Friday, February 06, 2015

Fishing sheds

 New Perlican Fishing Sheds - Sold
6" x 8" oil on panel

New Perlican is one of the oldest settlements in Newfoundland, dating back to the early 1600s, perhaps before that.  Its a small community of just 188 people according to Statistics Canada's last census count in 2006. 

Historically a fishing community, it still has a very active harbour with colourful sheds perched partway on handmade wharves that curve the harbour shoreline.  The coloured sheds are common in some parts of the province, but seem more so in this part of the island.

New Perlican was one of my stops in my search for wooden boats last year and despite its historic significance, I could not find a single wooden boat there!  They were all fibreglass.  However the sheds made up for the lack of wooden boats and this painting is a closer look at a couple of them sitting on the harbour.  The green shed was a sketch from the other side of the harbour.


Lisa Graham Art said...

What a pretty place. I love your work here, there is so much depth there from all the layering you have done. It's really wonderful. I especially love all the little houses in the background. Have a nice weekend!

Jeanette Jobson said...

It is very picturesque there Lisa, as are many small fishing communities around the province.

Using a palette knife on a small piece can be a challenge to not overwhelm it, but its fun to try.

At the last minute I decided to put in the houses on the other side of the harbour. Its interesting that something as simple as an unsophisticated blob of colour can "read" as a house.

fabriquefantastique said...

an elegant blog, look forward to following.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

your wooden boat project actually made me look more for wooden boats, and the ones I could find where usually rotting away in dry dock :/ shame really since the wood ones seem to have more character

lovely colourful sheds :)

Jeanette Jobson said...

Welcome to the blog fabriquefantastique. Please ask if you have questions about anything.

Jen, I can see the switch to fibreglass boats as they're more efficient and pretty much maintenance free, but the wooden boats are definitely more interesting, I agree.