Halifax Harbour Sketching Two

The waterfront around the city has changed so much in just a short time. The two paintings at Fairview Cove are a simple reminder of the speed of the change. When I first started sketching the harbour vacant lots with views of shipping activity were a easy to access. The particular view of the container pier was available from the parking lot of an abandoned hotel on the hill overlooking the cove.

I made a few sketches from this site over time and one day a car rolled up beside me. When the passenger got out she asked about my work before I asked about hers. It turned out that she was a reporter working on story about the site. She told me that during the demolition of the hotel native artifacts had been discovered. She also added that the cove was believed to be the site of a native camp. My imagination swirled at the thought of everything between what was and what is.