Saturday, July 20, 2024

#481 • Swans Island Walk


It was a rare sunny day and on our way down east we stopped off for a night in Swans Island. We rowed ashore for a quick walk out to the lighthouse after suppah to stretch our sea legs. The temps had moderated a bit and the flying bitey bastards hadn’t come out yet. You have to pick your windows of opportunity.


I saw this and immediately a scene so typically Maine island that I had to do a sketch on my iPad before I forgot the feeling.

NFS

Thursday, July 18, 2024

#480 • Fog In the Thorofare

 

Hopefully fog is on break for a while out there in the water. Been a busy spring and early summer playing in it. It's almost impossible to stay on course when you're in it unless all eyes stay put on the compass or GPS. But before it fully engulfs it can be fascinating to watch move around.

Making our way across Penobscot Bay, we had just come out of the fog in the Fox Island Thorofare. I looked behind us and saw a finger drifting across to Southern Harbor. Sketched it out on my iPAd. 

NFS

Sunday, July 7, 2024

#479 • Moods on the Coast

 

A fan sent me an email hoping that I had not expired because I had not posted a weekly painting since winter. I confess it was because I was busy with work and having too much fun skiing in between.

I don't paint while I'm on the boat. Sailing is a full time job. Besides, summer for me is time to get out there and explore the landscape for those magical thoughts that only appear when you're not thinking. I also take a lot of photos for winter time inspiration. Sometimes I even paint what I capture though there's no way I ever compete with Mother Nature.

So I use my iPAD to jot down thoughts. It's fun and easy and there's no clean-up, another issue when you're trying to conserve water. These are a couple of different moods I encounter out there, and there certainly have been many.

NFS

Thursday, February 15, 2024

#478 • City Sledding


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Here's hoping that all those city kids out there get a big enough dump to take off from school and into the wild blue yonder on high flying sleds. And if they don't have one handy, do what we did when we were kids and let them grab anything that floats on snow. Good luck, have fun, and scare the hell out of your parents - or at least remind them of their wild and crazy childhoods when sledding was freedom from everything!

City Sledding• 8" x 8" acrylic framed to 12" x 12" • $275

Friday, December 29, 2023

#477 • Hopeful Again

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So we didn't get the snow for Christmas. up here in Maine. The world didn't get peace again and I didn't get a Mercedes. 

So Christmas was brown here - but it probably snowed somewhere - we just weren't specific enough. World peace is, well, out there somewhere, we just need to grasp the concept in our hearts. But we have to open our hearts before that happens. And my Prius with 150,000 miles on it is still running like a charm (knock on wood), so who needs a brand new Mercedes anyway.

A long time ago I decided to adhere to a Stones lyric that says:

You can't always get what you want

You can't always get what you want

You can't always get what you want ( think this is said three times because we don't seem to get it on the first two tries. Some of us still don't get it)

But if you try sometimes, well, you might find

you get what you need

Ah, yeah

Hopeful Again • 8" x 8" acrylic framed to 12" x 12" • $275

Monday, December 18, 2023

#476 • It Will Snow Again

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Don't despair you bumming skier

it will snow again. 

It happens every year,

now and then.

 

And though it's hard to imagine a time

when we are skiing a sugar white slope

it will snow and the sun will shine

so tune your skis, imagine and hope!

Saturday, December 9, 2023

#475 • Carvers Harbor Holiday Card Possibility

 
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I saw these two boats last summer in Carvers Harbor out on Vinalhaven Island and thought to myself, someone who lives out there year 'round really needs to make them into a holiday greeting card. It's perfect and totally the real Maine.

Carvers Harbor Holiday Card Possibility • 8" x 8" acrylic framed to 12" x 12" • $275

 

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