Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Shack Island

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Shack Island is located in Hammond Bay within the Nanaimo city boundaries. At low tide it is actually a peninsula. There are a number of shacks that originate from the early 1900’s when there was a whaling station in this area.

About a dozen one and two room little shacks are still there from those days. There are no a amenities or utility services such as water or electricity. It is my understanding that these shacks belong to long time Nanaimo families that camp there for a few weeks in the summer and on weekends. Owners keep fixing, modifying and repainting these little structures. For many years we used to live close to Hammond Bay and I made many sketches of these shacks until last year when we moved downtown.

We visited the area yesterday with our Monday morning paintout group to do some sketching and painting.

Shack Island

Shack Island


Author: John Hofman

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