Monday, July 26, 2021

Scarborough Marsh in August


"Goldenrod by the Marsh" pastel 14"x14"

Scarborough Marsh in August

Sometimes a particular landscape grabs you and won't let go. This happened to me in Scarborough last August.

I was driving around the Pine Point area looking for some good marsh scenes to photograph. I spotted one  and knew I had found what I wanted.


"Goldenrod by the Marsh" acrylic 9"x12"

This painting journey started with an acrylic painting. It is on canvas and measures 9" x 12".


"Meandering Marsh" pastel  6.5" x 10"

After the acrylic one was done I still wanted to explore the scene so I switched to pastels. This rendition got much more colorful. It is pastel on sanded paper. I put it in my Etsy shop

Then I decided to see what would happen if I switched the format. The first two were rectangular so I went for the square. The result is a 14" x 14" pastel.  I enjoyed painting all three renditions. It is fun to see what happens and how each time my impression changes.


I entered the 14"x14" pastel into the 2021 For Pastels Only On Cape Cod show.  I was so excited to have my painting selected for the show and to receive two awards.

Dawn Emerson, in her juror remarks, said the following about my painting:

 " This painting appealed to me for its exquisite soft edges and feeling of spacious peacefulness. There is minimal description, yet the composition allows us to move into this scene effortlessly. The viewer is transported to this space, and floats down the river with their eyes toward the horizon. Lovely."


I was impressed with what Dawn Emerson said about the entire exhibit  in her juror's statement. She said that, "This exhibit reassures me that humanity will survive and thrive as long as artists remind us of the beauty around us we are blessed with each day".



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Rocks, Rocks, and more Rocks


Rocks, rocks, and more rocks...

 A while ago I painted a series of "rock" paintings. Three of them are in a fundraising auction this week, May 3 - 7, 2021. Funds are being raised to support the mission of Partners for World Health.

Painting # 1 is called, "Delightful Day" and was inspired by an early morning visit to Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth. It was so peaceful and fun to watch the area on top of the cliff become illuminated by the sun.

Just for the fun of it, I searched the internet to see if I could come up with any interesting tidbits about the rocks in the cove.  I came across a blog post called, "Skipping Stones at Kettle Cove". The author wrote about how the rocks look like petrified wood but "are really ocean bottom rock split by stretched bands of quartz".

Very interesting!


Painting #  2 is called, "Playful Day" and was inspired by the energetic rocks near the Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth.

The rocks in this area were formed 420 million years ago. That period of time is known at the Silurian Period.

Now for a bit of geology from

"The layers of sediment that accumulated in that Silurian ocean are preserved in the rocks at Two Lights as light gray, massive quartzite and dark gray phyllite layers. The quartzite layers were originally sand or silt beds, and the phyllite layers were originally clay or mud beds. As the layers accumulated one on the other, some were deposited individually with sharp boundaries between them, and others were deposited as mixed masses in graded beds that change gradually from the bottom to the top of the layer."

Very interesting!


Painting #3 is called, "Luminous Day" and was inspired by the late afternoon light on the cliff walk at Prouts Neck in Scarborough. This is the area of the coast where Winslow Homer painted. The cliff walk is a wonderful hike and a great way to enjoy "rocks"!


Saturday, November 21, 2020

My Etsy shop

Please visit my Etsy Shop. Shop for small, original paintings.
This one is called “ October Gold”. All oil on canvas paintings are 20% off through November!


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

Walk - Pic - Haiku

The day Maine got it's first case of COVID-19 I felt like the "rug was pulled out from under my feet". Needing to burn off nervous energy I started a walking project. I walk, snap a pic, and write a haiku. It helps.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Rectangles of Love

If you happen to be in Yarmouth on Saturday, Feb. 8, then stop by and visit the new show at the Yarmouth Frame and Gallery on Route One. The show is called "Rectangles of Love". My paintings are displayed on this yummy teal colored wall. The reception is from 4 to 7 p.m. Hope to see you!