Sandy Dolan Maine Painting and Photography: The Maine Botanical Gardens

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Maine Botanical Gardens

                                               Stepping Stone Cottage  6x8" oil on panel

Recently the Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay generously opened the gardens to plein air painters for three days. Painters could have free admission (the fee is usually $12.00) and come in and paint anywhere they like.  This scene is in the children's area. There is a small pond that was full of pollywogs and small fish. There were large stepping stones to get across the pond. In this little cottage children could find small fishing nets that they could take out and try to catch something in the pond. While I was painting this a large group of school children arrived and they were having the grandest time checking everything out. Many of them commented on my painting as they passed by. "Wow nice painting" or " I like your painting".  Children love art and are so quick to appreciate it in any form. I hope to get a chance to return to these gardens this summer as many different things will be blooming.

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