Not too much painting going on right now. We are into preparations for our trip to Calvert Island, which is north of Port Hardy and is the southern tip of the Great Bear Rainforest. We leave Monday, the 18th and return 6 days later.
This trip is part of an ambitious event sponsored by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and is the brainchild of artist Mark Hobson. Over 50 artists, all told, will travel to the region as a protest against the oil tankers coming down the BC coast as a result of the proposed Gateway Pipeline project. We will all paint or sketch on location and the result will be a travelling show and a coffee table book. CBC and Global tv are expected to be covering the event.
The artists are divided into groups of about 12. Our group includes our friends, Mike Svob and Gaye Adams, as well as Mark Hobson and Robert Bateman. This is a trip of a lifetime for me as I have always wanted to go to this region.
The challenge is to get the supplies down to a minimum, as we are quite restricted as to how much stuff we can take. I'm taking 9 x 12 masonite panels to paint on as that is the maximum size that will fit in my backpack. Also a small stool, easel, palette, paints, brushes and a collapsible water bucket.
I will post photos from the trip when we return.