On Penobscot Bay

Bay Sunset,  9x12,  pastel on sanded paper, available for purchase

I'm lucky enough to be spending an extended time here in Camden, Maine.  Yes, that's right.  I feel lucky to be spending winter here.  Snow is not something that has been abundant in my life so far and I want to catch up.  So far we've had < 2 inches but this is Maine so there must be a white Christmas coming right?  

Here's a few photos I took with the bit of snow we had on 11/26.  Looking 2 directions in Camden harbor (on a really low tide) and the 3rd is from Rockland.  

No matter how cloudy or cold a day may be there is no shortage of artistic inspiration here.

Luann Udell, Ancient Stories Retold in Modern Artifacts, is a NH artist who creates the most amazing jewelry, sculptures, and more.  I found her blog by chance, here's a poem she shared there that I enjoyed.

“You Reading This, Be Ready”

“Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life.

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?”

- William Stafford

It's really cold here! How about some flowers from spring?

It seems there are around 165 species of lupines in the US, sadly, like hummingbirds, the West has the variety.  We in the East have only about 8 according to the USFS site.

It appears the ones growing in mid-coast Maine are big-leaf lupines Lupinus polyphyllus.

Want to see them all 165 species?  Just scroll down and click on any of the maps...

Back in July I took classes with the talented artist and teacher Abbie Williams.  She kindly directed me on the start of this painting and allowed me to keep her photo reference for this.  Each year when we arrive up north there are only a few stragglers hanging on...

8x10 oil on linen, contact me for availability


8x10 oil on gessoboard

These flowers I photographed at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, Maine.  It's the home of Merry Dog dogpark, one of Remy's favorite play places.  But in an area where dogs aren't allowed, they maintain a lovely garden of flowers and vegetables...what an attractive way to grow green beans...can you make them out?

Lighthouse at Port Clyde, Maine, near sunset

This is the first time I've painted on linen, having put it off because I had read many times that one
would never want to use canvas again, and all those folks are right. Anyway, with the
Melrose Open Air Arts event coming up I needed to find a panel I liked instead of using stretched
canvas (panels are easier to transport & frame).

Click on the poster icon here in the right margin to find out more
about the paint-out. We will be painting at designated locations March 10-17
and the opening for the resulting works will be Saturday, the 20th 6-9pm at all 3
participating galleries in Melrose, FL. We can show 3 pieces each and there are 65 of us, so
there will be lots to look at, plus live music, and refreshments.

Also I have 2 works on display at the Medical Center, also noted here on the right. They are
"Called to Dinner" ( a few posts back) and "Boatyard from the Bridge", which is shown in the
October 9, 2009 post.
(8x10 oil on linen - "Lighthouse at Sunset" - Available)

Still on the "Fall Trees"...

Here's a little fall painting (6x8 oil on canvas - Sold) that I changed a bit at the gallery after this photograph. It is from a lovely spot I photographed last year near Mt. Katahdin (in central Maine). I really didn't do it justice but one can only try, and maybe try again...

"Ducktrap River" Fall in Maine

(12x9 oil on canvas - Available)

This year we left Maine too early for fall colors. At the end of September there were only hints of the riot to come in October. I took the reference for this painting last year during a hike along the Ducktrap River in Lincolnville. A number of other colorful pics I took of fall scenes are inviting me to bright color challenges.

I lean toward subtleties in all things. But it is no good to stay in your comfort zone when you are trying to learn; mixing and using color and values will be lifelong learning.

Incidentally, we learned our lesson, we will spend October of 2010 in the north.

Update: this is in the "can this be fixed pile", I must fix the all light blue water. I also understand I used to much white in the colored leaves...

"Lotus on Pitcher Pond"

(6x8 oil on canvas - Sold)

This painting was unplanned, little thought went into it. Looking at my many photos from Maine I just chose a few from the many lotus shots I took at Pitcher Pond in Lincolnville. It just sort of fell off my brushes. It was a lot of fun because I was prepared for it to totally not work out, but it is okay, only okay, but okay.

My husband paddled the canoe in circles for about 15 minutes while I took some nice shots. I'll have to paint another and post some of the photos. Next time I'll lighten up the colors of the "pads" and the water but here I wanted to play with a big contrast in value between the flower and its surroundings.

"The Flower Box" a.k.a. "this is how happy being in Maine makes me feel"

(8x10 oil on panel, framed - SOLD)

It was a lot of fun painting this while looking at 2 lovely flower boxes that sat alongside the harbor in Camden. I'll be driving it down to the gallery tomorrow.
I'm just finishing up a chickadee group on a 27 x 4 board. It is a fun, folksy piece that has been floating in my mind for some time. Les claims it is NFS but we'll see.
Next: an ivory-billed woodpecker commission and finishing touches on a couple of Maine landscapes.

Portland Head Light in fog

It has taken a while to decide on one photo to post from here in Maine; I gave up a few times. I'm partial to clouds, waves, & fog so here is one of many pics I have taken of places I love dearly here (albeit crooked & very large b/c I don't have the software with me to fix it). There will be more. I have done one small painting I'll post soon, of a blueberry barren.