Snow Storm in June

Relentless 50 MPH winds, sideways snow and sleet for almost 2 days. First we lost hot water, then we lost water, then we lost power. Did I mention the winds were relentless and howling? Cabins can shake, did you know that? The wind is coming from the Northeast -- should bring in a lot of icebergs. We are hopeful.

Ideas

Weather is very cold and windy with horizontal rain, so I decided to work on some sketch ideas. I'm working with watercolor and pastel pencils. I brought the table for a very stable, make shift studio. 

Waiting for Icebergs

A variety of terrain, mostly rock, actually all rock up at Crow Head. Lots of exploring for locations for when these icebergs show up, I'll have interesting compositions. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Being at the northern tip of a Peninsula, the weather changes very quickly.

Sunsets


The sunsets have been nothing short of amazing and infinite in variety. Watching the sun set is a serval hour experience, each night. The moods range and swing and change every moment as the sun slips behind the atmosphere -- each facet of the sun setting creates another universe.

Me in my sunset perch.

The next evening stages another spectacular show.

The Cabin

Finally arrived at our main destination, the cabin in Crow Head. It is basically an observation deck with a bedroom attached. It's not really the moon with an atmosphere as you might think from this photo. Beautiful day, can't wait to get started exploring.

From a trail that leads down to the ocean. Incredible views everywhere.

That's not a dirty iceberg. None on the horizon as of yet. In years past, we have been told (and from our research) this view has been filled with icebergs -- all lined up and too many to count. It's easy to count today, nothing. Now we move on and check out the peninsula.

Setting Moon, Pike's Arm


Moonset, 4 am. Beautiful, beautiful light. A promising start for what I hope to be a wonderful day.

Look Who's Here


Modern amenities, look what evil they bring.


Pike's Arm, A Beautiful Place


In Pike's Arm, a view of our next stay. An old house that's been renovated with modern amenities. Great location and even has...


...a possible studio! Fresh coat of paint and good to go. What do you think?


Beautiful view at the water's edge. They tell me icebergs come right up to your nose here. I'm waiting.

First Night: Saint David's


We have arrived at the Maidstone Inn in Saint David's. A beautiful property located on the west coast. The trees learn to bend to the power of the wind -- a learning less here, no bending, no living.


Steps to the sea, I took a pass and you would too if you're smart. This decision comes under the bending law (see above).


Our first morning. A beautiful property -- a great blend of sky, atmosphere, trees, water and meadow.


Fog, I fear will be a frequent visitor. Time for breakfast - 3 fried eggs, lots of bacon, thick cut toast with baked apple jelly (accept it's not apples) and hash browns fried in cod oil. Yum yum! Wonderful hosts, Margaret, Bob and  Lisa. Thanks for a great stay.

Ferry to Newfoundland


Greeted with rain and fog and did I say fog? Hopefully this weather won't last long. The view from my seat on the ferry.


My private dark cabin -- private in a sense that everybody else on the ship wanted to be in the lounge where the food and bright lights are. Fortunately, smooth seas. I've been on rougher lakes.


We made it. Entrance to the harbor at Channel Port Aux Basques Newfoundland. The quest begins.

New Brunswick to Nova Scotia

Cape Breton, Bras D'Or

New Brunswick to Nova Scotia -- a beautiful drive at 58 MPH. Looking forward to settling soon. Ferry to Newfoundland tomorrow. A foot of snow reported in some areas.

In Search of Icebergs, Day 2

Waiting for clearance at the Canadian border

Because we haven't been to Canada in quite some time, 18 years since our honeymoon, Canadian authorities wanted to do a background check to see if everything was kosher. We passed with flying colors and were on our way within the hour. Drove across New Brunswick, amazing massive clouds, great light the whole way. It was beautiful. Weather forecast for Twillingate: snow. Yay! By now you should all know that I love snow.

Artist in Residence at my Studio

Flashback to 2013, Paul helping in my studio priming canvases. I felt a little like Tom Sawyer here.

I miss my studio already. My son, Paul, will be the artist in residence at my studio whilst I’m iceberg hunting. Living amongst the chipmunks for him will be a breath of fresh air.

In Search of Icebergs, Day 1, none sited

Traffic and rain

Barbara and I are off to an amazing start on our trip to Newfoundland. We helped a young musician jump start his car at a gas station while we were fueling up and then we were immediately rewarded with roads full of traffic all the way through Connecticut. Slow going but we made it to Maine. We're slightly ahead of schedule and raring to go.  I haven't seen an iceberg yet, very disappointed.

Tree Portraits

"Sentinel", oil/panel, 36x36

10 paintings from my White Pine Suite will be shown locally at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA -- not too far from the trees at the Marie Zimmerman Estate that inspired these paintings. There will be a reception this Sunday, from 5-7. If you're in the area, stop by and say hello.

Hotel Fauchere, 401 Broad Street, Milford PA
Sunday, May 20th, 5-7

Kickstarter Rewards

The first of the Kickstarter rewards will go out on Monday -- the no frills River Bend DVD, same great info as the original River Bend without the fancy packaging. It's not too late to get one. They are $50 (free shipping). Email Barbara for more information if you're interested.

If you pledged my Kickstarter, we are in the process of sending out "surveys" to collect your mailing address. Look for it in your email inbox. As you know, it will take time for all of the rewards involving icebergs. I will keep you up to date on my progress, here and through Kickstarter.

Kickstarter Goal Reached and Surpassed!


Many thanks to all who participated in my Kickstarter*.  I am humbled to have surpassed my goal and want to thank all who have reached out with words of encouragement and action to support my next project, Icebergs. You all have made this project a reality for me and for that, I thank you.

As many of you know by now, I do my work in series and I am embarking on a new motif — icebergs. I want to bring my vision to a timeless motif. I am enthralled by their large, graphic and colorful shapes set against the northern sky and sea, a visual feast. I want to portray this subject in a grand sense. This trip will not be the ordinary process for me. I have to go to the icebergs to gather my reference and research and will be away for an extended period of time. Making any body of work requires time, courage and materials.


Your enthusiasm and continued support is most appreciated and I can’t wait to share this adventure with you. Barbara and I have been planning our trip, making to do lists and gathering supplies — of which, there is much to do and gather. We have ordered the bear spray, hopefully we won't need it.

We will be posting updates, photos and video clips from our trip and my progress from the studio, mostly on my Blog, "Peter Fiore Thoughts on Painting" and on Instagram. If you’d like to follow along on this adventure, be sure to click subscribe and enter your email address at the top of my blog and follow me on Instagram as well. It’s going to be an all-consuming project and I am anxious to get started.

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My Kickstarter is Live!

I have Launched a Kickstarter to fund a new project that I am very excited about. I am offering prints, small paintings, a family recipe among other things. I hope you will take a look and consider supporting me in this new endeavor. Every bit helps and I really appreciate your support. Click here to visit Kickstarter and learn more about my new project.

Continuing Education at SVA


Registration is open for my 2018 Continuing Education class at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. "The Painting of Light" starts January 23rd and runs through April 3rd, every Tuesday from 12-2:30. More info... http://www.sva.edu/continuing-education/fine-arts/the-painting-of-light-18-cs-fic-2284-a