Watercolor Words and Wanderings

The watercolor workshop was AWESOME! I was dubious at first due to not receiving a syllabus/schedule and not having much communication just prior to class. I was determined to keep an open mind-especially since I signed up so last minute! Then I thought we were painting on Sunday afternoon but we did not start painting till Monday. Once we started painting we did not stop 8 to 5 every day with a short demo during our lunch. Our teacher, Carol Douglas, worked her petuttee off! Monday, she asked us to just begin so she could see where we were at. We painted at Blueberry Hill. My sunscreen failed on my face and I got a burn (darn it!). I spent the whole day on this one and got to where I get when I start to feel like I am wrecking it. I was working hard to paint those rocks! I have both “kinds” of Acadia rocks to paint here. The shelf kind in the mid ground and the pebbly kind in the fore ground.


Tuesday, it rained the morning and early afternoon. We hung out at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (S.E.R.C.) at their outside pavilion. It was cold-especially since I was sun burnt. Carol did an oil demo- I mostly checked out but watched on and off. I started this painting of what I think is a mountain ash.

Tuesday afternoon it cleared and we went to Frazier Point. Carol insisted we all start with a value sketch. I started this looking back toward Winter Harbor. A view I have painted many times. I am not quite done but hope to be for next week’s blog.

Tuesday night we tried to capture the moon rising over near the guard shack at S.E.R.C. overlooking Little Moose Island. This is another spot I paint often. The bugs were off the charts. The idea was to set up the painting before the light goes and then drop in what you need. I had no headlamp and was totally using my memory of my field kit to choose pigments.


Wednesday was a beautiful day and we went to the Mark’s Island side of the peninsula, where folks could paint a light house, if they wanted. I wanted to pick Carol’s brain about rocks so I looked inland toward Winter Harbor. We all I put the graduated wash down to the sky and used too much lemon yellow and fought the color throughout the whole painting. Carol really helped me united this painting with shadow purple. She did a demo about color theory and light that is still not clear to me. I am going to hunt this info done. Basically, if we determine that the light is cool then shadows will be warm and if the light is warm the shadows will be cool. YIKES warm shadows…she gave me a head ache. I think I get it because the way the eye absorbs the light you can only be left with warms or cools…I think… stay tuned on this. I am tempted to add another set of mountains to tone the sky down but I think I should stop. The yellow if weird but so am I! I am going to darken the water and plan to have this done by next week’s blog. I was overcome with gratitude and just had to let it out. I jumped up and yelled out “I love my life! I cannot believe I get to live this life!” I have been so happy lately…it has just been oozing out of me.

Thursday was ANOTHER stellar day. We painted out at the point and there was almost no wind which made it hot- we melted-and we all got some great work done! Below is my work. I am going to do a whole other blog about this painting. Suffice it to say I got to my usual stuck spot and thought “OK-I have already wrecked this, so I am just going to keep on…” Carol coached me to just keep connecting the shadow areas and not get to detached/choppy. We had a lobster cook out that night and after we did a group critique. The class just loved this one.

Friday, we went to Corea. Carol made friends with a person who allows her to teach there. We ate at Lunch on the Warf- the food was much better than it was the last time I went there. I will go back. I just wanted to do a simple painting about large blocks of color and value. I got way out there with this one- not sure if there is any coming back from this! I had fun and it was hard to say goodbye to everyone. Like the last day of camp…hoping you will stay in touch.

Until next week- Peace Out- Bec


Watercolor Words and Wanderings

I got all messed up on my blog posting dates…no pictures this blog. Sorry I missed you last week, I meant to have this all typed up. I got busy doing some volunteer work on the computer and that sucked up my time. So here is how the week shook out-Wednesday, we did nature weavings at the farm and it worked out well. Everyone who came made a wall hanging. In the afternoon, we hung out at the dog park in Newport, NH. This park is next to the Sugar River and it has a picnic bench under the trees, peaceful and relaxing. I worked on the “top secret project” design, while my friend worked on her own project. Thursday was a beautiful day and we went to a farm in Piermont to paint. I was all OVER the place. Here is the start and maybe the finish😊

Friday in class we talked about Matisse. We tried to paint a picture that covered the whole page and was like a jungle. Folks created tigers and flamingoes and all kinds of creatures based off Matisse’s work. It was a great day. I miss teaching that class when I am in Maine. I will post pictures as these are finished up.

I then went to Maine for a 5 days workshop. I will tell you about that in next weeks blog.

Peace Out- Bec

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

The heat of the summer is upon us in New Hampshire and I find my self (much like the dead of Winter) wanting to nap a lot! I have seen the signs of fall already- red leaves on the ground and birds gathering at the shore-yet I am still in denial. I find myself thinking I will have plenty of time to get outside and paint. Some of my fellow Odanaksis Plein Aire painters brave it in there cars for much of the winter! As much as I like to be outside I am not sure about this practice! I just finished watching an episode of Open Studio on WGBH and they had a piece on an artist named Craig Galentine. His take on Japanese wooden Kokeshi dolls is too good to miss! He has been honing his skills on these for five years. He said he typically paints right on the wood with little to no drawing. Here is his Etsy site https://www.etsy.com/shop/temple7e

I taught weaving at the farm on Wednesday, painted with the Plein Aire group on Thursday and taught watercolor on Friday. I worked on the turtle project from last week. I am also working on a surprise project, so I cannot talk about it, I will show it to you after the big reveal. Nothing earth shattering just mostly fun! I also took the leap and for my one big splurge this year I signed up for painting class at Schoodic for 5 days in a row. It costs more money than I make in a month but I just had the feeling it is the right thing to do. Trying to get connected to the folks in Maine and also this teacher has been teaching for 20 years…so I am sure my next post will be filled with painting from that class!

Below is the rather rocky start… and the work on the turtle gift…Until Next Week- Peace- Bec