Tuesday, 25 October 2011

More Maine

As is my habit, when I'm out and about there is a watercolour sketch book and my trusty Craig Young Sketcher's Box with three Da Vinci travel brushes somewhere about my person. And the opportunities raised themselves one after another to collect a little rain water and work the paints.

In my last post there was a photograph of Owl's Head lighthouse. What I didn't say at the time was that by the time we reached it there was a howling gale and it was very difficult to find a surface to rest against so I was quite pleased to get anything down at all, but here it is.

Owl's Head Lighthouse - Watercolour on Not paper 12" x 8"

As mentioned in the previous post, Dan Corey and myself painted at Pemaquid Lighthouse and I had to return there with Sheila so that she could enjoy the spot and as she wandered the site I sneaked out the sketch book again.

Pemaquid Lighthouse - Watercolour on Not paper 12"x 8"

9 comments:

Caroline said...

These really are excellent Mick, watercolour beauties!

Susan Roux said...

I think you have a little magic sketchbook! Nice way tho capture the moment even in inclement weather. Hope the high winds keep away today.

And yes, I do this State is a painters paradise. It's hard to find a spot that isn't inspiring. Keep enjoying!

Mick Carney said...

Caroline - Thanks a lot.

Mick Carney said...

Susan - I'm just coming to the end of my trip to your wonderful State with real determination to return. I'm besotted with it. I just feel that working here could give me a real chance of making some forward strides. Still I have my sketch books and notes and intend working on those materials at home in the hope of extending my Maine experience.

Peter Ward said...

I doubt whether they'd let you emigrate Mick. You'd never get a green card! Seriously you do like these lighthouses - didn't Homer paint many? I'm wondering what the next challenge will be?

Ray said...

Well done Mick. First quick impressions are often the best.

Mick Carney said...

Peter - You're right, I have to get into the States under assumed identities. My Peter Ward passport is still working.

You've noticed, there is a bit of a lighthouse thing going on. It'll take a bit of working through. I think there's more to go yet. Not just Homer, the list of painters who've worked the coast of Maine is endless. Challenge on the way soon.

Mick Carney said...

Ray - Thanks a lot. It's true, the quick sketch often works out much better than the considered piece based on it. That's the joy of plein air work.

rob ijbema said...

love the view of the top effort
and lovely shadows at the bottom pic