Since that first trip, I have driven by the island many times while visiting schools in Florenceville-Bristol and Bath during my position as a Fine Arts Lead. Each time I would drive by, I'd imagine kayaking over to the island. However, I hadn't yet figured out a system for tying the kayaks to the roof rack of the car. Finally, with the help of a friend, I figured out a system that would work. On July 7th, it was time to test it out!
It was a gorgeous afternoon by the time I set out. The kayak handled well and I set out just a short distance up river from Green Island itself. Upon reaching the island, I was quickly reminded of how shallow the water could get as the bed of cobblestones stretches quite far from the visible shoreline. Also the water level can fluctuate quite a bit depending on rainfall. I paddled around the side of the island facing Bristol itself, taking my time and enjoying every minute.
On top of that, I was given the opportunity to work on the Green Island painting at Bath Meeting House, which is only a few kilometers around the next river bend from the island itself. A few days after my excursion, I was all set up to paint in the BMH's beautiful church interior. The diffused light and serene atmosphere offered the perfect place to paint! The images below show some of the progress on this painting: