Here's what made it so great...
1. The location was convenient, spacious, and beautiful...
|Part of the expansive view from the cottage|
|Sparkling water on a sunny morning|
2. There were lots of sights to see and things to do...
|Visiting Owls Head Light|
|Sketching the view from the summit of Mount Battie|
|Taking a trip on the Schooner Olad on Penobscot Bay (Carol, Sharon, Judy and me)|
|Viewing the picture-perfect Curtis Island Lighthouse from the water|
|Walking the 4300' long Rockland Breakwater to see the lighthouse at the end (and then turning around and walking back!)|
3. We had plenty of time to relax...
|Reading on a rainy afternoon|
|Time to paint to our hearts' content|
|Leisurely mornings on the porch with a cup of coffee|
|A cutthroat Domino tournament every evening|
4. There were treasures to find...
|Sharon and I had an ongoing competition to see who could find the best heart-shaped rock. She won!|
|A piece of geode I found on Cooper's Beach|
|Sea glass from Cooper's Beach|
|A heart-shaped piece of sea glass - how perfect!|
5. My lessons were helpful...
|Practicing painting simple figures|
|A paint-along demo at Birch Point State Park where I narrated each step of my sketching process and the students painted along in their own sketchbooks|
|Can you pick out mine?|
6. Sketching opportunities were plentiful...
|Scene at Owls Head harbor|
|Climbing hydrangea at Vesper Hill|
|Lupines in full bloom|
|Our last morning|
7. The food was delicious...
|Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto with Feta Cheese + salad with blueberries, shaved Parmesan, candied walnuts and homemade vinaigrette|
|I couldn't have managed without the help of my mother, Saundra. All the girls want her to adopt them!|
8. And the company was the best!
|Carol, me, Saundra, Judy, Cathy, Candy, and Sharon|
We went to Maine with the intention of painting together, but we came away with so much more. The memories of riding around in the van giggling and laughing over something silly someone said; Carol's daily devotions at dinner; staring in awe at a Wyeth masterpiece together; and feeling so happy that we were almost giddy with the deliciousness of it all - those are the things that come to mind now when I think about our week together.
My woman friends enrich my life in countless untold ways; each one of them, with her unique quirks and personality, is precious to me. I'm so grateful for them. And I'm so very glad that I had a chance to share Maine with a group of friends who understands why I gasp at the beauty of sunshine sparkles on the sea and why there's nothing that makes me happier than to sit with a sketchbook on my lap and paint this great big beautiful world.
Tomorrow I'll begin sharing some of the sketches from my Maine travel journal, so stay tuned!