Autumn in Winter Harbor/10x10
All along, my plan had been to get to Winter Harbor, Maine, visit my friend Wendilee Heath O'Brien (please click here to check out her paintings at her website, whopaints.com), and then turn around and start painting my way back.
So it was a delight and an accomplishment to reach Wendilee's home, meet her husband, son, mother and dogs, and see her beautiful studio and her newest paintings.
We walked around the village, visited some of Wendilee's favorite places, and we talked and talked and talked. We had hoped to paint together on the next day, but people visited the studio and gallery, and stayed much longer than we had anticipated, and so we didn't get to paint. Next trip.
Around Winter Harbor
Above, Wendilee with her two dogs, Jack and Hondo! About 600 people live in town, and Wendilee can walk everywhere - to the bank, the library, hardware store, grocery store, post office. The studio is in the background in the photo above. Below, the road seems to end at Winter Harbor. Turn right, and you get into town. Turn left, and you head up the coast.
Above, Jack looks out over the harbor after which Winter Harbor is named. The boats are part of the lobstering fleet, which is one of the main sources of work in the area. Wendilee's husband says the lobstermen make pretty good money these days. Below, the edge of the harbor, and a scene I surely will paint. Bottom, some of the last flowers of the season.
Dog of the Day
It's Hondo! He's one of Wendilee's dogs - well, actually, he belongs to one of Wendilee's sons, but lives with Wendilee and Dennis in Winter Harbor.
I fell a little bit in love with Hondo. Who wouldn't?
A Final Thought
"Summer ends, and autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night."
- - Hal Borland