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covered bridges

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If you follow this blog, you know how much I love covered bridges. We are so lucky in New Brunswick to have 58 remaining covered bridges, but we lose some almost every year, to vandalism, neglect, fire or flood.


I have included covered bridges in my art for years. My first covered bridge painting was of an anonymous bridge. My dad asked me to paint a large mural (8′ x 4′) in our rec room at home and this was the result …


covered bridge mural Enfield painted about 1974

‘a covered bridge in winter’ Jane Spavold (Tims)


When I first arrived in New Brunswick, many of our local trips involved visits to covered bridges. In 1992, as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th anniversary, my son, husband and I visited many bridges in southern New Brunswick. Last year, my husband and I found this notation on one of those bridges — our initials!


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During those days, I was busy with work and painting covered bridges was not a priority, but in 2013, I painted one rather uninspired watercolour of the Marven Covered Bridge near Sussex.



‘Marven Covered Bridge, Kings County’ Jane Tims


In 2015,  as part of a project under artsnb (the New Brunswick’s Arts Board) and a Creations Grant, my husband and I visited 35 covered bridges, mostly in the Saint John River watershed. The results of the project are the poems and art contained in my book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge‘ (Chapel Street editions, 2017). The cover of the book shows one of the paintings I did of the Malone Covered Bridge.


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‘apple tree, Malone Bridge’ Jane Tims


One of the drawings for the book captured a covered bridge now lost due to carelessness, the French Village Bridge over the Hammond River.


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In the next months, based on other black and white drawings in the book, I did two more covered bridge paintings for the on-going art auction at Isaac’s Way Restaurant in Fredericton.



‘thistles at the Malone Bridge’ Jane Tims



‘chokecherries at the Ellis Bridge’ Jane Tims


A neighbour of mine saw the Ellis Bridge painting and commissioned me to paint our local Patrick Owens Covered Bridge.


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‘chokecherries at the Patrick Owens Bridge’ Jane Tims


As time goes on, I will paint other covered bridges. They are so beautiful, each a work of art and engineering. The artist’s challenge is to bring out the individuality of each bridge and illustrate its place in our history and landscape.


All my best,

Jane Tims



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  1. Phenomenal work! Thank you for sharing.

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    October 31, 2018 at 9:18 pm

  2. Hi, Jane! I’m a big fan of bridges too! Especially the ones that have been around forever. They have such tremendous vibes that one can draw a storyline to.

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    • So many of them have engravings inside that go back a century or more. The best one I ever saw was an ornate carving of the girl’s name ‘Phoebe’.

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      jane tims

      October 31, 2018 at 7:27 pm

  3. I love this series of bridges by you!

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    October 31, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    • Thanks. Over the years they make quite a collection, but I only still own two of them, the watercolour and the painting for my book cover. I am glad they are out there for people to enjoy!


      jane tims

      October 31, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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