Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Rock Is Not My Palette
A third painting from the Ogunquit weekend: a 9x12 oil on panel, done on Saturday afternoon, behind the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. When working on this one, a woman who lives and grew up nearby was sitting below looking at the sea. I had met her earlier when she was planting in her front yard. Upon leaving, she told me that I was keeping up the old tradition of painting at that very spot. She added that when she was a child, some painters would even use the rock surface as a palette, and later, when they had gone, the children would come by to use the paint to mark up their faces. Needless to day, I didn't continue that particular tradition.