Monday, July 17, 2017

What a Day!!

I actually saw and painted these clouds on a beautiful pristine day at Fisherman's Island. How could I not paint them! I could see Ocean Point in the distance and yes there was even that Windjammer going by. When we returned to shore the heavens opened and the rain came down.  We were so lucky we were not still on the water. What a wonderful day it was. Plein Air painting at its best.

A Great Day for Sailing
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Day at the Farm















Usually when I paint at Liberty Farm I paint the barn or the buildings with the hens picking at my backpack.  However, the rhododendrons were in full bloom and I couldn't resist. The challenge was to paint all the different warm and cool greens. And get the rhodies the right colour and avoid the hens.

Rhodies at Liberty Farm
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800

Monday, July 10, 2017

OCEAN POINT IS SO SPECIAL


This is Ocean Point
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100    SOLD

By now you all know how much I love Ocean Point. I shall never tire of painting it. You can go down to Shore Road every day, all day, all year long and get a different painting. The sea changes, the sky changes and even the rocks change. The vegetation comes and goes with the seasons.  It is a painters paradise.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Each Day is Different















Summer in Maine is Heaven on earth. How wonderful it is to be able to go just a short distance from my home and be able to paint this great subject. I have painted this many many times and each time it emerges differently. You never know. Paintings have a mind of their own!

Summer in Maine
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A PRISTINE DAY















Boothbay Shores on a gorgeous day is a plein air painter's dream. I was painting with the Plein Air Painters of Maine and it was heaven on earth. Meeting other painters, making like-minded friends and sharing ideas and information is another perk of painting outside. This was the result of one of those special days.

Boothbay Shores in June
11" x14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100  SOLD

Saturday, June 17, 2017

HER SPIRIT LIVES ON
















This house belonged to Artist and Map Maker Ruth Gardner who lived to be 105 years and 10 months old. She was a fun-loving talented woman with quite a wit. I was fortunate enough to know her. She used to come to the life drawing sessions I attended. The house is on Hendricks Head, Southport Island, Maine. It faces the beach she owned and allowed the public to use. When I painted her house a few weeks ago the memory of her was with me. Plein Air painting affords you experiences that are super special.

The Ruth Gardner House
8" x 10"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$600

Friday, May 26, 2017

My Own Special Icon

Years ago when I first moved to Maine I painted this little windswept tree and its environs many many times. I even used it on my brochures as sort of signature. I thought it would last forever. Nature had other ideas. One day when I went to paint, it was gone. Either it was really swept by the wind or cut down. I will never know. So now whenever I go to paint at Boothbay Shores I think of the little tree and sometimes I will put my memory of it in my painting. This was one of this those days. We painters are so lucky that we can paint our memories.

Windswept Sentinel in Early May
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board 
$1100

Saturday, May 13, 2017

We Had A Cold April Tis Year














Sometimes you just do not feel like going out in the cold to paint, but you make yourself do it anyway because you know once you are there it will be worth it. This was one of those days. This old building in Cozy Harbor was due for demolition, but somehow it escaped and I am so happy it did because it is such an icon of Maine's lobstering industry. Cold and all it beckoned me to paint it once again. These buildings are worth preserving and they are still being used.

Mid April at Cozy Harbor
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board 
$900 SOLD

Thursday, April 27, 2017

March in Maine















March in Maine can be cold! Even more so in the early morning. I painted this as the sun was just peeking above the horizon. It was cold but oh so peaceful. When you are painting in the zone you don't even even feel the temperature. You just feel the sheer enjoyment of your brushstrokes going where you want them to. Then when you begin to feel your hands getting colder you know is time to go home.

March Morning in the Cove
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100.00

Friday, April 7, 2017

Maine Colours















This was painted on a September morning at my favourite place. I thought it was finished, but as time went on it kept nudging me. I resisted. Then I finally paid attention to it and listened. What you see here is the result. Paintings sometimes do have a mind of their own!

A Day at Grimes Cove
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900  SOLD

Sunday, April 2, 2017

FALL



















I painted this standing by the most beautiful tree at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library last fall. I felt enveloped in it. It sat in my studio all winter. I knew it need something but I couldn't figure our what. Then it hit me. It needed some grounding! It took about fifteen minutes to tweak it. Some paintings take more thinking time than it takes to paint the painting. This was one of those times.

