Sunday, May 6, 2018

First in Swimmers Series - In Progress

I am inspired to start a new series in oil that captures the wonderful feeling of summer and childlike playfulness. This first painting is a challenge, as I am in the throes of understanding the way the water refracts the sunlight, causing interesting lines and shapes on my subjects.  My two lovely models are two of my three sisters, and I have chosen to paint them in vintage 50's swimsuits.   

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Buoy Shack
16x20" acrylic
on 2" gallery-wrapped canvas
This buoy covered shack is a famous landmark located on Bailey Island in Harpswell, Maine.  Bailey Island is home to beautiful Mackerel Cove, which affords many sightings of boats, fishing villages and the rocky Maine coastline.
This one proved to be a challenge for me.  After 5 different skies and several redo's in other places, I am finally happy with the result.  I really liked the scene and composition so I didn't want to give up on it.  Although oil has its own challenges, it may have been easier to use in this case.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

On the Easel...

I chose this scene from among the photos I took this summer while traveling up the coast of Maine.  Although I am liking the way it's turning out so far, it hasn't been an easy process, as I have had some artist's block/struggle on this one.  I joke to myself that I should title it "The Fourth Sky" since in this case, the fourth time's a charm!  Stay tuned... we will see if I can finish this one without any more problems!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Commissioned Horse Paintings

Jewell                             Arabella
Two 11x14 inches
on 2 inch gallery wrapped canvas
These beautiful horses were the subject of my latest commission.  People who own and love their pets know how much joy that an animal can bring to one's life. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mini Art Journal

I created this mini art journal as a sample for my journaling workshop. Its always fun to choose a favorite subject in nature and study it up close - kind of like discovering "a world in a grain of sand."


Friday, February 9, 2018

Art Journal Pages


As I teach a course on visual journaling, I am turning out a few pages/covers along with my adult students.  While visual journaling is a lot of fun, it is also a great way to de-stress.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Warm January day at Hampton State Beach, NH

Even with a grey winter sky, it was warm and beautiful - horses and dogs all over the beach. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

26 Seconds

26 Seconds
mixed media
        UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) estimates that every 26 seconds, a child is trafficked into slavery, many of whom are trafficked into the sex slave trade.  This is a tragedy beyond comprehension that our present generation is witness to.  Many of us wonder how we can help - how we can possibly make a difference.  One way is to support organizations that rescue these children out sexual slavery and then protect, restore and empower them to live healthy, productive lives. 
        One such organization that is close to my heart is Destiny Rescue. One of their latest fund-raising projects is called "Her Red Shoes" - you can read the story behind the infamous red shoes and the little girl they belonged to HERE    Since January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, it is a good time to think about how we can help.
Check out Destiny Rescue at

Her Red Shoes...


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Evening Feeding

16x12" acrylic
on 2" gallery-wrapped canvas
These three horses are rescues at Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH.  The two mustangs on the left were rescued as 6 week-old foals when they were separated from their mothers during a controversial round-up in New Mexico.  Because they were tiny foals, they weren't worth their weight in freight to ship to the meat rendering factory and left in the desert to die. For a month, they were too sick and weak to travel, but eventually arrived at the farm, where they were cared for. That was several years ago, but now they are healthy and well and have been given Navajo names (Ayasha and Enapay). The paint horse (Kieli) was born here at the farm as a result of a PMU pregnancy, and is considered one of the farm's horses.
I am happy to be able to help raise aid for Live and Let Live Farm, as they are a great example of caring and kindness to our animal friends.

Monday, January 15, 2018



11x14" acrylic
on 2" gallery wrapped canvas
This painting is another that will go into the All Creatures Great and Small Art Show to benefit Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH.  The horses (Nico on the left and Neptune on the right) are two that were recently rescued and are enjoying a good life now at the farm.  After reading about the companionship these two horses have found in each other since being rescued, I came across this scene in a reference photo.  I recognized this interaction as a moment of solace between two creatures who have lived through hard things...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Swimming Lab

16x12" acrylic on canvas
This painting is one of the ones headed to the All Creatures Big and Small Art Show (March 2018)  to benefit Live and Let Live Farm.  Live and Let Live Farm is a non-profit run by volunteers who rescue, rehabilitate and care for abused and abandoned animals, as well as find forever homes for them. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Art Journal page - mixed media

I am beginning a journey in mixed media and practicing impressionism within the pages of an art journal.  I enjoy my painting process, but sometimes I am so taken with the impressionistic work of others that my throat aches due to the longing to be able to create a sense of something rather than a replica of something. 
Here is a page I did the other night.  It is of my daughter and her dog when we went to the beach one unusually warm winter day a few years ago.  I painted watercolor and acrylic washes together (never before have I tried that!) with little regard to the outcome and kept manipulating them and layering texture over them to create this scene.  The process was a little like being on a reckless ride down a hill, where you feel you're going to fall any moment. I didn't care when it looked terrible and seemed wrecked - I just kept painting the feeling I got from that evening on the beach.  It was quite fun.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Art to benefit Live and Let Live Farm, Chichester, NH

