August is incredibly busy at my job, and the month ended with a much needed, and much enjoyed vacation to Acadia park in Maine. For those who are unfamiliar Acadia is on Mt. Desert Island – a weird and beautiful place, complete with dramatic mountains, rugged cliffs jutting into the ocean, gorgeous boreal forests, a fjord, and truly breathtaking views.
It is a landscape that inspired artists such as Edward Hopper, Frederick Church, and Fitz Hugh Lane. And me. I brought along my painting kit and my sketchbook again this year and spent 5 of the seven days making art.
First up is Seawall, painted on Monday morning. Seawall is a cobble beach on the lower east side of the island, staring off into the Atlantic ocean and the outlier islands. Across the road are tall, eerie pine forests and quiet marshes.
Painting the ocean is challenging. It’s always moving. It was foggy one moment, and sunny the next. By the time I finished drawing, mixing colors, and started painting the rocks in the bottom of the painting had half vanished under the tide. An hour later they were completely submerged. And, of course, the composition is a little bland, with the horizon cutting just about halfway through the painting. But still, it was the start of a very productive week!