Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Heading up the Maine Coast

Every summer, I set aside a day to explore the Maine coast. 
I typically aim for a certain part of the coast, and then I drive around looking for interesting places to stop and snap reference photos for future paintings. Tomorrow, I am leaving in the dark of early morning to hopefully catch some views of fishermen leaving the small, out-of-the-way ports of mid-coast, Maine. I love the historical feel of the working ports, with the generations of lobstermen and fishermen continuing as they always have.  Much of the traditional fishing industry in Maine has survived for centuries, and the customs and rural areas along the sea have changed very little over the years.        


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Coastal Views

Took an afternoon off and went up the coast...
 
Nubble Light, York, Maine
 
Badger's Island, Maine
 
Portsmouth, NH
 
my beach treasures
 
 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Glen's Lobsters Available

 

 

11x11" watercolor,
double matted and framed to 18x18"
 
 
I am posting this painting because it has been professionally framed and is now available in my Etsy shop. This painting of a little lobster shack in Mackerel Cove, Maine is located on beautiful Bailey's Island.  So here's a "shoutout" to Glen - (who might have even made it into the painting!) - your lobster shack and wharf are quintessential "Down East" Maine!
 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Painting Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth Summer
11x9" watercolor
SOLD
I painted this "en plein air" this weekend for the "Wet Paint Event" at the NHAA. 
It was quite an experience sitting in the middle of Market Street, in front of the North Church, to paint with many people watching.    

(detail)
I also painted a fence and beautiful yard of a super nice couple, whose family has lived on Kittery Point for many generations.  The older coupled came out and chatted with me about the history of the place and admired the painting of their fence in the evening light.  Not long after they left, the church bells from the little white church across the street began playing hymns I knew.  I stood there in the evening sun, listening to the bells and the birds and thought about the nice couple with a strong sense of place, and felt like the area was a little bit of paradise. 
 
 12x12" Kittery Point Yard, acrylic
An artist friend took this pic at my first location painting plein air.
 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Surf Art



4.5x4.5" watercolor
 
About a month ago, I took some photos of people surfing along the NH coast. 
I was on a cliff, so I had to zoom in to see the people in the pictures once I loaded them into my computer.  So, from my dark, somewhat blurry images, I caught the gesture of this woman and added bright colors and fun effects.  Happy Summer!
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Evening Light


12x12" acrylic
When given the opportunity to take a break from my coursework for my Masters degree,
 I threw a canvas up on the easel and began painting.  I needed a break from research
and writing and just have fun creating.  This painting was the result of
letting the colors and impression of light become the focus.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Breaking New Grounds, Portsmouth, NH


 9x11" Watercolor
I absolutely love the feel of Portsmouth, NH. 
There are always people walking about and sitting outside in the
old brick Market Square area.  This scene showcases the Breaking New Grounds cafĂ©, which serves delicious, gourmet coffee and baked goods. There often seems to be doggie friends hanging out with their owners in Portsmouth,
so I had to include one in this scene!

details...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pet Portrait

8x10" acrylic on canvas
 
Pets bring us so much joy. 
We carry their memory in our hearts after they are gone and we remember
their sweet little ways and the connection we had with them.
This cute pup was known for thinking he was one of the humans - here he is in a plastic chair pushed up to the table before a summer picnic.  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Child playing at the beach painting

Beach Play
14x11" oil
I just decided to make this painting available!
One of my favorites...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Boats in the Harbor


11x14" watercolor
Click to see in Shop
At first, I decided not to title this one because I thought of repainting this scene, but after some good reception and another look, I see it's worth whether or not I repaint the scene.  


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Maine Lobsterman: Sold

 
 
This painting just sold to a collector in Camden, Maine, and I thought I would write about the day that inspired this quintessential Maine coast scene. 
One beautiful Saturday morning, I invited my mother to join me for a drive up the Maine coast.  We stopped in little harbors here and there along the way so that I could take reference photos for paintings. 
In one harbor, we saw a small fishing boat pass and it stopped right at the dock to unload their catch of lobsters.  I took several photos of the lobstermen, with their fishing overalls and suspenders, unloading their catch.  The scene was so interesting, with the colorful baskets and buckets tipped this way and that, and the bright blue bands of the lobsters catching the morning sun.  Even though it was a modern boat and equipment, there was an aura of Maine tradition and generations past.  I thought of the immense amount of hard work that goes into fishing and yet how people who do this for a living love the sea and the feeling of freedom as they head out of the harbor. I can only imagine that after several generations, it becomes part of one's DNA.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Abstract Fish Design



Copper and Blue Abstract Fish
watercolor
When I went to Florida for a "sister's weekend" a couple of weeks ago,
I found a little time to paint these abstract fish designs.
It was a beautiful 85 degree day as I sat outside in the shade
and just painted from imagination. 
This shadow portrait of one of my sisters and me is a fun memory.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Artist of the Month

Down by the Sea

Christine Blain
Meredith Public Library
May, 2017
 
CLICK  ABOVE LINK
to read blog article and view photos
 
I was honored when I was asked to be the artist of the month at the Meredith Public Library.
For this exhibit, I wanted to focus on the connection between people and the seaside.
We are inspired by water, calmed by water and exhilarated by water. When we take in
the salty air, feel the sand under our feet and hear the crashing waves, we engage in a human experience that focuses on “the moment” while using each of our senses.
Personally, there’s nothing like that feeling I get when I am by the sea.
It is a sense of discovery and childlike happiness that draws me back to it again and again.
 

