Monmouth, 20"x16" Charcoal on Canvas This artwork brings back the memories spending summer vacation time at my cousin's lake house in Monmouth, Maine. Between napping in the hammock, snacking on blueberries straight off the bush and watching the train run right behind the shed, I have times there that I will never forget. I used to sleep on the screened in porch there where I would hear the loons on the lake at night. Their call would stretch across the lake and wash into the forest. These creatures were the sound I could identify most when I was out there and it brought me a lot of comfort as I think back to those times. I used to wake up in the morning, go fishing off the dock and then take the kayak out for a ride all by myself. That was a pretty spectacular feeling as a young teenager because it felt like a lot more freedom than I was used to. This is the reason I wanted to portray the loons in front of the vast lake. While it was not necessarily large, it felt very large to me. The composition contains three loons. I came from a family of three and this reminded me of my parents watching over me and allowing me to go "swim" out on my own. The rock on the left hand side of the canvas is symbolic of the rock formation that was underwater. It was the best place to fish for bass. Since that would not come through in the drawing, this is why I brought it to the surface instead. I created this drawing using various types of charcoal on. a primed and stretched canvas.