The tamaracks are high in their annual golden change, along with the oaks and birches... the maple glow down on the ground ... as it has done this week here. The hills have become smoky... and the colour muted ... as I prefer it! I have the car loaded with panels and canvases... a new set of paints and brushes and all of my gear loaded ready to get on the road in about an hour. I am up ( too early)... like "The Boy" always was on Christmas morn... driven by "visions of sugar plums... dancing in my head! And for me, this annual trek to The Park is exactly that. A high... and much anticipated celebration in my painting year.
I enjoyed a wonderful morning and afternoon on Pine Island at the invitation of Peter Frost and his very lovely partner in adventure Kelsey. What wonderful examples of the modern Youth! Their very obvious and earnest passion for the wild moved me deeply and restored my Hope that their are indeed stewards to whom the torch can be passed to honour... protect Mother Earth. They are here to buttress the Keats' beloved summer home in The Islands... before they return to their life of adventure back in Alaska... where they live out and realize their dreams on their 37 foot sail boat "The Privateer." They earn their daily bread precariously on their wit and love of the sea and wilderness... by conducting wilderness tours aboard their boat up the West Coast to its Arctic reaches.
But that Alaskan Adventure is a marvellous tale to be shared on another post soon! Stay tuned!
Here are some photos recording this wonderful "Prelude to Algonquin"... and yes, that will certainly be the title for my first painting in the Park. As mentioned, I plan in themes... and often have titles in mind... already linked to certain places. It saves valuable time to pre-plan... at least for the first day to kick start "the juices." I have high hopes for a productive five days of work... and pleasure and will be more than ready to share my 2012 Autumn Algonquin Adventure with you... in pictorial form!
The Keats family Paradise on Pine Island from the water... Bunkie residence on the left... main cottage to the right
Tucked in for a long ... "Time on an Island"... I hope!
Hear ye! Hear ye spoof given to Keats by his beloved Margaret to celebrate the books publishing birth!
Two "River Boys" becoming acquainted... a painless and pleasurable meeting of "The Old(er) and the Younger!
A fall view snap of a Gananoque Tour Boat edging past Pine Island and the USA to the south
A photographic view of one of my Paint Out "takes" on Keat's Writing Retreat
A beautiful reflective autumn view of Zavicon Island'... stag sumac afire... and oaks fading quickly from their fall russet beauty
My Pine Island Host... Master Mariner on fresh or salt waters... and new Mate, Pete Frost. Yes Pete!... "We" are fast friends... I believe... for the rest of my time here on earth!
Kindred Spirits joined in a belief of Hope and Action...for an ailing Planet!
Would... Could you join us????
Thanks Pete and Kelsey! Our place... when I return ... to Earth! HA HA!!
"TA TA... for now!", as Tigger always said!... and stay tuned!
Good Painting to ALL!