Open Studio Day

Open Studio Day at the new Joseph A Fiore Art Center
Saturday, July 30, 11 AM to 3 PM
152 Punk Point Rd, Jefferson, ME
Meet resident Maine Artists Tom Higgins and Rob Pollien and visit their studios.
The event is free- donations to the Maine Farnland Trust appreciated, or better yet, become a member!
Live music by Dave and Rossi


Pemaquid Point, Graphite and Conte, 12 x 18 inches

Pemaquid Point, Graphite and Conte, 12 x 18 inches

Coast Scene, Mount Desert Frederic Edwin Church – 1863


A Facebook friend posted the Church painting above, right, Coast Scene, Mount Desert – 1863 and I immediately dug into my archives and found an image of mine from a few years back from about the same vantage point. Naturally the tide, weather and stature of the artist differ but the connection is somewhat compelling.

Weekend Workshop: Intensive Still Life Study- Painting or Drawing

Weekend Workshop: Intensive Still Life Study-  Painting or Drawing

\June 10-12, 2016 with Rob Pollien at Artwaves MDI

UPDATE: I’ve decided to open up the June workshop to offer either painting or drawing. Many students are benefitting greatly at this stage by becoming more confident in their draftsmanship. We’ve spoken about the value of strong fundamentals and I want to encourage the study of drawing as well as painting

June 10-12, 2016 Friday evening 6 – 8 PM, Saturday & Sunday, 1 -4 PM

Over the course of the weekend instructor Rob Pollien will lead the participants through setting up the still-life, making preliminary studies, setting up the palette,and taking a well developed still-life painting in oil all the way through to completion. Students who wish to concentrate on their drawing skills are welcome to take the drawing option where we will develop fully realized still-life drawings on toned paper. Bring your drawing or painting skills to the next level with a weekend of on depth study!

Prerequisite: previous study or permission of the instructor.

Materials: Oil colors:Titanium White, yellow ocher, cadmium yellow medium, permanent violet red, ultramarine blue, Sevres or thalo blue, raw umber, ivory black, An odorless solvent such as turpenoid, White Hog Bristle Flat brushes sizes 2 & 4, a primed oil painting suitable panel 18 by 24 inches, (roughly)

For the Drawing option: Prismacolor ebony, Contel pastel pencil (black or raw umber), white conte pencil or crayon. Toned paper will be supplied for those who register before 6/2/16

Incredibly low price:$90 non-members,  $80 for Artwaves members, make checks payable to: Robert Pollien, send to PO box 658, Mt Desert, ME 04660, indicate painting or drawing, please.

Questions or to register:

About the instructor:  Bar Harbor painter Robert Pollien hold an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is a former faculty member at the University of Southern Maine. His work is represented by Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor and the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland

Rob served as the first Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park.