Monday, September 5, 2011

End of summer blues

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. Here in Maine the days are still warm, but they are getting shorter and the sun is lower in the sky. There is that gold autumn cast to the atmosphere. The dreaded end of summer blues have set in...

Not all has been blue this weekend like sushi and champagne at Miyake on Friday night.

Very blue hydrangeas at a friends house in Georgetown Maine.

Sketching on the beach today at Pupit Rock in Cape Elizabeth.

Here is the rock that Pulpit Rock derives its name. While sketching it, I looked up and remarked to my friends that I didn't think it was very pretty. I believe I heard the word "ugly" mumbled. Here I was sitting on a private beach, looking at the shipping channel into the Casco Bay and the many islands downeast, sketching a big ugly outcropping of rock and I couldn't have asked for a lovelier place to be on the planet.

As always the "end of summer blues" cast an unsettling shadow as I watch the sunset over the rooftops of Portland and the close of another wonderful summer in Maine.

Farewell summer!

14 comments:

Cathy Holtom said...

Love the beach sketches, pink champagne yum!

Clare said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous pages, all of them. And I loved the slide of your Lisbon sketchbook.

Sasa said...

Breathtaking sketches, thank you for sharing! (Love the champagne!!!)

We Three 3 said...

Beautiful paintings, I love the hydrangeas!! this was a terrific post. Glad to have found your blog

Sharon said...

I was just remarking that it gets dark so early now. But summer finally has arrived here in western WA. I hope winter will go quickly. Love your sketches especially Friday night.I love sushi, guess you ate all before sketching. LOL

Sandra said...

I absolutely LOVE your sketches Jennifer. Though each one is gorgeous, I especially love the first one!

Barbara Weeks said...

They're all gorgeous!

A Brush with Color said...

Jennifer, your paintings are all so beautiful. The end of summer blues are more than that--they're moments captured and elevated here, in your capable hands. Soon, I'll be looking forward to your fall images, 'cause I know you've got 'em in you.

Really lovely.

Melliott said...

The thick/thin line you put in on the hydrangeas is beautiful, and I love the loose wash over all. And your color palette in the portrait (self-portrait?) is lovely.

nanke's stuff said...

I love your sketches too. They are rich and vibrant, and I love how you handle the watercolor! nancy

. said...

I like the smaller picture, I think its beach. The colours are really smashing and I like the layout in whole (is it a tree root that goes across?). And yes, I feel of the "end of summer blues", I love fall, but Im not done with summer yet.

Beautiful paintings!!

freebird said...

Well it is a great farewell that you give to summer. Great paintings.

Christie said...

It's been a strange summer, weatherwise, but I'm a little blue myself, to see it end. Lovely pages!

Danice Sweet said...

love your artwork.