exploring art in maine

The summer of 2015 was the first time I really set out to explore art and develop my skills in Maine.  I sketched and painted like crazy.  Spent days wandering the DownEast coastline towns such as Rockland, Camden, Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, and Belfast, visiting shipyards, lobster docks, and flea markets while watching the tide go in and out. 

exploring art in maine, alvero castagnet

I took a watercolor class with the great master Alvaro Castagnet, sponsored by Coastal Maine Art Workshops in the town of Belfast. 

exploring art in maine

Traveling through Maine its hard to avoid the junk cluttered shops everywhere you go.  The watercolor below was done in Searsport.  

exploring art in maine

The sketch below is from the charming town of Camden that has canals reminiscent of Venice, Italy.  

exploring art in maine

I couldn’t resist sketching these plein air painters working in a medium I have yet to explore.  

exploring art in maine

On the side of the road in Rockport this rusting locomotive beckoned for a sketch.  

exploring art in maine

Even though an expanse of beach and ocean was in front of me, I couldn’t resist painting a small snail shell found between the rocks.

exploring art in maine

Thats it for now.  I’m looking forward to next summer where my mind can relax and concentrate on improving my understanding of color and line. I still have a long way to go.  

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