Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Castine Plein Air ~ On Maine Summer Day

Castine, Maine is a gorgeous place- an old historic town on the tip of a midcoast Maine peninsula. This past weekend the 2013 Castine Plein Air Festival was held there. 
On Friday painters from all around the US arrived to participate. Saturday morning we woke up to perfect painting weather ! We painted non stop for a whole day. This isn't unusual for me, I often paint for a whole day. The difference on this day was I dropped my framed, finished paintings off to be in a big gala sale!  
I painted 3 paintings in two locations in Castine.  

Sketches of Castine Harbor and Wadsworth Cove.

My first painting on location was on Castine Harbor facing south looking across the bay to Camden.

Castine Harbor, Storm Clearing, oil 8x16

My second painting was on Wadsworth Cove looking west toward Belfast. Maine.

Perfect Summer Day, oil 9x12

My third painting was on the beach at Wadsworth Cove looking northwest at the salt water farm across the cove. 

Wadsworth Cove, Summer Afternoon, oil 8x16

While painting during the day visitors often came to look and ask questions. 

 Here I am painting my second painting while a visiting artist watches my brush strokes closely. 

By the end of the evening I sold all my paintings!  Here is one of my new collectors, Don Tenny, president of the Castine Art Association, the host of the event! What a delight! 

I won First Place for my first painting of the day Castine Harbor, Storm Clearing. What a surprise! 
Castine is one of my new favorite Maine places to paint!


  1. Nice stuff, Mary ! I would have bought one too if I had been there.

  2. Congrats!! The first painting is my favorite because it has a very photographic feel to it. These paintings really "pop" and I can easily see why they appealed to potential buyers!!