Sunday, June 28, 2015

Monhegan Island Open Studio/Gallery 2015

Hello, Friends!

I am excited to say that we are less than a week away from opening our studio/gallery on Monhegan Island, Maine! Throughout this post, you'll see several new paintings that will be exhibited in the studio this summer.

Bradley Hendershot
Monhegan Island study No. 36: Lobster Crate
watercolour, 9 x 5-3/4 inches
signed lower left

The Open Studio:
Katharine Krieg (see and I will be opening our studio/gallery on Fish Beach Road on Monhegan Island on Saturday 04 July 2015. The studio will be open to the public daily from 12:00 noon until 3:00pm or by chance or by appointment. The dates of the open studio will continue through Friday 31 July. If you are on the Island, please stop by and say hello; we'd love to chat with you. Both Katy and I will be out painting at various locations around the Island as well as in the studio.

Bradley Hendershot
Monhegan Island study No. 37: Blue Oars
watercolour, 9 x 5-3/4 inches
signed lower right

Evening Receptions:
Looking for something to do during the evening hours? Watch for our announcements on the Island Rope Shed, at Shining Sails Bed & Breakfast, and on the Freight Shed on the dock as we will be having a couple of evening wine and cheese receptions in the studio. We look forward to meeting you and sharing stories of Monhegan!

Bradley Hendershot
Canvasback Decoy and Grappling Hook
drybrush, 6-1/2 x 11 inches
signed lower right

Katharine Krieg will also be offering a three-day workshop on Monhegan on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 13-15 July.

Here is what Katy has to say about her workshop:
"This 3 day plein air workshop is about what goes into laying the groundwork, or armature, for a successful painting. Design, composition, value, shape placement, limited color palettes, and keeping things simple will be the focus throughout the 3 days. After a short demo in the morning, students will create paintings using knowledge discussed from the morning demo. Watercolor and oil mediums will be used although drawing will be demonstrated for creating field sketches. Group is kept small for individual attention."

Additional information is included in Katy's blog at

There are still spots open. If you're interested, contact her through her web site at for further information or to sign up. As in the past, I'm sure that an informative and fun time will be had for all!

In Conclusion:
Look for us on Island during the month of July!
All for now. Until next time...

Monday, June 15, 2015

"A New England Summer"

    I am pleased to have my work included in the upcoming exhibition entitled "A New England Summer" at Patricia Hutton Galleries in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The opening reception will be on Saturday 20 June 2015 from 5:00 until 8:00pm. I hope to see you there!

    Here's what Patricia Hutton posts on her Facebook page: "For many years Bradley Hendershot has spent his summers on Monhegan Island. Like the legendary artists who proceeded him, he records the history of the village... dwellings and the rugged natural beauty of this remote island off the coast of Maine. Come meet Brad at our opening reception and learn the intriguing story behind this dry brush painting entitled "Island Rental." Join us at an Opening Reception for "A New England Summer" on June 20, 5 -8 pm."

    Drybrush, 17 x 28-1/2 inches
    signed lower right

    Here’s a statement that I wrote several years ago about the house in this painting:

    “From the first time I ever got off of a boat on Monhegan Island, I have been intrigued by the large, rambling, old house that sits atop Wharf Hill overlooking the harbor. You can see it’s present owner, sitting on the knoll most summer afternoons, at the top of Wharf Hill, watching the events in the harbor. Known officially as the John Sterling House, it is one of the oldest houses on Monhegan, dating to 1809. It is in disrepair—boards falling off, dark and looming. To me, it conjures up images of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables, and Stephen King’s Marsten House (in ‘salem’s Lot). I have never been in the house—maybe it’s best that I don’t go in; maybe it would take all of my feelings away, when I saw that it was just an ordinary house inside instead of the haunted house I’ve imagined.”

    Well, in the summer of 2006, I went into the house, as the owner, then in her 90’s, had moved off-island. The house had been fixed up, with new roof, new windows, and new clapboard siding. It’s now divided into two halves, each one a rental unit. I decided to do this drybrush of the front fa├žade as it was before repairs, and for some reason I’ve placed a placard above the door with my initials, “BJH”, carved into it. This must’ve been some sort of sign, as several weeks later, I decided to move from my Monhegan home of a dozen years and rent the right-hand half of this house, now called the John Sterling Harbor House, beginning in Summer of 2008. My front door was none other than the door over which I placed the initialed placard! I have since moved again, and now share a studio/gallery on Fish Beach Road with artist Katharine Krieg.

