I usually complete my paintings in one afternoon, racing the tide and waiting for the sun to reveal the shadows. Watercolor captures the flow of the ocean. It is also easier than oil paint to take on location. I use a digital camera to capture a moment. I edit the images in Photoshop Lightroom, but I don’t paint from photographs. My studio is a rocky cliff, a secluded beach or a peaceful lakeshore.
Lookout Point is a favorite place to paint. At low tide this miniature island connects to land, but at high tide the trees nearly drown. Before I painted landscapes, I worked from live models in a studio. Trees are the figures of the landscape, dancing across the page.
You might know Basin Point better as the Dolphin Marina and Restaurant, famous for its lobster chowder with a blueberry muffin. Next time you dine, take a stroll down the peninsula to admire the wildflowers and the islands of Casco Bay. Feel the wind blow.
“Island Skating, Harpswell” digital photo on metallic paper
Friends invited my family to skate on an island. My daughter glided across rough pond ice as ocean waves broke on the nearby shore. We skated until the sun dipped behind the pines, painting the landscape winter blue. Metallic paper glimmers like the ice. Blog readers might remember this image from my review of Beth Kephart's novel last winter.
You can preview other pieces in the 10X10 Show online or in the gallery spaces from 10-3 on Friday. All pieces are 10X10 inches framed and priced at $200. Tune to WBOR (Maine Public Radio 91.1 FM) Thursday evening 5-6pm for a feature on the 10X10 fundraiser.
The 10X10 reception will be from 5-8pm, Friday, October 1, 2010 in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library on 23 Pleasant Street and at St. Paul's Church Hall at 27 Pleasant Street in Brunswick, Maine. The show will be up for only one night. My work will be hanging in the church. I hope to see some of you there.