Two boats in Petty Harbour

“Newfoundland is of the sea. A mighty granite stopper thrust into the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, its coasts present more than five thousand miles of rocky headlands, bays, capes and fiords to the sweep of the Atlantic.”
Farley Mowat “Bay of Spirits”

Before I left for Newfoundland I stopped in the library and picked up a copy of Farley Mowat’s “Bay of Spirits” — the book he wrote about his time sailing around the outports along Newfoundland’s Southwest coast in the late 1950s. It was the ideal book to have along because every time I came upon a harbour I was reminded of his descriptions of schooners and skippers and steamers and a Newfoundland that mostly doesn’t exist anymore. And even though I’m not a big fan of air travel, a little part of me was happy my plane ride home today was delayed so I could enjoy the last pages of the book before landing. The perfect way to end the week.


9 Comments on “Two boats in Petty Harbour”

  1. tmikeporter says:

    Classic scene. Love the composition.

  2. Lee Kline says:

    Love those reds, Shari.

  3. Marion says:

    Visiting Newfoundland has always been a dream for me. I love your quote from Farley Mowat. We had a wonderful large water-colour growing up that featured a wildy stormy sea and two men in a dory pulling being heaved up a large wave, as they pulled away from high cliffs. I don’t know what happened to that painting but it is burned into my memory

  4. CharlieAmra says:

    I love how you simplified the scene yet still provided tons of details, especially the variations in the greens of the distant hills.

  5. kipps74 says:

    I was in ‘Talamh an Eisc’ in July visiting my daughter in Conception Bay South and I got to see Petty Harbour as well as other lovely coves and harbours! Your watercolour brings it back to me! Go raibh mile Maith agat!(Thank you very much in Irish!)

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