Thursday, July 31, 2014



12x9 unframed oil on museum quality gessobord
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I have fully explored two peninsulas in Maine
St. George and Cushing/Friendship

Lobster boats experience heavy use in all kinds of weather
They are built well but there is an

Can be rebuilt! 
Being refurbished
Trawlers (draggers) no longer used due to fishing changes

There are so many aspects of fishing/shrimping/lobstering that support Maine.  Additionally 40% of all jobs are in there service industry....we tourists/painters love to eat fresh-off-the-boat lobster,

Wednesday, July 30, 2014



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How can one spend only 15 days in Maine
 allegedly for the purpose of painting when there is so much to see and do
  Add in a dose of dealing with the guilt of NOT painting everyday.
very time consuming

 Best solution
 Do it over next year and schedule ten weeks instead
 Anybody in with me on this

Yes, I need your response

You can see how the lobsta' men's buoys
keep on working
the buoys years on the sea

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Yes, I painted today....plein air....the scene above....
the painting study was a scraper...

Perhaps I spent a bit too much time talking to the returning lobstermen. Some leave Friendship, home to one of Maine's most active lobster fleets at 4 AM, others maybe later. One person suggested the boat that suddenly blocked my view for my painting study would leave again tomorrow at 6 AM.

The predawn of Friendship sounds like a zoo at feeding time as boats are revved up and men yell across the water to one another. Using GPS, fog and dark are no enemy.

 In fact one lobsterman told me the sea and his over 500 traps and their locations are as familiar to him as his own bedroom. This man is aging and told me the traps weigh the same as when he was younger, but now they are heavier. I understand. The old toothless character told me lobstering hasn't changed much since his grandfather's day...just a few more toys of technology.  He still listens to the morning radio report with one weather eye on the set of the sea and the cast of the day.   Why oh why didn't I think to photograph this man?  

So "year after year,  he harvest the sea on his rounds, unburdened by the need to till or fertilize his ocean pastures....    Any Maine lobsterman will tell you that lobstering spoils a man for any other way of life."  (from the book Night Train at Wiscasset Station, An Unforgettable Portrait of Maine and Its People)

Just a scraper study...value and hue too far off

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ANDREW WYETH- "Christina's World"

Andrew Wyeth and "Christina's World"

What a wonderful first two days in Maine!  I spent hours at the Olson House, the subject of numerous works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including Christina's World, 1948.  Wyeth's series of drawings, watercolors and tempera paintings featuring Christina Olson, her brother Alvaro and the house itself, occupied Wyeth from 1939 through 1968.
Wyeth expressively documented life on the isolated, saltwater farm in many of his works.  He said, "In the portraits of that house, the windows are eyes or pieces of the soul almost.  To me, each window is a different part of Christina's life".  
Look at my photographs to see the hill up which Wyeth watched Christina crawl because a disability prevented her from walking.  See Wyeth's grave, 2009, where he chose to the Olson family gravesite, descendants of the Hathorn family.  The Hathorn's settled the saltwater farm in 1743.  They  were seafarers and shipmasters.

On my second day in Maine I spent hours at the Farnsworth Art Museum where many of the three generations of Wyeth artists (NC, Andrew and Jamie) works are on display.  
Andrew's home is across the cove from my cottage.  It is a beautiful home with an awesome boat anchored in the cove. Though he died five years ago, the family still owns the house.  To the left of the house and in a cleared opening is another Wyeth home, one of Andrew's relative.

Olson House

Christina's Kitchen Window

Christina's Kitchen Window from the Interior

Andrew Wyeth's grave and tombstone

The hill up which Christina crawled in the painting
Christina's World

Garden Shed on Broad Cove, my home for two weeks

Monday, July 21, 2014



Patchwork Fields in France
9x12 oil on gessobord
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France is a gorgeous country.
The Lot Region is a farming area with many small quaint towns, rolling hills and patchwork fields.
I painted in the hot sun, 

getting a well earned farmer-tan,
 looking out across fields and valleys. 
Sheep came up to the fence three times to visit me
 and eat while one sheep piled next to the other. 

 "Give each other room", I called.



 I'm in France  Wrong language

Then the "sheep head" bleated and off they ambled for 

greener pastures

still stuck to one another

Thursday, July 17, 2014



Ripening Lavender, Lherm, France
9x12, unframed oil on gessobord
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The lavender fields in the Lot Region of France are small but exquisite.  The owners are expats and started these fields after visiting similar fields in New Zealand.  Their story and website is interesting.  DreamaTollePerry took her "June Painting France" participants to visit these fields.  Though there wasn't time enough for me to paint oil en plein air, I painted a watercolor postcard while there.  Since I am not a watercolorist, I am not showing my attempt.  No, honest, you don't want to see it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014



"Village Charm"
12x12 oil on gessobord
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Frayssinet is such a charming village
 I thought I would tell you just a bit more about this little town in which I stayed for ten days.

Just across the street plus a bit is the old medieval catholic church, which you can see it center in the photo just below and the last photo as well.
Church bells ring every hour and half hour 24/7.
It is a delightful sound, something one quickly comes to love.

The foreground of the photo below is the artists lodging, Le Vieux convent, a 17th century convent.
(Le Vieux means old)   See third photo as well.

The town is situated on a hill with the lower part of the village being the town center.
The hike to the top is strenuous but every step is scenic.

One stone building is adjacent to the next.
 Around the edges of the tiny community is farming, with fields in colorful patchwork.

Sunday, July 13, 2014



France is an amazing country, romantic and beautiful.  
In the Lot Region, the hills roll and twist as they follow river valleys. 
 Honestly, everywhere you look, is a scene worthy of painting.  
During our artists' 10 day retreat with DreamaTollePerry (not a workshop), 
we took in as much as we possibly could.  
Except for two days, we visited quaint villages near our home 
base in tiny Frayssinet, 
a village of fewer than 300 souls. 
I painted everyday, either watercolor postcards or in my watercolor journal
 or a larger oil painting. 
"Rural Life in France" was a hike of about 1/2 mile from the artist compound.  My load was heavy, carrying paints, easel, and all other necessary equipment.  I didn't tire; the anticipation was great. 

 I have so much more to share!
Rural Life in France
12 x 12 unframed oil on gessobord
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Frayssinet, France Village Scene

Ten days painting in France has been a dream come true...a long-time desire I may be able to cross off my bucket list.  Every oil painting completed in France was done in plein air (fresh air).  Without my easel umbrella (which I sorely missed) I got a lovely tan.  Additionally many people stopped along the roads where I painted to tell me how beautiful my paintings were.  I felt so encouraged as most of you know I am a creature of comfort and love being near a refrigerator, computer, and away from the constantly moving sun.  I gave myself two hours to complete a painting....didn't always work, so by the time three hours passed, I had a different light.  Fortunately I knew early on to establish my light and shade so usually I was fine.  

DreamaTollePerry and her husband Ron set up this "Paint France with Dreama" event, not a workshop, but still held many opportunities to learn.  We visited many quaint towns and I have hundreds of awesome photographs, enough to last me quite a while.
Plein Air Painting
8x8 oil on gessobord
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