THE EVENTS OF A FORTNIGHT!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
So excited to have over two weeks to paint on Monhegan. Alex Tyng and I have two artists joining us, Phoebe Peterson from Virginia and Nancy Walton from Massachusetts. Tropical storm Lesley has been producing swells so we had our Dramamine ready, but it was a good ride out to Monhegan with artist, Phoebe Peterson. We are on Horn Hill again in the Ed Johnson house. Some nice improvements in the house with two new mattresses and internet!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
It was interesting to hear about their experience in the mentoring program. It was also ironic as Alex had just found an article in our house in an American Heritage Horizon book dated September 1961 by Frank Getlein entitled "Come, Girls, Art Can Be Fun".
|Alex and Judy are next to the windows|
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
The Ohio artist's with Judith Carducci were planning on painting the fog in the marsh below the lighthouse at 6am. We decided to join them and then all have breakfast at the Monhegan House. Phoebe worked on the sunrise of Manana which lasts just a few minutes. The marsh was absent the billowing fog which if we had only looked we would have known! Alex did a light filled painting of a house, over tuned boat, and fence in the middle of town.
|Phoebe painting the light on Manana from Swim beach|
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1012
Phoebe and I headed down Trail 5 toward Gull Rock. Trail 5 will end up in Gull Cove and if you go right you will see Gull Rock. Just as you reach the beginning of Gull Rock there is a small steep path. If you follow it you will see the cove below where Phoebe posed with this great angular rock.
Alex came and did dead trees at Gull Rock.
|Phoebe near Gull Rock|
|Front of Gull Rock|
If you continue on you will find another path which goes to a passage at the center of Gull Rock which has a view of Whitehead.
|The End of Gull Rock with artist Sandy Rossignol Nault painting with her husband!|
|This outcropping is just beyond Gull Rock and we did a rock study there in the afternoon|
|As you can see this was a little precarious, but it seemed like the right spot at the time!|
|Diana on her perch|
|Rock Study 14 x 18|
|Phoebe painting me painting the outcropping!|
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
Alex had to head back to Washington, DC to a talk at the Portrait Gallery focusing on the memorial for Four Freedoms Park built on Roosevelt island in NYC to honor FDR. The park was designed by Alex's father, Louis Kahn. They were also showcasing her painting of her father which is now owned by the Portrait Gallery! We bid farewell and headed out to Squeaker Cove.
To get to Squeaker Cove head out of town up by the school house and take a left instead of a right towards the Lighthouse. Continue on that road and don't turn at Ice Pond. This heads you out to the Cathedral Woods Trail which is a little tricky if you are not paying attention. It is the second trail on the right. The first trail is the Red Ribbon and if you look carefully in the air there is an old red ribbon hanging from a tree. The Cathedral Woods Trail #11 is the next right. Just remember on any trial where there is an opening in the woods there is most likely to be a convergence of trails. We missed the left hand turn which continues the Cathedral Woods trial #11. There is a large rock with moss and roots to the left and one tree at the left turn. If you take a left at the large rock you will be on the Cathedral Woods trail #11, if you miss it you will be on #12 to Little Whitehead! We ended up above Squeaker Cove and tracked through so difficult trails with all our painting equipment to get to Squeaker Cove. Bad Idea! If you actually read the descriptions of the trails you would be fine, but we like adventure.
|Squeaker Cove and Black Head|
|Nancy Walton scoping out a painting site|
|Phoebe doing a little gouache in Squeaker Cove|
|Nancy doing a watercolor and Phoebe sketching|
|The Tree House|
|The Wooden Cave|
|Two Story Root Dwelling|
|The Pathway to|
|The Pen or Corral|
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
Phoebe headed back home today. Nancy and I are solo. I began a view of the field below and Nancy did a nice view from the middle of the road up horn hill. Clouds came in and we painted views of the back of horn hill. Dinner with Nancy at the Monhegan House!
|View looking back toward the back of Horn Hill|
|Diana's painting and setup|
|Horn Hill 11 x 14 in progress!|
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
First week with my artist friends is ending. Nancy headed off and I will have a quiet house until my next group arrives. I was painting the field below when I had some visitors.
