August 3rd, 2015

Out of the Blue

Artist: Jean Mackay, United States
Artist Statement: Of the 123 million pounds of lobster caught on the Maine coast each year, only one in two million comes up blue. I was among the lucky few to see this genetic mutation, hauled up by lobstermen in Muscongus Bay, and then tossed back into the deep. The blue really was that brilliant and, when I saw it, I thought about what colors in my paint box might capture it. I used layers of Phthalo Blue and Ultramarine, with Burnt Sienna for mixing the darks. Normally, American lobsters are maroon and greenish-brown, but regardless of the color of lobster caught, all turn red when cooked.

Media: Watercolor and ink
Surface: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish


Jean Mackay is Director of Communications and Outreach at the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. This is the link to her website:



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