Spot the Painters!|
Annapolis Royal was the first permanent European settlement in the New World north of St Augustine, Florida. (Here's a cosmic coincidence for you – in just a few weeks, I'll be teaching a workshop in that other early settlement.) Fort Royal, which was the village's first name, was established in 1605. Since that time, agriculture has been very important. We are staying out in Granville Ferry, and my morning walk takes me through fields dotted with sprawling apple trees, and my thoughts are punctuated with the occasional moo from a Holstein. There is fishing in Annapolis Royal too, of course, and boats to paint.
Our first day saw a threat of rain. We got out to historic St George Street in town and painted some of the wooden scallop draggers that were tied up at the boatyard. After lunch, the first sprinkles came, so Trina and I went exploring for painting spots for later. With our all-weather coats in tow, we took a hike on the Delaps Cove Wilderness Trail. There's some spectacular scenery there, but I decided it'd be too much of a hike with our painting gear.
Nightfall came with gusty winds. By morning, the temperature had dropped to 46 degrees. I was glad I'd brought my down vest. One of our group had to buy a thick jacket at the local outfitters'. I thought we could find some protection from the wind at Fort Anne – this national historic site sports huge embankments to protect soldiers from gunfire and painters from wind – and so I did. I had a nice view of what is called the "tidelands". Two hundred years ago or so, the settlers built dikes along the tidal Annapolis River to protect their lowlying fields from high tides.
|The Tidelands, 9x12 oil|
|Port Royal Rocks, 9x12 oil|