In late September/early October of 2001, Sheila and I honeymooned in Newfoundland. Thanks to a friend out there we had a great place to stay in Pouch Cove. We did lots of hiking and some landscape drawing while we were there, but most importantly, the trip inspired a lengthy series of paintings when we returned and moved into a little house on Blackthorn Ave in Toronto. I had a new studio, a 12X12 wood shed behind our little house. I called it my Secret Lab. Through the fall and into winter of 2001, through the first months of 2002, I experienced one of my most prolific periods of paintings. I worked on many pictures at the same time. They were spread out on the floor, walls and on any surface which could hold a painting. These were oil paintings, which I built up over time, session after session until the final image emerged. Here is one of the paintings from that period which I still have. It’s called St. Phillips after a community in Newfoundland, near which we enjoyed a marvelous long hike through a forest which ended at a cliff overlooking the sea. I believe I exhibited this painting at Loop Gallery in an exhibition called Field & Stream. This painting is smallish, maybe 18 inches tall.
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