Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Camden, ME harbor is a wealth of painting material.....as is all of the Maine coast. The problem was not so much finding something to paint as it was narrowing the selection. These drawings are good examples of that.
The area was so rich that even selecting a corner of the harbor I had difficulty focusing. Here the shore was interesting, the docks were an attraction and those slanted buildings were also a pull. (Why are they slanted....I don't know.)
In terms of a painting or a more pleasing drawing, just a section would have been stronger. Here, for example, is one of several possible simplified views that I think could have been developed. Looking at this smaller part of the larger piece I find the shapes more interesting, more artistic and calming to my soul. The larger piece is okay, it just doesn't have a focus....the smaller one does.