Day 4. SailMaine. The evolution of a painting

Day 4. SailMaine Sail School. Portland, Maine. Another extremely windy day. Working on a small canvas seeking to depict a large oil tanker anchored in the Bay. My first attempt was on a large square canvas and the composition was not was I was seeking. This time my canvas is horizontally long and narrow. I want to capture how the oil tanker is basically on the horizon line and blends directly into the far tree line except for the brilliant orange color of the ship.

The first layer of this painting was simply an observational work..I added the next layer which became the image I wanted to speak about. The evolution of a painting from simply looking like the subject to becoming that which I want to say about the subject.

Erin McGee Ferrell

Oil Tanker

4 x 12 inches

Oil on Canvas. 2014

SailMaine Day 3. Lavender Boat. Cliff Kucine Photographer

Day 3 SailMaine. Portland. Cliff Kucine Photographer captured me painting a Lavender Boat with Francis, the art puppy, accompanying me.

The day was incredibly windy and warranted working small.

Lavender Sail Boat. 9 x 12 inches. Oil on canvas board.

Erin McGee Ferrell

SailMaine Pilings and Sail School. Oil Painting. 34 x 40 inches.

SailMaine. Portland, Maine’s sail school. Plein air painting at this location while my 12 year old daughter attends summer sailing lessons.

SailMaine. Pilings and Sail School

34 x 40 inches

Erin McGee Ferrell

Oil on hand Stretched Canvas


Rooftop Garage Painting II. Portland, Maine. Summer Series

Garage off of Free Street. Portland, Maine.  More oil paintings in progress from rooftop parking garages.

Erin McGee Ferrell



LIVE Painting Museum: Final Sitting. Hmong friend wearing traditional dress

Third and final sitting at the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine. LIVE Painting, Kue John Lor, Hmong friend wearing traditional dress. Part three of this Blog Posting. Kue John Lor created the Hmong focused exhibit at the Museum and invited me into this interactive project. Kue and I spoke to museum visitors about art creation and the Hmong culture.

Completed Oil Painting:

Kue John Lor

24 x 36 inches

Oil on Canvas

Erin McGee Ferrell