11 degrees celcius on October 19th at Newtown. Calm with a gentle fog on the water, and the sun starting to set. Amazing, considering that a week or so ago we took the same little trail and had our breath taken away with a cold and fierce wind on this same little walking trail. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to live in a place where the weather doesn’t change drastically from day to day. Winds, tides, and whether or not we see the sun is a topic for discussion all the time here in Newfoundland.

Tourism Ads

This new tourism ad from the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador features a nearby attraction.  The Barbour Living Heritage Village is in Newtown, Bonavista Bay, just ten minutes or less from my studio.  My mom grew up in Newtown, and I spent lots of time there as a kid, at my grandparents’ house just over on the point past the historic Barbour houses.  The video also shows other sites in my region, slightly farther afield.

The Gill’s Place

12×18″ | Oil on Plywood | Janet Davis 2011

This is a small commissioned piece that I did which I guess has been unwrapped by now.  Hopefully it is being enjoyed in its new home in Nova Scotia.  The property pictured belonged to Edwin Gill and then his son, Gerald Gill.  It sits overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Newtown, just a ten minute drive from my studio.  This house and the people who have lived in it have been an important part of my childhood and what led me to appreciate  my heritage.