This is the scene I am painting just between 4:30 and 6:00pm when there is that glow with long shadows at the end of the day
The outcropping of houses in the distance which first drew me to this scene.
Tricia missed the ferry yesterday so I had the house to myself and it was great to get organized. Tricia arrived today and several people were gathering the last harvest of the season.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Painted at the Lighthouse 6 am. Worked on shadows. It is amazing to see how the light changes between six and nine. Headed out to work on my morning painting from Calf Cove of Manana and the dock. The light was completely different so it was challenging. A young man came seemingly out of nowhere walking along the shore in bare feet. Mind you I am quite a way from the little town. He was walking over the rocks along the shore, bare-chested in short cut off jeans, and with something hanging out his rear pocket. He had an earring in one ear and a white feather tucked behind the other. He was a vision and worthy of painting on the spot! Tricia came to meet me and carried some of my gear. All the harvested pumpkins and gourds were displayed on a tarp in front of the field. Storm is coming and bad weather is moving in so we are enjoying the house and are off to the Island Inn for dinner.
|Monhegan Lighthouse 18 x 32 in early stages!|
|Tricia lending a hand!|
|Goodies for the Harvest Festival|
|Manana and Dock 16 x 20 unfinished!|
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
This is the first bad weather we have had…not to complain, but we seriously need a rest. Thought we would have it, but sunshine by nine!! Painted on my meadow painting and then went to Whitehead to work on a painting of Little White Head and Black Head. Huge surf today with incredible waves in Gull cove.
|The Monhegan Headlands: Little Whitehead and Blackhead|
|Monhegan Headlands 16 x 21 in progress!|
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
|View from Horn Hill to the Lighthouse at dawn|
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
We are all exhausted and need this gray day to recharge. Dinner at the Monhegan house was great as usual. Highly recommend their hangar steak and pasta too. Nancy came for a quick night and graced us with Lobster stew and haddock. We took this time to visit Allison Hill's studio and Frances Kornbluth. Nancy bought a Hill painting of Lighthouse hill and Sara bought a sweet print from Frances Kornbluth.
|Nancy on our deck|
|Nancy in the Johnson kitchen|
Saturday, September 22, 2012
We woke up to deep fog and it has been a relief to have some time. Sara had a lovely quiet day!
Artists and friends have headed off and my husband has come for our 34th wedding anniversary! I have been waiting two weeks for the sunrise we had this morning. Up at 6:30 to catch it.
We headed out today to Calf Cove so I could work on my painting.
|Sunlight through the woods on the road out of town|
We headed off toward Green Point hoping to see Pulpit Rock and end up on Black Head. We passed pebble beach.
|Gary at Pebble Beach|
We had a wild day...we got off the trail somehow. We followed the coast. We kept going and the sky was getting darker with huge billowy clouds.
|I should no better what this sky means!!!|
|We hiked to way beyond the point in the distance|
We tried to get up several inclines to find the trail, but the brambles, blackberry bushes, and underbrush were too thick. We hiked up and down the cliffs until it was impassable. We backtracked. There was zero chance of rain today. Then it started raining hard and we were sliding all over the rocks and we were not sure if the tide would be where we crossed earlier. Finally, we found an old house and followed a rough trail to #1 and took a right and connected to the Evergreen trail.
|Moss in the Evergreen Trail|
Oh...and then there was hail. Just out of curiosity, I googled Green Point to see if anyone else had trouble finding the trail. There was a website called Geocaching. It is game people play all over the world. You are given coordinates and with a GPS device you find a site and look for a cache. When you find it you must leave something for the next game player. One Geocacher said they almost died looking for the cache on Green Point!