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Drawing A Day #13: Bergs on parade

June 28th, 2010

Our parents took an impromptu weekend vacation to Newfoundland to go see the ‘Iceberg Parade’ (look up these terms on Google Images, prepare your oohs and ahhs), so I decided use this as the inspiration for today’s D.A.D. This is actually a bit of a nerve-wracking post for me because I went way outside my comfort zone for this one… and did a landscape painting — something I haven’t done since 2nd year university!

Here it is *gulp*, and I call it Bergs on parade:

Hands down, I worked on this longer than any of the other D.A.D.’s I’ve done so far; I didn’t know how best to capture Newfoundland, its beauty, and all its quirky and wonderful features. I could’ve gone with my usual style and illustrated a lobster or ‘kissing the cod’, but after a few starts & stops, this is where I ended.

While brainstorming, I posted a status update on my facebook profile, asking for people’s input. I was blown away by the response:
No shortage of inspiration, to be sure, but then I think I felt some added pressure: this place means a lot to people. So hopefully, even though I ended up diverging from most of what people suggested, and even though landscapes ain’t my thing, this will resonate with at least one Newfoundlander out there!

I’ve only been to The Rock once before and was blown away. The people, the vibe, the houses, the culture, the terrain… are all so different from anywhere I’d been in Canada; even the sky feels different somehow. I gotta get back there, and I gotta go see those bergs.

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  1. June 28th, 2010 at 12:08 | #1

    My goodness Emily Chen. Your artistic side is truly multi-faceted. That landscape should be hanging in a gallery somewhere.

  2. Meg Mac
    June 28th, 2010 at 13:26 | #2

    Em – It’s amazing! I believe you captured it beautifully!

  3. mt
    June 28th, 2010 at 14:31 | #3

    it is stunning m!! you should step out of your comfort zone more often!

  4. June 28th, 2010 at 15:50 | #4

    Oh man… you guys are too nice — thanks! I was so nervous about this one, but you’ve reassured me that maybe stepping out of the box once in a while is worth it.

  5. Steve Moons
    June 28th, 2010 at 18:40 | #5

    This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen you do – and I love your stuff. Maybe I’m just a landscape guy. I don’t have the words to express how beautiful this is.

  6. keithpike
    June 29th, 2010 at 02:15 | #6

    that picture is some good girl. I likes it!

  7. Michelle
    June 29th, 2010 at 22:32 | #7

    I’ve been looking for an artwork that reflects the spirit of this beautiful place, ever since I started working on a project on the Rock. This is it! I’m going to show it off to my team. Thanks again!

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