    “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
    Shirley Jackson
    The Haunting of Hill House

    Here is another Monhegan Island painting that will be included in the exhibition:

    watercolour, 18 x 29-1/4
    signed lower right

    John Sterling’s Cistern House, also known as Uncle Henry’s, was built on Monhegan Island around 1815. Originally known as the Cistern House, as it protected a water supply, it became known as Uncle Henry’s in the 1930’s when Henry Shaw used it as a place from which to sell his fresh produce and milk, which he brought to the Island once or twice a week. The painting depicts Uncle Henry’s in the fog, as a woman walks down Wharf Hill on her way to greet the morning boat from the mainland. An American flag on the upper deck gently waves in the breeze.

    All for now,
    Until next time,

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day 2015

Watercolour, 2002
19-1/4 x 29-1/2 inches
signed lower left

I discovered this building one day in late 2001; it is part of the Haines Brothers mill complex near Dorneyville, Pennsylvania. The building has the distinction of being the first schoolhouse in Pennsylvania outside of the city of Philadelphia. The schoolroom actually was on the second floor; the schoolteacher lived in the building and reached her quarters by climbing a ladder to the attic area beneath the gable. The first floor served as a springhouse. Upon close examination of the building, one can see slots in the walls, which served as rifle ports used to ward off attacking Indians. I was most interested in the heart-shaped metal sculpture hanging on the outside wall. This inspired the title of the painting, VALENTINE’S DAY.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Workshop for Summer 2015

Location:  Monhegan Island, Maine

Dates:  4 days--Tuesday 07 July through Friday 10 July 2015

Cost:  $ 375/person

Description:  Watercolour and drybrush techniques with an emphasis on texture and mood. Take your watercolours one step further, elevating a good painting to a great painting.

Level:  Intermediate; some watercolour experience is assumed.

Materials:  A suggested materials list will be provided.

Contact:  Send e-mail to Bradley Hendershot ( for inquiries or to sign up.

Accommodations:  Please contact Shining Sails Bed & Breakfast for arrangements.

I'm looking forward to working with you all!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Upcoming Three-Person Exhibition at Chadds Ford Gallery

Bradley Hendershot, Carolyn Anderson, 
and Jacalyn Beam

Chadds Ford Gallery, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Opening Reception - Friday October 10 from 5:00 until 8:00pm: Public Welcome
Exhibition continues through October 26

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 12:00noon-5:00pm
For directions or more information, please go to

Bradley Hendershot
Watercolour on Paper, 13-1/2 x 21-1/2 inches

Until next time...
All the Best,

Friday, August 29, 2014

Krieg and Hendershot: Two-Person Exhibition at Historic Yellow Springs

Katharine Krieg and Bradley Hendershot

 Historic Yellow Springs - Chester Springs, PA
Opening Reception - Friday, September 12, 5:00pm until 8:00pm. Public Welcome!
Gallery Hours - September 13 through 21, 2014 
10:00am - 4:00pm Monday through Saturday 
and 12:00pm - 4:00pm on Sunday. Public Welcome!

Artists will be painting in the gallery on both weekends (see text below).
Come out and see the process!

For directions and more information please go to

Bradley Hendershot
Watercolour on Paper, 17-1/4 x 29 inches

Katharine Krieg
Oil on Canvas, 20 x 27 inches

Artists Katharine Krieg and Bradley Hendershot are pleased to announce a two-person exhibition entitled Viewpoints. The show will be held in the Lincoln Building located at Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania from September 12 through 21, 2014, with the opening reception being held on Friday September 12.

Although both Katy and Brad are attracted to similar subjects and paint in a realistic style, they tend to see things from different viewpoints, hence the title of the exhibition. Katy and Brad have both exhibited in the popular annual Yellow Springs group show for many years, but this will be the first time the two have shown a large body of work in the gallery.

The artists will be present and painting on location in the gallery on both Saturdays and Sundays, September 13 and 14, and September 20 and 21. This is wonderful informal opportunity for the public to chat with the artists about their process as they share their most recent paintings in the works.

Katharine Krieg (b. 1970) is a traditional realist artist working in the mediums of watercolor, oil and charcoal. Inspired by her surroundings, she feels her paintings are her answers to what she observes. A quiet sense of Introspection and the passing of Time are themes that recur in her works of still life and landscape.

After earning a degree in art education, she continued her training through the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Chester Springs Studio as well as private instruction in the studio of Carlo Russo.

