While I was painting on Monhegan Island these two young men and their dog showed up. The composition of these three in their boat surrounded by the water was very inspiring.
I wanted to capture the action of these young men and their dog as they landed on the beach. Watercolor is a medium that I do love to work with and it’s a great way to show the spontaneity of a scene.
Summers I frequently spend time on Monhegan Island. It is truely beautiful when the ocean meets the rocky shore of the island. I wanted to accentuate some of the unusual colors of the rocks and seaweed.
Hiking along the trails on Monhegan Island I came upon this scene. The cliff seemed so invincible and yet here lived this strong scrubby fir tree.
Their are many ledges along Monhegan Island. This grouping was especially inspiring to me as the sea seemed to accentuate the jewel like quality of the rocks.
In this painting I wanted to show how fir trees appear to grow right from the rocks along the Maine coast. With the trees dominating the foreground the sea seems delicate and remote.
This gentleman was playing his fiddle at the Common Ground Fair in Maine. I do enjoy painting people who are doing things. When people are unaware that they are the subject of my artwork, I feel that they present a certain spirit and attitude that is real and interesting.
This scene was exciting to paint, with all the different angles of the boats jostling against one another. Using watercolor as a medium helped to express the spontaneity and playfulness of the day.
Many artists have painted Whitehead over the years. The foreground trees seemed to be lucky onlookers of the majestic cliff. With this image I wanted to use gentle colors to make the rock formation look inviting and peaceful.
This pen and ink with watercolor painting was a quick attempt at capturing the vibrant colors of Maine’s shoreline.