Portland Head Lighthouse
Roger sets up his easel on the rocky cliff by the lighthouse and works on a small study of the scene. Sarah takes a closer look at the lighthouse and talks with the director about its history. Back in his studio, Roger creates a 24×36″ painting demonstrating how he prepares a canvas using modeling paste and shows a technique with acrylics for creating interesting rock textures.
Cape Porpoise, Maine
During the early morning light, Roger uses acrylics while sitting on the harbor dock to capture the light and reflections in the harbor. The painting is finished back in his studio where he demonstrates the use of color and value to create the distant look of trees and houses along the shore. Sarah talks with a lobersterman who has just come back from checking his traps.
Split Rock Lighthouse
Two Harbors, Minnesota
The lighthouse keeper takes Sarah on a tour telling her about its history and demonstrating the unique clock work mechanism of the Fresnel lens. Roger sketches on location and then back in his studio uses acrylics to paint on an 18×24″ canvas. First he blocks in the large patterns creating a good foundation on which to lay in the details of the lighthouse and flowers.