When I planned my summer painting challenge, I wanted to be able to hike into various locations to paint en plein air and really bridge my love of nature with painting. So, to be fully prepared for my outdoor painting adventure, I purchased a square-shaped pack from LLBean that could hold my entire painting setup. I wanted to be able to hike to remote locations and paint scenes from nature. However, my first test run on Mount Agamenticus didn't go as smoothly as I hoped. I made the rookie mistake of overloading my pack with heavy items, and my husband Chris ended up carrying it for most of the hike. Lesson learned!
Despite the mishap, the hike to the summit was worth it. From the top, we enjoyed a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Southern Maine coast and the White Mountains in the distance. I took the opportunity to capture the scenery on my canvas, with a few other hikers and picnic-goers as my audience.
When I returned to the studio, I put the finishing touches on my painting, adding more vibrant colors and a coat of varnish to make it pop. I was thrilled with the final result.
If you'd like to see more of my work, check out my painting of the sunrise over Penobscot Bay in Rockport, Maine, in this post. And don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more updates and inspiration.
To learn more about my 2022 Painting Challenge, see this post, or send me a message with your favorite place, and I'll paint it for you!