North Head Soldier by Martha Johnson
North Head Soldier
by Martha Johnson
      acrylic on panel
      12" x 12", 2010

Welcome to a painting workshop with Martha Johnson on Grand Manan Island in Atlantic Canada's Maritimes, in the Bay of Fundy.

GRAND MANAN ISLAND has inspired artists and writers from Canada and New England for more than a century. Canadian painters including the Group of Seven's Arthur Lismer and A.Y Jackson both painted on Grand Manan—smoke sheds and wharfs, dramatic lighthouses, meadows of wild-flowers and rugged coastal rock formations. Willa Cather was a regular visitor in her prime writing days. She vacationed each summer in a style that still attracts American visitors.

The island is 17 miles long and 9 miles wide. We have lots of territory to cover, with new vistas each day. Every workshop morning we drive to a fresh or favorite location, to spend the day sketching, painting, taking photos. The island provides seacoast cliffs, lighthouses, beaches, old fishing sheds, harbours and meadows. You will come away with a series, each visual its own work or an inspiration for a larger painting.

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