Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Home Snow To Night

Home Snow To Night
at 4:00 pm outside my home with the floodlights on
during a foot of falling snow in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 26, 2014, sketched on November 26, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fluffing Paddle Stretch

Fluffing Paddle Stretch
of a male Mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos)
on the Squamscott River in Exeter, New Hampshire
on November 22, 2014, sketched on November 25, 2014
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Monday, November 24, 2014

One Gull, Three Beats, Into Night

One Gull, Three Beats, Into Night
at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine
on November 21, 2014, sketched on November 24, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Sunday, November 23, 2014

First Skate

First Skate
under the lights on opening night
at the brand new, no charge, open to all,
Waterhouse Center on Main Street in Kennebunk, Maine
on November 21, 2014, sketched on November 23, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00
See time lapse video of the Waterhouse Center construction (3:03) HERE
Read an article with photo of the opening night HERE

First Skate Smiles

Over fifty years ago
I laced on skates and I smiled.
It was wherever ice was
in Kennebunk; we found it.
We counted on the weather.
That was then; memories smile.

Driving down Main Street I stared,
new rink? Zamboni? I smiled.
I paused, I parked and watched skaters,
today's kids, again I smiled.
What a grand place for a skate,
Still smiling, skaters smiled back.

poem © 2014 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission
 
 

After Day Before Night

After Day Before Night
at Cape Porpoise Harbor in Kennebunkport, Maine
on November 21, 2014, sketched on November 23, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Friday, November 21, 2014

Goat Island Light . . .

Goat Island Light at Low Tide Dusk
at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine
on November 21, 2014, sketched on November 21, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lookout Ledge

Lookout Ledge
above the second pond on my ponds walk in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 9, 2014, sketched on November 20, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Snowy Ponds Walk

Snowy Ponds Walk
behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 14, 2014, sketched on November 19, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Rosa Rugosa Leaves . . .

Rosa Rugosa Leaves Holding Icy Snow
on a cold day in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine 
on November 17, 2014, sketched on November 19, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Icy Drop from . . .

Icy Drop from Blueberry's Red Leaf
in my yard on an icy rainy fall afternoon in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 17, 2014, sketched on November 18, 2014
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Strathmore cold press 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow on Branches

Snow on Branches
by the second pond seen on a woods walk behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 14, 2014, sketched on November 17, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, wax resist, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00



These are the paper towels used while painting this. I use them to wipe my brushes as well as dab my brush to remove excess water or to try a color to see its intensity. I also use them by laying them over a wet spread of color to purposely subtract color and-or leave a pattern. Plus I use them to wipe wet areas of color to create lighten spaces such as clouds as part of the process in painting a cloud.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ice Free Open Water . . .

Ice Free Open Water Pond with Snow
The first pond on the ponds walk behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 14, 2014, sketched on November 16, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
wax resist, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Trees and Shadows Panorama

Trees and Shadows Panorama
the morning after an overnight snowfall in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 14, 2014, sketched on November 15, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, Uniball waterproof fade proof ink,
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Friday, November 14, 2014

Light Splashes . . .

Light Splashes Two Beech Leaves
along the ponds walk through the woods in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 9, 2014, sketched on November 14, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pond's Calm

Pond's Calm
at Pond 1 on the pond's walk through the woods behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 11, 2014, sketched on November 13, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, Uniball waterproof fade proof ink,
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blueberry Red and Rose . . .

Blueberry Red and Rose Yellow Leaving
(Highbush blueberry leaves and a Rosa rugosa yellow leaved bush)
on a foggy fall morning in my yard  in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 12, 2014, sketched on November 12, 2014
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink, on 140 lb.
Strathmore cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Hike Home

The Hike Home
through the back fields as the sun sets in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 9, 2014, sketched on November 11, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Monday, November 10, 2014

High, a Black Bird

High, a Black Bird
a crow or raven flying high above the back fields behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 9, 2014, sketched on November 10, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper

unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

The Song of High, a Black Bird
By Bruce McMillan

In the sky of sunset Shapleigh
'midst the colors warmly turning,
flew a black bird, was it singing,
to a sun low dipping, falling?

Was it a crow or raven, black,
dark flying into no light night?
Who knows? The avian, High, knows,
but not the we down far below.

Bird swimming in sun's setting sky,
soaring, flapping, rising, are you
singing down from far, far, above,
High, above the forest's tree tops?

No matter for the song High sings,
is not a song at all. It calls
a call, just a call, no notes, for
it merely caws, or does it squawk?


poem © 2014 Bruce McMillan
written in trochaic tetrameter
not for reuse without permission


 The noted poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha, written in trochaic tetrameter, tetrameter simply meaning that the poem has four trochees, a long syllable, or stressed syllable, followed by a short, or unstressed, one, DUM da DUM de DUM da DUM de, was published on this day, 159 years ago, on November 10, 1855.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sun Setting, Leaves Leaving

Sun Setting, Leaves Leaving
in the back field behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 5, 2014, sketched on November 9, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, Uniball waterproof fade proof ink,
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Friday, November 7, 2014

Lobster Traps Docked at Night

Lobster Traps Docked at Night
at Cape Porpoise Harbor in Kennebunkport, Maine
on November 6, 2014, sketched on November 7, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lobsterman in Misty Early . . .