Fall
10" x 8"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Day at Brown Brother's Wharf















From Brown Brother's Wharf in Boothbay Harbor you can see across the bay to the church and Sea Pier where the boats get fueled. It is a busy place and a challenge to paint because there is so much "stuff".
You just have to paint the shapes you see and forget what the subject is. Then when you are finished you can go back in and tweak some of the details. A fun way to paint.

Sea Pier
6" x 8"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$500

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Tidal Pools Can Be Lead-Ins


Any day at Boothbay Shores is a good one. The tide was pretty much out and there were lots of tidal pools on the very rocky shore. I chose to paint the pools that had the best shapes and used them as lead-ins. An artist's prerogative  right!

Tidal Pools at Boothbay Shores
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800

Monday, October 3, 2016

Boothbay Harbor is Special


















The boats in the harbor seem to be sleeping but very shortly they will be moving about and on their way out to sea. It is so fun to be there early in the morning and watch the awakening .

Morning in Boothbay Harbor
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800  SOLD

Friday, September 16, 2016

A wonderful day at the PAPME OPA PAINT OUT!

What a great time I had at the PAPME Oil Painters or America Great Paint Out! 
41 artists showed up! Some pretty darn good paintings were created. The painters who accomplished all this were. Kathy Baribeau, Brad Betts, Geoff Bladon, Jane Brennan, Ed Buonvecchio, John Butke, Fran Butsavich, Ken Carlson, Ted Charron, Sue Clark, Ken DeWaard, Julia Durgee, Erin McGee Ferrell, Claudette Gamache, Sandra Garrigan, Sara Gray, Stephan Giannini, Roberta Goschke, Bob Grant, Ken Harvey, Hai Ou Hou, Carol Jessen, Ruth Kaldor, Sue Heil Kibbe, Renee Lammers, Suzanne Marinell, Bruce MacDonald, Corinne McIntyre, Bruce McMillan, Roger Milinowski, Gail Morrison, Carole Palmer, Jorge Pena, Hugh Phipps, Diane Randlett, John Seitzer, Kevin Tacka, Tony van Hasselt, George Van Hook, Jean Wyman, Peter Yesis, Susan Zimmerman.

PHOTO by Betsy Betts

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Wonderful Treat!



















We, The Plein Air Painters of Maine, were invited to paint at the Gardens of a beautiful home in Trevett, Maine. They were astonishing. There were paths of every color and type of flower imaginable. There was even a raked Japanese garden with bonsai trees in it. It was a hot day but there was a gentle breeze coming off the river beside the gardens. Pure heaven on earth for a plein air painter.

Garden by the Sheepscot River
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100 Free Shipping

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Late June Day



















There was a really heavy fog rolling in on this day in June. I could hardly see the ocean. There was even a little rain falling. But under my trusty umbrella I was able to keep painting. Plein air painting certainly challenges you but when you finally finish and come home at the end of the day you feel as if you have conquered the world.

Beach Roses at Boothbay Shores
11"x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100

Sunday, July 3, 2016

HENDRICKS HEAD















Painting Hendricks Head in all seasons is a wonderful experience. The beach, the seaweed, the huge rock and of course the lighthouse are all fodder for an artist's brush. I painted this with the Plein Air Painters of Maine.

Hendricks Head in Mid-June
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900
 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Another Foggy Overcast Day in Maine
















I just love these foggy overcast days. There is no sun to chase, the colours are muted and it just feels so darned good.

Foggy and Overcast in May
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100   SOLD

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Some Mornings are Dark

Overcast mornings in Maine can be very overcast. This particular morning at Knickercane Island was no exception. The Lobster Pound in the distance, (really a holding tank for the lobsters) was barely discernible. This was a challenge to paint because the clouds kept rolling about. I so enjoyed painting a low key painting. I decided to frame it in black to create the feeling of an overcast morning even more. 

Overcast Morning at the Lobster Pound
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700  SOLD

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A COOL SPRING















A cool spring seems to make the sea angry and the painters put on layers of clothing. It is all worthwhile though when you get to paint such beauty. I especially liked the way the little tidal pool reflected the sky.

