It’s been a while since I posted, mostly computer problems (which I hope are finally over). I was also gone for a month with my husband, celebrating our 40th anniversary which will be this July.
I paint plein air (on location) with a group called the Plein Air Connect. Four of us, myself included, will be holding a show from May 16th to June 13, 2014 at the Peace and Justice center at 96 Harlow St., Suite 100, in Bangor, Me.
We painted together at Schoodic, Katahdin, Monhegan, Acadia, etc. and these will be the paintings at the show.
I’d love to have you join us for the opening May 16 from 5 to 8 pm. You are welcome to stop and see the show anytime the center is open.
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
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”.
I just finished my last Plein Air event of the year, the Bangor Art Society Paint Out.
Under the Road
11″ x 14″
Oil on Panel
(c) 2013 Becky Whight
This event was held in conjunction with the Bangor Public Library to help raise funds for the new roof for the library. We hold our monthly meetings at the library and also two of our shows–the member show and the juried show.
This painting won 2nd place and was sold at auction to a very happy purchaser. Thank you very much.
Many thanks, also, to our sponsors and caterer, Schooner’s restaurant. It was a fitting end to a summer filled with plein air painting and events.