Christopher Kovacs - Fine Art
June 25, 2024   11:56 am NL Time

Silent Sentinel

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Silent Sentinel


Status of Original Painting – For Sale

All prices are in Canadian dollars

Size: 10.6 x 20.5  inches

Price: Inquire

Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches


It’s a forbidding sky with lightning over Cape Bonavista, and rough waves at sea.

Cape Bonavista Lighthouse guards the entrances to Trinity Bay and Bonavista Bay at the tip of the Bonavista peninsula in Newfoundland. It became active in 1843 until going quiet in 1962. At that point in time, it was replaced by an ugly, naked steel tower, located behind the original and thankfully not visible in this view. A museum is now housed in the original building and tower. On display is the rare catoptrics lighting system (Argand oil lamps and parabolic silver mirrors), and exhibits pertaining to coopering, fishing, whaling and sealing.

The reference photo showed a bland overcast and foggy day and relatively calm waters. I’m told that’s typical for Bonavista. But I decided to change that up and make it more dramatic, as you can see. “Silent Sentinel” refers to the fact that this lighthouse is no longer operational.

The tower was hit by lightning in 2001 but the ensuing fire was quickly extinguished.

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