About the Ship:
Acadia was launched in 1913 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England at the yards of Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. She was the first vessel specifically designed and built to survey Canada's northern waters, and her career took her from the dangerous, ice-infested waters of Hudson's Bay to Nova Scotia's South Shore. In her early years, she was responsible for pioneering hydrographic research in Canada's Arctic waters. At the end of her career, she was used to chart the coast of Newfoundland after it joined Confederation in 1949, creating entirely new charts and updating some that were nearly a century old.
Digital painting by Kim Hutchinson:
My digital paintings are snapshots of life here in the Canadian Maritime provinces. A digital painting, as I define it, is a work of art created using technology (i.e. digital camera, scanner and computer), in lieu of traditional materials (i.e. brushes, paints and canvas). I start with a digital photograph as my base and use the pixels of colour within as paint. I play with each photo, altering its focus, colour and form, adding some elements, smudging others. Each picture dictates the painting style. Some compositions, for example, remind me of an Impressionist painting, and so I use tiny pixels of colour to render the image. The technique is essentially the same as conventional painting but with a few distinct differences. One, the materials are quite different and two, digital painting is far more forgiving. Conventional painting has no 'undo' function. (I wish everything in life had an undo function!)