“Maine Rockscape II”
This painting was done on the last day of a watercolor workshop I took with artist David Dewey. The location was Birch Point State Park and an inspiring view of Penobscot Bay. A friend and fellow student challenged me with a gift of a full sheet of Arches 300 lb paper – something that was too large for me to travel with from Paris. The first “Rockscape” painting was done exactly a week before at the same site. The challenge of a full sheet of 300 lb paper painted a la plein air is in keeping it wet in the hot sun and charging this very thirsty paper with more pigment than normal. I completed the drawing very quickly and started with a dark value pattern painted in; I had to move very quickly to keep the paint flowing around the painting (in fact, there’s probably a little sweat in this painting…) Unlike the first painting, the dark pines add a little more “Maine” to this work. I can almost smell that wonderful salt air when I look at this painting!