It is ironic that so many of the contemporary Maine windjammers are from ‘away’, because in the 19th century Maine led the nation in schooners and sloops engaged in the coasting trade.
The Maine coast was quarried for two centuries to build America. There are certain parts of the coast I cannot visit without seeing the Manhattan skyline overlaid on the scenery.
It’s a fine crew who can sail in a stiff breeze and not sacrifice a single one of your brushes to Neptune.
Tuesday I ran through some composition rules for my students, including “don’t run rays out the very corners of your painting,” and “don’t cut off corners with diagonals.” On Wednesday, I broke both those rules. Not only did it work, but I knew it would from the first lines. I assume it’s because the closed corner acts as […]
For a brief moment there on Wednesday, I was warm enough to doff my jacket. Then Peter Yesis made the mistake of mentioning that this was going to be the nicest weather of the week. An hour later, the wind was kicking up whitecaps on Penobscot Bay and we were thoroughly frozen. I’ve painted twice at […]
Yesterday I was out bright and early to paint the American Eagle one more time before she slipped back into the sea. I was determined; I’d charged my camera the night before, and I was going to make a video of that ancient 15-hp winch moving a many-ton boat out to sea. High tide was […]