Monhegan Island, Maine Lighthouse, 12" x 16", Oil on Linen, 2013. Monhegan Island, Maine has been a destination for artists since the mid-19th century. Monhegan’s lighthouse was first established in 1824. The current structure was built in 1850. I spent a week in early September, 2013 on a plein air painting trip to this varied and wonderfully paintable island. In this painting, the setting sun has brilliantly illuminated the lighthouses’ West-facing facade. I positioned my easel down the hill to the East so I could record the extreme temperature change created by the sun's warm rays. Painting at sunset is a special challenge for plein air painters as the colors and values change quickly and dramatically. In anticipation of this, I prepared my pallet and toned my canvas in advance to fully take advantage of all the time the sun would give me. Sold
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine.Keywords: alla prima (225), landscape (174), Maine (12), oil paintings (207), plein air (252).