Island Living

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by jmbroekman 4 Comments

Island Transportation

It’s been three weeks with my trusty bicycle, and I am finally getting the hang of getting up the island hills. There is only one paved road on Great Cranberry Island, and maybe only three other dirt roads that require a stop sign. It is indeed a small island. Using two wheels and my two legs and feet to power myself around this magical place has been nothing short of delightful. I was not a proficient bike rider before this month – so that is saying something. Turns out, “it’s like riding a bike”, as William, one of my house-mates exclaimed “is like drawing”!

Island living, at least on Great Cranberry, is magical. I’ve gotten a ton of work done – both in and out of sketchbooks. It’s been ages since I have really worked from the landscape, and though the paintings are abstract, they are definitely inspired by my surroundings. The light is extraordinary; every evening when I leave my studio, I am practically knocked off my feet, it is so beautiful. I hop on my bike and chase the sunset. What a gift.

In the last two days, the weather has turned – the woodstove is cooking, and riding a bike has become invigorating. We are in the home stretch of this delightful interlude. This afternoon we are going on an excursion to Little Cranberry (Islesford) to visit with Ashely Bryan. It will be my first foray off the island – but only as far as another one!

If you haven’t been following along there are pictures on instagram (j.broekman), and if you are in Maine, stay tuned; I may do an open studio at some point in October.

4 Responses

  1. Yoka Verdoner says:

    Hi Jessyca, Lovely post. Sounds wonderful up there. Maybe i could even learn to ride a bicycle again in a place like that! Enjoy every minute!

  2. Anne Garland says:

    Wow Jessyca, what a journey and excellent snippet-portrayal of your bountiful time on the Little Cranberry! I await a detailed account of your visit with Ashely Bryan,
    yet another marvelous and unforgettable opportunity I am sure!