Edge of the Road, Goodwins Mills, Maine / 10x10
I've traveled to some of the most magnificent places in the United States, and I've painted in them. The Grand Canyon, the Outer Banks, Sedona, the Tetons - I've been lucky enough to have seen these places and painted in them, as well.
While they attract me, delight me and engage me, I have to admit that it's the little stuff that really attracts me. The places by the side of the road that aren't protected, aren't advertised, aren't discussed or even noticed, these are the spots that so often charm me. They're the places that - bit by bit by bit - add up to form the character and personality of an area, a town, a neighborhood. While the people who live there might not notice them on a daily basis, if those little spots vanished, those neighbors would notice the change.
This scrubby weedy stuff at the edge of the pond in Goodwins Mills was one of those places for me. I loved the tangle of plants, the slivers of color, the reflection of it all in the water. I hope you like it, too.
Along the Road
Here are a few sights from around the region. Top, a shed on a leaf-strewn hillside in Dayton. There was no place to pull over and paint this, not safely, but I will paint it from this photo when I get home.
Above, some gorgeous foliage from Arundel.
The bottom two photos are of Frinklepod arm stand near the Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport. You can join the CSA - Community Sponsored Agriculture - which is much like signing up for a sponsored painting trip! To find out more about Frinklepod, please click here.
Dog of the Day
I found this old painting in the bathroom of Mornings in Paris, a coffeeshop in Kennebunk, Maine. The bathroom actually was in the art gallery two doors down.
A Final Thought
"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."
- - Emily Bronte