January Rain

bent trees

The weather here in Maine had been the worst December I could remember. We had snow, cold, freezing rain (soo much, the poor trees), ice, more snow and then the deep freeze. I felt as if I was in a black hole.

Well, it was time to climb out and what better way than to go out painting with a great group. The weather prediction was a little iffy, maybe some snow, maybe some rain, maybe something else. We believed we could do it so I met up with Michael and Kay at Ellsworth and off we went to Schoodic Peninsula, part of Acadia National Park. Ellsworth had just the lightest of mist but it brightened as we drove along and the sun started to show through the clouds. The waves were deep with lots of spray and the muted light made all the colors brighter and intense. The ocean was a beautiful green, so different than in summer.

We threw on our winter clothes and boots. I was so excited I couldn’t stand still–so happy to be out painting. As I put the brush to my canvas I felt a spattering of rain. Surely this will clear up quickly, I thought, it’s too nice for the day to be ruined. But it didn’t.

Winter Rain, Schoodic 8 x 10 oil (c) 2014 Becky Whight

Winter Rain, Schoodic
8 x 10 oil
(c) 2014 Becky Whight

I just put up the hood on my raincoat and kept at it. So did the rain. Every once in awhile I held my palette upside down and let the rain drip off. It was fantastic–I was still dancing away. Nobody wanted to quit. We put in about two hours before we finally gave up, packed up our supplies and headed off for some lunch.

This is my painting from the day which I titled

“Winter Rain, Schoodic”.

Waterville Art Society Juried Show

Salt Water Marsh, Mount Desert Island, Maine 18 x 24 Oil on Canvas (c) 2012 Becky Whight

Salt Water Marsh, Mount Desert Island, Maine
18 x 24 Oil on Canvas
(c) 2012 Becky Whight

Today is the juried show judging for the Waterville Art Society. Artists bring work in the morning, it’s judged and in late afternoon we either have our work in the show or, as sometimes happens, it has been rejected and we pick it up and take it home.

We are allowed 2 entries. I entered “Late Afternoon Stroll at Higgins Beach” and “Salt Water Marsh, Mount Desert Island, Maine”.I traveled down from Bangor with the Connect group, eight of us today. While we waited out the judging we went to Colby College, toured their art museum and had our book discussion. They were gracious enough to give us a classroom to use. Many thanks. We then proceeded to one of the cafeteria’s for lunch. It certainly has changed since my college days. There were so many different food stations and good food, too. My freshman “15” would easily have been 30 here.

The Connect group made a quick stop to see an artist’s works displayed at the hospital and then back to find out if the news was good or bad.

I’m pleased to say both of mine were accepted. And not only mine–but everyone in the group had both paintings accepted. We were truly blessed today.

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Late Afternoon Stroll at Higgins Beach, Maine
16 x 20 Oil on Canvas
(c) 2012 Becky Whight

Storm at Schoodic

Breaking Thru

Breaking Thru
Oil on Canvas, 24 x 30
(c) 2012 Becky Whight

I needed to stop at Works of Hand, a gallery in Winter Harbor, Maine, and drop off some new paintings. Since Schoodic is just a couple of miles down the road, I decided it would be a good day for some reference material.

The day was gray and very windy, producing some great waves in the ocean. Warning signThe rangers even posted this sign in the hopes that people wouldn’t venture too far out on the rocks and get swept away by a wave (it has happened).

I liked this particular moment when the skies parted and a little slice of sun broke through and lit the ocean with a silvery sheen. It gave me such a feeling of hope. The foreground shows how scraggly the trees are amongst the rocks.