Some brand-new cards along with old favorites of mine are on sale for a one-day only pop-up market at the Deer Isle Artists Association from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, December 1 at the DIAA Gallery.
I’ve been wanting to paint a snow scene of Stonington for a long time, so this fall I buckled down and painted this watercolor of the town from the harbor.
I made cards of the painting, which are on sale at the pop-up market.
Cindy Bourque-Simonds, DIAA’s most tireless board member, runs the pop-up market by herself. “This is a different kind of a show for us, because many of our artists are trying something new and pricing them as affordable gifts,” she said for the official press release.
New Oil Paintings
For me, something new is an oil painting of the kayak launch at the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine.
That, too, is on sale at the pop-up market, along with a small oil painting of my friend Leslie Anderson. We painted together last fall on the top of Kezar Mountain in Little Deer Isle. As you can see I painted it loosely, which was quite fun.
Next on my agenda: I have some big — for me at least — wooden panels. They’re two feet by three feet, and I plan to finish them over the winter.
Part of the essence of island life, at least in Maine, is that summer comes to a screeching halt. All of a sudden the take-out shacks close, the summer homes close up and lobster gear (including fishing boats) start to fill the yards.
On Sept. 25, the Deer Isle Artists Association opened the final show of the season, “Essence of Island Life.” I don’t always pay as much attention as I should to the DIAA exhibit themes, but this time I did.
Essence of Island Life
I submitted three oil paintings and three watercolors, and all arguably depict the essence of island life. Two small oils feature Eggemoggin Reach, which separates Deer Isle from what William Butler Yeats once called ‘the old bitter continent.’
And then the biggest oil painting I’ve ever done: Naskeag Point. OK, Naskeag Point is a peninsula in Brooklin, Maine, which isn’t exactly an island. But I think the trees, the islands, the water and the clouds do give a fair representation of the essence of island life.
My watercolor Powder Island shows a familiar scene in Stonington Harbor. Fishing boats and dories pass it all day long on the way to and from Fish Pier. The quarries on Crotch Island used to store powder on that middle island for blasting rock. The island quarries are a whole ‘nother story that can wait.
The vantage point for Powder Island is from Inn on the Harbor. Dan and I stayed there while deciding exactly which coastal town in Maine we should move to. The inn helped us make up our mind.
One of the inn’s new owners, Dana Durst, was walking on a sandbar in Smalls Cove late one afternoon in July. Smalls Cove faces west and gets tremendous sunsets, but I almost prefer the quality of the pre-sunset light. I really like this painting, and I kind of hope no one buys it. Which usually means someone will.
So if you’re in Deer Isle, stop by and see The Essence of Island Life: An exhibit of baskets, painting, photography, pottery and weaving.The reception with artists (which, sadly, I will miss) is on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 3-5 pm at the DIAA gallery in Deer Isle.
The popular Small Works exhibit begins at the Deer Isle Artist Association on August 28 at 10 am and runs for two weeks.
I have seven small paintings in the show, including four oil paintings of Ames Pond, two watercolors of Brooksville, Maine, and one watercolor of Ossipee Mountain in New Hampshire.
Ames Pond, much loved in Stonington, proves you don’t need to go to Giverny to paint water lilies. Ames Pond used to be a meadow until it was dammed to make ice. For many years, people on Deer Isle cut ice from Ames Pond for their own use, and to ship to the West Indies for trade.
Around 1932, a Deer Islander planted pink waterlilies in the pond, and they proliferated. The beavers love to eat their roots.
Between 9 am and 2 pm in summer, the pink waterliles, as well as the wild white and yellow ones, open to the sun.
I spent many hours as a young adult in front of Monet’s water lilies. I just loved them. Then after a while I got sick of them. Perhaps I saw them on too many NPR tote bags, or at least thought I did.
But then, as a painter living in Maine, I found it difficult NOT to paint Ames Pond. And I also found it nearly impossible NOT to take a page from Old Claude.
I’ve wanted to paint Buck’s Market, a wonderful old general store near the market, since I first laid eyes on it. Many, many photographs later, I finally came up with images I could use for a watercolor:
Brooksville people ask me if I have any paintings of Cape Rosier, a lovely wild peninsula in Brooksville. As a result, I do– at the Small Works show.
Finally, just to mix things up, I finished a long-unfinished watercolor of Ossipee Mountain for the Small Works show. It was certainly a relief to paint snow after all that sunlight and greenery!
I’ll be selling new watercolor paintings, some oldies but goodies, prints, notecards and postcards at the Island Agency in Stonington on Friday, July 6. It’s DIS Friday (Deer Isle-Stonington for the uninitiated), which goes from 5-7 pm in downtown Stonington.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres are inseparable from art, so I’ll have those on hand, too!
Here’s one of my favorite new paintings I’ll bring along:
It’s a scene from just past the causeway across from Scott’s Landing.
I’ll also bring along a couple of watercolors with more somber palettes. This one, for example, also shows a scene from the causeway, but in November.
It reflected my mood at the time. I believe our furnace had just gone on the fritz.
Changing Seasons, Changing Palette
I’ve noticed, though, that my paintings get darker and more muted in the winter, and brighter and sunnier in the summer.
I painted Tennis in April, when it’s cold and raw and overcast every single day. Or at least it seems like that.
But then comes summer and my palette gets a lot brighter — especially when the lupines come out.
Tomorrow at the Island Agency I’ll be selling matted prints of Lupine Madness, Deer Isle Morningand other paintings of Deer Isle for $20. I’ll also have prints of some paintings of interiors — which usually means cats.
Inventory isn’t my strong suit (I’m an artist, after all), but I will have some notecards and postcards for sale as well. And all the paintings shown here are available as small (4.5″ by 6.5″ in 8″ by 10″ mats) for $20.
So please stop by the Island Agency tomorrow and check out my artwork.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
So when I saw the call for artists for the exhibit, “Industrial Maine: Our Other Landscape,” I already knew what I wanted to paint.
Industrial Maine belongs to the past, really. Mills and factories used to support tens of thousands of families in Maine. Now, however, tourism ranks as the state’s No. 1 industry. And the tourist dollar can be a hard one to earn.
Maine suffers deeply from the flight of manufacturing. You can see the evidence everywhere if you look beyond Portland or Camden or Castine. Food pantries in every town. Suicides reported in the newspapers. Syringes lying along the roadsides. Smoke pouring from the chimneys of ramshackle campers in the dead of winter.
The picturesque fishing village I live in, Stonington, used to have a sardine factory. It’s gone, like every other seafood canning business in North America. And a lot of jobs disappeared with it.
We’re lucky in Stonington. We still have a shipyard. And we have a robust fishing industry, which dominates the local economy.
About an hour away from here in Bucksport, Maine, a giant paper mill used to employ hundreds of workers at good wages. Now it’s closed, and a Canadian scrap metal firm is tearing it down.
Now on display in the Atrium Art Gallery at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus is an exhibit of paintings, photographs, prints, and sculpture by 27 Maine artists called “Industrial Maine: Our Other Landscape.”
Guest curator Janice L. Moore paints working factories and abandoned work sites throughout the state. She believes that, in Maine,
…we often reference our idealized natural state of forests, mountains, and coastline, but there is another overlooked landscape that tells an important truth about our culture, our history, and our potential.
Bucksport will survive. I hear a salmon fishery and a lobster processing company will move on to the property owned by the paper company.
But as for me, I’ve started to look at the landscape differently since painting the old paper mill. I’m now starting to see artistic possibilities in industrial Maine. And I’m thinking about painting ferry terminals, fuel storage tanks and abandoned sardine factories.
So stay tuned. And if you visit Lewiston, come see “Industrial Maine: Our Other Landscape.”
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.
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.
The blue Christmas tree above was actually right next to DIAA last year. Wonder if it will be back.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Leslie’s prints will also be available in the art rack during the 12 by 12 show.
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.
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.
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.