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!