The Road Less Travelled
oil study on canvas paper - 6 x 9
The Baccalieu Gallery is located in Heart's Content, about a 130km drive from my home in the city. Although the building is empty during the winter/early spring, I have technology on my side so that I can view every part inside and out through remote cameras, with motion activation alarms and smoke detectors on 24/7 alert.
But, I still like to visit the property every couple of weeks to double check in person. Part of the drive to the gallery is my favourite, across the Heart's Content Barrens. This is a stretch of road that can have a completely different climate from down by the ocean or in the city, but the roads are kept well sanded and plowed, making travel pretty straightforward unless there is a major snowfall or snow squall.
The views across the barrens is, to me, always spectacular and always interesting, no matter what the weather. This view shows a front of snow coming in fast on a cold day in December. The almost monochrome palette gives drama to the scene and the snow was flying by the time I got to the other end of the road.