Monday, September 28, 2009


Alex at the Easel

In July Alexandra Tyng and I had a great time running a plein air painting workshop on Mt. Desert. The first night we had a little get together party at “Willowbrook” in Somesville where we were staying.We had Maine crab, Seal Cove farm goat cheese, and mozzarella and tomato canap├ęs made from our very special Beech Hill organic market.

Monday the workshop began with a demo by Alex showing participants her palette and painting theories. This was followed by my demo on how to set up for an effective plein air painting day. The weather was not cooperating, but fortunately Alex and I know all the good places to paint. My swimming friend, Becky, offered us her wonderful covered porch overlooking the natural sea wall in Southwest Harbor. It was a lovely foggy day and everyone was inspired. That night we began our gastronomic tour of Mt. Desert's restaurants. We began with McKay’s, Jordan Pond House, Cleonice, and even went to Jordan Pond twice by popular demand.

Mary in the shade at Thunder Hole

Tuesday was a full day beginning at nine we headed to Ocean Drive in Acadia National Park to paint near thunder hole. We had lunch on the rocks from “Mother’s Kitchen” in Town Hill.

Deena, Alex, and Joe

Afterwards we headed up to the summit of Cadillac for an afternoon paint. The weather was gorgeous and we had to take advantage of it.

The next day we had one of those milk toast skies which is perfect to do the views from Somesville. We ended the day at the Beaver Pond and finished just as it started to rain! What timing!!

Thursday we had a porch critique and painted at Eagle lake in Acadia National Park.

The final day we painted at the historic Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor. This site is one of my favorites as Fitz Henry Lane painted this view as well in 1852. For lunch we went to the Claremont Boat house for salads and tea. In the afternoon everyone had individual critiques of their work by Alex. We ended the day with a return trip to Jordan Pond with many indulging in three popovers! All in all, it was a great week for us and we know everyone enjoyed the house, the wonderful views, and attentive instruction! Thanks to our participants you made it such a pleasant week!

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