Rockport Maine // 30 Days; 30 Paintings

Rockport Maine // 30 Days; 30 Paintings

Megunticook Campground By The Sea in Rockport, Maine has a beautiful and expansive eastern view of West Penobscot Bay and the sunrise. Check out the map below to get an idea of whereabouts: 


We stayed for a few days in July during Bluesfest (not recommended unless you really love big crowds and blues) and I knew it offered the perfect spot for a sunrise painting session. I set my alarm for 4:45 and grabbed my pack and headed down to the water (pre-coffee) hoping I would get a good sky (my weather app seems to be half right, so it's always a little bit of a mystery). It was still, quiet, and warm. The birds were starting to wake up, and some of them were flying out over the ocean.



I set up on a giant boulder which felt like a throne to this incredible view -- and no one was around to see it except me. There were practically no sounds, except the sounds of the water lapping below me, the birds, and a very occasional, distant, inboard from an early morning lobster boat. The video below offers a small sense of what it was like and shows the 180 degree view from this special spot, but nothing compares to really being there...



If you give this video a few seconds, you can see the whole view from where I was sitting. Quite magnificent...

Clouds always add an interesting twist and on that morning the day began, like many, with fog and clouds. The first sliver of sun appeared as vivid, electric, magenta followed by coral and then yellow, as it rose above the water and through the clouds. The photos are absolutely beautiful, but in the moment, everything around me seemed brighter and more electric...


I struggled in the first painting to the capture the magenta of the sun emerging from the clouds because I mistakingly grabbed a tube of violet rather than magenta, but I made my attempt with the following sequences showing the coral and yellow segment of the experience: 

 

I had not had my coffee yet, and it was early (!) so I think it took until the second painting to get really loose which you can see below... 

 

Side note, I could not understand why I was having such a hard time making magenta, and I finally solved the mystery later that day with the folks at Rockport Blueprint in Camden when I realized I had misread the label on the tube - it should have been Quinacridone Magenta, NOT Quinacridone Violet. So, I grabbed a new tube and now I feel a deep personal challenge to replicate the fiery first light magenta to finish out this sunrise series. Stay tuned...



To read more about my 2022 Painting Challenge, see 
this post, or go here to message me your favorite place and I'll paint it!

 

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