We’re going sailing again this season!
There’s more opportunity for sunset painting in the fall. Photo courtesy of MB Rolfe.
Under sail and hard at work aboard American Eagle.
Deckhand Kevin with the lobsters. Photo courtesy Mary Whitney.
Colleen Lowe drawing Paddington Bear’s secret life of debauchery. Photo courtesy Mary Whitney.
And then there’s dessert. Photo courtesy Mary Whitney.
Pulled up for a picnic on Russ Island. That’s the Lewis R. French in the far distance.
|Lobsters are the one meal that the captain cooks.|
A tough decision, clarified by ocean breezes and seawater
|Under sail and hard at work.|
With the spring we’ve had this year, I was understandably worried about the weather for our Age of Sail watercolor workshop aboard the schooner American Eagle. Our time on the water turned out to be perfect. My only regret was a last-minute drop-out of a returning student (due to a family emergency).
|Drawing lesson on a deserted island. (Photo courtesy Mary Whitney)|
Another misconception is that this is an opportunity to sail with a little painting thrown in. It’s actually a serious workshop on watercolor sketching. We work on composition, color theory, and the properties of watercolor. We just happen to do it in a spectacular setting, and on a magnificent boat.
|Deckhand Kevin with the lobsters. (Photo courtesy Mary Whitney)|
I’m the teacher, but I’ve learned a few things. When a boat is traveling at ten knots, it’s time to down brushes and simply revel in the sensation of wind and water. This year I corralled everything before someone (me, for example) lost a brush overboard. And I won’t bring books for students to peruse. There’s very little down time.
|The windjammer fleet is a thing of beauty. (Photo courtesy Mary Whitney)|
|The one morning of rain, we worked in the Main Cabin, drawing Paddington Bear in a secret life of debauchery. Painting by Colleen Lowe. (Photo courtesy Mary Whitney)|
|Farro salad, just one of an impossible number of great dishes. (Photo courtesy Mary Whitney)|
|And then there’s dessert. (Photo courtesy Mary Whitney)|
|Our boats, pulled up on Russ Island. That’s the Lewis R. French in the far distance.|
The romance of the sea
Breaking storm, oil on canvas, by Carol L. Douglas. I used American Eagle for my model, but the sea and sky are imaginary. Owl’s Head light is not, though.
|More work than they bargained for, by Carol L. Douglas. That’s the former Isaac H. Evans, now Boyd N. Sheppard, after a Coast Guard inspection.|
|I’m dieting so this is the part of searching through photos I don’t like. That was fresh caught salmon, cooked immediately. Courtesy American Eagle.|
|Big-Boned, by Carol L. Douglas. That’s schooner Heritage taking her turn on the slipway.|
Schooner or Schoodic?
|A coastal Maine sunset, courtesy of Claudia Schellenberg.|
|A schooner gam by dawn in Penobscot Bay. You don’t see that everywhere.|
|Extremely al fresco lobster boil.|
|There’s no place to paint like the coast of Maine. Photo courtesy of Ellen Joyce Trayer|
|All media welcome. Photo courtesy of Claudia Schellenberg.|
If your partner wants to come along, he or she will find ample opportunity to hike, bike, fish, or tour in the immediate area. It’s an outdoorsman’s paradise.
Not the Kardashians, but working on it
|Breaking Dawn, by Carol L. Douglas. Second runner up at Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival.|
|The Age of Sail workshop aboard American Eagle was scheduled to coincide with a gam, a rafting up of the historic vessels on Penobscot Bay.|
|Hard at work about American Eagle, photo courtesy Ellen Trayer.|
|Ellen demonstrates a paint-throwing technique to Lynn. We waited until we were off the boat before we did this.|
How I plan to spend my summer (if it ever gets here)
|Teressa studying painting in Rochester, many moons ago.|
|I get to teach in some mighty gorgeous places!|
- Three openings for Color, Composition, and Technique, June 2-3, Mendon Ponds Park, Rochester, NY.
- Three openings for The Age of Sail, June 10-14, out of Rockland, ME;
- Four openings for Sea & Sky at Schoodic, August 5-10, in Acadia National Park
|Will I have a chance to paint in the surf this season? Who knows? Photo by Ed Buonvecchio.|
|Nova Scotia is one of the world’s great beauty spots. It’s a privilege to paint there.|
|Barnyard lilacs, by Carol L. Douglas|
How to get the most out of a workshop or class
|Keuka Lake, by Carol L. Douglas. Yes, folks, there’s a lot of green out there, not that I’ll encourage using it out of a tube.|
Study the supply list.
|Bring the right clothes.|
|There are no latte macchiatos on Penobscot Bay, but there are consolations.|
|Listen and take notes.|
Which way to Millinocket?
|Heritage and American Eagle on Penobscot Bay. Just another day in Paradise.|
Yesterday someone asked me, “Can I take the schooner trip without painting?” The answer is: of course! I chose American Eagle for my Age of Sail workshop because it’s a fantastic boat with a great crew. Captain John Foss and his crew cruise all summer. Just call them at 1-800-648-4544 and tell them you want to go sailing without that art teacher yammering at you. (And if you’re a qualified deckhand, they’re looking for two of them as well. Email them here.)
|Watercolor sketch by Carol L. Douglas|
|That’s scenic Schoodic Peninsula, site of our annual Sea & Sky workshop. No prettier place in the world.|
|Surf, by Carol L. Douglas.|
- You want to spend time painting in America’s top beauty spot.
- You want help with design and composition.
- You understand the idea of “simplify” but don’t know how to put it in practice.
- You want to be a better painter without becoming someone else’s mini-me.
- You’d like help identifying your own strengths and weaknesses.
- You want a simple system to master value.
- You want to learn more about color.
- You’re an experienced painter but want to learn more about plein air.
- You’re a beginner who wants to learn to paint in a logical method.
Four workshops this summer
|American Eagle and Heritage, photo by Carol L. Douglas|
I’m teaching four workshops this year, which is the most I’ve ever taken on. (I’m already in training, hiking around Rockport to get my endurance up.) They’re in different places, appealing to different tastes and budgets. If you’ve ever wanted to study with me, this would be a great year to do so. Who knows? All this exercise might kill me soon.
|Yours truly, painting at Rye (photo by Brad Marshall)|
Rye, NY, May 11-12: Rye is a quick jaunt out of New York City for those of you who want a pastoral workshop but can’t travel to Maine this year. I’ve painted in Painters on Location for many years, so I know the village and its boats, beach, buildings and waterfront. We’ll meet at the Rye Art Center and move out from there to explore locations around town. This class is for all levels and all media, and will focus on simplifying forms, planning a good composition, gathering the necessary visual information from life, and interpreting color relationships.
The Devil’s Bathtub, on a wetter, woolier day than we’ll be experiencing. (Courtesy LazyYogi)
|American Eagle in Penobscot Bay.|
|Corinne Avery happily painting at Schoodic.|