Monday, June 20, 2016

Acadia National Park: Love All Over Again


Acadia National Park is turning 100 years old. I started a new Moleskine accordion in her honor. I'm going back as soon as I can to fill a few more pages. 
I first fell in love with Acadia in 1968, when I hitchiked to Bar Harbor from Orono with a friend. My last visit was recent, & there have been many, many visits inbetween. There were different eras, different companions, different activities, different seasons, & different me's. Each time I grow more deeply in love, each time there is so much more to explore & so much to revisit. How can it be that two million tourists visit each year, & yet it feels so intimately like my own special place?
I'm not 100, but I am delighted to be growing older with Acadia. I am seeing changes, one of which is more of a focus on preservation with the involvement of newer, younger stewards. The Park needs continued loving care. They say that the current generation of young people is more connected to technology than to nature. However, we did see some delightful families, enjoying the magic. The Park also presents some wonderful Jr. Ranger & Explorer programs for kids.
A little about the sketching process: The new Rigger's Bag (from Hamilton Marine in Searsport) sat on my 3 legged folding stool while I stood to draw. Best arrangement I've found so far!! It also works in the car & has made a difference for me to be able to spontaneously stop & sketch with watercolor more often. 

9 comments:

  1. I love the accordion!Beautiful work Rita and I love the bag..went to peek at the site..looks super practical.
    Oh the things we did..my mom would have fainted if she had known I had hitchhiked with my friend at the time Liz.So vibrant your colors..that's the set I ended up bringing.

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  2. Makes me want to get out and paint

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  3. I wish I had the ability to sketch or paint like you do. Mom is such a lovely place, but we have never been. I guess if we win one of the mega lotteries we might hire someone to drive us. Thank you for your personal view and story.

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  4. Happy birthday to Acadia. Lucky you to be able to visit often (it's on my list of places I'd really like to visit). I love your sketches, and the new bag looks like fun. Lots of nooks and crannies for stowing tools.

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  5. Love seeing your set-up and results xx

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  6. Rita, do you sketch first and then watercolor or the reverse? I have been to Maine and Acadia many times but your sketches are so vibrant and bring them to life in a warm and memorable way.

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  7. Rita, your work is memorable. Do you sketch your scenes first and then watercolor around that or loosely lay the watercolors down and fill in the details with your waterproof markers? I have been to Acadia and Maine frequently and your sketches bring back warm but vibrant memories.

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  8. Dear Sherry,
    I draw first as drawing is my number one love. Sometimes I don't even add color, or add it after the on location drawing. Isn't Mount Desert Island so wonderful? I wonder what part of the country you are from...Do you sketch or paint? Rita

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  9. Rita, I am a color person but often work from a rough sketch so that I know where to apply the color. I like very very loose work but color and sketching so I was just asking your starting point. I live in Naples Florida now but have lived all over the US-South Carolina, Ohio, Texas, California, Rhode Island, Georgia and now Florida. We have the most gorgeous scenery to inspire our art!

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