I was able to observe some of the painters at their easels last month and learned a little bit more about their craft…
Both extolled the virtues of natural light for capturing the essence of their paintings. “So inspiring” is how William describes the Mystic Seaport setting. Brechin feels the realism of on-site painting trumps studio paintings, where imagination is the key component.
Maritime art is William’s emphasis. Today, near Mystic Seaport’s shipyard, a rowboat with a wood-filled shed as backdrop caught his attention. He thinks the smaller 6” by 8” size he mounted on his easel may have greater “sale” appeal in today’s economy, although his repertoire includes paintings of different sizes.
Brechin chooses his subject by walking around the Museum until a scene strikes him as being dramatic enough to capture on canvas with his acrylics. This day the huge live oak timber in the H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard was his subject. “It reminds me of timbers I imagine were used to build Noah’s Ark.” He considers himself fortunate to be included as one of Mystic Seaport’s Plein Air Painters.
William’s and Brechin’s paintings, along with those of their fellow Plein Air Painters, will be on display and available for purchase in the Museum’s Maritime Gallery all summer. Come take a look.
For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org/gallery or call 860.572.5388.
Blog post written by Trudi Busey.