Sunday, October 20, 2013
Going Down East - Kennebunkport ME
All images in this post are done in pencil with acrylic... since I forgot to pack my watercolor box. They're executed in my Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, which is 8 by 5 inches. I just got back from a week on the east coast, with my lovely bride of 25 years. We wanted to have a relaxing time away for our twenty-fifth, so we scrimped and saved to rent an off-season cottage in Kennebunkport Maine. You may remember it as George H. W. Bush's summer home. We stayed a few doors down from Georgie in a much more humble setting. The Micro-Brew scene in Maine is very strong. We got to sample some great beers of all types. We were treated to dinner at the newly renovated Saco Island Mills, which is a multi-acre complex of old industrial textile mills, now converted to shops, college classrooms, apartments and banks... and one hell of a micro brewery called The Run of the Mill. My old college friend, Pete Gorski took a number of hours from his week to tour us around Portland. Along with Pete's lovely wife, Tess, we saw Winslow Homer's Studo, the Portland Museum, the Portland Arts District and a few very good restaurants. I was fascinated by the difference between high and low tide in Kennebunkport. We were there during the full moon, which has the biggest sweep of eleven feet! Boats bobbing in choppy seas one hour can be flat on the sand by mid-afternoon. My last night in Kennebunkport was spent in the Arundel Wharf Restaurant with my honey. We were bumming about having to drive back to Virginia in the morning, but the dinner was spectacular, along with the wait staff. The restaurant was closing for the season, and wouldn't be open again until May 4th. We caught the chef on his last night in town! They had a very nice ship model in a few yards away, though I could only see it in the reflection of the window glass. I didn't have time to paint it, so it remains a pencil sketch. We'll probably return there for our 50th anniversary, too.