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.