New Skyscapes!

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by maineislandtreasures

Although it’s been years since I’ve stepped away from my TV Meteorology career, my head is still always in the clouds.  It’s a joy to paint these skyscapes because I can become captivated all over again!  Above, “Ethereal Light,” a 36×48″ oil on canvas is now being exhibited at EcoHome Studio in Portland.

Below, “Crimson Sky” is also a 36×48″ oil on canvas which I posted in it’s earlier stages in my studio a couple of weeks ago.  Winston and I were loving the snowstorm that day.  Another is on the way for this Wednesday!

 

 

Sea Glass and Urchin Trees & Upcoming Holiday Shows

Posted on November 26th, 2013 by maineislandtreasures

The goal here is to sell these so that I can pay for more boat fuel to get me out to the islands where I can collect more sea glass and sun-dried urchins – the circle of Maine Island Treasures’ life!

The large sea glass trees stand roughly 9″ tall, the small about 6 1/2″, and the urchins range from 6-7″.  I’ll have these for sale along with Love Rocks Me™ cards, prints, and plaques at these two upcoming holiday shows:

Thank you in advance for refueling my boat and Happy Holidays!

Mermaid Bench!

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by maineislandtreasures

I’m honored to be one of 65 Maine artists asked to decorate a small, unfinished bench for a dinner auction to benefit the Maine Discovery Museum.  Oh what fun!  I knew I wanted to do a shell-themed design, but first I painted the bench with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint after receiving a crash course from expert Diane Vella of Blessings, a Home & Design store in Brunswick.If you’ve never used chalk paint, the coverage is amazing!  No primer was needed, but thanks to Diane’s tip, I did use a spray polyurethane to seal the raw wood so it wouldn’t drink up all the paint.

After two coats had dried, I finished the top and the shelf with the Annie Sloan wax to permanently seal these surfaces.

Then came the mussel shells, razor clams, cherrystone clams, whelks and periwinkles that I’ve collected from Maine islands over the last 20 years.  Everything was affixed with cement including a resin starfish on the front and back (used for durability).

Meanwhile, the creative minds and talents of the other artists participating in this auction are AMAZING!  Check out the other benches here.  Katie Schaffer’s “Circus Elephants” and Hannah Nelsbach’s “Dreaming on Wings” are two personal favorites. The dinner auction takes place on November 23rd at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor and tickets can be purchased by calling (207) 262-7200.

Reflections: Monhegan Harbor & Seal Cove

Posted on September 30th, 2013 by maineislandtreasures

As we were departing from our day trip to Monhegan, the reflection of the shoreline foliage created an almost fire-like appearance on the water’s surface.  The bright colors of this 16 x 40 x 1.5 inch oil on canvas are quite a contrast to this 11×14″ Seal Cove reflection when the morning fog had settled into Acadia National Park the next day.

Ekphrasis Exhibit – part 2

Posted on April 17th, 2013 by maineislandtreasures

As a follow-up to my previous post, here is the beautiful poem that regional poet, Patrick Norton, wrote for my painting in the Ekphrasis Exhibit:

Two Friends

Two friends, rooted close, hold fast to ground

much older, with memories of others gone by.

Older still, the silent bedrock, without sound,

holds the land and two friends up to the sky.

Though solid and blessed with the gift of years,

their friendship cannot last beyond its hour.

Trees topple, soil erodes, and foundations shear.

Time grinds slowly, but with unrelenting power.

But we live in the day and leave the tide

of fate to the contingencies of time.

For two friends who share today side by side,

time stands still;  the day is warm, the weather sublime.

Enjoy today, my friend.  It is your life.

Paint the sky blue, and forget about strife.

Ekphrasis Exhibit through May 25th

Posted on April 12th, 2013 by maineislandtreasures

It was my pleasure to be asked to submit a painting for the Ekphrasis exhibit at the Merrill Memorial Library’s Art Gallery in Yarmouth.  Each work of art in the exhibit will be accompanied by a poem written by a regional poet specifically for the visual artwork.  “Tree Huggers,” my 12x12in oil on canvas will be on display and I’m excited to read what the poet who was inspired by this painting chose to write.  The opening reception is tomorrow evening, Friday, April 12th from 5:30-8:00pm.  At 6:30pm, many of the contributing poets will be reading their poems alongside a display of their inspirational artwork.  For more information and directions, click here.

Interior Designer Jan Robinson features “Breaker II” in Maine Home + Design

Posted on February 18th, 2013 by maineislandtreasures

 

The lovely and talented Interior Designer Jan Robinson designed this room which appears in the February issue of Maine Home + Design (on pg. 78 to be exact!).  It’s always a joy to collaborate with Jan and I was thrilled when she asked to use “Breaker II” (and my driftwood sculpture on the shelf above) for the photo shoot.  “Breaker II,” which is now being exhibited in Jan’s store, EcoHome Studio,  captures the Maui surf the morning after the tsunami warning that cancelled our flight home in late October.  Thankfully, the tsunami only registered 2 1/2 feet and another day in paradise wasn’t too tough to take.  As an aside, I was inspired to paint another oil from Maui which was gifted to my stepson and daughter-in-law (who had arranged the trip).  “Wailea Morning,” a 12×16 inch oil on baltic birch captures the view from our balcony as we enjoyed our breakfast of macadamia nut banana bread our first morning (YUM!).

Recent Pet Portraits

Posted on January 31st, 2013 by maineislandtreasures

  

‘Twas a creative frenzy in November and December and I’m way behind in posting artwork from that time frame.  In preparation for art exhibits and completing painting commissions, over the course of  7 1/2 weeks I painted 23 new oils, created 16 sea glass trees and 18 sea urchin trees, made two vacation photo books and a custom calendar as Christmas gifts, decked the halls, cooked, and baked, and baked, and baked.  I wonder why I rang the new year in with bronchitis?  Nevertheless, meet sweet Pumpkin, a 10×10 inch oil on canvas, and the very spirited Tooker (an 11×14 inch oil on canvas) who finally became tuckered out enough for me to photograph the image that inspired this adorable expression.