Dories are a staple of New England waters, whether tucked in a little cove or moored in a harbor. They come in all shapes and sizes and make for interesting compositional choices. I feel like they have a story to tell. They are waiting to take someone to their boat, to go out fishing or awaiting an owners return from an adventure at sea. They bob and drift and capture the imagination. In the small painting, I wanted to portray an intimate scene of a neighborhood of dories. I discovered them floating in a little inlet in Chatham. In the larger painting I was struck by the 3 identical dories moving with the tide as they danced about in the harbor in Kennebunkport, ME. They were out in the open and free to move about practically shouting out "look at me" as they swirled around with the current. The repetition of boat shapes in both scenes provided good subject matter and interesting choices. The 3 identical dories have many more possibilities for future paintings as I play with a variety of placements and lighting. The water's movement varies with every boat move and makes for many good arrangements as well as colors and reflections.