Landmarks, Nova Scotia Paintings. Two

The Chase Art Gallery at the Nova Scotia Archives has been the public home of our project for the last month. The concept of paintings created in Nova Scotia and what they could be opened a door where the painting work was only half the fun to all the background stuff taking us down paths rarely taken. You may also like the posts Landmarks and Perspective which are related to the work as well.

Halifax Ship Puppets

Artwork can take you down some very interesting roads and recently the Halifax waterfront has been one of them. I had begun sketching along the shore a few years ago and recently the view has been very interesting and on a super grand scale. It is a display of modern ship building.
A few days ago a giant ship with cranes and two prebuilt sections of ships arrived in the harbour. As I made the drawing below one of the sections had already been lowered onto its water hull and moved aside by tugs, the second piece waited to be moved into place.
   I wondered how it would be possible to have all this happen and before long I found myself watching a giant puppet show. The large beams and their attachments were swung using long ropes to guide the assembly between the buildings and the ship itself. An amazing dance of steel and wire and workers all moving with a common purpose. Amazing.
Only hours later on the shore at Annapolis Royal we were treated to a display of old time wooden boat building with the construction of a "Tancook Whaler". Dancing to a different tune. 


Rendering a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional surface is no easy task. You could start using accumulated  techniques of visual perspective but that would limit the viewpoint to one. 

Landmarks, Nova Scotia Paintings Showtime

 A very busy day hanging paintings. They are up on the walls,ready for your enjoyment.