Monday, August 9, 2021

Freeport Harbor and Town Park


Freeport Harbor and Town Park

Looking across the Harraseeket River to the harbor.

One of my favorite places to paint is Freeport's Winslow Park. Along with wooded trails and coastal views there is a straight shot down Staples Point Rd to get a view of Freeport Harbor. One day I traveled light with just paper and colored pencils. Looking across the Harrraseeket River at Freeport Harbor I sketched with the colored pencils. When back in my studio I covered over the pencil sketch with acrylic paint.

Colored pencil sketch covered over with acrylics

On another day I set up my easel and painted with oils. This painting is in my Etsy shop. In this painting I wanted to include the top of Casco Castle at the tree line. 

View of Casco Castle from Winslow Park

Built in 1903, Casco Castle was a hotel, amusement park, and zoo! It burned down but the tower remains. There is some information about the castle on the Freeport Historical Society's web page. If you are looking for a nice hike after shopping in Freeport then head over to Winslow Park!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Gilsland Farm - Rain and Wind

Gilsland Farm Meadow
Gilsland Farm - Rain and Wind

The rain was predicted to start at 5:00 p.m. Figuring there was plenty of time to paint I headed over to Maine Audubon's Gilsland farm at 2:00 p.m. with my paint out buddies. Wandering through the meadows, I saw a clump of goldenrod that looked like a nice subject for a sketch. Before I had a chance to pull out my materials it started to rain. Heading back to the car we got quite wet. After waiting in the car for a while the rain turned to just showers so we decided to try again. I went back to my clump of goldenrod to do a quick sketch before the rain started again. 

Sketch 5" x 7" watercolor and pen

A few weeks ago we went to another meadow at Gilsland Farm to sketch. Rain was imminent but we finished sketching before it started.

Sketch  5" x 7"  watercolor and pen

 Quite a while ago I was in yet another meadow at Gilsland Farm and the dominant weather element was the wind. This time I had the full set-up with easel and oil paint. The painting from that day is in my Etsy Shop.

"Windy Day"    oil on canvas        8" x 10"

The charm of painting on location is the unpredictable nature of the experience. Visit the Maine Audubon website to check out  information about this beautiful place.


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