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August 9, 2014

Cape Bonavista Light

My 89-year-old father has been wanting to visit Newfoundland all his life. He says it's the only Canadian province he hasn't seen, so this summer my sister and I decided to take him there. Known for rain, fog and stormy weather, we packed for the weather. Except this year Newfoundland has been experiencing an exceptionally hot and dry summer. Nary an inch of rain in all of July. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting the clear, bright days like this one at Cape Bonavista Lighthouse. Good thing I brought along lots of cerulean blue. Situated at the end of the Bonavista Peninsula, it seems like you are arriving at the end of the earth as you approach, except for the circus tent type structure set sharply against the sky. It may not have been a great summer for Newfoundland gardens but it sure was a great week of sketching on The Rock.


12 comments :

memi said...

Shari, it's just lovely- and how nice that you have your dad and that you now have that memory with your sister. I bet that every time that you look at this you will remember what brought you there.

Shari Blaukopf said...

It was a very special trip for all of us. He loved every minute of it, and he was so patient while I sketched. He was just happy to look out at the sea, watching for whales. He said he's never seen anyplace in the world as beautiful as this.

matthew_c said...

Nice toNewfoundland again, it's been a while since Omar posted his watercolours from there.
Did you see any icebergs?

sandy said...

nice job - beautiful in fact. Wonderful that you took him there.

Róisín Curé said...

This beautiful sketch, your telling of how you came to be there, and talking about your dad watching for whales brought a lump to my throat. My dad turns 80 next Saturday and I'm so grateful to have him. (And my mum is Canadian!) Thanks so much.

Shari Blaukopf said...

Matthew, I loved Omar's sketches from Newfoundland too. Yes, we did see icebergs. The blue is so beautiful.
Thanks Sandy!
Roisin, I am so happy we did this and I too am grateful that he is healthy enough to have been able to go. And he was so happy to have his daughters taking care of him for the week, spoiling him in fact.

Shari Blaukopf said...

Matthew, I loved Omar's sketches from Newfoundland too. Yes, we did see icebergs. The blue is so beautiful.
Thanks Sandy!
Roisin, I am so happy we did this and I too am grateful that he is healthy enough to have been able to go. And he was so happy to have his daughters taking care of him for the week, spoiling him in fact.

Elizabeth Alley said...

Shari, I just got back from Newfoundland last week! My husband and I drove around The Rock and I made a ton of sketches. It is very sketchable, isn't it?!

VHein said...

Shari, what a lovely sketch--pure freshness and clarity, and those delightful stripes! And, what a wonderful and precious time for all of you.

Shari Blaukopf said...

Elizabeth, that's amazing! Isn't it a great place? And yes, so much to sketch. I'd love to hear where you went.

Shari Blaukopf said...

Thanks Virginia! How could I not sketch this?

DHAR CEDHAR said...

nice sketch...