Scarborough, Maine – Pine Point
A little story, if you don’t mind. Pine Point holds a special place in my heart. In the early 1990’s my husband and I moved to Maine, and because it was a new city and State we wanted to take some time to learn the area before we bought a home. So we rented out a tiny place right on the point of a beach that intersected with a Jetty and the Atlantic Ocean, that we called “the love shack” (winter and spring months – the rent at that time was dirt cheap, then in the Summer the vacation crowd would come in and the rental rates would raise many times over). Having never been acquainted to a beach area in off-season this was a real learning experience, more beach walks than I can count and sea breezes that range from ice-cold to Spring-time warmth that were fantastic. This was an amazing place to live
This was one of my first seascape paintings, done two years ago. The painting, The Jetty, was the view out our kitchen window. It was a perfect place to live and be introduced to the locals, we found out that it was a constant hub of activity. We would watch the comings and goings of the local fishermen/lobstermen coming into the Jetty after a long day out to sea; each morning we’d hear a slapping sound, and figured out seals played in the Jetty slapping their fins – how cool was that; sea gulls would stomp on our flat roof top looking for Cohog clams (these are very large clams); clam diggers in the freezing ice-cold would dig for clams at low tide; and to our amazement horse trainers during winter months used the stretch of beach we were on to trot their race horses up and down the firm sand. Living at Pine Point during the winter months brought about a lot of respect for how the fisherman and clam diggers earned their livings – very tough occupations.
How could I not paint this fantastic little spot on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. This was my first time painting rocks, and I loved the experienced – talk about an endorphin rush. While I see a few things I could go back in and change, for today I just hope you enjoy the view . . .