Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Working in oil

Trying to teach myself how to do oils..This rock is across West Quoddy Light House..Grand Manan is in the back..It was a cold day..

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Machias sheep

Selfie 1

I was always opposed to using grids, but what the heck..I think the end justifies the means..

Sunday, June 15, 2014

West Quoddy Trail

That's me and the boys on the West Quoddy trail in Lubec..It was a beautiful sunny day..We're all enjoying the sun after a 3 mile hike along the cliffs overlooking the ocean..Grand Manan, Canada, is in the distance!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pemaquid point

I went on a quick tip along the Maine coast..This is at Pemaquid point lighthouse. I was more interested in the old woman with the green jacket, rather than your typical light house paintings...I have to say, I have seen Andrew Wyeth chop the top of this lighthouse with good effect, so I did the same, for compositional interest..The sketch and the painting were done very quickly and effortlessly..I like it..By the way, it was dark, cloudy, and cold at times, despite being on Memorial day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ian's Boat

This is on a late October morning, in 2013. My friend Ian and I went on a boat ride along the Casco bay. In this painting, I  wanted to convey a sense of warmth and serenity..The orange is warm and welcoming. The light blue is very relaxing. The trip was very relaxing indeed, except my fingers and toes got so cold that I couldn't move them for a while. Ian promised me another boat ride in exchange for this painting. I gladly accepted.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Tuesday, March 04, 2014


I used to sketch a lot over there..Sit on the rocks.. I love that part of the world.. Beauty in solitude! I am so happy that  the tourists stop at Bar Harbor when they come to Maine..

This started as a loose graded wash with 3 colors..Then I used a sketch from my notebook..I finished the whole thing in less than half an hour..

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sea Weed

Another try..This is on a full sheet of paper..The painting had a great feeling of openness and space, thanks to aerial perspective; however, once I placed the sea weed, it felt crowded. If I did not put the sea weed, I would have not captured that day, with Gabe finding small treasures in between. The aim of my paintings is not to be pretty, but to express beauty in the feelings they trigger. I hope I have achieved that!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Sea weed

Small Paintings 10X14

The top one is another take on the apple orchard..
The bottom painting is another Blueberry barren by the sea...

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Another quick sketch


Sketches done from my window in Machiasport overlooking Jasper beach. I owe Robert Pollien for this technique.

Looking towards Grand Manan

Another sketch on hot pressed paper..Very quick brush strokes to accurately describe the mood of the day!

West Quoddy Trail

Two Quick sketches on hot pressed paper. I have been trying for years to tame this paper..I just bought another Arches block. I'll keep trying!