|Ed and I did multiple value studies trying to sort out our painting sites for today.|
|The back tracks of Nova Scotia can be a bit rough for an elderly Prius.|
Yesterday, Mary Sheehan Winn and I spent more than ten hours tracking back and forth over the same 79 km-mile strip of land between Advocate Harbor and Five Islands. I used to consider this kind of reconnoitering a luxury, because it involved an extra day on the road. I’ve come to realize it’s a necessity. What am I looking for?
|Near Port Greville, Nova Scotia.|
|A lonely lobster boat on a rising tide.|
|Granite and basalt on much of the North Atlantic coast, but sandstone here.|
|Ed Buonvecchio is looking forward to seeing the uniquely Fundy method of ditching boats.|
|Pink seas at Parrsboro, earlier this year.|
|Cobequid Bay farm, by Carol L. Douglas. I last painted up here, oh, about three weeks ago.|
|I’m looking forward to painting with Poppy Balser again.|
You call this working?
|Mercantile raising her sails.|
|Angelique at the Dock, watercolor, by Poppy Balser.|
|Angelique leaving Camden harbor.|
But wait, there’s more!
|Rain happens, especially in the Northeast. In a plein air event, that’s no excuse for not getting your painting done.|
Fleece or wool sweater
Cardigan or shawl for evening
Totally paint-spattered shirts—number of days +1
Totally paint-spattered capris—number of days divided by 2
One pair of long pants
Underpants—number of days +2
My bathing suit—not that I ever use it, but I can dream
A swim towel—ditto
Raingear—a jacket AND waterproof pants
One moderately dressy outfit for casual events
One actual dress or skirt for reception
|Nobody does the painting hat quite as elegantly as Marjean Coghill.|
Sunglasses, glasses cleaner and cleaning cloth
SPF lip balm
Aloe vera lotion for when you forget the sunscreen
Hairbrush and/or comb
Hair ties and bobby pins
Shampoo and conditioner
Prescription medications and vitamins. I sort mine prior to leaving into daily med containers
Toothbrush—I can get five weeks out of my electric toothbrush without a charge. I’ve tested this.
Monthly feminine supplies
(You’ll need a clear plastic bag if you’re flying for some of these things)
|Downloaded media will be your best friend when you’re stuck on the road back of beyond.|
Over-the-counter allergy meds
Aspirin and/or your favorite NSAID
Headlamp for nighttime painting
Small secateur clipper
Extra plastic poncho to cover easel in case of monsoon
Water bottle and a larger jug to refill
Nutritional bars and trail mix—no chocolate, unless you like cleaning up melted food
Cell phone and charger
Laptop and charger, if applicable
GPS if applicable
Spare charged external battery—this is a lifesaver when traveling
Remember to turn on foreign cell service, if necessary
Download any media to phone or Kindle before leaving your wifi behind.
The one thing you shouldn’t say to another artist
|The Three Graces, available through Camden Falls Gallery. My to-do list includes painting more boats in the water.|
|Dawson City, Yukon. My undone list also includes finding a venue for the paintings from my Trans-Canada trip.|
|I should put my remaining urban paintings on sale on the internet, since they’re unlikely to sell in a gallery here on the Maine coast.|
|A great frame in its place, but its place isn’t here.|
What does it mean to be a successful artist?
|This sketch of the Ellwanger Estate in Rochester went from being something I hated to being a favorite painting.|
|I spent one memorable spring consistently overshooting the colors. I wasn’t happy then. I am now.|
|I worked on site on Lower Falls at Letchworth for the better part of a season. That meant hiking to the bottom of the gorge with my painting kit. It was no fun.|
The struggle at the Lower Falls meant that painting its mate, Upper Falls at Letchworth, was easy.
|The Long Road Home is another work that had to be dragged out of my fingertips.|
Roadside Route 1
Driving to Belfast yesterday, I mused, as I often do, on the many Mom-and-Pop businesses along the way. They’re as much a part of the Maine landscape as the rocks and the lobster boats. Their signs are idiosyncratic, old-fashioned and different than in most tourist destinations. Without them, Route 1 would be much less interesting.
How to choose a view
|The Red Truck, by Carol L. Douglas|
“Yes, well, views are very nice, Hastings. But they should be painted for us so that we can study them in the warmth and comfort of our own homes. That is why we pay the artist for exposing himself to these conditions on our behalf.” (Poirot: The Adventure Of The Clapham Cook)
|Drying Sails, by Carol L. Douglas.|
“How and why do you choose the views you paint?” a reader asked. The answer depends, in part, on why I’m painting. If I’m in a plein air event or on the road, the views I choose will tend to be more iconic. Here in mid-coast Maine, I have the luxury of intimacy.
|Keuka Lake, by Carol L. Douglas|
|Castine Lunch Break, by Carol L. Douglas|
|Dinghy, Camden Harbor, by Carol L. Douglas|
|Rocks at the American Yacht Club,by Carol L. Douglas.|
New name, same vision
High Tide, Scott Island, by Carol L. Douglas
- · Preserve our diverse ecosystem;
- · Assure continued access to fishing;
- · Maintain profitability for community-scale fishermen.
|Stonington Green, by Bobbi Heath|
|Stonington Public Landing, by Carol L. Douglas (courtesy the Kelpie Gallery)|
|Stonington waterfront (unfinished) by Carol L. Douglas|
|Friday’s rainbow off Lincolnville.|