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!


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
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
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
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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wheat Field

10.5x8" watercolor
This watercolor painting is of a wheat field, with its long, curving rows reaching
up toward the horizon.  I love the way the farmland looks when all you can see is land and sky. It's almost as if, in childlike exuberance, you feel that you could run
up to that hilltop and touch the sky.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

16x20" watercolor, 2016
Modern-day slavery is a real issue that often goes unthought of in our everyday lives.
While there are several organizations around the world fighting to end this tragedy,
 one that is near to my heart is Destiny Rescue
This international organization strives to rescue and restore the lives of children
trapped in sexual slavery around the world. 
This original painting hangs in the Destiny Rescue New England office
 Destiny Rescue New England / Boston 
but 16x20 prints can be purchased through emailing me (contact tab at top of web page) and 100% of the profits from this print go back to Destiny Rescue.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Beach Play

11x14" oil on 2" gallery wrapped canvas
(added to shop 6/17)
I really enjoyed the process of painting this beach scene of
my niece playing in the sand when she was little. The oil paint is so lovely to blend
and allows for a fresh, painterly feel.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

On the Easel

I decided to work in oil for this painting and I am LOVING the process.... 
I typically work in acrylic and have avoided oil because of the fumes of having
to use paint thinner as a flow agent and the fact that I seem to get the oil paint
on everything I own once I open a tube.  After seeing the difference and having the ability to blend without the paint drying out in 2 seconds.... I may never go back to acrylic.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Testing out the Pool

9x12" acrylic on Ampersand gessoboard
 I enjoy the simplicity of this composition, along with the bright colors and variety of lines.
This is a painting of my youngest son, who enjoys being poolside
 with his cousins in the summer.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Book Arts: Flag Book Seasons and Months of the Year

I enjoyed exploring the book arts while I made this flag book for one of my sisters.
This sister of mine loves to take long walks in all seasons of the year,
so I thought it appropriate to create a book that showcased all the months of the year
with watercolor illustrations and corresponding poems on the back of each page.