Christopher Kovacs - Fine Art
July 13, 2024   7:13 am NL Time

Amid the Stacks

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Amid the Stacks


Status of Original Painting – Sold

All prices are in Canadian dollars

Size: 20 x 15  inches

Price: $1,280 sold at Red Ochre Gallery

Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches


I took the reference photo for this painting while in a little zodiac, off the coast near Bay Bulls, Newfoundland. The pilot turned us into what seemed like a dark cave, and we trundled along at a slow speed. Conversation aboard stopped. The only sounds were the murmuring of the engine, splashes of water on rocks, and echoes of our passage. Up ahead, the darkness split in two with a sliver of bright light, and then like two curtains, the towering cliffs on either side parted, revealing open water ahead. It was quite a dramatic moment.

One thing about the internet I like is that it’s enabled me to find words that I figure must exist. I’ll google “what is a word that means…” and usually I’ll discover a word that exactly fits what I wanted to say.

In this case, that word is sea stack, a pillar of rock separated by water from the rest of the coastline.

What you see on the left is a massive sea stack, while on the right it’s the coast of the island of Newfoundland. The tiny trees up top give you a sense of scale. We passed by other sea stacks on the journey. Plus a large family of frolicking humpback whales and many colorful boats in the harbor.

And so if you hadn’t already, now you can understand the title “Amid the Stacks.”

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