poetry and prose about place

painting of a covered bridge

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When I was preparing the basics of my new book, ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’, I did a couple of paintings as a possible cover image.


One of the paintings I prepared was ‘choke cherries at Ellis Bridge’ (24″ wide by 20″ high, acrylic, gallery edges, painted June 2016) a study of late summer at the covered bridge over the North Becaguimec River in Carleton County. Since another painting was chosen as the cover art for my book, ‘choke cherries at Ellis Bridge’ is my new submission to Isaacs’s Way Restaurant for their art auction. My painting ‘Farmyard in Winter’ sold before the Autumn Art Auction #31 was over and most artists submit a painting to fill their ‘space’.


‘choke cherries at Ellis Bridge’ by Jane Tims (24″ wide by 20″ high, acrylic, gallery edges)


The Ellis Bridge is a charming covered bridge, situated on a little-used road near Carlisle, Carleton County, New Brunswick. Built in 1909, it is one of 59 covered bridges remaining in New Brunswick and a lovely spot to pass a summer day. Two poems in my book are based on our visit to the Ellis Bridge. One, ‘bunches of bitter’, features some of the initials carved inside the bridge.


bunches of bitter

Ellis Bridge

North Becaguimec River #4


beside the Ellis Bridge

choke-cherries hang in mist

and berries blacken


R.S., E L O

who were they?

Braxton, KAMRYN

S M, G M P


did they wade the shallow water?

fish for trout?

shout and listen for echo?


did they strip berries from branches?

pucker lips and cheeks?

does Eric still love Linda?



I love showing my work at Isaac’s Way. The art is viewed by everyone enjoying a meal at the restaurant and 50% of the proceeds from my sales are donated to ART lessons for kids-in-need. If you love covered bridges and would like some original art for your home, drop by and have a look at my work.



Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

December 13, 2017 at 7:15 am

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  1. A very beautiful painting!



    December 14, 2017 at 2:13 am

    • Hi Rebecca. Thanks! Those berries took a long time to do … each a circle, then the basic colour and highlights!

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      jane tims

      December 19, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      • A lot of work, but they definitely add to the charm and appeal of the painting!

        Liked by 1 person


        December 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm

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