The popular Small Works exhibit begins at the Deer Isle Artist Association on August 28 at 10 am and runs for two weeks.
I have seven small paintings in the show, including four oil paintings of Ames Pond, two watercolors of Brooksville, Maine, and one watercolor of Ossipee Mountain in New Hampshire.
Ames Pond, much loved in Stonington, proves you don’t need to go to Giverny to paint water lilies. Ames Pond used to be a meadow until it was dammed to make ice. For many years, people on Deer Isle cut ice from Ames Pond for their own use, and to ship to the West Indies for trade.
Around 1932, a Deer Islander planted pink waterlilies in the pond, and they proliferated. The beavers love to eat their roots.
Between 9 am and 2 pm in summer, the pink waterliles, as well as the wild white and yellow ones, open to the sun.
I spent many hours as a young adult in front of Monet’s water lilies. I just loved them. Then after a while I got sick of them. Perhaps I saw them on too many NPR tote bags, or at least thought I did.
But then, as a painter living in Maine, I found it difficult NOT to paint Ames Pond. And I also found it nearly impossible NOT to take a page from Old Claude.
Other Small Works Paintings
Every Tuesday morning this summer you’ll find me selling prints, cards and paintings at the Brooksville Farmers Market.
I’ve wanted to paint Buck’s Market, a wonderful old general store near the market, since I first laid eyes on it. Many, many photographs later, I finally came up with images I could use for a watercolor:
Brooksville people ask me if I have any paintings of Cape Rosier, a lovely wild peninsula in Brooksville. As a result, I do– at the Small Works show.
Finally, just to mix things up, I finished a long-unfinished watercolor of Ossipee Mountain for the Small Works show. It was certainly a relief to paint snow after all that sunlight and greenery!