Saturday, March 31, 2012

Grandpa's Car

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When you paint outdoors anything may be your subject. I painted this 1930's car at a big antique car gathering at Par Sem Day up in Parsonsfield, Maine. It was a rush! I'd never drawn or painted cars before.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pears and Bottles

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Its rare if I paint a still life. But that may change. I enjoy doing them, its just that the last time I moved I gave away all my interesting objects. And I do love painting glass !  It might be my favorite still life subject.  

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Canterbury Shaker Village, New Hampshire

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I like to wander around the grounds of the Canterbury Shaker Village in the off season. Its quiet, the buildings are very interesting to look at and I rarely see another living soul.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The White River Rochester, VT

The White River starts some where up in the Brandon Gap of the Green Mountains and rushes down the mountains to Rochester, VT where it winds its way east through the valleys to White River Junction, VT and the Connecticut River.  The river curves right up against the fields at Liberty Hill Farm.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Liberty Hill Farm Rochester, VT

Liberty Hill Farm in Rochester, VT is a beautiful old farm tucked into the east side of the Green Mountains. Bob and Beth run this dairy farm and B&B. It was hit hard by Hurricane Irene but like true Vermonters they bounced back and are in top form.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sunset Clouds

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Sometimes I find myself in the perfect spot to capture a moment. This sunset sketch was not planned. The sky did its dance as I grabbed my sketchbook. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Catching the Breeze

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On this warm day in South Bristol the Damariscotta River was full of sailboats. They were sailing in big lazy zig zags up and down the river. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Meadows and Pines

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Out on Drakes Island there are wide open meadows sprinkled with pines.  The grasses are golden and rust colored in early spring.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Full Sail

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The Damariscotta River in midcoast Maine is a lovely place to sail on a lazy summer day. I was painting in South Bristol on a warm afternoon when I spied this elegant boat sailing down the river to the ocean.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Maine: Pink Granite and Salt Water

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Every year in late spring and early summer I paint in Acadia National Park. I love the rugged wild coastline of the Schoodic Peninsula where the sea, rocks and pines rule.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

At the Dock

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Docks are located all along York River on its way to the harbor. Some of the lobstermen sell their freshly caught lobsters right off their docks. The lobster is so fresh and the price is great ! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Two Boats

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Most of the docks are empty in early spring at York Harbor. A working lobster boat and a covered sail boat are the only boats at the dock.

Strawberry Island

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Strawberry Island is a tiny island off the coast of Kennebunk, Maine.  At low tide you can walk out to the island on a natural bridge of stones.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rocks and Seaweed

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The rocky outcroppings along the Maine coast are covered in seaweed below the high tide mark. When the tide is low hundreds of rocky ledges appear edged in warm rich colorful seaweed. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Perkins Cove, Maine

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The Marginal Way links the village of Ogunquit to Perkins Cove with a high path along the edge of the water.  When you stand in Perkins Cove you can look north up the rocky coast to Ogunquit. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Rockport Sails

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Rockport has a small cozy harbor.  On this spring day it was bustling with activity as the sail boats were launched joining the lobster boats that worked all winter.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Harbor at Rockport Maine

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As the weather warms up the sail boats are taken out of winter storage and returned to their summer moorings.  New sails are installed and the boats are readied for the summer season. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rocky Coast of Maine

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Exploring the rocky coast of Maine is a delight.  Around every corner is a new view of craggy ledges with tidal pools full of little sea creatures.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rockland Maine Lobster Pots

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All along the coast of of Maine there are little bays and inlets filled with lobster pots. If your timing is right you can see the lobster men arrive at the coves to take the lobsters from their traps.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

York Harbor Maine

Before the weather warms up only a few lobster boats are moored in York Harbor. The harbor fills up with pleasure boats as soon as the warm sunny days are here to stay.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ogunquit Marginal Way

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The cliff walk along the rocky coast in Ogunquit, Maine is a favorite of thousands of visitors.  One can walk along the cliffs above the crashing surf and view the perfect Maine coastline.

Rachel Carson, Kennebunk Maine

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Spring is arriving in Southern Maine.  The marshes are alive with the songs of millions of birds as they pause for a rest on their way north to their summer homes. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Maine Farm and Fields

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This is a favorite farm of mine. It is one of the last few working farms in a small town in southern Maine where there were once hundreds of farms. Now the landscape has returned to woodlands. 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Maine Spring Farm

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As the snow melts off the fields in southern Maine the fields show their golden colors. The tree buds are fat and red ready to burst.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Eagle Lake Acadia National Park

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Eagle Lake is a shimmering blue jewel tucked in the rolling green hills of Acadia. The view from Cadillac Mountain is breath taking.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Blue HIll Overlook

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Acadia National park is a Maine treasure. The beauty of high cliffs, crashing waves and distant vistas are a delight to behold.  From top of Mount Cadillac you can watch the sun set over  Blue Hill and Frenchman Bay

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mousam River Marshes

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The Mousam River flows from Mousam Lake up in the hills of Emery Mills down to the ocean at Kennebunk . There along the ocean the river flows through marshes that spread out in all directions. The views of sky and water are spectacular.  

Monday, March 5, 2012

Maine: Emery Mills

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The ice is thawing on Mousam Lake in Emery Mills.  The reflection of the pines on the open water is a beautiful contrast to the melting sheet of ice still rimming the shore.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Maine: Salt Ice Low Tide Kittery

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At low tide the plates of ice on the edge of the river break up and lie scattered on top of the mud. When the tide rises the water travels back up the creeks and the ice floats in like pieces of a puzzle. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Island in Piscatisqua

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The Piscatisqua River forms the southern border between Maine and New Hampshire. In late winter the trees and shrubs are becoming more colorful. The snow, ice and salt water are a nice contrast to the greens and burnt siennas.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Maine: Rachel Carson Wells Harbor

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The road to Wells Harbor goes right through the center of the marshes. This marsh is part of the Rachel Carson preserve.  Along the coast of Maine there are miles of Rachel Carson marsh lands preserved for wild life. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Maine: Milton Mills

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When we  were out scouting for painting locations with open water one afternoon we drove into the sleepy little town of Milton Mills. It is on the border of Maine and New Hampshire.  A small rushing river and a mill pond are what is left of industry there. The river is the border between the two states.