Thursday, September 16, 2010

Daily Painting Progress - Painting Down East Maine

I have not posted for a while, but  I  have a good excuse  for at least one week. I have been on vacation ( painting/business trip for tax purposes)  in Maine  for a week.  Maine is an incredible  place to paint/visit/eat/relax... We spent the week  along the coast, just past  Bar Harbor.

  Plein air painting is hard enough when the light changes every  10 minutes, shadows move or disappear completely when the sun decides to hide behind the clouds. The wind also was interesting. It pulled my painting umbrella right out of it's support.( I should have read the instructions on how to keep the umbrella attached)

But up here along the  northern  coast of Maine there is an added  complication.  Tides. The Bay of Fundy is not too far away and they  have the  highest  tide changes in the world. ( 55 feet).   We didn't have that much change in the tide  but it is noticeable during a painting session.
( look at the photo above) Here I am at the beginning. Do you see any rocks in the water?
An hour or so later.  Do you see the difference? No water, more rocks.

One great thing about painting in Maine is that you can literally turn in any direction or walk a few feet and sit down and paint an entirely different subject.

This isn't 20 feet from the first photo.

Of course another thing Maine is famous for is the fog. I think it has more fog than anywhere else in the world. So, in addition to tides,wind, sun, angry seagulls,  there is fog.

  Or  do you call it mist? I call it a challenge. Especially when it changes color and  thickness each minute or two. Mother Nature and I played this game of  "now you  see the coast and now you don't."

Anyway here's three little color studies. I have so many painting ideas I don't know where to begin.

Oh, before I forget. Another reason this was a business trip. I just got into another Gallery... right here in Maine! So I better get painting!


Mary Bullock said...

Great paintings! I love Maine - we moved here about 3 years ago and I wouldn't live anywhere else.

Takeyce Walter said...

Beautiful little studies, Peter. Congrats on the new gallery! Glad to see your landscapes again.

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OSweetNature said...

Beautiful work! Glad to see things are taking off for you with the galleries.