Summer Field
14x11" acrylic on canvas
This painting was so fun to create.  I decided to loosen up and paint partly what I saw and partly what I felt using a large flat brush.  This is one of the paintings that will be for sale at the Art Show to benefit Live and Let Live Farm in March, 2018.  This painting was based on one of their rescues, "Patton"; but I decided to place him in a beautiful, sunny field instead of the trailer he was standing by in the photo.
This organization does amazing things to help and care for animals of all sorts, who have been abandoned or abused.  Come out to the show or donate if you can.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Beginning an Art Journal: A New Year Reflection

Since I am teaching a workshop on visual journaling in a couple of weeks, I was inspired to engage in the journaling process myself.   The art of visual journaling is also the art of mindfulness, where one engages in reflection without a plan and without fear of making mistakes.
This piece contains three phrases I wrote out and pinned to the corkboard above my drawing table several years ago.  I pinned them there for inspiration as I began the whirlwind adventure of pursuing my art while earning two degrees and working as a single parent.
Perhaps this journal page will be inspiration for someone else who is beginning new challenges.

Monday, December 18, 2017

O Holy Night

12 x 16"
mixed media
"O Holy Night" is one of my many favorite Christmas carols.  I really didn't have a plan when I started this one.  Sometimes I kind of see what I want to do beforehand, and then carefully plan it out.  This time, I just did what came to mind each step of the way; so even though there were a few times that I thought I would toss it, I just let it keep developing despite the decisions that I thought had possibly ruined it. 
Despite the loose style of calligraphy and lack of much else to illustrate it but the angel, I like the result. The message of the carol is emphasized, which is most important, after all. I added quite a bit of gold and silver paint to this piece, which makes the original one of those which will rival any print that represents it.
Details that show the metallic accents

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Luminous Blues

Luminous Blues
20 x 20 inches
Acrylic on canvas
Don't these two boats look inviting?  I chose to paint this scene because I liked how the boats just glowed with the brilliant hues of cobalt blue. I decided to crop the painting so that the angles of the dock and boats played off of the dark reflections in the negative space of the surrounding water.   I just want to step into this sun-soaked scene and drift off in one of these little boats.
This painting will be available in the "Deck the Walls Holiday Show" at the NHAA Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.  (Nov 29 - Dec 30, with Opening Night on Friday December 1st)

Monday, November 13, 2017

NHTI Press


Library Exhibit Celebrates Coastal Life

     This month, the NHTI Library Gallery presents "Coastal Life: Boats and Harbors of Maine and New Hampshire," by NH artist Christine Blain.
     Christine writes, "Fishermen sorting their catch. Sunlight glistening on water. A sleepy harbor wrapped in fog. These subjects have captivated me for as long as I can remember.
     "I am equally intrigued by the coastal light and weather, feeling constantly motivated and challenged to capture its mood with my paintings. Whether it is the fleeting moment of a brilliant reflection or a rain-swept, stormy sea, I seek to celebrate the beauty of coastal life."
     Learn more about Christine at

A Little Boat, A Little Sunshine
by Christine Blain
"Sometimes the simplest subjects
can be so intriguing

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Long-term project

Today I am embarking on an art piece that I will likely pick up and put down many times before it is complete.  My goal is to have it complete no later than one year from now, on the annual day of prayer for the persecuted church.  Here is a literal peek over my shoulder, as I begin the planning that has been being pieced together in my brain over the past few months.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Old Glory

Old Glory
24 x 18 inches
on 2 inch-thick, gallery-wrapped canvas
This painting will be on display during my NHTI solo show
November 2 - December 7.

 The light is key in this painting.  From the bright line designs cast on the schooner, to the illuminated light coming through the flag, to the tangle of reflections in the water - the light competes for center stage with the large flag. While working on this painting, I kept thinking of the term "Old Glory" so I looked up the history of the term. 
I was fascinated to find out that it referred to a flag that was flown on a ship before the Civil War that then became a source of contention and a symbol of Union loyalty throughout the war. Its owner, sea captain William Driver, from Salem, Massachusetts, relocated to Nashville, Tennessee just before the war.  Despite his southern wife and relatives, his defiance of flying it made national news.  The story of what happened to the flag thereafter is very interesting. 
This schooner in the painting was designed in 1926 for a Yarmouth, Massachusetts man and was renamed the Olad after the Great Depression.  It left the cold waters of New England to become a charter boat in the Caribbean for a while, carrying Walter Cronkite and others who needed a break from city life on sojourns down there.  In the 1960's, it returned to New England and it's home port is now Camden, Maine. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

nhmagazine event ad for solo show

New Hampshire Magazine

Coastal Life: Boats and Harbors of Maine and New Hampshire


Nov 2, 2017 to Dec 7, 2017
12:00 PM