New work

bar-harbor-summer-morning-behind-the-shopsThe title of this piece is: “Bar Harbor in the summer, mid-morning low tide behind the shops looking toward the Schoodic Peninsula”. I have a friend who is an editor – a gifted person who can make sense of the combined history of the CIA and FBI, or sugar beets, or C++, or potty training. She has been making suggestions for my titling experiment. SP, can you help with this one?

Bar Harbor won’t look like this for long. There was a bulldozer parked just behind me as I made the drawings and photos that resulted in this piece. Soon the “Ship Shop” will be knocked apart and put back together as something shiny and, if the current designer has his way, rather Tudor-ish. I have no idea why “half-timbered” would be one’s choice of motif for a Downeast Maine fishing community. For one thing, we have fog, rain, sleet and all manner of cold moisture for most of the year; if the stucco was really structural it would be crumbled on its foundations by now. Perhaps the new construction will be fallen in and worn out enough to be fodder for my drawings in another 50 years or so – perhaps I’ll live long enough to find out.

1 thought on “New work

  1. Okay you are making me work for this one. I would delete “behind the shops.” Aren’t they on the other side of the street? If you want to emphasize what part of the Bar Harbor you’re painting, keep the Schoodic part. Delete low tide. The onlooker has to be able to figure out something, and even I can tell it’s low tide from the pier pilings. So, “Bar Harbor on a midsummer morning, looking toward Schoodic Peninsula” or “looking toward Schoodic Peninsula, on a midsummer morning in Bar Harbor”
    And thank you so much for your kind words.

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