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This painting breaks every rule about dividing your picture right down the middle.
Except that Canadian artists of the 20th century broke this rule constantly. The point is it’s almost impossible to get a clear view of Nanaimo Bay from Living Well campsite, and I wanted to reflect that by painting a glimpse of the Bay.
Perched on a log deep in leaves, branches and undergrowth I saw this fierce triangle of dead tree limb leading out into the view, with a newly growing trunk sprouting from it’s base. Together with the central trunk I feel it creates a strong composition leading to the tide coming in across the Bay to cover the little islands.