Thursday, September 5, 2019

Low Tide Parsons Beach

Low Tide Parsons Beach
in Kennebunk, Maine
on June 27, 2012, painted August 25, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Still Life at Parsons Beach


Still Life at Parsons Beach
with three Meyers lemons
on February 9, 2014, painted August 25, 2019
14" x 11" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $500

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hope Town Hurricane - Memories

Hurricane Dorian
Hope Town, Bahamas
Now and Then
when I painted here in 2015...

Now: Quoted report and Now photos are from the Hope Town Facebook Page Sept 2, 2019
 

Then: In February 2015 I painted at Susan Abbot's Painting Workshop at Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas, now devastated by a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian.
The Marsh Harbor Airport is still underwater and the ferries from Marsh Harbor to Hope Town, Elbow Cay, have sunk.


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The walk today where we walked to meet for our workshop. Hurricane Dorian is the worst hurricane to ever hit the northern Bahamas in its recorded history with up 220 mph gusting winds, plus there were possible tornadoes.


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Our studio house back then.
"When Hurricane Dorian reached Category 5 intensity, peaking with one-minute sustained winds of 185 mph and a minimum central pressure of 910 millibars the eye made landfall, a direct hit, in Hope town, Elbow Cay, Bahamas with a possible 15-23 ft. storm surge."


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I stayed at the Hope Town Harbor Lodge. Everything was so lush and green. My room is still there, the yellow top left room (circled) remains, though the rest of the floor is gone, the Lodge devastated. An overturned white van is barely noticeable on the right. The Lodge's dock was or is (unknown) behind the person taking this photo across the parking lot at the water's edge. "No reports of injuries or casualties. All parts of the island were damaged, roofs gone, buildings demolished (probably tornadoes). Flooding has been reported and the dune in White Sound is gone. Some buildings were badly damaged but are still standing."



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Hope Town Harbor Lodge Dock View
"In Hope Town, it's confirmed that the Harbour's Edge and Capt'n Jack's has been destroyed. Also, Abaco Inn was pretty much destroyed and villas G & H are gone. On Lubbers Quarters, Cracker P's took a direct hit." I used to enjoy dinner at the Harbour's Edge HERE (gone), nice memories still remain.


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The Hope Town School
I visited the school and visited classrooms, where I was warmly greeted with the student's holding up their schoolbooks which had a short version of Nights of the Pufflings in it.
"Help is on the way through numerous sources including the US Coast Guard and private entities. Care must be taken because the waters surrounding the islands are strewn with debris, but some of the docks still exist in Hope Town and can be used."


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Down the road, then.


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Sea Spray, White Sound, Elbow Cay. See what the Sea Spray was like before on their web site HERE
"In the Man o War Harbor, all of the Albury, and G & L Ferries have sunk. Every boat including the ones in Eastern Harbour have sunk or are gone. On Monday Morning it's seen that a couple of docks are okay in the Harbour and they believe boats can get in."


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It was a lovely place to paint, as seen here in Hope Town.


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On one day our workshop painted here at the Firefly Sunset Resort, a great day. Their website with photos is HERE.


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"Plans are in place for boats to leave Nassau with basic supplies for Hope Town as soon as the weather permits. Plans are being put in place stateside to organize the relief efforts from here."


My heart goes out to the Elbow Cay locals at this devastating time.


2015 Painting Workshop Day 1 HERE
2015 Painting Workshop Day 2 HERE
2015 Painting Workshop Day 3 HERE
2015 Painting Workshop Day 4 HERE

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Art Guild of the Kennebunks Art

Annual Art Guild of the Kennebunks
Awards 2019 Show

August, 30 - Sept 1, Community House
2 North Street, Kennebunkport, Maine


In addition to the two major works on display,
Iceland Island Sheep Eat HERE
and
Herdubreid in Iceland's Clouds HERE
 

there are five art bargains for sale,
and any unsold by September 2, 2019
will still be available on this art blog.


1
Coming and Going
and Gone Study

off Castine in Penobscot Bay
painted plein air on July 25, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
$150

2
Sunset Port Clyde
at Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine
painted plein air on Sept 16, 2017
5" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
$100

3
Sunflower Breeze
at Burtt's Orchard farm on
Cabot Plains Road in Cabot, Vermont
painted plein air on October 12, 2016
7" x 5" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
$150

4
One Still Out
in Stonington Harbor
at Stonington, Maine painted
plein air from Green Head Overlook on July 28, 2019
5" x 7", Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
$150

5
Blue Sky Dream
model study at our Kennebunkport art group
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
$150
 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Parsons Beach Labor Day

Parsons Beach Labor Day
in Kennebunk Maine 2016, painted August 26, 2019
15" x 12" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
$500, framed
Exhibited at the Art Guild of the Kennebunks Show at the
Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Highlands Mountain...

A Highlands Mountain
in Iceland
in the "Public Sketch Book, Blank pages for you!"
at the Ásgrímur Jónsson Museum
August 12, 2019
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on paper
At the National Gallery of Iceland's
Ásgrímur Jónsson Museum
website HERE.


