Paintings and Prints at DIAA “Distinctive Marks” Show

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I’ll have both paintings and prints in the Deer Isle Artists Association show, Distinctive Marks, starting Tuesday, June 19.  My paintings will all be watercolor (though I am doing oils these days too), and they’re all new.

Like this one:

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Barred Island

All my work for this show will be landscapes. Because they were painted between November and June, the palette ranges from somber to bright.

November Sunset, for example, shows Causeway Beach in (you guessed it) November.  As I recall I painted it just after the furnace went out on a very cold day.

November Sunset, watercolor, 12″ by 16″.

A very long, wet, dreary spring followed our very long winter here in Maine. Only recently did the temperature exceed 70 — and that was in June, for godsake. But suddenly the sky cleared, the sun came out and  the flowers bloomed. Many, many flowers bloomed, and they did it all at once.

So after toiling over a muted palette I wanted to paint something bright and exuberant. I had plenty of scenes to choose from, but I picked one of my favorite views: from Highland Avenue in Stonington, looking down at the harbor.

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Lupine Madness, watercolor, 11.5 by 11.5.

Distinctive Marks is an exhibit of 3-D works, painting, photographs, pottery and sculpture . Also showing work in the Distinctive Marks show will be Emily Brett Lukens. Ron Deprez, Mary Eaton, Steve Ettlinger, Alan Flowers, Stephan Haley, Jill Kofton, Jerry Levitt, Luna Lyman, Julie Meranze-Levitt, Woodley Osborne, Cynthia Stroud-Watson, Maura Tillotson and Alice Wilkinson.

A reception for the artists will be held Sunday, June 24, from 3-5 pm at the DIAA gallery.

The Deer Isle Artists Association, founded in 1972,

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, fiber artists, photographers, ceramicists and other artists.

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Prints for Sale at the Deer Isle Artists Association

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My prints of Deer Isle landscapes are now on sale for $30 at the Deer Isle Artists Association. They’re in the Art Rack at the DIAA’s first exhibit of the season, “In Praise of Hands.”

One print, Allen Cove, appeared in the Island Advantages to promote the show. It sold quickly, but I’ve replaced it with another.

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Allen Cove

In case you’re wondering, Allen Cove is right down the road from my home in Stonington.

You can buy three other prints of Deer Isle scenes — the Lily Pond, Eggemoggin Reach and HIghland Avenue in Stonington. The fourth is for cat lovers:

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Brownie and Gracie.

The DIAA “In Praise of Hands” exhibit supports DIAA’s educational outreach activities. The show includes baskets, ceramics,
fiber, photographs, sculpture, painting and prints.

DIAA will also have postcards, notecards, books and calendars on sale all summer long. They’re all created by member artists.

We host an artists’ reception on the afternoon of Sunday, May 27, from 3-5 at the gallery. The other artists include Betsy Braunhut, Cindy Bourque-Simonds, Pat White, Jill Kofton, David Kofton, David McBeth, Mary Eaton and Carolyn Raedle.

Feel free to stop by if you happen to be on Deer Isle this Memorial Day weekend.

About DIAA

DIAA celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. Members have  opportunities to exhibit new work and be part of a vibrant and supportive group of artists working in various fine art and fine craft media.

We are a community of approximately 100 artists (painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, photographers, fiber artists and more) and patrons interested in the arts. Most of us live in Maine at least part of the year, but there is no residency requirement.

Exhibitions change every two weeks during the summer months and the gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day except Monday.

The gallery is located at 15 Main St., Deer Isle, Maine.

Deer Isle Artists Association Holiday Pop-Up Market

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I’ll have cards and small prints available for sale at the Deer Isle Artists Association Holiday Pop-Up Market on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Winter Sunset

All cards will be 5″ by 7″ and prints will be in 8″ by 10″ mats. Cards are $5 each, while prints will be $18. Proceeds benefit the Deer Isle Artists Association.

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Blue Christmas

The blue Christmas tree above was actually right next to DIAA last year. Wonder if it will be back.

