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Sketching The Marginal Way - Ogunquit Maine


  • David Lussier Studio 1 Front Street Rollinsford, NH, 03869 United States (map)

"With its ocean views, plentiful benches, and nearby downtown Ogunquit, the Marginal Way in Maine is one of New England's most beloved scenic coastal walks"
-New England Today, May 2018

"No Pattern, no painting"
-Emile Gruppe

"Once you have the dark and light pattern down, you have your picture"
-Charles Movalli

Immerse yourself for three full days of sketching the picturesque and breathtaking views all along The Marginal Way. Learn the unique skills of Alla Prima sketching in the medium of your choice. Learn to compose your best composition quickly and how to rapidly transpose your idea onto canvas. Learn to see and evaluate your subject as interlocking shapes of light, middle and dark values instead of seeing them as the objects they represent. We will strive to save the 'suggestion' of detail until the very end. By taking this more abstract approach to painting, we simplify our subject into broad patterns that has us getting to a finished quality in a short time. By simplifying, we actually say more then if we tried to put every little detail into the painting.

Ogunquit means "beautiful place by the sea" in the indigenous Abenaki language and perfectly sums up this area of southern Maine. The Marginal Way is a one mile long footpath that is a remarkable tribute to nature. The path hugs the rocky edge of the Atlantic and meanders through bayberry, honeysuckle and bitersweet, gnarled shrubs of fragrant pink and white sea roses and offers vista after vista of seaside grandeur. There is no shortage of inspiration here for the artist.. The painter, Charles Woodbury ran a summer school here for 36 years, often times finding inspiration along this strip of rocky coastline.

Location: Ogunquit Maine

Cost: $400 Class size is limited to 15 students. To register send a deposit check for $200 to:  

David Lussier, 80 Olde Mill Rd. Apt 10, Somersworth, NH 03878

Parking on near the entrance to Marginal way on Shore Rd. Plan on $15 cash each day

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