Saturday, April 30, 2016

Think Maine!




Every spring I start to anticipate my departure for Maine.  The reunion with old friends, plenty of subject matter to paint, and just the mere trip there with stops along the way start my pulse going a little bit faster.

I also look forward to conducting my annual workshop in Boothbay Harbor.  It is headquartered at the Lions Club, an old building converted from schoolhouse to a big, open meeting space.  It's on a quiet side street only a couple of minutes from downtown.  There is plenty of space to spread out on a rainy day, but also handy to other favorite painting locations:  the Harbor with all its boats, lighthouses, rocky shorelines, tree lined coves, and quaint streets.  These are the sights that I've loved for 36 years. 

This year's workshop will be held from August 29th - Sept. 2nd.  Tuition remains steady at $400 for the five day workshop.  Just down the block from the Lions Club is Beach Cove Resort, perched high on a hill overlooking West Harbor Pond.  Many students choose to stay there because of its convenient and quiet location.  My favorite Inn in Boothbay Harbor is the award winning Topside Inn.  Their full breakfasts change daily and are abundant beyond belief!  The d├ęcor is stunning, as is the view of the whole bay from the top of McKown Hill.  On the quiet side of the Harbor is Brown's Wharf, featuring a fine restaurant on the property, an up-close view of yachts, lobster boats and sailboats.  You can also check out the Chamber of Commerce's website for more lodging options.

The workshop is fun and informative.  The focus changes from year to year, and this summer I will focus on translating strong, clear values into vibrant colors.  A small sketchbook will be very useful.

So reserve your spot and make your lodging reservations soon.  This will be a vacation and a painting experience you'll long remember!

For more information email me at     caroljessen@yahoo.com  

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