Spring in Maine can come and go for weeks. Just as we get our hopes up that this is IT, a snow storm reminds us to be patient. This weekend's time change does take us a step closer to warm weather, however, as does Easter just two weeks away.
An old knee issue recently led me to physical therapy, which has been great preparation for the summer's hikes and paddling trips. We try to get out for days in the woods with our faithful pup, Sasha-the-Wonderdog. She is now 13 and so we temper our trips to accommodate her hip problems. Still, there are thousands of places we can explore within an hour or so of Portland. It is on those hikes that I usually snap the photos that eventually become paintings.
In the meantime, I am back in my studio working on pieces, drawn to explore the world of light and color as I try to recapture some of the awe-inspiring places in which I am so lucky to live and spend time.
This painting is from the hike photographed above. We took advantage of Maine Lighthouse Day, when many private or other lighthouses open for public visits. Many are maintained by groups of private citizens who care about these beautiful buildings. While many lighthouses are now inactive, it is their turn to be safeguarded out of respect for their history and beauty.
River Light, oil on canvas, 12x12
This is Squirrel Point Light on the Kennebec River, built in 1898. We found it down an overgrown path at the end of a lane that a local person told us about. It was a beautiful walk through woods and marsh to get there, and we saw no one else the entire trip. Beautiful, quiet, awe-inspiring. Maine: The Way Life Should Be...