Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hermine at Grimes Cove

Hermine at Grimes Cove
in Ocean Point, East Boothbay, Maine
sketched plein air on September 7, 2016
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Strathmore
cold press 100% cotton 500 Series Premium archival watercolor paper
SOLD $240
Purchased September 7, 2016
by Kathy and Fred Rotondaro of Southport, Maine
at Boothbay Harbor's Stroke of Art / PAPME (Plein
Air Painters of Maine) 12th Annual Great Paint Out
during the evening exhibition, all paintings
having been blank paper and canvases
at the start of the day.

Also online at Leslie Saeta's Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days HERE

Photo above taken by Sara Gray (© 2016 Sara Gray),
her painting  web site HERE, her photography web site HERE,

during the PAPME (Plein Air Painters of Maine)
12th Annual Great Paint Out at Grimes Cove,
Ocean Point, East Boothbay, Maine on September 7, 2016

photo below taken by Bruce

On Painting Hermine
by Bruce McMillan
At Grimes Cove the last storm surges
of Hermine roll in, surf rolling
into waves of white with cobalt
green while I watch, study, cajoling 

thoughts of how to paint this foggy
color full gray day. I feel like
an invisible observer,
unseen while I'm out on a hike,

pausing, contemplating each splash,
the white spray crescendo, each surge.
My black pen dashes to and fro,
marking where sharp ledges converge, 

rocks loosely defined, then it's calm;
clear water brushes on paper
with colors dabbling in, wet
flowing moods, flat brush reshaper 

of stone before Gouache splashes
on firm rocks, overpowering
colors below, with splattering
bubbles, opaque white towering 

high above rocks, brush strokes stranded,
while below cobalt green brushes
by in surf's subtle final mix,
paused, sensory in rushes.

All text and photos and art unless otherwise noted 

© 2016 Bruce McMillan