Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cove's Edge, Maine


8x8, unframed oil on gessobord
plein air painting
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For two glorious weeks I rented a cottage in Cushing, Maine.
This was my view from the lawn of the cottage
I found it glorious and painted on the property several times.
Floating in the water is Rockweed
at low tide
 one can clearly see is attached to the rocks.

Cushing Peninsula is the peninsula on which the Olson House is located
that very site of Andrew Wyeth's most famous painting

Across this cove from my cottage and this painting
is the home of Andrew of his homes

  Andrew died in 2009
and is buried in the Olson family cemetery.
Why did he choose this spot?
No one knows for sure but we can say for sure
he loved and painted the Olson House
and its occupants
 for many many summers.
Andrew's gravestone
exactly as he years previously had pictured it
as Christina's stone!!!!

Christina and her brother Alvaro Olson's gravestone.
The two siblings died within mere weeks of one another
in different years

The Olson House
Cushing, Maine

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wyeth House, Monhegan Island

Wyeth House, Monhegan Island

Wyeth House, Monhegan Island
8x8, unframed, oil on gessobord
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This house was built in 1906 for famous painter Rockwell Kent.  Following Kent's death, Jamie Wyeth bought this beautiful coastal home.  It overlooks Lobster Cove in the Gulf of Maine.  The beginnings of the art colony on Monhegan Island, located 12 miles off the mainland, date to the mid 19th century and was firmly established by 1890.

I felt honored to carry a very heavy load of painting gear to this site, not knowing at the time I was painting a famed artist's home.  It just appealed to me.

Maine light is very high key.  Often the value of the sky is almost the same as that of the water.  Imagine the difference for me as compared to my home in NM where one almost never sees the effect of humidity in the air.

Lobster Cove on Monhegan Island

Rockwell Kent, Jamie Wyeth house on Monhegan Island

Village of Monhegan Island

Monhegan Island Light