Posted by: janamatusz | February 19, 2017

A Taste of Winter

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A short visit to Acadia in February gave me the opportunity to do some winter plein air painting. I admit it — I asked for snow. Blame me! We got plenty of it, with howling winds and bitterly cold temperatures. But I’m happy to be in Acadia in any season, and winter holds a special beauty all its own.

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Temperatures ranged from the single digits, with windchill below zero, to a the relatively “balmy” low 20°s. I used all my own tips and advice for cold-weather painting, including multiple layers of clothing, boiling water in a thermos to paint with, a “Snugglesafe” microwave heat disk to keep my second palette of acrylic paints warm, and convertible mittens. And yes, I remembered to keep the paintings flat when I brought them back so they would not slide off the board when they melted!

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Acadia is beautiful in winter. Just take a look!

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Sometimes dazzling, sometimes colorless. There’s always something to see, if you can get to it!

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I was lucky to be in Schoodic during the Acadia Winter Festival, which meant that I was able to attend some wonderful lectures, participate in a terrific bird walk, and even learn about Dutch Oven cooking! Yum! (And thank you to Ed Pontbriand for an excellent and delicious introduction to something new!)

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I cherish the experience of being in Acadia in winter. Photos don’t do it justice, and somehow the camera doesn’t catch the subtle colors which I find so enchanting. Yes, it’s more difficult to paint and explore in winter, but there’s always something to see.

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Always grateful for the chance to be in Acadia…

Speaking of which, if you’re interested in the Acadia Artist Retreat, registration is now open. It will be June 18-24, 2017, and it’s a LOT more comfortable to paint in June, believe me! Spaces are limited — enroll soon! Here’s the link:

https://www.schoodicinstitute.org/event/summer-acadia-artist-retreat-2/

See you there!

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