Plein air watercolor paintings
Bradley Hendershot, study for “Independence Day, I,” watercolour, 18-1/2 x 29-1/4 inches, signed lower right

In celebration of the Fourth of July, we hope you enjoy these watercolor paintings that portray America’s colors of patriotism: red, white, and blue.

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Watercolor Paintings in Red, White, and Blue


“Independence Day, 1” (above) was painted on location on Monhegan Island, Maine. I’ve attempted to capture the early morning light striking the side of the lightkeeper’s house on Lighthouse Hill. I find endless satisfaction in painting the varied angular red rooflines of the lighthouse structures. Here, a red, white, and blue bunting has been hung from the eaves in celebration of Independence Day, and also in recognition of the seasonal opening of the Monhegan Museum, which is housed in the lightkeeper’s house.

Plein air drybrush paintings
Bradley Hendershot, “Buckets,” drybrush, 10-3/4 x 14-1/2 inches, signed lower left

Above: Here’s a return to a red, white, and blue theme with the red bucket and brick foundation, blue board-and-batten siding and the white trim around the doorway.

Plein air watercolor paintings
Bradley Hendershot, study for “Flag Day, II,” watercolor, 8-1/2 x 14-1/4 inches, signed lower right

Above: The Monhegan Island Schoolhouse was built in 1847 on a lot of land known as “Ledge of Rocks”. The school is still active today, and is responsible for educating the Island youth from grades K through 8. My red, white, and blue theme is represented by the American flag in the upper window.

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