If you want to paint Maine... practice painting rocks.
I have always enjoyed the contrast of textures that nature provides. Like in this waterfall painting from the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
|Up Stream 24x30|
Nature offers us soft clouds, white pines, a field of grass to contrast with the hard edges of rock and bark. Throw water and its many forms into the mix and you have a recipe for an exciting painting.
In Maine these contrasting textures are every where because rocks and water are everywhere.
|They don't call it the rocky coast of Maine for nothing!|
I have started several plein air paintings and color studies and have noticed that I tend to soften the edges too much when painting rocks. This is good for the ones in the distance but those up close need more strength.
|Color Study -Rocks at Schoodic Point|
|Color Study -Rocks at Booth Bay|
The interesting challenge of coastal rocks is that some are rounded smooth by the waves and others hold a sharp edge.
|Progress photo - Schoodic rocks|
This painting is progressing. Slowly.
|Progress photo -Schoodic rocks|