Boothbay Sunrise...

sunrise pier 12x16sm


A few weeks ago I painted with some friends in Boothbay Harbor, where we stayed overnight. Early the next morning I woke up to a beautiful clear sunrise and rushed out to do a quick painting of the early light. It’s a beautiful time to paint if you can deal with how fast the sun moves. I don’t do this often, but it was a fun painting.

Knotty Spruce...

Knotted Spruce 20x24sm


Last week I went to Boothbay Harbor to paint with some friends, and despite the fact that it was sunny everywhere else in Maine, we were totally fogged in. After looking around for a while I chose to paint these trees, with all of their character. It was a challenge to paint this scene, but I was very happy with how it came out. This is a 24×24″ canvas.


Cozy Harbor structure 20x24sm


Last week a few friends came to Maine to paint around Boothbay Harbor. The Plein Air Painters of the South East had a week long painting adventure up here, and I managed to crash their party for a few painting days. It was great to see some old friends like Larry Moore, Anne Blair Brown and Brett Weaver, along with some new people. I love spending a day painting with good friends and then talking shop over dinner and beers. It was a huge treat to be with that group for their visit.

We found some fun places to paint, and most of them were new to me. When we drove around a corner to find this scene in Cozy Harbor, I was thrilled. It’s really exciting to find a great new painting spot.

Last minute sketch...

Pemaquid shapes 8x10sm


At the end of a long day of painting I like to do a quick, smaller painting. It’s a fun way to wind down, and also play with the colors and shapes I’ve worked with all day. This 8×10″ was painted at Pemaquid Point after doing a large painting all day. It’s over a year old, but I just stumbled on to it again, and I really like how straight forward the brushwork is, along with some punchy color. Even though it’s little, this is one of my favorites.

Soft Light on a Rocky Coast...

Rock Coast sm


One of the many challenges of plein air painting is dealing with inaccurate weather forecasts. This was supposed to be a completely sunny day, but by the time I set up my easel it was cloudy and stayed cloudy all day. It can be really frustrating to plan my work day around the wrong forecast, but sometimes it gets me out painting in conditions I would usually avoid. Normally I don’t like working with flat light like this, but I do like how this one came out.

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