Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Margaree Harbor

Margaree Harbor
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
By Carrie Jacobson
Oil on canvas, 16x20
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Cliffs, Margaree Harbor
By Heather MacLeod
Watercolor on Arches paper, 12x16

I've been home for a week now. Canada seems a century away, and as bright as a dream from which I just awoke. The paintings help keep the memory,  I know, but even more than that, the places we saw awakened something in my soul.

Going there, especially in the Gaspe and in Cape Breton, felt to me like going to the past - but a past in which I've never lived. The huge, open sky; the bright wind that blustered day in and day out; the little houses and the roads and fields close to the sea, all of this felt like a land of promise and potential, a land not yet fully carved, or smoothed or finished. It felt like a place where people had made inroads, but a place they'd not yet mastered, or even tried to master. It felt like a place where man and nature have found ways to live together, without too many problems.

Heather and I stood on cliffs above the sea to make these paintings. Barely a car passed as we painted. The air warmed, then cooled, in the long northern dusk, and the sea and sky changed colors a dozen times.

We went looking, the next day, but never found the two white houses and the red barn.


Margaree said...

Love your painting of the cape in Margaree Harbour. Did you do any others in the area ??

patrice said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. I love both of these.

carrie jacobson said...

thanks, Patrice! It was a great trip - I am pretty happy with my paintings, and I am also pretty happy to be home.

carrie jacobson said...

Hello, Margaree - Thank you for the note; I'm so happy you like the painting!

After I finished this painting, I turned and painted the sun going down over the water. I like it very much as a painting, but honestly, it could be from anywhere.

I have a painting of the river in Cheticamp, from the road along the communal pasture, and a painting of a barn in a field near East Margaree. All of these will be up on the blog in the near future.

I will be making more paintings of the area from photos I shot while we were there, so keep tuned to the blog. I'll be happy to email you a note when I've finished these.