This majestic, victorian style hotel originally opened in 1868 and catered to the era's high society that offered croquet on the lawn, bathing and sailing and afternoon tea. It cost $150M to be restored to It's original state and it was truly beautiful.
I met my colleagues at 10:30 a. m. and shortly after our greetings we set out to paint. We needed to complete the paintings by 4pm for a group recepting in the lobby. There were many large paintings of
ours already hanging in the lobby as part of a month long marine exhibition and the plein air paintings that we were to complete added a bit more glamor and also reinforced the possibility to sell our work.
I decided to paint the "Watch Hill Lighthouse" sitting out on the point. The day started out sunny and hot, but as the day progressed, it turned rather cloudy and a bit hazy. I decided to paint the sun peeking through the haze. I had to finish by 4pm. I set up my gear on top of a small sandy plateau right behind the sea wall.
It was a day of intense observation, but then again, It's always intense in plein air.
The tide was rapidly getting higher causing the waves to crash on the sea wall spraying a light mist all over my gear. I new that I had to move back. The crashing waves kept missing me by a foot. I was very glad that the painting was close to completion.
I completed the painting in just under 3 hours. The 4 pm deadline kept the painting loose, fresh and spontaneous. I am hoping to return next season. I was invited by owner, Chuck Royce to be an "Artist in Residence" in the Spring. of 2012. I diddn't have to think twice about it. I gladly accepted. This plein air painting was framed and put on an easel in the lobby. And is offered for purchase. Please contact The Russell Jinishian Gallery
http://www.jrusselljinishiangallery.com/ at 203-259-8753
Me and my collegues that were invited.
Until next time, Happy Painting.