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Christmas Cat

This is Brownie, who was actually pondering an Angry Bird cat toy. I turned it into a Christmas ornament. And I turned Brownie from naughty into nice.

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Cynthia’s Barn

Cynthia’s Barn actually started out as an Instagram post last winter. I am not a plein air snob and often use photos for inspiration.

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On the Hard

I’ve actually painted this image several times. I could do a whole series on Deer Isle boats up on the hard.  But I should probably call this “On the Cold and White Stuff.”

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Skater

We sent this out as our Christmas card last year. It’s an image of a skater I made up from a bunch of photos I took on my lunch hour at the skating rink in front of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. a couple of years ago.  I was probably having a bad day at work. So many of them were.

Winter Sunset is an image of Stonington Harbor from Hagen Dock.  I can walk there from my house. I figure I’m pretty lucky to live here.

So come visit the DIAA gallery on Saturday.  There will also be work by Peter Beerits, Rory Beerits, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Dorothy Doubleday, Mary Eaton, Judith Felch, Susan Finsen, Cathy Hart, Jill Kofton, Diane Maguire Horton, David McBeth, Kaitlyn Metcalf, Carolyn Raedle, Scott Thurston, Maura Tilloston, Francoise Gervais, Gertrude Tarr, Oscar Turner, Linda Wells and Pat White.

We’ll also have holiday treats available, and Candy Eaton is opening the Periwinkle that day right across the street.

12 by 12

Leslie Landrigan will participate in the popular 12 by 12 show, open to all Deer Isle Artist Association members. All work is 12 inches by 12 inches (or 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches) and sells for $144.

The 12 by 12 is the biggest show of the year and starts on July 21, 2017. It runs for two weeks. An artists reception will be held at the gallery on Sunday, July 23, at 5 pm.

Brooksville Farmers Market. Watercolor on 140-lb. paper. 12″ by 12″. $144.

Leslie’s prints will also be available in the art rack during the 12 by 12 show.

Intentional Intersections

The two-week show ‘Intentional Intersections’ featuring Maine artists will start Friday, July 7, at the Deer Isle Artists Association gallery on 15 Main St. in Deer Isle Village.

An artists reception will be held on Sunday, July 9 at 5 p.m.

In addition to Leslie Landrigan, the show will feature work by Peter Beerits, Ron Deprez, Nat Dickinson, Mary Eaton, Judith Felch, Jeri Gillin, Emily Johansen, David McBeth, Alice McKenna, Kaitlyn Metcalf, Katama Murray, Carolyn Raedle, Chris Raphael and Gudrun K. Tarr.

For more information, call 207-348-2330.

The Floating World

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Memorial Day is the official start of summer in Downeast Maine, though that doesn’t mean it’s warm. It was so cold on Friday the Stonington Farmers Market opened with only seven shivering vendors, including me with a fresh batch of frozen seafood pies.

Kim Kral and Bob Gillmor pitch a tent at the Stonington Farmers Market on Saturday.

Wind is the real enemy of the farmers market. Richard Lymburner, who sells plants early and garlic late, lost his tent in a cold blast. Sunset Acres (meat, cheese and greens) didn’t bother to put up a tent, nor did I; I shared with Bob Gillmor, aka Spoon Bob for the wooden spoons he makes. Even with rocks weighting down his tent we had to hang on to it when the wind gusted.

Still, the summer people came and bought a few things. You can tell they’re here because some of them walk down the middle of the street, gazing rapturously at the beauty of coastal Maine. That ticks off the sternmen, who drive even more aggressively than usual on the roads.

Sternmen are young men who make a lot of money working on fishing boats. They’re paid with a portion of the haul. Stonington is the biggest lobster port in Maine; last year, $65.3 million worth of lobster was yanked out of the sea. That’s $343,000 per boat.

The sternmen drive their skiffs the way they drive on the roads. I love to watch them zip across the harbor, leaving a long white wake. One cloudless blue day I noticed one orange skiff breezing into Fish Pier. Since I’m a sucker for blue and orange, I took some pictures and then made a painting.

