Maine Coast

“Maine Coast”, 11×14, oil on masonite by Brad Betts, ASMA.

AWARD WINNER: This painting won second in the “Best Overall” category in A Stroke of Art, a plein air painting competition held in September 2017.

Winter Surf on Ocean Point

Winter Surf on Ocean Point, 9 x 12, oil on linen, en plein air

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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

“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.

 

Bait

Painted this week in Portland in the Old Port, just beyond J’s Oyster Bar.  I’m always drawn to this particular spot, a remnant of working waterfront in a beautiful growing city.  I was looking for a human element, something to bring this painting to life, and just then a guy came out and threw bait in the water.  The birds came off the rooftops… chasing after the bait.

 

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Fisherman’s Shed

Looking south down the the Damariscotta River, this painting is of an old fisherman’s shed on the tip of a small point of land.  This classic river scene evokes a feeling of peace and solitude.

If you have seen this painting, please contact the artist as it was lost/stolen from a gallery in New London Connecticut in 2011.

Fisherman’s Shed, 11″x14″, oil on linen by Brad Betts