April at Ocean Point
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800  SOLD

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Dories at Barrett Park


















These Dories rest all winter. Then when spring comes they are put out to sea by the lobstermen so the townsfolk can picnic, swim, walk their dogs and just relax. I am so happy they were still resting when I went to the park to paint.






Dories at Rest
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800.00

Thursday, April 21, 2016

November in Maine
















Painting in Maine when the weather is so variable is such a challenge....but worth it. I painted this with the Plein Air Painters of Maine on an early cold November morning. I did not have to tweak it hardly at all when I returned home. That was my reward.

November at Boothbay Shores
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Familiar Sight
















The beautiful schooner, Eastwind, is a very familiar sight on the Boothbay Harbor, Maine waters. She goes out frequently hosting tourists. I was very fortunate to be commissioned to paint her for a lovely Virginia couple.

The "Eastwind"
16' X 20"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
SOLD

Friday, February 5, 2016

SEPTEMBER















It was toward the end of the day at Grimes Cove in September. The light was changing rapidly and the water was so beautiful. A few people strolled by and commented on the day.....a gull cried.....a lobsterman waved.....and I was in my element painting what I felt and saw....Life is good.

September
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed canvas on board
$900   SOLD 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Boothbay Shores-A Great Place to Paint



















It never ceases to amaze me at how varied in shapes and colours the rocks along the shore are. The water washes over them and creates even more vibrancy. This was a great day for me. 

Rocky Shore
10" x 8"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700    SOLD

Monday, November 23, 2015

Art in the Square


These four paintings are being shown at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation for the yearly fund raiser for a Scholarship program. They are all 12" x 12". I enjoyed painting each one on location and then enjoyed finishing them in the studio. They will be there through Christmas. (Unless they sell of course.)
Late Afternoon at Grimes Cove  SOLD
Fall Reflections  SOLD
Two Motors at Atlantic Edge  SOLD

Halloween at Liberty Farm  SOLD

Monday, October 12, 2015

CHANGING LIGHT

Some mornings when you go out to paint the coast you can hardly see the water it is so foggy. But if you wait a little bit the fog begins to lift and the magic happens. Plen Air painting at its best...It's magic.

Fog Lifting at Grimes Cove
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100.00   SOLD

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Wonderful Workshop















I took a wonderful plein air workshop with George Van Hook in early September. He is a really splendid teacher. I learned a lot. I started this painting in his workshop and finally finished it yesterday. There is so much to learn. That is the excitement of painting. The learning never ends. That is what keeps us  going...the challenge. I believe it was Monet who said at the end of his life, "I think I'm beginning to get it."

Under "Three Trees"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
12" x 16"
$1100

Thursday, September 3, 2015

By the Sea















People have planted their seaside gardens here at Ocean Point each year. I am always so happy when I see what they have accomplished. Some of the flowers even grow right out of the rocks! It was such a pleasure and a challenge to paint this particular Shore Road Garden with out getting too technical.

Shore Road Garden
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100  SOLD

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Morning in Maine















Maine buildings have a special look and when the morning shadows fall on them they take on an aura of history about them. That is what I felt when I painted on the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library lawn. I believe the day lilies are a Colonial flower so they have an historical meaning too.

Morning Shadows
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Wonderful Day















A couple of weeks ago I went painting on a wonderful island in Boothbay with the Plein Air Painters of Maine. The sun was out, the air was crisp, the gulls were crying, the Canadian Geese were grazing and the gardens were in full bloom. What a day! It doesn't get much better than that.

An Island Garden
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100  SOLD

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cozy Harbor















Cozy Harbor is a small harbor on Southport Island, Maine that has lots of subjects to paint. This painting was done on a clear day and the contrasting light was a pleasure to capture. The beach roses added an extra fillip.

Cozy Harbor Morning
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800  SOLD

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Tiny Island















Knickercane Island is approximately only 1000 yards long and 50 yards wide at its widest. It is a great little place to paint. Boats are launched there, an interesting Lobster Pound is across the way and there are people watching their dogs and having picnics. Plenty of subjects. I chose this great rock that had trees growing out of it. It just fascinated me.

