Pemaquid Point

Pemaquid Point Oil Painting Herb Lucas

Pemaquid Point ~ click to enlarge

One summer day in 1986, I decided to drive up to Acadia National Park in Maine for a photo shoot. After staying overnight, I drove home along the shoreline and stopped at various points to photograph. I also visited the famous Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine.

It was a beautiful, sunny morning. The tide was extremely low, which enabled me to walk way out on the rocks. This was not easy because the rocks were slippery. However, it allowed me to set up the perfect angle to photograph the bell house in front of the lighthouse. This little bell house contains a weight driven mechanism to ring the bell on thick, foggy days. I liked this viewpoint because it changed the focus of a commonly painted scene.

To make this subject matter unique, I chose to share the bell house focus with the massive rock formations in front. Maine is known for its rugged coastline, and I felt I was ready for the challenge of creating a painting where rock formations filled almost half the canvas.

Most people see rocks in all shades of gray or brown. However, I chose to give them depth and character by picking up on the simple nuances and painting with shades of sienna, umbra, and hint of blues.

I completed the painting at night and prepared it for lithographic printing during the day when I was working as a prepress color manager. It was printed and distributed nationwide by Primrose Press. To this day, I enjoy calls from friends and family who see this print in homes and businesses across the country.


$87.50 Limited Edition Giclee print on paper. 350 signed and numbered by artist. Image size: 21×27