Monday, June 21, 2010

Potato Fields

Potato Fields
Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Oil on canvas, 11x14
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Tilled Red Soil
By Heather MacLeod
Watercolor on paper, 12x16

To get from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island, you drive across the Confederation Bridge. It is 8 miles long - the longest bridge in the world that crosses water that freezes solid.

It is a beautiful bridge, as those terrifying edifices go. It is tall and high, and it curves in the middle.

I drove, keeping close to the center line and determinedly not looking down.

As soon as we were safely on land, we were mesmerized. The island is gorgeous. Its soil is rich and red, and apparently rockless - there are no stone walls. Deeply furrowed fields alternate with fields of deepest emerald green. Rows of single evergreens, or of tall poplars (poplars?), line the fields, often standing gap-toothed at the horizon line.

We had driven all day, and as afternoon spun toward dusk, we wanted to paint. It hardly mattered where we pulled over - each curve in the road brought new splendor.

We could not have more different painting styles, Heather and me - but that's fine.

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