I returned to the studio and Albert went to Grundy Lake to meet Jessica. We passed each other somewhere along the highway.

I reproduced my sketch of Jessica in her kayak by taking a line photograph in the studio. I scaled it to about the real ratio with Landsea06 (Placentia Bay approaching Argentia Harbor)...




Tomorrow or Monday I'll resume work on the studio painting which could be subtitled to the subtitle: "Approach to The Rock". I'll begin working on a four frame panorama of the west shore of Placentia Bay.


The Newfoundlanders call their huge island, "Tha Rock". The land falls down from tundra ("the barrens") to the ocean in rocky cliffs. Anywhere there is a river or a stream valley there is also a fishing village on a pebble beach. It is, in that way, like the Gaspe of Quebec.


...three of the World War II underground American bunkers for 282 Coastal Defense Battery pointing towards Placentia Bay at the harbor entrance to Argentia which probably housed 6-inch Seacoast Guns on Barbette Carriages (M1903A2 - range approx. 15 miles or 25 kilometers) .


One of my early versions of the approach to Argentia Harbor (the ferry terminal of St. Johns, Newfoundland) included ghostly images of Churchill and some of the men of the ill fated battleship, Prince of Wales. Churchill traded the base at Argentia to America for arms. It was there that Roosevelt and he met to sketch the Atlantic Charter.

The majority of the clauses which were accepted by the Inter-Allied Council and by United Nations have been broken by the signing parties.


I thought... broken treaties are no new thing. It should be expected. Nothing unusual. I settled upon one of the themes which I often return to - the largeness of the world and the smallness of humanity. Places which are thumbnail spots on maps represent huge spaces in which our largest constructions are lost like the fairly big, MV Joseph and Clara Smallwood that I was on.


Why names like "Placentia" and "Argentia"? Because, the Portuguese fishermen there in the 15th century.


Painter: Adolphe Marie Rousé

They sailed in open lateen rigged boats in large flotillas for safety from Portugal to the Grand Banks for fish.

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