In other news, I am also very pleased to be participating in the final exhibit of the summer - the annual Penobscot Potluck - next week at the Islesboro Historical Society and Museum, from Friday August 22nd through Wednesday the 27th. Details and directions are here. I will have around fifteen paintings in this group show, made on Islesboro, around Penobscot Bay, and beyond.
And, of course, I've been making the most of these too-brief summer months by painting outside as much as I am able - I've spent time working on Bear Island and Great Spruce Head Island, in Winter Harbor, out at Schoodic Point, and in Brooklin, where this new painting (pictured below) recently came into being. It was a beautifully foggy morning. The fog was lifting slowly and brightening, the tide was rising, and it seemed as if all the life clinging to this huge granite erratic was breathing with happiness - barnacles, seaweed, algae, and tiny whelks and periwinkles. I worked quickly to indicate as much as I could before the tide came up to the edge of the sun-bleached top of the rock (and I had to move back from the water's edge, myself, on the nearby beach). This is 16" x 20", oil on canvas, one of my favorite sizes to paint on. I completed 90% of the painting on site and finished the final 10% back in my studio.