Long day today. Up with the sunrise as I then walked up to Burnt Head and found a spectacular vista, the sun coming up, crashing surf and cliffs below. Took a few photos and back down the hill for cereal. I have discovered that I have a refrigerator in the room, so much easier to stay on budget, trying for $10 a day. Today I had half a French mini-loaf and some cheese for lunch; for dinner I suspect much the same and a can of soup. My paint shorts had a lot more room around the waist I noticed today as I hauled myself up the hill once more.
Started the workshop yesterday. It will be terrific. Led by painter-teacher Stan Moeller, who is really wonderful – clear, articulate, and willing to give a lot of attention to fellow painters. The group is small, several coming from Clinton, Maine.
We painted down near the wharf; Stan did a demo of the Island Inn. I tried a small painting of “Uncle Henry’s”. There are many several famous and somewhat iconic houses and structures to be painted, Henry’s being one. Also, Chadwick House; Triscott House; the Red House; the Sentinels; Jamie Wyeth’s House (built by Rockwell Kent); Kent House; the Vaughn Cottage; Fish Beach Cottage; certainly the Lightkeepers’ House, now the history museum; the Monhegan schoolhouse and library; and the wreck of the D.T. Sheridan on Lobster Cove. I haven’t enough time, nor canvases.
We took lunch and came back to the same location for another subject and painting. I did not paint well today, but I am trying to pay attention and don’t have the kind of focus I need to concentrate on my own painting. And that is okay by me. Joined the others for dinner at Monhegan House, where most them are staying - I am up the hill considerably - and I had a shrimp and seafood bisque for $10 which was terrific.
Today we spent virtually all day at Fish Beach which was awesome. I was able to do three paintings. One of the wharf across the rocks, one quick-sketch of the harbor and three schooners, and the last of the lobster traps at sunset and a picnic table at which a watercolorist was painting, so I included him. I painted better today, still tentative. See if I can break-out tomorrow.
End of day.