"Irises in the Fog"

Schoodic Point, Maine

Original painting by Beth Whitney of purple irises in the fog at Schoodic Point, Maine | DowneastWatercolors.com

"Irises in the Fog" is an original Maine watercolor painting by Beth Whitney.

This painting shows a colorful stand of purple irises tucked into pink granite rocks at Schoodic Point in Maine. The glassy reflections adds wetness to the granite rocks on the shore, and punctuates the stillness. Then if you look carefully, you can see the waves coming in through the fog. There's really a lot going on in this seemingly simple scene.

Schoodic is the less-traveled portion of Acadia National Park, just across Frenchman's Bay from the Mount Desert Island side. I think the surf is much more dynamic here, especially at the point. I like how you can really be alone with nature and not really run into a lot of people.

I've had the reference photo for a long time, but wasn't sure how to tackle it (granite is hard to paint!). I'm so pleased with the way it came out. I like to have a 'startle' spot in each painting that looks almost like a photo. It usually happens with reflections or shadows. In this painting, it's the reflection at the center left. It was completely unplanned; I just painted the scene as I saw it, and details emerged naturally.

Open edition giclee prints are available of this painting in my Downeast Watercolors Shop on Etsy.

"Schoodic Point in Fall" shows the other side of the point just after an afternoon of thunderstorms. The colors of the sky, foliage, and ocean are really vibrant. My Seascapes Gallery has more dynamic watercolor paintings of Maine's rocky shorelines, surf, and waves.

Watercolor on paper | $495 matted
Image: 10x14" | Size matted: 16x20"

This original watercolor painting includes a classic double white archival mat and backing board in a crystal clear protective closure sleeve. It's ready to slip into a standard 16x20" frame (not included).

The pictures below will help you visualize the matted painting and give you ideas for choosing a frame. I recommend taking it with you when you go frame shopping so you can test drive several profiles and find one that speaks to you. It would look wonderful displayed in your living room.

  • Watercolor painting of purple Irises on the rocky shore in Maine
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