More Monhegan Workshop Information:


The Monhegan Commons web site has great information:


You can book your ferry reservations at:


Port Clyde:


                              New Harbor:


                         Boothbay Harbor :   

When you get off the ferry, find the pickup trucks that has the name of the place you are staying, (Island Inn, Monhegan House, Trailing Yew, Shining Sails...(or Monhegan Trucking, if you are renting a house). The truck will take all your belongings  to wherever you are staying. Monhegan Trucking charges by the bag...It's nice to tip the driver, either directly, or in a jar at on the front desk (Monhegan House, and Island Inn), if you are in one of the Inns. 

If you are you new to the island, the road goes up the hill, past the Island Inn, then down to the Lupine Gallery. Turn right for The Monhegan House or Trailing Yew, left, for Shining Sails. For, The Monhegan House, or ,The Trailing Yew, follow the road past the (little) grocery store (on the left), check it out for future food, beer, and wine needs. The Monhegan House is on your left. (Trailing Yew is up a short ways, on the right).

On the first day, we will meet a little later...(around 9:30), since some painters are coming in on the morning ferry. (I usually start a demos around 9:00 am). We will meet at the Herb Kallem Studio, where we are staying... a little past the The Monhegan House and the Church, keep right (not towards Lobster Cove or the Brewery:) on the circle that goes along the harbor, The cottage is on the Right. I will be out front. We will walk to Fish Beach, Swim Beach, or someplace else nearby for my demonstration.

Art Supplies: The Lupine Gallery has some art supplies, like mineral spirits, a small selection of canvas boards, a few tubes of pain, and brushes, but it's best to bring your own, since you never be sure what they have, and it's more expensive.

I bring: one tube of every color on my palette (not always a new tube), plus a large tube of white. I sometimes use a combination of regular white & under painting white as my white. it gives the white a nice consistency and white is the slowest paint to dry. You don't have to bring all my colors. One color I use a lot is the Phthalo Green Yellow Shade (sometimes called Phthalo Emerald) Gamblin, WN, and Rembrandt all make this color.

I carry enough panels for at least 2 paintings a day, sizes 6x8 to 12x16. Bring whatever sizes you'd like to use on location. It can be all one size. Most of your paintings will be dry enough to carry back, except for the last few days. For those, I use panel carriers. I also take Winsor Newton Liquin to speed the drying time.

Mineral Spirits: I take at least a quart (I use Gamblin's Gamsol)...I also take an empty can or empty plastic, large mouth bottle (sometimes I use a large yogurt container with a lid). After a day of painting, I pour the dirty mineral spirits into the container and refill my travel can. (I have one of the stainless steel cans with a screen). The "dirty" mineral spirits will settle and can be used again and again. Mineral spirits are reusable for a long time with this process...until it turns the color of tea. I do all this in the corner of my room (I use a flat plastic bag to store and clean my mineral spirits).

Bring at least one larger brush.. . I will stress this in the workshop. I believe it was John Singer Sargent that said "always use a brush that is larger than you think you need". (Bring at least a #10 flat or filbert). Even on an 8x10, you can use a #10. My favorites are: Rosemary & co. (see address below), Robert Simmons Signet, , Da Vinci Maestro, and Silver Brush Limited/ Grand Prix Bristle.


There is more information on my supplies at:


Clothes: *rain gear and shoes that are either waterproof or that you don't mind getting wet. It can get soggy out there...part of painting on location:-), fingerless gloves ...I keep mine in my pack year around. It can get chilly on the ocean, even in the heat of summer...windbreaker and warm clothes (fleece). You will be much happier having some warm clothes if you want them. Of course, bring some warm weather clothes too. Example: last year, after the day’s workshop was finished, a bunch of us went to lobster cove to paint before the sun went down. The wind was whipping up huge swells, crashing over the was beautiful. Those of us with warm/windproof clothes (and fingerless gloves) were able to get in some great painting.

Miscellaneous: bring a hat, I know this is a given, but don't forget. If you have an umbrella for your easel, bring that, too. My umbrella thing-a-ma-bob attaches to my easel. I don't always use mine on the island...too windy, but I always lug it around for that one time I do need it.

My painting pack has these items: Pochade box (brushes, knives and paints), tripod, large tubes of white (they don't fit in my Pochade box), roll of paper towel, a bag for trash, mineral spirits can, water, power bar (or something to eat), windbreaker, fleece vest or something warm, fingerless gloves (don't leave home without them), rain coat - if it looks like rain, or it is in the forecast, sun screen, bug spray, nylon rope and one tent stake (to tie my easel down in the wind). 

If you have a tendency to get seasick, ginger tablets work well. I get them at the health food claire's-organic ginger snaps or the new Paul Newman’s, organic ginger snaps.

They also sell ginger chews at the ferry office. 


"We are going home with ability and knowledge,

 not (necessarily) finished canvases."

                                 -Charles Hawthorne