Katharine maintains a studio in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and holds an annual open studio on Monhegan Island, Maine each summer, where she also teaches plein air workshops. She is honored to have been accepted into national as well as regional open juried shows and invitational shows. She is a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and has been a juror for the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

Bradley Hendershot (b.1958) is a contemporary American representational artist, working mostly in the water media. Brad paints with an intense devotion to realistic detail while at the same time employing artistic license for the sake of composition and to evoke a certain feeling or mood in the viewer. Using creativity in the overall planning of a work, Brad emphasizes the features and details that best capture and produce the desired effect or emotion.
Bradley is primarily a painter of coastal Maine and rural Pennsylvania – regions that he knows well, regions that have special meaning to him.

“My Pennsylvania paintings depict the rural community and a way of life that is quickly fading into the past. Many of the timber and stone barns and mills, the houses and outbuildings, which are part of the Pennsylvania heritage, are rapidly disappearing. I’d like to feel, in a way, that I have preserved them in my paintings.”

“In Maine, I paint the rugged shoreline of the mid-coast region and Monhegan Island where I enjoy the smell of salt air and the feeling of sea spray. I've always loved the sea, probably a combination of things –the boats, the energy of the surf, the rocks, the storms and the romance of it all. I hope this comes across in my paintings of the weathered clapboard lobster shanties and the granite towers of the lighthouses.”

Bradley’s Pennsylvania studio is located in rural Upper Hanover Township in Montgomery County. He also holds an annual open studio on Monhegan Island, Maine each summer, where he also teaches plein air workshops. Brad is a signature member of American Society of Marine Artists, a Signature Professional Artist of International Society of Marine Painters, a Signature Member of Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and a Signature Member of Philadelphia Watercolor Society.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Return from Monhegan Island

We're back from Monhegan Island and finally have the Pennsylvania studio up and running! Upon our return, there was a great deal of unpacking, data entry and tax accounting, and shipping out of paintings and prints. So, I'm finally getting around to writing a little bit about the summer.

This year marked my 20th year on Monhegan and Monhegan's quadricentennial (meaning 400 years since Captain John Smith landed on Island in 1614).

It was a fantastic summer, highlighted by beautiful weather, sea salt, ocean spray, lobster, wonderful friends, the open studio, and, of course, plenty of painting. Many thanks to Katharine Krieg ( for sharing the studio with me and making Monhegan extra special. Thanks also to our many Monhegan friends for joining us at breakfasts, dinners, parties, or just for a mug-up in the studio or ice cream in the evening. And, to all of the people we met on Island or in the open studio--whether you are a long-time Monhegan person or a first-time day-tripper--thanks for the wonderful chats. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and we really enjoyed exchanging Island stories.

The open studio was a huge success. Katy and I were known to be constantly bantering to the amusement of many first-time visitors and Island regulars alike--gotta keep it interesting! Thanks to those of you who dropped by the studio on a daily basis to sit and enjoy a Moxie with us. The open studio allowed for the display of about thirty paintings gallery-style. In addition, visitors were able to learn more about the painting process itself from the numerous unfinished works strewn about the studio as well as being able to watch us paint and describe our most recent work. We had two evening wine and cheese receptions that were very well received and we thank all of you who came out to the studio.

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, I hope that you enjoyed my posts from the Island. This year was the first time that I attempted shooting video on Island, and hopefully some of you who have not been out to Monhegan were able to get some sense of what life is like twelve miles out to sea on one of Maine's wildest islands. I also posted, on Facebook, a video tour of our studio and some still shots of works in progress. And, of course, personal experiences from Katy's lobster dinner to the early morning retrieval of a paper wasp nest from under a porch were shared as well.

Both Katharine and I have been asked to do painting workshops on Monhegan next summer. In addition to the 3-day workshop that Katy taught this year and will be doing again next year, she will be doing an additional plein air workshop for oil painting. My workshop next year will be in watercolour. Specifics, including dates, will be posted in an upcoming blog, on my website, and on Facebook, or you can e-mail me with questions and I will answer everything that I can as we develop the programs.

Finally, many paintings were "adopted" into fine homes and I thank all of my collectors, both repeat and new, for their enthusiasm and support. I hope that you enjoy your pieces. Please keep in touch.

And, in conclusion, below are images of some of the paintings that I did while on Island.

BURLAP       2014
Drybrush, 20 x 29-1/4 inches
signed lower right

 study for SADIE H., VI       2014
Watercolour, 10-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches
signed lower left

Watercolour, 14-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches
signed lower right

 POLE       2014
Watercolour, 10-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches
signed lower right

study for MEMORIAL, I       2014
Drybrush, 11-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches
signed lower right

I hope that you've enjoyed my Monhegan Island 2014 summary. If you haven't experienced Monhegan before, consider coming out to see us next summer.

Until next time...
All the best,