More than Maine

IMG_3060bAnn Davie has mounted a show of her water colors in the library corridor. The show will be on the wall through May 2019.

Ann has viewed her study of water color painting as a weekly mini-vacation, as she would leave behind the cares of chaplaincy in Washington and drive across the river and down the GW Parkway to take classes at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA, She studied primarily with Susan Herron. In 2010 she began adding to coursework, workshops with Susan Abbott, taking groups to paint in Paris and the Bahamas and Vermont. (As it happens, none of those trips are represented here.)

However, the most dominant influence in the landscapes has been her summer days at Isle au Haut, ME where, for 50 years, she has found renewal and joy in the moods and images of the seas and skies, rocks and birds.

A number of the pictures here are from photos Ann took at the Island. Others are based on copies of bird photos in books, and in one case a copy of a favorite and famous Bonnard window painting (inspired by needing a window in her Collington bathroom! )

The single outside picture done at Collington shows the regatta on our lake in 2017.

Sometimes a “successful” picture is the result of many hours of work; occasionally a quick sketch assumes a personality of its own. Never having had a show, or even entered one before, Ann says she very much appreciates the encouragement to do so now!

2 responses to “More than Maine

  1. Jeanne Slawson

    These little paintings capture the essence of those summer evenings and clear air in Ile au Haut. Brava, Ann!

  2. Great article, saluting a great woman!