Otter Point

I painted out on Otter Point today in Acadia National Park. “You could not make a nicer day.” A nice turn of the phrase that I heard today. And quite true.

work in progress:

 

Otter Point, Acadia National Park, Work in Progress

Last.

Summer is almost upon us and foolishly, I have a slow, large-ish painting going at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. Once the season gets going, painting there becomes problematic. At 8 AM when I started, the beach was empty, quiet. Gradually it filed and quite often people want to talk.

I met an older couple today, very pleasant conversation about traffic and our island’s unending road construction, etc. The gentleman was a painter. Very nice. And so on. They related that it was their wedding anniversary. For the last thirty years, they had returned to at first hike and in later years, just walk in the park They always came to Sand Beach to have their picture taken together on the anniversary of their wedding day. The woman remarked that it had rained on their last ten anniversaries. But this morning was glorious. Beautiful light, one could not help but to hold creation in high regard this morning at Sand Beach. And so after a bit they wandered down the beach and I returned to my canvas.

Just a bit later the woman came back and thanked me for our pleasant chat. She related that her husband had Alzheimer’s disease and that this was likely their last trip to Sand Beach.

Art and Landscape Symposium

http://artlandsymposium2017.org/
Art and Landscape Symposium: The Role of the Visual Artist in the American Conservation Movement At Colby College August 3,4 Optional side trips to Millinocket, Monhegan and Acadia. See you there?

Eagle Lake, oil on panel, 16 x 16 inches

Littlefield Gallery, Winter Harbor, Maine

​BEST IN SHOW:
ANIMAL-INSPIRED ART
Robert Pollien, Don Best, Ben Lincoln, Diana Arcadiapone & Matt Welch
May 26-June 18 Reception for artists Saturday, June 10, 4-6pm

Robert Pollien “Flying Raven” 12 x 18″ Graphite and Chalk on toned board, 2016
​Robert Pollien, a painter from Mount Desert Island, has been painting crows for 20 years. Some of his recent studies of the bird are remarkable—and set him alongside Wyeth as one of master renderers of this ubiquitous bird.  Carl Little  from his presentation  “The Wyeths: All Creatures Great and Small” Ogunquit Museum of American Art, August 2, 2016.