Painting Quidi Vidi Newfoundland

Painting Quidi Vidi Newfoundland

A Place Called Quidi Vidi – Painting Newfoundland

With Newfoundland still fresh in my thoughts, I’ve been revisiting the images captured during my inspiring month at Pouch Cove Foundation. While I usually refrain from translating photographs into full-fledged paintings, there was something captivating about my first weekend in Newfoundland, particularly our visit to the enchanting Quidi Vidi Brewery nestled in the equally charming neighborhood of Quidi Vidi. This painting inspired by Quidi Vidi Newfoundland is an ode to a place I now hold dear.

Painting Quidi Vidi Newfoundland

Quidi Vidi Harbour Newfoundland – photo: Brandy Saturley

Pronunciations of “Quidi Vidi” vary among the locals, with “Kiddy Vidi” being the most common rendition. One delightful theory suggests that the name originated from a beloved cat named Vidi. Situated adjacent to Quidi Vidi Lake, where the Royal St. John’s Regatta takes place every first Wednesday in August (weather permitting), the village is graced by the renowned “Gut” harbor and houses the Quidi Vidi Battery Provincial Historic Site, along with various small businesses.

Painting Quidi Vidi Newfoundland

Quidi Vidi Newfoundland – photo: Brandy Saturley

Despite the limited time I had to explore this distinctive fishing village, I couldn’t help but absorb the humor and pride permeating the air. The photograph I took encapsulates much of what I felt about Quidi Vidi—its uniqueness, charm, and a touch of disheveled authenticity.

Painting Quidi Vidi Newfoundland

Translating this sentiment into a painting became a personal mission. I took my photograph and honed in on simplifying its elements, unveiling the story embedded within. The result is a vibrant portrayal, rendered in oils, acrylics, and neon gouache on a beautiful wood panel. The choice of materials aimed to replicate the lively palette of painted wood structures and boats that define the visual tapestry of Newfoundland.

In essence, my painting seeks to encapsulate Quidi Vidi not just as a picturesque locale but as a living art installation, a testament to the rich culture of Newfoundland. The colors, the textures, and the subtle chaos of the village come together to create a piece that mirrors the essence of this captivating corner of the world.

Quidi Vidi Painting

Quidi on the Vidi – Oil and Acrylic on Wood Panel 24 x 18 x 1.5 in 2024, Brandy Saturley

You can find more details about this painting here.