Number 1
Captain Sawyer Inn, Boothbay

We begin our visit to Monhegan in Boothday Harbor,
Maine, staying overnight at this delightful, big old
Victorian bed and breakfast inn, near where we will catch
the ferry to Monhegan Island the next morning.  A wrap-
around porch provides us with a great view of the late
season visitors to Boothbay.  Sitting in comfortable
wicker furniture on that porch, we open a bottle of wine,
put out a tray of hors d’oeurvres, and joyfully
contemplate our upcoming working artists’ vacation with
our friends.
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A Monhegan Island Sketchbook
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For a number of years now, my wife and I have been invited to join a small group of artist friends who take a
working vacation on Monhegan Island to paint in the late summer/early fall.  This compilation of fifty six pen and
ink sketches is the result of one of those trips.  I’ve tried to represent what a visitor can expect to see during a trip
to that remarkable little island.  Previously, I’d done a sketch here and there, but mostly spent my time working
directly plein air in watercolors or oils. This sketchbook was done out of dissatisfaction with my painting during one
of those trips.  Instead of just repeating the frustrations, I decided to do something different.  I’d tour around the
island and draw various sights I’d painted over the years.  To my relief, I enjoyed the effort, and this book is the
result.  I don’t pretend to have sketched everything.  That’s impossible, of course, but even some major attractions
are noticeably absent.  The most obvious example is lack of any image of Cathedral Woods.  No excuse. I’ve done
many oils and watercolors of that unexpected first growth stand of trees in the center of Monhegan, remarkably
still untouched by logging.  Of course I could have done a drawing from my photographs, but that would have
violated a major intention in this particular project.  The goal was to reproduce precisely a sketchbook done in the
course of about two weeks.  I’ve kept the exact order and number of sketches I did.  I didn’t tear out or throw away
any page as irrelevant or unworthy, either at the time, or later when preparing this
book.  I feel inclusion of everything, and addition of nothing else, gives the best sense of how a sketchbook is
created, artistic warts and all.

In the facing page accompanying each drawing, I’ve made short explanatory comments to give a sense of what I
was seeing, and why I sketched it.  Those observations represent my opinions.  Any errors or misrepresentations
of persons, places, and events are mine alone.  The remarks aren’t comprehensive either. I have the modest
hope only that my words and drawings are entertaining for you. To my knowledge, no one has published a book of
pen and ink sketches exclusively of Monhegan sights.  Perhaps there’s an explanation which unfortunately has
escaped me, but this is my effort to add to the many artists’ monographs and compilations about the island.  
Keeping a sketchbook is a very personal, informal, and somewhat uneven artistic activity. Yet it provided me with
much pleasure in the doing, and afterward, is a continual remembrance.  Because sketching involves close
observation, every drawing I’ve done triggers what I was thinking and feeling-- details of color, smells, sounds,
weather, even who I was with and what was happening outside the picture.  I hope this book can enhance your
impressions of Monhegan too, or if you are yet to visit that special Island, give you good reasons to go there and
make memories of your own.
                                                                      Craig Masten
Number 9
The Black Duck

At a crossroads near the end of Monhegan’s little
town, the Black Duck is a sort of coffee shop,
souvenir store, and morning gathering place for both
locals and tourists.  Adjacent is the Island Post
office.  You’ll most likely see kids and teenagers
mingling on the Black Duck’s steps too, because
there’s no movie theatre, and no social meeting hall
other than the church.
Number 33
Road to the Dock, Monhegan Island

The ferry arrives at the one main dock on Monhegan,
pictured here.  You can hire a truck to deliver luggage to
wherever you’re staying.  A few trucks are the only
motorized vehicles authorized on the island, and only for
such essential services, or to be used by fishermen. One
other exception is a handful of golf carts allowed for
handicapped residents.  Otherwise, while your luggage is
riding, you’re hoofing up this dirt road, past The Island
Inn just out of sight on the left, to a crossroads with the
main street, where I stood to do this sketch.  In the
background, you can see the abandoned millionaire’s
folly home on Manana Island.
Number 23
Burnthead from Whitehead