Knickercane Island Rock
9" x 12"
Oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700  Free Shipping
 

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Morning at Ocean Point















Ocean Point Shoreline
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen on board
$700   SOLD

The Shoreline at Ocean Point is an endless subject to paint. I can go there every single day 365 days a year and paint a different painting. The sky colour changes, the sea changes. the seaweed changes... even the rocks change colour from the reflected light. That seagull was really there. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Seaweed
















It is fascinating to see the patterns the ocean creates when it rolls the seaweed onto the beaches. A painter can spend hours just observing it. There is such an array of colours too. Next time you are at the beach notice the seaweed and its beauty.

Seaweed at Hendricks Head Beach
8" x 10"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700  Free Shipping
 

This Past Winter
















This past winter was a winter to remember. We had over 80" of snow. The lobstermen had a tough time of it. When I painted this at Murray Hill Landing the piles of snow went right to the water. I doubt the lobstermen went out that day.
I was intrigued by the purple shadows in the snow.

Snowbound
8" x 10"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700  Free Shipping
 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Landscapes Change
















This was a full blown lake a few years ago. After a severe rainstorm the dam protecting it gave way and changed the landscape and now it is a tidal marsh/river. Thankfully it seems to be recovering. The day I was there the tide was going out and the colours were almost a hazy ochre. Plein air painting gives you the opportunity to see things and learn things you would never experience otherwise.

Sherman Lake Marsh
8" x 10"
Oil on oil-primed linen on board
$700   Free Shipping

 

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Portrait
















This painting was done at the Tugboat parking lot in Boothbay Harbor with the Plein Air Painters of Maine. It was challenge to select what objects surrounding the boat to paint because there was so much "stuff" around. This is actually a "portrait" of the "Sea Spray" a wonderful working lobster boat. Unlike an impression of the boat (which I may do another time) I wanted it to be recognizable if the owner or whoever was familiar with it ever saw it. Ahh the joys of plein air.

Sea Spray
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800    SOLD

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Experimentation















After many years of using an extended palette I decided to experiment with a new palette. The above painting is the result. I watched a wonderful DVD entitled "Bold Brushstrokes + Confident Color" by Lori Putnam. (I have now watched it four times!...once with Peter Yesis and once with Felicity Sidwell and twice by myself.) I was fascinated by the colours of her limited palette so I decided to give it a try. It sure was a challenge, but I really thoroughly enjoyed it. It is not easy to give up some of the colours I am so used to and I probably won't, but I certainly will incorporate what I have learned from experimenting with the new colours. Isn't that what painting is all about? Learning from each other, bringing your own voice to join with many others and eventually being your very own self? It is so rewarding. I am interested in where this is going to take me.

Tharpe Lane
6" x 8"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$495   Free Shipping
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Favourite Place
















This is certainly one of my favourite places to paint. I bet I have painted it 100 times at least and every time I get a different painting. Maybe it is because I bring to it whatever I have learned or experienced since the last time I painted it. I think that is true of all our paintings. Our paintings reflect our lives. I feel so fortunate to live and work in such special place.

A Favourite Place
11"x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900  SOLD

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Painting Adventures

This was a day that started out  beautiful and sunny. Then after about two hours the sun went in, the wind came up and it became so so cold.....what to do?..... Pack it up, go home and tweak the painting in the studio. These are the adventures you have when you paint outdoors. Is it worth it? Most decidedly yes! Not only do you learn, but it gives you such a sense of accomplishment.   

April at Boothbay Shores
8" x 10"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700  SOLD

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Snow is Slowly Leaving
















In this painting I wanted to capture the snow leaving and spring in the offing.  These colourful dories look heavy but they are made of fiberglass so they are lighter than they look. They hold nets for the fishermen and lobster traps for the lobstermen. They are stored here outside all winter and in the spring they are put into the water. Barrett Park belongs to the townspeople so the dories have to make way for all the hikers, picnickers, swimmers and functions. It  is a wonderful place to paint in all seasons. I so enjoy painting here.

Dories at Barrett Park
11" x 14"
oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900   SOLD

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I Love to Paint Fog















It is so lovely to paint fog. The things closest to you are in focus and then suddenly it is all misty. Just beautiful. Maine has lots of foggy mornings. I painted this little painting very quickly and never had to tweak it at all. That doesn't happen very often, but when it does it is such a great feeling.

Fog at Barrett Park
6" x 8"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$395  Free Shipping