Motif No. 1
Last year my wife and I took a trip up the New England coast. We enjoyed sailing at Newport, Rhode Island, Nantucket Island and Kennebunkport Maine. Along the way I decided to make a stop at Rockport, Massachusetts. There’s a beautiful harbor there. I wanted to find someplace with boats in it and I’ve painted several from that location. Rockport’s well known trademark is a red shack on Bearskin Neck Wharf. It’s known and recognized all over the world. It is the most painted structure in America and has been named “Motif No. 1.” I guess I had to be like thousands of other painters who’ve used it in my art. I had no idea it was so famous when I saw it and only found out about it’s fame when I finished the painting.
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