Driving Home

I called it Driving Home and posted it on Facebook. That prompted a response from my sister who lives in San Francisco:

I’m wanting more orange in the back. Love the reflection of the boat and the wake.

So I replied:

Thanks PK. You raise an interesting point about the orange. I was thinking of a burst of orange against the blue but I could have put some orange elsewhere, perhaps as dots or mixed with blue to make shadows. If I’d put orange in the back it would have brought the background forward and flattened the picture, though I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. The Japanese, you know.

That inspired another suggestion:

What if you put a bit more brown on the roof to ground the background a bit. I don’t know about art, so I’m not sure f it would flatten out the picture. But I do feel that the top left is floating away a bit. I like the pier too!!

So I went to the Deer Isle Artists Association, where the painting hangs next to one by my friend Carolyn Walton. I decided the roof was floating away. But I also decided it didn’t matter.

 

Eight of my paintings are now hanging at the DIAA gallery on Main Street in Deer Isle Village. They’ll be there until June 8 as part of the Make A Detour show. My notecards and postcards are there too. Stop by this Thursday morning (June 1) or Saturday afternoon (June 3) and say hi. I’ll be there peddling art.

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Make a Detour

The two-week  “Make a Detour” exhibit starts on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Deer Isle Artists Association, 15 Main St., Deer Isle, Maine.  Leslie Landrigan will present new watercolor paintings. Also showing will be Woodley Osborne, Chris Raphael, Robert W. Starkey, Carolyn Walton, Chuck Collison, Daniel Hodermarsky and
Katama Murray.

An artists’ reception will be held at 5 pm on Sunday, May 28.

For further information, call 207-348-2330.

Looking for Signs of Spring on Deer Isle

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It’s easy to get obsessed with signs of spring, since there are so few of them here on Deer Isle this year.

It’s May 6, and I’m still wearing wool socks while my friends in metro Washington, D.C., torment me with Facebook images of cherry blossoms and azaleas along with complaints of 90 degree weather.

The Portland Press Herald tries to put a positive spin on the weather forecast:

Enjoy the sun today; we won’t see it for a while

That’s for sure.

Two nice days lie ahead, sandwiched between damp weather patterns.

By ‘damp weather patterns’ they mean several weeks of cold, overcast, rainy, foggy, dreary weather.

You don’t need the news media to forecast the weather here in Stonington. Here’s how to do it, per one of our neighbors:

Today you can’t see the stone. 
Here’s Stonington Harbor on a typical spring day in 2017.

Signs of Spring

Here on Deer Isle the grass did get green, and the occasional crocus and daffodil peek out along the stone walls.

In between rain showers I’ve been outside looking up to find the ultimate signs of spring: those lovely green leaves. I found wonderful things, and I’ve been having a blast posting them on Instagram.

I went a little crazy with the filter on this one:

Buds

This one is from the tree on Pres du Port’s front lawn.

Buds and moss

It was so encouraging to see this tree starting to leaf out a few days ago:

The blue sky didn’t last long

These guys have a little longer to go.

From Dunham Point Road

I took all these photos with my cellphone and altered them with Instagram filters. I think they show that art is as much about seeing as it is about what you do with what you see.

I haven’t abandoned my paintbrushes, though. I’m working on a Stonington streetscape right now for the May 26 ‘Make a Detour’ exhibition at the Deer Isle Artist Association. Hope to see you there!

 

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Oscar and I Hold a Closing Opening Party

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Our Closing Opening started with the salmon. My sister Christen, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, sent Dan and me a honking big smoked salmon for Christmas. We didn’t think we could eat it all before it went bad.

So one day Oscar Turner and I were toiling away at the Deer Isle Artists Association gallery when Hub White stopped by. We joked about how many artists have drawn or painted the Church of the Morning After. We should have an exhibit here and invite the musicians to play at the reception, we joked.

Hell, Oscar and I should have our own closing opening on our last day, we said. We could serve that salmon.

