My husband Philip is also the person who started me on my plein air journey…
On a trip traveling through the beautiful state of Vermont, Philip and I stopped along Lake Champlain. The view was amazing… Philip set up his easel and surprised me by setting up a pochade box on the picnic table for me. He said “don’t over think it, just have fun!” (smile).
Before I knew it, Philip started patiently and methodically cleaning his palette, he was in his element, outdoors and calm. In a short time, he had completed an amazing painting… Looking at my painting and looking at Philip’s, I didn’t feel intimidated, I felt exhausted, two hours had slipped by unnoticed… I was hooked. I wanted to learn everything I could about plein air painting.
I love coming across that painting. I will never rework or finish it. Some paintings like the one I painted that day are becoming my “travel journal” in oils. That day in Vermont, we painted together for the first time, and we still are… and this week we will be celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary!
I’m glad I found the courage to paint that day and catch “plein air fever” from Philip! -Catherine
“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently”. Maya Angelou
This is a view of Mount Whiteface in Waterville Valley, N.H., from The N.H. Lakes Region. I new this would be a painting lesson in pushing the mountain back into the distance, far away from the trees in the snow covered foreground. It was a clear day, and the clouds were casting dark shadows on the mountain range. Not having my painting equipment with me, I snapped this photo and worked on this painting in the studio.
I used the white birches and snow to show foreground, and muted colors in the mountain range to show distance.
If you are looking for an east coast “plein air” painting destination with panoramic ocean views, well maintained hiking trails, and you want to feel totally immersed in art history and culture, you should check out Monhegan Island. (Monhegan Island clickhere).
I can see why this island is an artist and an art collector destination.
A short ferry ride from Port Clyde, brought Philip and me to a harbor nestled between Monhegan Island and Manana Island. Ray Eugene Phillips made Manana Island his home for many years, living alone, but also knowing that there was a neighborly connection with the islanders across the harbor. (click here forRay Eugene Phillips).
Monhegan is alive with a strong sense of community from the people who’s daily routines contribute to making this island flourish. Walking around the island we pass many local and visiting artists painting, and many Island artists provide a seasonal trail map inviting the public to visit their art studios. Continue reading Plein Air Painting on Monhegan Island -Catherine→
“Accepting” Britt’s sunrise challenge was the easy part when I was on Monhegan Island in Maine . The real challenge was capturing the amazing sky that morning. You might see from these photos I kind of lost my way.
I kept painting past sunrise and eventually lost my focus. Soon the sun was up, casting wonderful shadows, and I lost my dramatic sky. I’ll keep my focus on the sunrise next time. Click here to see how Britt captured and kept the dramatic sunrise colors back home on the Cape!
Thank you Britt for the sunrise challenge! -Catherine