I can get so caught up in my commission work that I forget to carve out time to paint on a larger scale. I decided in January I would do more sizeable paintings and this is the first one (of hopefully many). I have a folder of favorite photos that I took for reference and this scene and moment was so special. It’s from an Autumn trip I took to Vinalhaven a few years back with my bicycle, paints and a backpack. I explored so much of the island over that 4 day stretch and one evening I decided to seek out sunset rock. I peddled towards the sunset and stumbled across the magical scene with this incredible light. Pinch me! Such joy to witness moments like this and then to get to make them live on. 🙂
I hope you had a nice snow day yesterday–I certainly did. There is something so magical about a snow day–the quiet and the wind, the beauty, the birds at the feeder, that feeling that you are stuck inside a snow globe–it’s so fun (at least in early February it is). I love going out in a snow storm and coming back inside with rosy cheeks, invigorated from the cold and ready to be cozy with a mug of tea or cocoa. I even enjoy the shovelling, although those few inches of the sugar sleet we got on top of the fine snow were a little crazy. Here’s a little winter morn from the Eastern Prom that captures the peacefulness of a post-snow storm morning. Enjoy & be well! XOXO
I had this post ready on Friday but didn’t post it … DOH! So here it is now. Hoper you had a cozy weekend!
Yesterday was the full moon and I didn’t get a chance to see it, although I could feel it through a restless night’s sleep. I woke up thinking about the many gorgeous moon skies I have witnessed over the past year and I decided to paint one of them. Here’s a little sunset moon sky as seen from my paddleboard on Lake Champlain over the Summer. Such a treat. And if I’m lucky, I will catch another gorgeous moon tonight–now that the skies have cleared. Be well, friends. xo
FYI: I did catch the moon on Friday night on my way home from the pottery studio & it was beautiful! Hope you caught it too. 🙂
A little more cheer and joy for you today from a summer scene in Acadia National Park. I took the Park Loop early one morning last Summer and just soaked up some of the coastal magic. You can’t beat the roses, the sand and that quintessential Maine coastline. I love it so much.
Wishing you peace & light today! xox
Happy 2021 to you! I’ve been thinking about you & have been meaning to post for some time now, but for various reasons I just could not make it happen. Hopefully I am back at it now.
Here’s a bright little piece that makes my heart happy! Field of Joy is done from a visit to Lane’s Island Preserve on Vinalhaven. This place is simply breathtaking and awe-inspiring, and I thought it’d be a good way to kick off the first post of a new year … so here you have it! 🙂
I had a very busy commission season in December (THANK YOU for your orders)! I think I did close to 40 holiday paintings this year … phew … most to them pet portraits, but not all. Some of the commissions I got a jump on early in the season and many I did in December (thanks to all of the procrastinators out there, like myself). I always enjoy the long December days in the studio, playing the role of Santa’s helper. 🙂 Here are a few of the holiday pieces I got to paint.
As we entered a new year, I needed some time to regroup from all of the holiday painting and just the weight of last year. Geez, it was a heavy year. And despite the new date and the hope that a new leader brings, 2021 hasn’t been easy either, but I have so much to be grateful for and I find beauty and joy in my surroundings–I hope the same holds true for you. I know so many people are hurting right now and I just want to send out much love, light, peace and virtual hugs! Oh, how I miss hugs! Be well. xoxo
Here’s another little painting from my summer visit to Bar Harbor. On this particular morning I watched the sun rise from the top of Cadillac Mountain & then headed down to town where I was able to walk across the sand bar to Bar Island. The morning light was gorgeous & the Bar Island shoreline was just popping with rocks and seaweed. Such a special view looking over to one of the porcupine islands.
Thinking of you! xox Hope you are well & safe! xox
I took a trip up to Acadia National Park in late June and haven’t really done much painting yet from my visit. I decided to spend a little time revisiting my MDI excursions over the weekend–so much beauty, so much inspiration. Here’s a scene from an early morning walk along the Shore Path … the pink granite cliffs, the coastal pine trees & that morning light. Lucky me! 🙂
I meant to write a Thanksgiving post yesterday, but I never got around to it and instead just enjoyed a low key day that included a quiet walk with friends, a tasty vegan meal at home (complete with pumpkin pie & ice cream), snuggles with critters and some tv watching. I hope you had a nice, safe and delicious day as well. xox
I took some time out to reflect on the many gifts in my life, despite the difficult year we have all faced. There is so much to be grateful for today and every day. The little things really matter and I like taking a lesson in gratitude from our pets … they show up every day and give us their best. They live in the moment and appreciate everything. They are such great role models. I am thankful for them and for you! Here’s a painting of a cutie retriever smiling over his shoulder, and this piece is up for grabs. 🙂
As a member of the Society for East End Arts, I am participating in their virtual “Art on the Hill” sale this year and am offering 10% off paintings in my shop through December 6th (this excludes pet portraits & commission work). Use coupon code SEASALE2020 when checking out to get the discount. Shop with all of the amazing artists at www.seaportland.org & on social media @sea.portland.
I needed a little boost today & this scene looking down into Carvers Harbor fit the bill. Happy islands, lobster boats, houses, trees & pops of color are just what I needed. I hope you like them too!
I took the long way home from the chiropractor’s office yesterday afternoon to enjoy the Eastern Prom and the view of the Casco Bay Islands. The weather was phenomenal and the afternoon light with the lingering autumn glow, exquisite. November afternoon’s like this feel so luxurious, and we have another one today. Such a treat!
I’m still in a post election haze–I had no idea how much of weight I had been carrying and now I am feeling a slow release of pressure. Walks on the Eastern Prom on gorgeous, warm fall days certainly make everything brighter. Hope you get a nice walk in too!