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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Two Countries, One Bay Studio Tour

This is the weekend of our annual "Two Countries, One Bay" studio tour. Over 50 artists have opened up their studios to the public in the Passamquoddy Bay region, including the Maine towns of Lubec, Eastport and Calais and, in New Brunswick, St Andrews, Deer Island and Campobello Island. Although the tour covers a vast region that is nearly impossible to do in just two days, many attempt it! It's a great opportunity to visit with painters, woodworkers, potters and others in private studios to see how they work.
For my part of the tour, I'm doing pastel painting demonstrations outdoors. The demos are small - only 5x7 -- so I can talk to people and visit with them without getting mired down in a bigger piece. We've got some beautiful weather this weekend, and it's fun to be outside painting during the tour.
Below is a picture of me out with the easel, as well as a shot of the two pieces-in-progress. The top painting was done at 9 a.m. and the bottom, around 2 in the afternoon. You can really see the difference in the quality of light.

"Big Spruce at Dawn" 5x7 pastel -SOLD

"Looking Up" 5x7 pastel