Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Madeleine Island Dunes

Madeleine Island Dunes
36" x 36" - acrylic on canvas - $700
In September 2015 we spent a few days touring the Les Iles de la Madeleine - a small archipelago (the red islands in the map below) in the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence, that is part of the Province of Quebec. 

As we drove all around the islands we stopped at many of the beaches, not to swim, but to just breathe the ocean air and marvel at the size, isolation and beauty of the them. Some were rugged and some were surrounded by magnificent sand dunes, like these below, the first of which inspired the painting above.

The painting evolved this way......

When I started painting I wasn't sure how much of the magenta ground would ultimately show through. It did however determine the other colours I used, and I really liked what was happening.  It is definitely a lively, colourful painting, but for me, reminiscent of good times, and a beautiful pristine spot in the world. 


  1. It's obvious, Pat, that this stunning painting reflects your love of this place.
    We live on such a beautiful planet...

  2. Such lovely work indeed, and nice photos. Greetings.