AWARD-WINNER: Maine Coast

“Maine Coast”, 11×14, oil on masonite.  This painting won second in the “Best Overall” category in A Stroke of Art, a plein air painting competition held in September 2017.

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Foggy Start

“Foggy Start”, 8×10, oil on masonite, painted en plein air as part of A Stroke of Art 2017.

 

 

 

 

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.

In the Harbor

Returning to the harbor on the Casey Anne, I was inspired by the bright blue lobster boat against the backdrop of the colorful buildings and lobster wharves on the east side of Boothbay Harbor.

blue-lobster-boat-in-the-harbor_web“In the Harbor”, 9×12, o/l

Down East Gallery

The gallery after a late winter snowfall.

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Down East Gallery is located at 30 Van Horne Road, East Boothbay, Maine. call 207 318 3282 any time for more information