I’d say I’m cutting this close . . . this is one of two paintings I’m doing for my husband’s birthday this Friday. Starting #2 tomorrow.
This place has a lot of meaning for us, it’s the summit of Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park of Maine that my husband and I would visit every summer when we lived in Maine. A great place to hike and hang out – the views are incredible (elevation of 1,528 ft.). The islands you see, Porcupine Islands go out as far as the eye can see until you get to the open Ocean (Atlantic) and then reach Canada. The rocks on the summit are very large somewhat smooth slabs, that can be incredibly slippery when the weather is misty up there – if you look closely at the painting you’ll see a bit of light green moss covering the rocks. Weather can change quickly up on the summit so often there’s a good bit of foggy atmosphere limiting the views, tip – go in mid-August if you want clear days. During the Fall and Winter, if the Park is open, folks venture up to the summit to see the sun rise in the United States – during this specific time of the year it is the place to be on the east coast of the US if you want to see the sun begin its rise.
Sorry for the graininess, took many photographs but think my hand shook – painting has a much smoother look in person.
This oil pastel painting (8×10) was done on a gesso prepared hardboard, starting with a black and white acrylic underpainting (mainly to establish my value ranges). Hope you enjoy the views!
Reference images were from my personal collection and one from Janet and Jill Bowden of pmp.