Monday, November 19, 2007
Just finished this 8x10" painting (since gifted to a friend,) "Sunset at Cedar Bay," which was inspired by a picture I have from my favorite hangout back in Canada. It was my virtually private retreat on the shores of Lake Erie, where I spent many pleasant hours. Predominantly oak trees with the slightest smattering of hickories, there's not a cedar tree in sight. Scoured ages ago by the glaciers that eventually became the Great Lakes, the beach is also littered with coral fossils. I always thought I'd be blown away if the fossils were a million years old. After further research, I discovered that they're over 500 million years old, from the Ordovician period of the Paleozoic era. The tabulate & rugose coral fossils I'd found were among the earliest life forms on Earth.