18 x 24, pastel on marbled board, sunny afternoon in Stonington.
Finally off the easel: pastel, 18″ x 24″, a view down one of the many roads to the working waterfront in Southwest Harbor.
I keep a notebook of places to paint, eventually, some day when I have more time out of doors. Some of these houses and trees will wait till I return and some have been torn down or “restored” out of character. The images are glossy 4 x 5’s taken with an ancient auto-everything Nikon and worked over with a Sharpie and photo retouch markers.
There are still many small houses here, even with the water so close at hand. It was a quiet Saturday afternoon, and along with a couple walking their dogs and distant flocks of gulls I saw a winter hare, a fox and a racoon.
We have 10″ of new snow, heavy and wet and bending the spruce tree branches to the ground. This drawing is from a hot late summer afternoon in Stonington harbor that smelled like seaweed and motor oil and gave me a sunburn right through my SPF50 and a straw hat. Welcome to Maine. . .
The “minimal” amount of snow predicted is piling up outside, canceling the kids’ plans for ballroom dance class. Instead, we’ll have a new work post: “Maple Ave., The Green House”, 16″ x 20″, pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord.