Monday, September 15, 2008



ISLAND
is this week's theme at Illustration Friday. I am just back from a week of painting on Monhegan Island in Maine, so I have a lot of paintings to choose from. I painted this sitting on the highest point of Monhegan (Lighthouse Hill) looking over towards Manana, a small uninhabited island which helps form Monhegan's harbor. It seemed to be hunkering down comfortably, like an animal enjoying the brilliant sunlight.

Landscape is a medium for ideas...the various details in a landscape painting mean nothing to us if they do not express some mood of nature felt by the artist.
~Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

Little Manana, oil on canvas, 5 x 7 inches, 2008

18 comments:

Dot said...

i love the houses in this one. almost like little blocks. nice job!

Vhrsti said...

Admirable painting, truly!

studio lolo said...

What a beautiful place to spend some time. I've missed you here :)
This is lovely. I agree with your animal analogy!

Gina Perry said...

Beautiful!

Rowena said...

Lovely, heartfelt paintings.

Azulita said...

Wow, a weekend of painting on an island. That sounds like a dream come true. This painting and all the other ones I looked at on your site are so beautiful. It was a pleasure to look through them. And thanks for commenting on mine. I really appreciate what you said. :)

Rui Sousa said...

Beautiful work!
Congratulations!

Regards

www.ruisousaartworks.blogspot.com

INDIGENE said...

Well, I'm glad you had a great time! I love Maine, too! This is a wonderfully composed piece and the colors are serene! I miss you, too!

www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

ValGalArt said...

gorgeous :)

johanna said...

looks very tranquil. a visit to a place like that would be refreshing change from the frenzied pace of the last several days. very lovely, nancy!

Juan said...

beautiful painting nancy!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is simply beautiful!!! This is where I would love hang ten in your wonderful painting. Excellent.

Stace said...

I just had a look at your blogs - you seem to have a high work output of which I am envious! Very nice colour choice in this one.

ms. froggie said...

super, nancy! hope you had a wonderful and happy time with the fam! :))

AscenderRisesAbove said...

always fun to stop here and see your wide variety of art; whether plein air, portrait, line art, realism... you have it all covered!

Mark Cavell said...

Wish I was there. Beautiful, makes me want to break out my brushes.

K Spoering said...

Lovely work! Thanks for visiting my blog so I could find yours. I'm a Taurus, too!

get zapped said...

You captured a mood for sure, I want to hang out there for a while! Thanks for sharing...