Watercolour 6 x 12
Studying islands, whether small rocks rising out of the ocean, or larger land masses supporting population and economy has an appeal. There are islands in all regions of the world and I can think of a number of them off Newfoundland, some supporting life and others isolated outcrops in the Atlantic. Accessing them to draw or paint on site or even take photos could be a challenge, but it may be worth exploring.
I have been meaning to do a little sketch of a view in Corsica this month through The Virtual Paintout, but haven't had much time lately. I've wandered around the island and it has many similarities to Newfoundland in terms of geography - well just not the weather perhaps. Islands tend to be rocky outcrops with links to the sea and land for income. Corsica has the benefit of warm weather for citrus and olive crops and the fame of being Napoleon Bonaparte's place of birth to aid tourism.
To those who don't live on an island, island life seems idyllic and in some ways it is. In other ways it is problematic with services not as easily accessible as on a mainland. The isolation of an island creates unique cultures in the arts, whether visual, music, literary or theatre. Islands usually have flourishing artistic communities and tend to be welcoming places to those who want to become involved.
I wandered through parts of Corsica and found this vantage point overlooking the Mediterranean. The rocky outcrops of cliffs and the sea stretching out to the clouds on the horizon remind me that all islands are connected to each other no matter where they are.