Sandy Dolan Maine Painting and Photography: Poling on the East Branch of the Penobscot River, Maine

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Poling on the East Branch of the Penobscot River, Maine

                        Poling on the River  12x12 oil on canvas panel
                Available at North Light Gallery

   Don't stand up in the boat!  That is what we are always told right? That is why the first time I saw someone poling in a canoe I was in total awe. It seemed so graceful and impossible.
  I used to work as a photographer for the Belfast Republican Journal in the 80's and 90's. It was a fun job in many ways but mostly because I had the chance to meet many different kinds of people and see what they were up to. I wrote a story about poling and some Maine Guides who used this technique of travel on a regular basis. I thought it was very cool. They let me try it. Here is a photo of my 5 minutes of poling fame.
Sandy doing what she thought to be impossible.
When I was up painting in the Katahdin area last year  I saw this man, shown in the top painting, come around a  bend in the river where I was working. It still amazes me to see someone poling. I had to paint it! Have you ever had a poling adventure? Share it in the comments!

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