I became aware of the struggle of native and wild bees last years when I was looking into honey bees. They, I thought, were the ones in trouble. Because honey bees have people looking after them due to the money making value in them, they stand a greater chance of survival.
I didn’t realise just how many varieties of wild bees there are out there and how precarious their situation is.
You’ll find here and here, some good advice on how you can help give them a chance.
I entered this painting depicting their plight in the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters last Fall and it was one if the winners.
I have always been intrigued by this derelict building in Glovertown. It can be seen from the road in town, looming higher than the forest surrounding it. It is quite creepy. As a teenager I went inside. Never would I attempt that now. I went there a few years ago with my daughter and took pictures to use as reference some day. Well the time is now. This piece is 3 by 3 feet. I am in early stages at this point and I am excited to see what comes of it.
Excerpt:”The Terra Nova Sulphite Co. Mill was built in 1921 by the Terra Nova Sulphite Company with the financial aid of Norwegian investors. Today the shelled concrete structure of this abandoned pulp mill can be seen towering over the banks of the Terra Nova River near the community of Glovertown. During the early 20th century pulp mills became very popular as the demand for pulp was high. The island had an abundance in black spruce trees which were considered ideal for pulp and paper making. This led the Terra Nova Sulphite Company to begin looking for investors for placing a pulp mill in Glovertown.
The location was chosen for two reasons; its proximity to salt water and the Terra Nova River, which would allow for hydro power generation and the ability to transport wood down the river to the mill.”
I did decide after to change up the sky and the total feel of this piece and I am glad to have done so. I want to play around and away from what I am used to doing. Stretch my creative arm so to speak. This is still acrylic and really just the underpainting.
I am laying down the layers for my next piece. This is from a photo I took while visiting my friend in Southport Newfoundland. So far I am thinking of a dramatic sky like the last one I painted. This could change as I work along.