Sunday, July 15, 2018

Painting an Oceanside Garden
















This lovely garden was planted and now lovingly tended by a wonderful couple who live right by the ocean near where I live. All summer long it is a treat for the eye and painter. As one plant fades another takes its place so there is never a time when there are no flowers blooming. It is a gift they share with the world. I was fortunate to paint it in May when the tulips were flowering. I will be going back for sure.

Oceanside Garden
9"  x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800

Monday, June 11, 2018

A Maine Day



















This was a challenging painting. I painted it in the parking lot of Bigelow Lab in East Boothbay looking onto the trees by the river.. Halfway through the painting it started to rain so I had to get into my Jeep to finish it. I really like the way it really feels like Maine

Essence of Maine
12" x 9"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700

Seaweed and Tides















Hendricks Head is another favourite place to paint. The tide creates lovely patterns of seaweed and the colours are so varied and unusual. It was cold this day in May so I painted fast and came home to "tweak" the painting in my studio. Ahh the joys of plein air painting.

Hendricks Head in May
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800

Dockside


















Boothbay Harbor is a busy place in the summer. There were lots of boats in the harbor. The comings and goings were fun to watch, and it was fun to paint all the "stuff" on the dock. Plein air painting affords such a wealth of experiences!

Dockside-Boothbay Harbor
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900

Where the Lobsters Hang Out















A Lobster Pound is where the lobsters are held until they are sold to local restaurants and stores. this is one I have painted many times. It is across from Knickercane Island in Boothbay Harbor, a favourite spot for plein air painters.

The Lobster Pound
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$700

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Rocky Coast















Maine is full of cottages hugging her cliffs. It is a challenge to try to capture that feeling of isolation and independence that makes people seek out these places to live.  It was a cold and windy day in November when I painted this. I would not want to be in one of those cottages during this weather.
I used a very smooth linen canvas which allowed me to pick up the underpainting easily and create the rocky cliff. Such a treat!

Maine Cliffside Cottages
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Early Morning Light is the Best
















I painted this about 7:30 in the morning in mid April.  Even though it was overcast the light was just beaming on the little house on Ram Island and on the homes in the cove. The inner cove was still a little dark. It was magic. You see so much when you are plein air painting........and there is so much to see!!!

Morning Light on the Cove
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100

Friday, April 20, 2018

Overcast Days















April has been rather chilly this year so it has been overcast most days. For a painter that is good. It means the light stays the same for a long time so we don't have to chase the sun. This was one of those days. It is a fun challenge to paint the landscape in all kinds of weather.

Little Green Island in Mid April
6" x 8"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$500

Monday, April 16, 2018

Early August Garden

















An invitation to paint a lovely garden is not to be missed. It was a challenge to capture the array of flowers so beautifully planted. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this day painting beside such wonderful painters.

Early August Garden
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

FALL FLOWERS AT GRIMES COVE















Late September is when the goldenrod is fading and the asters come out. They grow all along the side of the road and especially in profusion by the ocean. It is a great time to paint. I love painting the changing seasons here in Maine. I am one lucky painter!

Fall Asters at Grimes Cove
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900

Monday, April 2, 2018

FEBRUARY















Harbor Island is one of the first sites you see when you come into Boothbay Harbor by boat.  I decided this was what I wanted to paint. It was a cold day at the end of February, but a couple of my friends and I were undaunted so out we went. We were atop the hill overlooking the harbor and island. You have to paint mighty fast before the weather tells you it's time to go.  Ahhh.... the pleasures of plein air painting!

Harbor Island
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Between Storms















In February after the second nor'easter we had here in Maine I went out to Shore Road in East Boothbay to paint.  It was chilly and foggy. As I was painting I spied a cormorant drying its wings on a rock. The bird stayed there for quite a while so I was able to get a good sense of it. I liked the way the foreground in the fog stayed clear and then how everything slowly receded into the misty background.
As for cormorants.....they spread their wings to dry because they have less waterproofing in their wings then other birds. I imagine this poor bird had to stay there so long because it was a pretty damp fog. A tasty tidbit is that the hood ornament for the Packard car in the 50's was a cormorant.
The things you learn when you paint en plein air!

Cormorant in Fog  SOLD
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Painting at its most Joyful















Painting by the Sea is one of the most wonderful feeling in the world. I think the Sea feels the exuberance of it too...hence the title.

Exuberant Sea
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Two Trees at Ocean Poimt
















The big November snow storm was a storm to remember for sure. One of the memories it left was its changing of "Three Trees" to "Two Trees"  Our icon has changed but we will enjoy painting the new look. Artists are undaunted!

Two Trees at Ocean Point
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$900

Windswept Sentinel















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 May

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Wealth of Subject Matter
















By Mid-September I was ready to go back to Cozy Harbor to paint this wonderful old shack. These old buildings are icons to Maine and someday will be gone. The flotsam and jetsam around them is so fun to paint. There are always some lobster traps and buoys laying around giving us painters some colours to add to our palette. How lucky we are to have such wealth of subject matter!!

Another Day at Cozy Harbor
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Yet Another Wonderrful Day at the Cove
















I painted this during the Oil Painters of America Great Paint Out at Grimes Cove. There were 31 of us painting......So exciting! My favourite thing to do at my favourite place to paint. It can't get any better then this!

Early September at the Cove
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100

Monday, September 4, 2017

In the Zone















When you are painting you block everything out. They call it being in the zone. The day I painted this I was so in the zone I did not even hear the wedding going on behind me on the rocks! Not until everyone clapped for the bride and groom did I become aware that something special was going on. On top of that a seagull was screeching non-stop at it's Mother to feed it. That also got my attention! Ahh the interesting things that happen when you paint plein air.

Barrett Park in August
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800
                                                                                                                                  

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Where are Lobsters Kept?















This lobster pound in Boothbay near Knickercane Island is a holding area that keeps the lobsters contained. The tide cleans and refreshes the holding area.The nearby restaurants buy from the pound. 

The Lobster Pound in August
11" x 14" 
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board 
$1100.00

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Is This Maine's Motif #1?















I probably have painted this little island over a hundred times and I am sure others have too. I never tire of it because it is different every time I paint it. The light changes it, the fog comes in, and even the weather changes it. The trees have changed so much over the years. It is like seeing it anew each time. Sort of like going to a favourite restaurant you have and the chef and decor change every so often so it is like going to a new restaurant. I am so lucky to have it so close to my home. A plein air painters paradise.

An August Day at Grimes Cove
9" x 12"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$800

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

FOG
















There was a lot of fog this season. This day at Hendricks Head beach the fog kept coming in, clearing up and then come rolling in again. Some folks came from the mid-west to see the ocean and never saw it in all its glory. They had to go close to the shore and dip their hands in the water to experience it. It can be beautiful and calming though.

Maine Fog
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100

Monday, July 24, 2017

Another Great Day
















Painting with the like-minded folks is such a pleasure. We share so much and the camaraderie is soul- enriching. We learn from each other. This was such a day. I was with the Plein Air Painters of Maine at Three Trees on Ocean Point. Another great day!

Ocean Point in Early July
11" x 14"
Oil on oil-primed linen mounted on board
$1100   SOLD

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   SOLD

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  SOLD

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  SOLD

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