Wednesday, 24 March 2010

River to the sea


The movement of water over rock carved out this little curved pool at the base of some high cliffs near Red Head.   A stream wound its way from miles uphill through barrens, woods and rock.  It hugged the rock, mixing with a trickle oozing from the rock face that joined it on its journey to the sea.

It picked up speed as the ground sloped downwards over time and water smoothed rock leaving little bubbles of are and creating bands of foam then darkening as the stony hollow deepened.  It  became more still ,as if deciding what to do and where to go.  It hesitated before taking the final plunge into the salty ocean, relinquishing its sweetness to the cycle that would go on forever.

Water in Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the least polluted in the world.  Its clarity always amazes me, whether in streams like this or at the ocean's edge where I can see to the bottom as long as light permits.  Not all rivers remain pristine as industry encroaches on wilderness, but with a land so full of ponds and lakes and wilderness, we have a better chance than most to access natural water that is still unpolluted.
 This pastel has more work left in it, but its heading in the right direction I believe.  This pool was found after travelling down a path that only mountain goats would go, that lead to the water and leave you at sea level literally.


Katherine Tyrrell said...

Like I said - pastel suits you just fine!

I'm wondering if you were using that nostrum 'mostly, some and a bit' re the colour what the bit would be?

Lindsay said...

Beautiful pastel and it your clean water is something we here in Illinois can aspire to!

Jeanette said...

Its still a learning curve for me, this pastel, but I enjoy the medium most of the time when I play with it.

The 'bit' would be some shots of higher key colour that fall mostly into the range of colours that I'm using I think Katherine. Its all intuitive, I don't plan a thing.

Thanks Lindsay. I think we are all complacent about water and how its treated or accessed. If we lost it tomorrow, we wouldn't know what to do.

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Another lovely pastel Jeanette...and the colors!

Susan Tschantz said...

I always enjoy your handling of water and how you avoid the sterotypical "white noise"

I point this out to my students on how to handle water.