Thursday, June 30, 2011

Young Artist

I was out at Parsons Beach yesterday working on my marsh series...when I heard a voice near my elbow ask. "Do you always draw before you paint?" 

When I looked up there was a thoughtful boy wrapped in a big red towel.  He'd noticed me sketching...A good habit I've gotten into that helps me see the subject matter better and helps me make choices...
Willy draws all the time. He especially like whales and the ocean. 
He said he can draw but painting isn't so isn't that something the rest of us can relate to?  
I told him if he keeps at it by the time he's 17 he'll be really good!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Maine Plein Air Surprise

While driving around Wells Harbor checking out the views and looking for Maine plein air painters...

.... I spotted a guy painting way out on the walk way...I went over to say hello...

Heck !  It was Erik Minzner !

What a delight ! I know Erik thru FB and this is my first 3D my own neighborhood!

Erik has the new rollsroyce of easels... a gloucester style designed easel named the "Stapleton Kearns" and made by "Take-it-Easel " hand made in Vermont. He gave me a guided tour of all its great features.

His slim 16 x 20 paint kit and palette sits on top of the cross braces. 

He carries the rest of his gear in a basic tool carrier.

What a strong sleek beauty!

The great new Eric Tobin designed feature - really handy.

And of course because Erik's a big guy he has a big umbrella...a solar beach umbrella that he clamps on to the easel.  A great set up for a painter who gets out there to paint. 
When my cheap gloucester copy wears out I'll definitely get one of these !

Friday, June 17, 2011

Read it on the streets of NYC !

Since September 2010 my blog is published by the international media company Epoch Times. Every week my blog appears in their online edition
Once a month the NYC edition publishes a print version of my blog.

 My editor and copy editor are great ! 
Here is my editors choice for this month. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Plein Air at Wolfe's Neck

Two plein air paintings I did at Wolfe's Neck Farm are for sale this week at the farm.

 Early Summer Tide
OIl on panel 10x28 

Grazing at Sunset 
Oil on panel 9x12

To buy now contact : Wolfe's Neck Farm
....or you can attend the Art Fest and take part in the SILENT AUCTION on June 18th.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Wind on the Nubble

Yesterday at the Nubble the wind was tearing and the surf was pounding. It got so cold I put on my wool gloves. I felt fine until the mist came in sideways and everything got totally soaked...still got a painting in!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Extreme Painting

Plein air Magazine has a feature called Extreme Painting.
.  My good friend Jane Ramsey came up to Maine last November to paint with me.  She had never been to Maine I took her all over to paint in as many locations as we could in 4 days. She took my picture while I was painting in strong winds on Parsons Beach. She sent it in to the magazine. They published it this month - what a surprise !

Thank you Jane!