In 2011 the Spanierman Gallery in New York City brought together the work of 24 artists, including Will Barnet, George Bellows, and Marsden Hartley, to examine how Maine had inspired them. Entitled “Maine – An Artist’s Retreat,” the show revealed many representations of the state’s coastline and islands. Yet, what sets Maine apart, the catalog said, is how Maine’s forests, rocky shores, marshes, and harbors always present themselves as fresh, alive, and unexplored, no matter how many times in the past artists have rendered them.
The opportunity to discover these landscapes for yourself—fresh and alive–will be available to students in an upcoming painting expedition with acclaimed Maine artist Judy Taylor. It will take place September 3-6, 2013 off the coast of Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park in Maine.
What’s exciting about this workshop, however, is that it will truly be an opportunity to explore the unexplored because it will take place on a small private island.
According to Judy Taylor, the island, which has only one house which dates back to the 1930s, is very close to Mount Desert Island. It has 360 views, with one side overlooking Indian Point Nature Conservancy “where the seals perch on rocks.” Says Judy, “You can walk the entire island easily. It gives us such flexibility to take advantage of light in both the morning and afternoon.”
Lessons will all be about plein air painting, and students can work in the medium of their choice. “Blocking in and simplifying shapes will be key,” Judy notes. Lessons will also focus on color mixing, light and shade, composition, and atmospheric and linear perspective.
Students can register for two days for $350 or four days for $650. They must arrange for their own housing on Mount Desert Island and bring their own lunch each day. The day begins at 9am at the dock in Pretty Marsh where they’ll return around 4pm.
For questions and registrations, contact Judy Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, to ensure optimal attention from Judy, the class size is limited to eight students. It’s also the capacity of the boat that will take you to the private island! So, sign up now.