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Friday, November 2, 2007

Plein air painting - Niagara Falls to Quebec

Our last day of painting...
In the morning it was warm if you stayed in the sun, so we painted at the boardwalk. Nothing spectacular that caught my eye but, I did a little warm up painting.

From the boardwalk, we moved to a street of end to end cafes ,looking for the dramatic lighting...

At the end of the street, the sun was hitting the Ministry of Finance building and lighting up a maple tree on the sidewalk. it started to get colder, so this looked good to me. Brandy went off for lunch and I painted quickly to be able to move to a warmer location.

I was quite happy with this painting and when Brandy returned, we decide to go up to the fort for some full sun exposure - we did not think about the wind chill up on the hill. Though I started a painting, it was soon apparent that finishing it would be another matter...

We finally decided that our painting part of the trip was 'finis' and went back to Maison du Fort, where we warmed up with a hot cup of tea and a quick chat with Marielle.

I invited her to view our paintings before they were safely packed for the long trip back to Niagara Falls. She gave us a wonderful suggestion for dinner at a local restaurant called Condi's.

We were not disappointed! I had my raviolis again but, this time they were stuffed with lobster - wonderful! and baked french onion soup - well deserved after a cold day outside...

The next morning bright and early, after a send off by Marielle and her two friendly kittys, we were on the VIA rail first class car heading back to southern Ontario.

Breakfast on the train was very good (not like the faux eggs benedict we had the other day at a local restaurant for $20.00 each - when I remember the name, I'll post it to warn you - the hostess was so rude, telling us we could not bring our paintboxes in with us...)

It was good to sit and relax and be served.

I have a showing tomorrow locally in Niagara Falls at Niagara Square.If you're nearby drop in between 10 and 5.

Till next post...