Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Great Bay Ice

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From  the shore of Durham Point, New Hampshire Great Bay stretches out and wraps around you. The narrow bays stay ice locked longer than the large open areas where the ice cakes float by silently in the tides that barely create a ripple as they go in and out.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Maine Chauncey Creek

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One afternoon on Chauncey Creek the sun sank behind a haze of clouds making the sky above the trees glow  with a yellow light.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Chauncey Creek Pines

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The tide helps break up the ice in Chauncey Creek on Kittery Point. The open water reflection of the pines creates a dynamic contrast to all the winter white.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Sunny Harbor, 6x8 watercolor

When I am visiting family in Florida during the winter I find it hard to believe the sun and warm water are real. Sarasota bay is a gorgeous green color and the water is so clear.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Maine: Chauncey Creek Ice

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Chauncey Creek on Kittery Point is a tidal salt water creek.  When I first moved to Maine I lived on the edge of this beautiful creek.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Man, His Dog and His Boat

Dog in a Dinghy 6x8 watercolor

This man and his dog live in his boat moored for the winter in Sarasota, Florida. Its not unusual to see sailors from our northern climate sail south to spend the winter in a nice warm port.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Island Weather

Island Weather 6x8 watercolor

The weather on the coast of Maine is different depending where you are.  It can be sunny up on the mainland at the top of the peninsula and showering over an island down in one of the bays.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Martins Point

Island Showers 6x8 watercolor

Martins Point is further up the peninsula on your way to Friendship, Maine.  Its  down a small side road and its worth the trip. The views are incredible!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Friendship Fish Shacks

Friendship Fish Shacks, 6x8 watercolor
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I paint in Friendship, Maine in the off season, when there are no summer people around. I'm noticed by the locals as I'm the only person on the docks. Everybody else is going out on their boats.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Friendship Boats & Traps

Boats and Islands, 6x8 watercolor
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Friendship, Maine is one of my favorite towns on the midcoast. There are so many lobster shacks on the harbor it looks like a village on stilts. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lobster Boats in Perkins Cove

Boats in the Cove, 6x8, watercolor

Perkins Cove is a narrow deep cove with boats moored in neat rows. It is a very orderly harbor and its busy year round. They have their own little ice breaker to keep the water open so the boats can go out on cold winter mornings.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Boat in the Channel: Cape Porpoise

In the Channel, 6x8 watercolor

The channel in the harbor at Cape Porpoise is so narrow the lobster boats have to moor in a line. Its only deep enough in one area to moor a boat at low tide. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Moored: Cape Porpoise Harbor

Boats and Traps, 6x8, watercolor

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In Cape Porpoise harbor there are all these floating docks with lobster traps stacked on them. Some of the docks  have little houses on them.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Rocky Island ~ Cape Porpoise

Rocky Island, 6x8 watercolor

The harbor at Cape Porpoise is edged with all these islands of various sizes. This little one is right across from the docks. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cape Porpoise Lobster Shacks

Lobster Shacks, 6x8 Watercolor

This little row of lobster shacks sits on the west side of the harbor in Cape Porpoise. They are sort of rickety and faded. Very charming buildings sitting high on stilts at low tide. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lobster Boat & Lobster Shacks

Lobster Boat & Fish Shacks, 6x8, watercolor

All along the narrow inlet there are fish shacks in Cape Porpoise, Maine. Some of them look like they have been there for a very long time.

Monday, February 13, 2012

All Tied Up in Cape Porpoise

Dinghys, 6x8 Watercolor 

When everyone is back in after a day of fishing the docks are crowded with all their little row boats. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lobster Traps Loaded

Traps Loaded, 6x8 watercolor

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This boat was all loaded up by sunset, ready for an early morning trip to lay the traps in Cape Porpoise, Maine. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Great Bay Thaw

Icebergs on Great Bay, 6x8 Watercolor

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You know spring is just around the corner when the ice breaks up on Great Bay. All these little icebergs bob around then float out to sea on the tide.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Maine : Lobster Boats Waiting

 Cape Porpoise Lobster Boat 6x8 watercolor 98 lb aquarelle

There is a narrow deep channel in the harbor at Cape Porpoise. All the boats line up in channel. Sunset is a beautiful time there.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Late Winter on Great Bay

6x8 Charcoal & watercolor on 98 lb aquarelle
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The sun is warmer these days. The snow and ice are melting. Late winter afternoon in Newmarket, NH on Great Bay.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Maine: Sturdy Workers

Two Tugs 4x6 oil on canvas panel

Huge ships are guided up the river in Portsmouth Harbor to the numerous docks to unload their important cargo. These sturdy work horses do the job.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Maine: By the Dock

In a Row, 6 x 8  Watercolor, 98 lb aquarelle

I am so lucky, I live in southern Maine on the seacoast. A favorite spot in my neighborhood is the cozy hamlet of Cape Porpoise. It's a small harbor that is active year round. In the summer all the cottages are full of happy vacationers.  At this time of the year it's just me, the fishermen and their boats. I made this watercolor sketch looking down at the rowboats on the dock at Cape Porpoise, Maine.