Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hanna's, 11x14 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Been off 'the grid' for a week, as it was my yearly trip to Maine with the South Shore girls.  This year we had phenomenal weather, not that it really matters to us - in case of rain or fog we just set up our easels inside and do interiors, or still life!  

We stay in a big farmhouse at the edge of a cove.  Mornings we wake early (I think every one of us saw 4:58 at least once) because the light is so intense, and we grab our morning beverage of choice and either pad down to the dock and listen to the water lap and the fishermen get ready for their day or we park ourselves on the rockers on the large porch and read or sketch.  Then we start in earnest.... someone found a field of buttercups not to be missed, someone wants to paint the rocks at the point, or the lupines growing almost everywhere.  Everyone is considerate and kind, and we enjoy fabulous food (we each cook one night) and icy beverages (my specialty was Cosmos) and watch the rosy sky, talking about art, families, our struggles and joys.... and THIS week Sally Dean Mello and I cracked the code for using the DVD player, so we watched movies at night.

This painting was done with Sally and Peggy Farrell Bruno and it was my favorite from the week. Please check out their blogs, as well, I think you'll like what you see! After 4 days of plein air painting (boats, crashing waves, still life on the porch, landscapes, etc.) I FINALLY relaxed.  

I'm grateful for this annual trip.  It re-sets my clock.  Takes down my blood pressure.  Gets me to really reflect on a lot of things.  I am simply, now, a Maine-iac.  And I love it!

AAaaaand this year we went to Maine earlier, so I could be with my husband on our anniversary (#36), which is the 24th! 
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15 comments:

  1. I so love these old gas stations. You've done a wonderful job on this piece, Kelley. And I wish I had a group of friends to do such a trip with! Sounds like you all had a blast!

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  2. Love this painting and the story of your trip and Happy Anniversary today. Love ya!!!

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  3. Hi Kelly . I loved reading this . It reminds me of our painting group The Plein Air Girls here in Australia . We do exactly the same things only stay at Aussie farms

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  4. This one is a winner! The green back ground makes those spots of red POP! Great job! Sounds like you had a blissful and productive week....miss you!

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  5. What a lovely trip, Kelley. Patti tells me all about it every year. AND, Happy Anniversary....We just celebrated our 59th.

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  6. Love this painting; you really captured its charm. Sounds like a wonderful week, and so happy to welcome you to the Maine-iacs!

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  7. I loved reading it too..I am also a Maine-i ac....Shades of Ros in this one.. Love it..interesting colors
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to a very cool, loving couple

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  8. This piece has wonderful character and interest. Sounds like a great trip and happy anniversary!!

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  9. Excellent painting Kelley...it sounds like a perfect week..

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  10. So much character and interest in this piece. Love it! Happy anniversary!

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  11. Kelley, I love this painting! Beautiful, and just perfect!
    Happy anniversary to you two! 36 years is a huge achievement! Huge congrats to you both!

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  12. I love everything about this one, Color harmony-wonderful green sky- diagonal in the foreground.
    Slammin'!

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  13. The red line work vibrates against the surrounding colors. Happy Anniversary!

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  14. I just love this one Kelley, such interesting shapes and play of light. Happy anniversary too!

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  15. I just love this one Kelley, such interesting shapes and play of light. Happy anniversary too!

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