Maine 2008

Monhegan Island, Sept. 18, 2008; l-r, back row: Jeff Bonasia, Paul Schulenburg, Eric Merrell, Casey Baugh, Jeremy Lipking, Logan Hagege, Ernesto Nemesio, Glenn Dean. Kneeling: Frank Gardner, Eric ? (Peter Kalil, Jerome Greene and Colin Page are missing from the photo.)

Marshall Point Sunset, 6" x 8", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Back from Maine, what a great trip. Everyone was usually up early and out the door, painting all day until the light ran out. We painted some great sunsets out at the Marshall Point Lighthouse, and the full moon rose early over the ocean too. Then it was back to the house for some great dinners (thanks to Frank, Jeff, and everyone who whipped up some home cooking). After dinner on the 15th the crisp bright moonlight was wonderful, so I grabbed my book lights and gear and worked on a sketch in the backyard of the house. (Bearing the name "Nanatuck" across the front porch, the house apparently belonged previously to an artist by the name of Carl Sublett (1919-2008).

Nanatuck Nocturne, 8" x 6", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

The group numbered 14-15 artists or so at its fullest, I think, with the house so packed that some slept on couches and in hallways on extra mattresses. All sorts of discussions ranged late into each evening, from the details of outdoor painting to galleries to the history and art of the area, at times touching on who put the rubber snake in Colin's bed.

Thanks especially to Paul Schulenburg, who organized the lion's share of the trip.