Maine: Late Afternoon, Monhegan
I started this small painting after I came back from painting on Manana. It is from the harbor and I remember the wonderful, yellow light of that late afternoon catching my attention as I came out of the Barnacle buying wine for dinner. I initially saw the scene but knew I would have to go back to my room for more paper which put a major damper on the whole idea. Just then I discovered a small block of watercolor paper in my canvas bag and sat down on a rock and worked this out. It was late afternoon and everything was fairly quiet. Guests at the Island Inn were settling in on the veranda for drinks and, given the time, I knew I would be one of the last souls sitting down for dinner that evening.
I worked with a fairly limited palette. The yellow sky needed violets as complementaries and I did a good job connecting the value shapes to create an interesting pattern. This painting has a nice simplicity left alone; however, I will most likely take it further.
I made an interesting discovery this afternoon: the tide was fairly low and as I sat on the rocks and looked out before me, I noticed that there was a lot of small pieces of broken glass. Much of it was naturally sanded by the tides. It was very colorful and interspersed among the natural rocks but I couldn’t help wonder if this was an intentional thing – much less an environmental hazard. I thought about this more and wondered if someone, an artist perhaps, had created a small glass farm for harvesting glass beads…