Monday, November 8, 2010

Sky - Painting Challenge - 1

My current painting challenge is to include more sky in my landscapes. Usually I focus on the land. A few months ago I learned about a great place to paint. It is called Parsons Beach in Kennebunk. This painting was inspired by the driftwood at the edge of the beach. It was late afternoon in October.

Quote for this post….by Joan Didion – Born in 1934

“The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.”

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Majesty of Trees Exhibit

This pastel painting is in a show called "Majesty of Trees". The exhibit opens in Yarmouth on October 12 with an opening reception on October 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Merrill Memorial Library. Another Yarmouth tree celebration is the "Herbie Project". Herbie was a 217 year old elm tree that lived in Yarmouth until recently. Read about Herbie at:

Quote for this post….by John Muir – 1838 - 1914

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Black Frame Art Sale

This painting is available at the Black Frame Art Sale on Friday, October 8th. For one evening 10"x 10" framed paintings, from lots of Maine painters, sell for just $200. The proceeds benefit Portland's Bayside community activities, events, and children's programs.

Quote for this post….by Henry David Thoreau 1817 – 1862

“October is the month of painted leaves.”

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Homegrown Exhibit

This painting is on exhibit at Skyline Farm from September 25 – December 4. Skyline Farm is having a benefit sale of fine art and crafts “inspired by Maine’s natural state”. The show is complemented by carriages and sleighs from Skyline Farm Carriage Museum’s collection. The farm is in North Yarmouth and is well worth visiting.

Quote for this post….by Alfred Sisley 1839 - 1899

“Every picture shows a spot with which the artist himself has fallen in love.”

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September on Monhegan Island

We returned today from a fun trip to Monhegan Island. I want to share this photo of the Monhegan School. Notice the dog sitting patiently by the door. I am quite sure the dog sat there the whole time that school was in session. There is a dog house to the right of the school. I hope to post some September paintings of Monhegan soon.

Quote for this post….by E.B. White 1899 - 1985

“I can still see my first dog. For six years he met me at the same place after school and convoyed me home – a service he thought up himself.”

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August Painting Challenge - 20

Fresh off the easel! This is painting #20 of my August painting challenge. The location is a river in Limington. I was there on August 11. This painting was done today in my studio. It is the last in my series of 4”x6” paintings for this month.

Quote for this post….by Pablo Picasso – 1881 - 1973

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

August Painting Challenge - 19

Fresh off the easel! This is painting #19 of my August painting challenge. The location is a pond in Harpswell. I was there earlier this month in the late afternoon. This painting was done today in my studio. My goal is to finish at least 20 paintings in August. Some will be painted on location and others in my studio. All will be oil on panel and measure 4”x6”.

Quote for this post….by Rachel Carson 1907 - 1964

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”