Sunday, June 1, 2014

By the Sea! By the Sea!

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Morning at Rawson's Point

I had intended to go up to Ogunquit this morning to indulge in a little ocean-side plein air work. But, as it turned out, I decided to go to Rawson's Point, and to look at the little hamlet clustered on the rocks.

I think I neglected to say before that Rawson's Corners began down by the sea, at the mouth of the river. As time went by the river silted up at its entrance and became less hospitable to the maritime trade which the hamlet had carried on in a small way. Slowly the various inhabitants moved farther inland and their livelihood became agricultural rather than maritime. 

Here's what the Point looked liked this morning, as the sun rose.

Morning at Rawson's Point, study, 8"x12" (20x30cm)

A friend from France, who saw an earlier posting of this image on Instagram, said "I can almost hear the sea crashing against those rocks."

Perhaps you can hear it, too.

From a technical point of view, this almost looks like it's a closer cousin to a drypoint or a lithograph rather than an oil sketch. I chose to be very sparing in the number of gradations between the value of the panel and that of the darkest darks, hoping that this simplification would echo the harsh, no-nonsense existence of the early settlers.



Two-day Weekend Workshops
7-8 June 2014

28-29 June 2014

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The Ogunquit Summer School of Art

Ogunquit, Maine
Two two-day workshops
14-15 August 2014
27-28 September 2014
Contact them at 603-819-9100

Those interested in an ongoing weekly class should contact me. 


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