After Quinnipiac came down I thought I might do a series on endangered historical properties. I started Richmond cottage but gave up on it. This winter I went there to take some photos after hearing it was up for sale. Now that it is on the block it will join my depictions of Quinnipiac and Bryn Mawr.
Early stage yet. I like to think of this structure as proud and puffing its chest out before it meets its demise.
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.
On the heels of the destruction of Quinnipiac in St. John’s, I have decided to work on preserving, in images, those buildings which need our attention and care. I have been painting heritage homes for many years, including the Barbour House in 2006. Fortunately, people had the foresight to preserve that structure.
One of the values of art is the ability to aesthetically reconstruct threatened or lost artifacts, so that people may share in the grandeur of these treasures.
I was fortunate to have the front page of the local paper here.