"Great Wass Island"

Beals, Maine

Maine ocean painting showing red and gold rocks showing through transparent water

"Great Wass Island" is an original Maine watercolor painting by Beth Whitney.

This painting was inspired by one of the coves along Great Wass Island's shore loop. The tide was just coming in, creating gentle swirling patterns over the rocks. You can see how pristine and clear the water is. I love how you have the sense of standing in the shallows while the water laps at your ankles.

There's no question - this is definitely the most technically challenging painting I've ever attempted. The sky, gull, and distant shore were pretty straightforward, but the water... I really had no idea how to even begin to think about proceeding. I pretended it wasn't there until I had the top half of the painting finished. (For those who are interested, it was basically a dance between my warms and cools, thinly glazing each back and forth for about 20 hours. Masking fluid for the sparkles and lots of lifting.)

My Seascapes Gallery has more paintings featuring Maine's beautiful ocean views.

This unmatted watercolor painting is ready for you to take to your favorite framing gallery to finish.  I think it would look amazing with a double white mat and black frame.

Prints are available in a number of sizes. Contact me for more information or purchase these through my Etsy shop.

Watercolor on paper | $1,500 (unmatted)
Image: 14x21.5" | Recommended frame size: 20x28"