If you continue on a trail behind the lighthouse, you’ll pass
into spectacular woodland and meadows interspersed
with first growth forest, and eventually come out upon
Whitehead, a gigantic outcropping of rock jutting into the
open Atlantic.  Next stop Europe.  Several such long
promontories stretch from the rugged eastern shores of
Monhegan.  One of the three most conspicuous of these
is Burnthead, seen in this sketch.  I was standing on
Whitehead.  It’s not dissimilar in general shape, though
somewhat larger, obviously higher, and lighter in color—
hence the name.  Burnthead is, not surprisingly, darker in
coloration.  A third major cliff feature, known as
Blackhead, is further north on the other side of
Whitehead.  
Number 41
From Whitehead to Blackhead Cilffs

When the sky is clear and fogless, this is the view
from Whitehead to Blackhead, furthest of the three
great headlands on the east side of Monhegan.  
Besides a network of trails that intersect these points
from inland, there is an ocean side cliff trail that
entirely circles the island.  You can imagine the
extreme ups and downs of that route going between
these great cliffs and the rest of the way around.  Yet
for those fit enough, the experience offers this, and
so many other breathtaking seascapes.  Most of
these vistas have found themselves into paintings.
Number 54
View of Monhegan Dock from The Barnacle

This is what you see through the widow by one of the
tables at the Barnacle restaurant.  You can have a
good lunchtime watching the fishing boats loading at
the dock, their lobster pots stacked ready to put on
board.  Or perhaps you’ll be waiting for the ferry to
come in.  There’s no better place for a last impression
of the island before you leave.
1.  Captain Sawyer Inn, Boothbay
2.  Boothbay Harbor, Maine
3.  Leaving Boothbay Harbor
4.  Ferry to Monhegan Island from Boothbay
5.  View from the Henry Kallem House
6.  Inside the Henry Kallem House
7.  Manana Island
8.  A Sailboat in Monhegan Harbor
9.  The Black Duck
10.  Monhegan Island
11.  Deadman’s Cove
12.  The Kent House
13.  The Church and Monhegan House
14.  Marie, Joe, Linnea, and Susan at Breakfast
15.  Boats in the Morning Below Manana Island
16.  Gail Relaxes and Paints with a Glass of Wine
17.  Pulpit Rock, Monhegan Island
18.  Pulpit Rock, Backlit
19.  Green Point, Monhegan Island
20.  Monhegan Lighthouse
21.  View from Monhegan Lighthouse Hill
22.  Burnthead and Gull Rock, Monhegan Island
23.  Burnthead from Whitehead
24.  Evening with Friends Watching the Sunset
25.  Road to the Henry Kallem House
26.  The Road to Horn Hill, Monhegan
27.  Monhegan House
28.   Chadwick House
29.  Road to Fish Beach
30.  The North End Market
31.  The Information Shed
32.  The Red House, Monhegan
33.  Road to the Dock, Monhegan Island
34.  Lupine Gallery
35.  Monhegan Harbor in the Morning
36.  Inside the Black Duck
37.  Close-up of Smutty Nose
38.  From Burnthead to Whitehead in the Fog
39.  Waiting for Laundry, Near Fish Beach Road
40.  Lobster Cove, Monhegan Island
41.  From Whitehead to Blackhead Cliffs
42.  The Monhegan Schoolhouse
43.  Looking Up the Road from Fish Beach
44.  Gulls on the Rocks at Fish Beach
45.  Abandoned Coast Guard Station, Manana
46.  Wooden Walkway on Manana Island
47.  View of Monhegan from Manana Island
48.  Upstairs Studio, the Henry Kallem House
49.  Pebble Beach, Monhegan Island
50.  Pebble Beach and Outlying Islands
51.  The Henry Kallem House
52.  The Wreck of the Sheridan
53.  The Barnacle, Monhegan Island
54.  View of Monhegan Dock from The Barnacle
55.  The Captain Sawyer Inn, Boothbay Harbor
56.  On the Way Home, at a Lobster Shack
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Map of the Island with Key Places Indicated
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