“Robert Leedy in Maine: Day Six”

Day Six was the start of Workshop Two and an influx of new faces. David gave his orientation talk and then we went across the street from his house for a demo painting of the backside of the Owls Head General Store. Afterwards we all sought out subjects for our own paintings.

I was attracted to the neighboring Owls Head Post Office with its bright red roof. The day was absolutely gorgeous – a picture perfect Maine day – and the resulting light was ideal for painting. The sky was a deep blue and I knew there needn’t be much more mixing than Cobalt Blue right out of the tube…

I began this painting by laying in the sky. As usual, I worked up a strong value pattern and injected local color along the way. Bright sunlight creates a lot of reflected light and shadows often have warm colors such as yellows, oranges and warm greens. This is evident in the treatment of the eaves and red side door of the building.

“U.S. Post Office, Owls Head, Maine 04854 “, by Robert Leedy, 2006, watercolor on Arches 140 lb hot press paper, 16″ x 21 3/4″
“U.S. Post Office, Owls Head, Maine 04854 ”
Robert Leedy 2006
watercolor on Arches 140 lb Hot Press paper
16″ x 21 3/4″

Tuesday we are headed to my old haunt – the Rockland Fishing Pier.

I teased Margaret about breaking Federal trespassing laws. It didn’t phase her in the least…

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