Roses in the Rocks, 6×8, o/l, en plein air
Winter Surf on Ocean Point, 9 x 12, oil on linen, en plein air
When I’m not sure what to paint, I often drive around Boothbay looking for inspiration. On this late February day, the winds were howling and the surf was roaring, and it was the challenge of plein air painting in these conditions that inspired me. An unexpected issue was brought on by the colder temperatures… the paint was thicker and much harder to move around the canvas, which surprised me and forced me to adapt from my normal style of painting.
“Ice on Great Salt Bay”, 12 x 16, oil on linen, en plein air
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.
At the closing ceremony for Boothbay Harbor Fest 2015 “A Stroke of Art” event, I was very excited to receive the Honorable Mention for my painting “Cottage on the Cove”. The award was given by juror Carlton Plummer.
My painting, “Morning Shimmer”, was also a part of the exhibition, held at Harborfields in West Boothbay Harbor.
Carlton Plummer, left and artist Brad Betts, right, at the exhibition.
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.
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