It’s not a waterfall but a curve in the bedrock through which the waters of the West Branch must pass. The water surges and tumbles, coursing along on its way to the sea in Penobscot Bay.
It was a stifling hot day when I arrived at the cliff above Big Eddy, West Branch of the Penobscot River, below the Ripogenus Dam. Katahdin was in the distance — a view I hadn’t painted before. I set up and painted quickly but the sun grew hotter as I worked. I was feeling light-headed. There seemed to be more, and yet more colors in the water as it rushed by. I packed my easel up and made my way back to the car, but was not paying attention. When I drove away, I backed over my painting! I didn’t realize this until I was ten miles out along the unpaved road. After a little debate with myself, I turned around and came back for it, and was so relieved to find it. The damage from backing over it is on the back, is not evident on the front of the canvas. Now, it is part of the art, part of the plein air adventure.
[Item number 4645]
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