So Oscar and I asked Cindy Bourque-Simonds if we could have a party. We promised up and down to clean the gallery and to get it ready for the ART matters 2 session the next day. Cindy said yes. She’d even bring brownies.

On our last day as artists in residence, Oscar and I cleaned after I finished my painting of Mom and the champion yellow birch. We left our paintings up on the wall.

Most if not all the work Oscar and I finished by our closing opening.

We took some of our stuff home and packed some of it away in the closet. So sad to end our artist-in-residency.

Still, there’d be a party.

We had sent out invitations.

We counted plastic glasses, napkins, paper plates and plastic cutlery hidden away in the DIAA cupboard. Oscar and Diana brought tablecloths, flowers, wine and more hors d’oeuvres.

Dan made little lobster pizzas (we’re hoping to introduce them in grocery stores this summer). I made salmon hors d’oeuvres. Lots of them.

In the end Oscar and I were grateful and happy so many people came out on such a wintry night. Though sometimes I think Deer Isle year-rounders in winter will go anywhere that’s warm, light and contains another mammal or two.

You can go to a party on Deer Isle and not one person will ask you where you work — unlike, say, Washington, D.C. Of course everyone already knows what everyone else does here. Don’t have an affair unless you want everyone to know about it.

Our guests included artists– Buzz Masters, Sarah Doremus, Peter Beerits; Rebecca Daugherty, Deborah Lothrop (aka Blossom’s mom), Maureen Farr, Judy Rader, Katy Helman and Cindy Bourque-Simonds – as well as a surveyor, three innkeepers, a jam-maker, a physiologist, teachers, a salesman, a Maine guide and novelist.

Spoonmaker Bob Gillmor came all the way from Blue Hill. Leave it to Bob to tell us about Gallery Punch. It’s a concoction of vodka, whiskey, champagne and something else designed to get art patrons drunk so they’ll buy expensive paintings.

No Gallery Punch. Just wine, beer, seafood and chocolate.

We weren’t selling our paintings, but perhaps we would have if we’d known about Gallery Punch.

Diane Horton took our photo. With a real camera, too.

Oscar had a blast. “What a great night,” he said.

Plus the salmon was all eaten.

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Painting the Champion Yellow Birch

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I began painting the champion yellow birch on my second-to-last day as artist-at work in the Deer Isle Artists Association gallery in January.

The Champion Yellow Birch

I had vowed to do a painting in oil in the DIAA gallery because I can’t do it at home, at least in the winter. The fumes concentrate in our gas dryer and our gas stove, making our clothes and food stink — something to which Dan strongly objects. Imagine that.

I brought some canvases, paint, oil brushes, miscellaneous solvents and an easel to the gallery in early january. For three weeks they taunted me. Finally on Day 22 I took the plunge.

I had an image in mind. In the fall of 2016 I took my mom, visiting from Cape Cod, to the Yellow Birch Farm on the Reach Road in Deer Isle. It’s an amazing place, owned by Missy Greene and Eric Ziner. It has goats, vegetables, Missy’s amazing ceramics and Eric’s wonderful metal sculptures.  I met Missy at the Stonington Farmers Market, where she kindly offered to sell our frozen clam chowder pies from their farmstand.

But I digress. Mom and I ran into Eric at the farm, and he told us how to find the champion birch tree in the woods. It’s actually a former champion; Eric said they delisted it because people were taking too many pieces from it.  So we found the tree in all its autumn glory. I took a few photos of Mom admiring the champion yellow birch and tucked them into my subconscious.

When I got out my oil paints, I knew I wanted to attack it with bold outlines of black paint. That approach worked with a painting I did in Florence a few years ago.

Florentine Trapeze Artist

Anatomically she’s a little off, but I like it anyway.

Oil is a very different medium than watercolor. It seems to take a lot more time to finish an oil painting (and definitely more time to clean the brushes), but less time to master the medium.

I’m not sure if I want to leave The Champion Yellow Birch the way it is, or work on it some more this summer when I can paint outside. Stay tuned.

 

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