Lobsterman in Misty Early Evening Rain
tied up at the dock in Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine
on November 6, 2014, sketched on November 6, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

The Ponds Road

The Ponds Road
behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 5, 2014, sketched on November 5, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, wax resist, #3 graphite,
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Library Watercolor Sale

I'll be showing and selling my watercolors
at the Springvale Public Library (HERE)
443 Main Street, Springvale Maine, 207-324-4624,
this Friday, November 7th, 2014, from 1:00 - 7:00 pm,
half of the proceeds to benefit
the Children's Room.

It'll be a strange library day.
You'll be able to take home watercolors
but not library books for the library
won't be open for checking
out books.

Autumn's Back Field

Autumn's Back Field
behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 23, 2014, sketched on November 6, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, Uniball waterproof fade proof ink, 

on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, November 3, 2014

Blueberry Leaf's Autumn Red

Blueberry Leaf's Autumn Red
on a highbush blueberry bush in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 30, 2014, sketched on November 2, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper

 unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, November 2, 2014

First Snow

First Snow
frosted white autumn-colored Rosa rugosa rose leaves in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on November 2, 2014, sketched on November 2, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

My Autumn Yard . . .

My Autumn Yard Blueberry Rose Bushes
seen from an upstairs window at my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 30, 2014, sketched on November 2, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Rock Scramblers

Rock Scramblers
by Nubble Light in York, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on November 1, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Friday, October 31, 2014

Seaside Sunset Sky

Seaside Sunset Sky
looking south from Nubble Light in York, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 30, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Afternoon Seaside Leaves

Afternoon Seaside Leaves
in York Harbor, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 30, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nubble House Lighthouse

Nubble House Lighthouse
Cape Neddick Lighthouse known as Nubble Light
seen from Sohier Park at Cape Neddick, York, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 29, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, October 27, 2014

Couple in the Shallows

Couple in the Shallows
on Harbor Beach in York Harbor, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 28, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Nubble Light's End of Day

Nubble Light's End of Day
Cape Neddick Lighthouse known as Nubble Light
seen from Sohier Park at Cape Neddick, York, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 27, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Dewitt's Watercolor Workshop

Dewitt's Watercolor Workshop
at the York Art Association (HERE) in York, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 26, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Space as Place, Getting the Picture

Where all colors have their welcomes,
in a space of fluid atoms
swirling in a vortex, brushing
by as a blend, leaving, rushing
to destiny, solid vapor
onto watercolor paper,
some stay behind, a color flood
in a mix of a known hue, mud.

poem © 2014 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission

 The Watercolor Palette Space of Dewitt Hardy

I participated in the Shadows and Trees Watercolor Workshop with Dewitt Hardy HERE on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the York (Maine) Art Association.

The Dewitt morning demo, painting a tree with shadows, paper raised at the top. Starting at the top and working down the water flows in that direction, leaving more intense color at the bottom of each flow. The tree and shadows are done using a green and red for visual harmony. A touch of Mars Black was added for only the darkest shadows.

For the shadows the sun is here, coming from the direction of the arrow. I saw this reference point unlike anyone else, including Dewitt, as seen and explained in my exercise below.

Dewitt uses a small mirror, checking his work as he draws and paints, getting another perspective, fascinating. Shadows are painted in darks over lights, then darker darks over those same darks, keeping in mind the direction of the imaginary sun.

Finally the long shadow, leaving the darker color at the tree's base as the color flows down.

In the afternoon Dewitt did a double demo. First he sketched in pencil and painted in monochrome the street scene outside the York Art Association as a study.

Then he sketched it again, this time painting it in full color.

Dewitt recommends Winsor and Newton Sceptre Gold II Watercolor Brushes, a combination of sable hair with a blend of synthetic fibers, which I happen to also use and recommend, a quality economical brush.

Dewitt Hardy's web site with gallery HERE

Where the imaginary sun was . . .
Morning Workshop Tree Study
Bruce McMillan
7" x 5", Fabriano 140 lb. cotton watercolor paper

Our workshop's working area was arranged as square. I sat opposite Dewitt and sketched my workshop tree. When he'd drawn an arrow on the paper to show the direction of the sun, everyone saw the arrow as the sun in the top left corner. However I saw the imaginary sun as existing in the space of the room, not on the paper. So when I painted my tree, I was the only person who painted the shadows coming from a direction other than Dewitt's study. My mind is a fascinating quirky place, never boring.

Dewitt's first comment, a little startled, when looking at my study, "Oh, the shadows are coming from the other side." It was coincidentally the same direction Dewitt saw his tree in his hand held mirror, the direction reversed.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Brown Blows By Whee

Brown Blows By Whee
in my yard Shapleigh, Maine
on October 23, 2014, sketched on October 25, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rainy Day Puddle Strolling

Rainy Day Puddle Strolling
self portrait walking home through the back fields in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 23, 2014, sketched on October 23, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper

unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Strolling Splashing

Splash, dash, puddles, boots,
wet, leaves, water shoots,
legs swing, splishing, swoosh,  
so wet, splashing, whoosh.

poem © 2014 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission
.

Late Autumn Soaring Sky

Late Autumn Soaring Sky
over the fields behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 20, 2014, sketched on October 23, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gull's Mirror

Gull's Mirror
an American Herring Gull (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)
at Parson's Beach in Kennebunk, Maine
on October 12, 2014, sketched on October 22, 2014
12" x 9", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Late Autumn Walk

Late Autumn Walk
in the fields behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 20, 2014, sketched on October 21, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, October 20, 2014

Warbler's Dune Reign

Warbler's Dune Reign
a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)
at Laudholm Beach in Wells, Maine
on October 12, 2014, sketched on October 20, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping