The Adams School in Castine Maine
I created this plein air painting in 2018. I love the classic architecture of the building. It’s at the top of a hill, with the road leading up to it. Nearby, is the town common. I didn’t need to know anything about school to fall in love with the subject; it’s authentic New England charm.
It’s 8″ x 10″, painted with oils on canvas board.
In 2018, I was inspired to take an intensive plein air workshop with Dan Graziano, a painter I admire. I packed up my art supplies into my 1966 Shasta camper and drove to Castine, Maine. It’s a beautiful little town. I camped at a state forest, but I didn’t spend much time there. I was intensively learning the art of plein air painting. There’s a concentration that comes from attempting to capture a moment in time. Too much fussing, and the lighting will have changed; The same subject is there, but the feeling can be completely different. So plein air is about capturing the essence and not getting caught up in detail.