Tuesday 207

painting and text by Jessica Stammen

stammen_207_island_hiker

About this painting: Last Friday I took the ferry out of New Harbor to Monhegan. Jonathan and I spent the day hiking this magical island, finding the best views in front of which to play an epic series of cribbage games. For match two-of-five we set up on a shallow ledge twenty feet below the pinnacle of  Whitehead. It was dramatic; the crashing surf was over one hundred feet below and the rock rose steeply behind us. Looking up we watched as other day trippers and island hikers appeared at the edge above us, their bodies at an exaggerated angle and cropped from the waist down. Some folks stopped and stood, pointing out at the horizon, mouths agape. Groups of two or three would link arms with their backs to us, presumably posing for a photo. Young people would rush the edge, stop, and then abruptly turn and disappear from view. The cause? Their quickness and athleticism bought  just enough time to indulge in an immediate sense of wonder before the rest of the family unit caught up and yelled at them to step back. One of these young people I recognized from the ferry, a young boy with long hair and a cap. Now free on the island, he was in explorer mode and wielded a very tall walking staff that gleamed in the sunlight, its florescent red ribbons like miniature versions of the banner of cloud above him, catching my eye and stopping my vision from disappearing into limitless blue.

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Every Tuesday The Maine will post a new painting by Jessica Stammen. These small works, all 4 x 4 inches on cradled birchwood panels, will be concurrently listed for auction on dailypaintworks.com, a fantastic platform designed by artists, for artists. View the auction for this painting here or simply click on the image.

Tuesday 207 paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Visit the growing gallery of Tuesday 207 paintings here.

Jessica is the editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.