Saturday, October 21, 2017

On the Trail

On the Trail / 10x10

Dusk comes early in Maine in October, and the day was already starting to dim when I set out to paint.

It was a little before 4 p.m. when I noticed the light shining gold and warm on the rich brown leaves and bronze-colored bushes at the side of the road. I did a couple U-turns, feeling the urgency of the light, and finally found a place where I could pull over safely and set up to paint.

This is always an issue, and especially so in Maine, where the roads are narrow, and often lined with ditches - as they also are in Virginia and Pennsylvania and many other beautiful places.

I had the beginnings of the painting on the canvas when I heard the unmistakeable sounds of a school bus stopping. Behind me, then, I heard talking and footsteps, and turned to find myself face to face with two high school students. I wish I'd taken their photos! Joshua and Rachel stood behind me, looking closely at the painting, the van and me. Joshua, in his senior year, had a flat-bottomed, red, Lincoln-type beard. Rachel, in ninth grade, had long hair and a pretty, round face. They were just getting back from Lakes Region High School, a long, long bus ride away.

We talked for a while, and I showed them some more paintings, and explained what I was doing. They talked about art they'd made, and school, and then it was time for them to go, up the steep dirt road to their house.

It was great to meet a couple of young people who were interested in art, happy to share their day's experiences with me, talk about the land, tell me a little about their dreams.

Scenes from the Road

Great ghost - and it must be gigantic! - on a house near Searsport, Maine. 

he truck that is overturned by the tree was carrying asphalt to be spread on Route 1, in a big resurfacing project. You have to wonder just how that truck turned over. My guess is it got into a ditch when it made the turn onto the side road. Yikes!!

And really, PIGGO??? Wouldn't catch me with that license plate for all the tea in China! 

Dog of the Day 
What do you mean, it's not a dog? No matter. It's still the Dog of the Day! 

A Final Thought

"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!

  • - Percy Bysshe Shelley

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