This is the second of my "Battlefields of Canada" paintings, done on site in September, 2015. The historical marker for this 1689 skirmish between Canadian coureur des bois and Iroquois warriors is a tiny plot on the island of Montreal, and unsuitable for painting. I moved around to the opposite side of the bay and painted towards the battlefield (it lies on the opposite shore in my painting).
It was a beautiful day in a beautiful place. My memories of the moment include bright, crisp light coming straight toward me, a stiff breeze off the St. Lawrence, a group of old men arguing about WWII fighter planes, and, faintly in the distance, the crackle of muskets.
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