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sea Glass and Blue Mussels

8x8" watercolor
Click to see in store
While waiting to leave for Florida, I thought I would scatter these blue mussels and sea glass on a plate of sand and paint them.  I'm more than a little excited about trading the blue/black cold North Atlantic for the warm, blue/green waters in the gulf for a few days. These blue mussels seemed an appropriate subject, as not only are they beautiful,
they are only found in the coldest waters.  

Friday, April 7, 2017

Island Girl



 12x12" Oil
on 2" gallery wrapped canvas
 
This painting is of one of my beautiful sisters
 on the white sand beaches of Marco Island.
Sun, surf and sand - some of my favorite things.
 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

In progress...


I'm excited about this painting.  One of my three lovely sisters...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Glass Floats and Maine Buoys

16x12" acrylic
on 2" gallery wrapped canvas
Available this summer season at
Small Wonder Gallery
These colorful glass floats and buoys were so fun to paint.
- I think this one may be my favorite buoy painting yet.
I loved the process of finding the depth and color in the shadows. 
I also like the contrast in this painting. The smooth, shiny buoys
 next to the work-worn buoys and the glowing glass floats
make my eyes travel around this sun-soaked composition.

Friday, March 17, 2017

On the Easel...

The bright colors and interesting shapes of buoys are always fun to paint. 
At this point, only a few are started, and what you may not see in the pencil lines
are 2 glass floats. While studying the glass floats in my photo, I was fascinated by their shadows, and know they will be a challenge to paint.  Glass shadows glow and have great wavy lines through them.  I did a little research on glass floats and their history,
which was pretty interesting.  The fishing floats originated in places like Norway and Japan, and were often washed up on the Pacific coast. Although most records indicate that the U.S started manufacturing them around the 1930's, some have found records that a glass company in Boston was making cod gill fishing floats in the late 1800's. 
Guess we will see how this one turns out!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Horses on the Beach #1 - Art Show to benefit Live and Let Live Farm

 8x10" acrylic on canvas
Available at
Every Creature Big and Small Art Show
Hosted by
Wild Woman Wellness Center
160 Dover Rd, Chichester, NH
Opening Reception 3/24 from 5-7pm
ALL DAY EVENT: 3/25 from 10am - 4pm
This art show is raising money for LIVE and LET LIVE FARM.  This farm is run mainly by volunteers, who put in countless hours of work to save and rehabilitate animals that have been neglected, abused or abandoned.  They have quite a few horses on the farm, and have given these animals a new lease on life.
I am putting several watercolors in the show as well.  Here is a cool horse silhouette.
 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

On the Bluffs

16x16" Oil
on 2" gallery-wrapped canvas
Available this summer season at
Small Wonder Gallery
Camden, Maine
Click here to visit Small Wonder Gallery
 
The coastal topography of Maine has many bluffs and rocky ledges from which
to enjoy the beautiful ocean views.  These houses, built just feet from the cold Atlantic ocean, withstand the harsh Maine winters and strong seasonal storms year after year. 
I sometimes imagine what it must feel like to live in one of these houses and hear a storm coming off the ocean at night while tucked safely in bed or wake up to the scent of salty air and the sound of waves coming through the open window.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Progression of a painting... in progress

I first started out with "imprimatura", which is painting a hue on the whole canvas before painting the scene.  This step helps in bringing out a warm or cool affect on the whole painting.  Since this is a bright, sunny scene, I painting a vibrant hue of cad red and yellow.  These photos show my progression and where I left off for today.




 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Dinghy Dock

16x20" Oil
on 2"gallery-wrapped canvas
SOLD
Small Wonder Gallery
Camden, Maine
 
This one took a while, but I learned a little more about mixing paint to interpret
color and value.  I titled this painting The Dinghy Dock since every harbor
has one or more of these docks, where you will find a similar
kaleidoscope of small boats crowded up together.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Warm Winter day at the Coast


Horses were just leaving when I arrived.  Their hoof prints were everywhere.   
All along the beach, people were out with their dogs.  It was a beautiful February day.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

On the Easel...

I usually like to just look at something and start putting paint on the canvas,
 but not this time. These boats, with their odd proportions and the way they
snug up to the dock required some planning. Using the old fashioned grid method,
I drew this composition onto a large canvas.
 
 
and here is a little progress...
 
I am researching these little boats and am learning a lot about the difference between dinghies, dories and skiffs.  I'm trying to discern if all of these types are included around this dock.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

North Atlantic Fish Houses


16x20" Oil on Canvas
 
As I explore Route 1A along the Maine and NH coast, I often wander
onto different paths, such as this one.  The early morning sun was trying to burn off the coastal fog as I walked alone down this beautiful dirt path. Tiny cottages were on my left and large, flat stones with colorful Adirondack chairs overlooking the ocean were on my right.
After painting this scene, I did some research and found out that these tiny buildings
were once known as "the fish houses" of North Hampton, NH.  There used to be 16 of them, and they were the hub of the local fishermen, who used to bring in their catch of cod and other fish to sell to people who came from far inland in search of fresh fish. The little path that I was walking on was once known as "the winter road to the fish houses."
These historic buildings were often passed down from father to son, and they were used as fish houses for most of the 19th century.  Through the years, there has been court cases involving town and private ownership of the land, and today, the 12 remaining "fish houses"
are mostly used as summer rentals.