6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2016
I am psyching myself up to start another big canvas, this time the subject will be the stunning moss and rocky hillside my paddling partner, Erica, and I found on Sulphide Lake in 2013. We were on a four day canoe trip with CanoeSki Discovery Company; the adventure was called "Canoeing and Painting In The Wild".
Have you ever been strolling, wandering, paddling, rowing, hiking, biking or jogging along and suddenly WHAM! nature hits you right between the eyes with something so glorious, so unbelievably breathtaking that you can do little more than stare with your mouth wide open, eyes brimming with tears? I hope you have had that experience. It is like a miracle. That is how I felt when I saw this moss-laden rocky hill. I was overcome with such gratitude to find myself there in that very moment to witness this bit of nature in the light of that morning. The moss was utterly illuminated. It was spectacular. And Erica was the right person with whom to experience it. When we had to paddle away I almost felt a sense of loss. To this day I am in awe of what we saw.