AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Drying Sails in Camden Harbor

We’re very pleased to announce that “Drying Sails in Camden Harbor” by Brad Betts was selected for the AWARD OF EXCELLENCE at the 38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.  The award recognizes paintings that are “outstanding examples of creativity, insight and integrity in marine art.”

“Drying Sails in Camden Harbor”, 24×18, oil on canvas

PAINTING INSPIRATION:

From our campsite in Camden Hills State Park, we climbed partway up Mount Megunticook, down a ravine, up and over Mount Battie before descending the boulder-strewn south face into town.  After miles of hiking through the dark confines of the woods, we now walked in neighborhood streets past old homes and the local library to a lawn overlooking the bustling harbor. A green schooner glided to a wharf, its red sails glowing against the blue sky. Sailboats coasted in the narrow aisles of water between the floats, painted buildings lined the wooden docks and people hurried by in all directions.  We were taken by the beauty of the scene and a sense that time had stood still: we had entered a world unchanged since the 1800s. We were neighbors from a nearby village, traveling into town to sell our wares, stock up on dry goods or simply hear the latest news.

Ice on Great Salt Bay

“Ice on Great Salt Bay”, 12 x 16, oil on linen, en plein air

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I painted “Ice on Great Salt Bay” this winter on January 28th, a beautiful and unseasonably warm day.  Driving through Damariscotta, I saw the warm marsh grasses against the cool snow and ice-covered bay.  Fortunately there was a trailhead with easy access on DRA’s Salt Bay Preserve.

 

Boothbay Farmer’s Market

This painting, “Boothbay Farmer’s Market”, was created as part of a Quick Draw, where each painter had only 2 hours to compose, sketch, paint and complete their painting.

Goranson's Farm Stand

The Quick Draw was one of many events put on during the Boothbay Harbor Fest 2015 “A Stroke of Art”.  It was inspiring to work among such a diverse and talented group of painters from all over the country.  

For more information on Boothbay Harbor Fest or the Annual Stroke of Art, visit their website at: Boothbay Harbor Fest