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Bergstaðastræti 74, 101 Reykjavík
Ásgrímur Jónsson (1876-1958) donated his house to the Icelandic Government along with all his paintings in his possession. There were 192 oil paintings and 277 water colors along with many unfinished pictures from various periods in his life.


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He was one of the first painters in Iceland to make art a professional living.

3
Inside...
The Ogress in the Stone-Raft, 1957-1958,
is still rowing...past...


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...the colors left behind...


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A window to the artist's past...


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A window reflection in...
The Night Troll at the Window by Ásgrímur Jónsson, watercolor, 1943,
upstairs in the Ásgrímur Jónsson Museum
See a sketch of his for this painting HERE and another HERE.


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Light, lights, present...


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...in...
Ásgrímur Jónsson's Frá Þingvöllum, Arnafell, (From Thingvellir) 1950.
The art seen HERE
See thirty of his paintings HERE.
See the huge Hvítárvatn og Langjökull that hangs
in the restaurant of the Hotel Holt in Reykjavík HERE.


 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Native Tryggvi

Native Tryggvi
at Gallerí Fold in Reykjavik, Iceland
on August 14, 2019, painted August 15, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Home at Dyce's Head

Home at Dyce's Head
in Castine Maine, my host's home
where I stayed during the Castine Plein Air
Festival 2019, painted plein air on July 25, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper

Thank you GIFT to my host

 Bruce plein air painting...

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Mother Son Art Artist Studies...

Mother Son Art Artist
Red House Study I
Anthony J. Hardy's daughter in law Eugenie, one of her twin sons,
Óskar Thorarensen, and his Reykjavik red house painting
at the Ingenious Iceland II opening of the
Anthony J. Hardy Collection at Gallerí Fold in
Reykjavik, Iceland on August 7, 2019, painted August 10, 2019
5.9" x 8.3" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Daler Rowney mould made rough acid free
wood pulp and cotton fiber watercolor paper
framed, $175 SOLD



Mother Son Art Artist
Red House Study II
Anthony J. Hardy's daughter in law Eugenie, one of her twin sons,
Óskar Thorarensen, and his Reykjavik red house painting 

at the Ingenious Iceland II opening of the
Anthony J. Hardy Collection at Gallerí Fold in
Reykjavik, Iceland on August 7, 2019, painted August 10, 2019
5.9" x 8.3" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Daler Rowney mould made rough acid free
wood pulp and cotton fiber watercolor paper
framed, $175

Friday, August 9, 2019

At the Edge Below

At the Edge Below
looking down at ledge from Dyce's Head in Castine, Maine
painted plein air July 26, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including tax + shipping $150

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thorsmork from Basar

Thorsmork from Basar /
Þórsmörk frá Básar

on the south coast of in Iceland painted plein air
and completed at the house August 3-5, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150.


How do you get there?

You drive up the valley through the Krossá River...

...crossing back and forth through it
many, many, many times, the water's color
from the glacial til flowing with the water.
That's me, Bruce, snapping photos in
Haukur's 4-wheel drive in the
Krossá River
on the way to paint, appropriately,
a watercolor.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Poster Selection - Before Breakfast...

I was pleased and honored to have my watercolor in the invitational show chosen as the poster art for the...

64th Annual
Kennebunk River Club
Invitational Art Show poster


Before Breakfast at the Colony
the view from the balcony at The Colony Hotel in
Kennebunkport, Maine on July 8, painted on July 12, 2018
21" x 17" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink on 300 lb. Fabriano
Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $700 SOLD

On exhibit, and for sale, August 10-11, 2019 at the
64th Annual Kennebunk River Club Invitational Art Show.
Website for The Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine
HERE

At Penobscot Bay's Edge


At Penobscot Bay's Edge
looking down from Dyce's Head in Castine, Maine
painted plein air July 26, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including tax + shipping $150

Celebration Dani and Ragga


Celebration
Dani and Ragga
painted July 8, 2019
8" x 10" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper, framed.
Wedding/New Home GIFT to Ragga and Dani


Under this roof dreams are in the making as Dani and Ragga complete work on building their palace.
 Already, it's so spacious and beautiful inside.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

A Light Attitude

A Light Attitude
study at Dyce's Head Light in Castine, Maine,
painted plein air July 25, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
$300, framed


The watercolor painter,
Bruce McMillan, enjoying the plein air.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

From the President's House

From the President's House
past a field by the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine,
painted plein air July 25, 2019
14" x 11 (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
$500, framed

Friday, August 2, 2019

Coming and Going and Gone

Coming and Going and Gone
off Castine in Penobscot Bay
painted plein air on July 25, 2019
14" x 11" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
$500, framed

  
The painting setup overlooking Penobscot Bay
with a handy umbrella.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Home at Dyce's Head


Home at Dyce's Head
in Castine, Maine, painted plein air July 24, 2019
18" x 14" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
$700, SOLD


Bruce painting...
with his Castine Plein Air Festival

name tag hanging over his shirt.

The artist's view now.

The view back when...
(note the incorrect spelling
of Dyce's Head Light Station)