I am very excited to be back in Stonington to paint for a week. It is always a challenge at the beginning of the week, for one can easily get distracted from picturesque sceneries in every corner. On the first day, I decided to go back to a familiar lobster co-op building which I have painted a few times over the years. Since every painting of this building in the past has been an iconic painting, I wanted to change the composition this time. Therefore, I decided to introduce other surrounding elements into the composition.
The pier is fascinating to me, since the pillars underneath and the light that comes from behind create an abstract space. I extended the rocky wall in the foreground to get away from the past iconic composition. However, it became the most problematic area as I did not wanted it to be another vertical band just like the pier. It ended up becoming a L shaped wall leaving some space between it and the pier. At the end of the day, I was pretty happy with the painting. There are a few minor changes necessary to bring it close to complete but that is for another day.