Sunday, November 20, 2011

How about a Bay of Fundy Lighthouse?

Do you like lighthouses?  What about that special someone you want to surprise in just over a month? Would a nice framed print of one my paintings of some of our Bay of Fundy lighthouses be just the right gift?  I will have a good selection at the Grand Manan Christmas market on November 26, but if what you are looking for is not there, I will be pleased to fill your order.

I have six different Bay of Fundy lighthouse prints available in three different sizes and three different frame styles.  Swallowtail Light, at the north end of Grand Manan, is depicted in three different moods; Gannet Rock shows its rugged independence far out at sea, Head Harbour Light on Campobello Island shows why it is a Maritime icon, and rounding out the six, we have the lighthouse on West Quoddy Head, the eastern most point of the United States.

As we head into winter, it is fitting to lead off with the wintery "Swallowtail Snow":

Then there is the consistent favourite choice of those who buy my prints, the lighthouse with crashing surf in the foreground "Swallowtail Surf":

Rounding out the moods of Swallowtail, is "Swallowtail Welcome", showing the lighthouse as a visitor sees it coming to the Island on a calm summer day, along with the welcoming committee of a couple of gulls:

My personal favorite of my lighthouse paintings is "Gannet Rock Afternoon".  Gannet Rock is far out at sea, and the painting depicts the lighthouse on its lonely rock in an afternoon sou'wester.  I painted it to look like it did when it was still manned and well cared for:

If you were to choose a Bay of Fundy lighthouse that might be a Maritime icon, it would have to be Head Harbour Light at the northern end of Campobello Island.  I depicted the lighthouse as seen from the sea, with the morning light glowing in the rugged rocky shore there, and I called it "Head Harbour Morning":

The only American lighthouse in the six is our neighbour at West Quoddy Head, Maine; the easternmost point in the United States.  I have depicted the lighthouse in winter, and took the scene back a hundred years with a schooner beating up by, and I call it "West Quoddy Winter":

Incidentally, "West Quoddy Winter" illustrates why North America's North Atlantic lighthouses often had red markings:  our mariner forefathers could not as readily see an all white lighthouse against a backdrop of snow, but a lighthouse with bright red colouring stood out against the snowy hilside behind it.

The prints are all framed and ready to hang.  The frame size for a print 11" x 14" is 17.5" x 20.5"; the frame for a print 8" x 10" is 14.5" x 16.5"; and the frame for a 5" x 7" print is 11.5" x 13.5".  More complete information on the frames can be found at

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