Sunday, March 1, 2015

Over the Snow

Over the Snow
Monet had his haystacks and water lilies
to paint again and again, while I have
my variations on a scene with a
blueberry bush seen from
my bathroom window,
on February 27, 2015, sketched on March 1, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and

Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Under…
...the snow, grass is grounded, pausing;
damsels resting, someday to fly;
lady's slippers are tucked away;
fireflies flying, no, grounded;
morning's glories, merely a thought;
beetles are well hidden for now;
the black-eyed Susan's eyes are shut;
crickets are silent, no chirping;
and true forget-me-nots are not
forgotten, all simply waiting,
waiting, 'neath a blanket,
waiting, 
 waiting for summer's coming turn.

free verse poem © 2015 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Before Sky's Light Departs

Before Sky's Light Departs
off the beach in Hope Town on Elbow Cay, Abaco Islands, Bahamas
on February 7, 2015, sketched on February 26, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
#3 graphite, on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Balmy Bahamas Breeze

Balmy Bahamas Breeze
by Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay, Abaco Islands, Bahamas
on February 10, 2015, sketched on February 25, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hope Town Houses

Hope Town Houses
at Elbow Cay, Abaco Islands, Bahamas
on February 9, 2015, sketched on February 25, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Monday, February 23, 2015

Vernon Baking Bread

Vernon Baking Bread
at Vernon's Grocery, owned by him, Vernon Albury,
on Elbow Cay, Abaco Islands, Bahamas
on February 11, 2015, sketched on February 23, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Saturday, February 21, 2015

To the Hummingbird

To the Hummingbird
walking to the Hummingbird Art Centre in
Hope Town on Elbow Cay, Abaco Islands, Bahamas
on February 11, 2015, sketched on February 18, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Friday, February 20, 2015

Strawberry Snowbound

Strawberry Snowbound
by my home in Shapleigh, Maine, cooling off to taste
on February 19, 2015, sketched on February 20, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, wax resist
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Snow Straw Bury

Hmm, did the straw bury snow
or did the snow bury straw,
for under the snow after
the thaw lies grass from the past
but my wide eyes are snow blind,
for red I see, it's a red
bury berry, cool to eat.

poem © 2015 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kennebunkport Art Group Model

Male Model 1 at 'Port Art Group
at the Kennebunkport Wednesday Night Drawing Group
while it was snowing outside, another 4"-8", sketched on February 18, 2015
12" x 9", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb. Strathmore Windpower cold press heavyweight watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Male Model 2 at 'Port Art Group

 Male Model 3 at 'Port Art Group

Male Model 4 at 'Port Art Group

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bahamas Beach Strolling

Bahamas Beach Strolling
at Hope Town on Elbow Cay, Abaco Island, Bahamas
on February 4, 2015, sketched on February 18, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite, 
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain
100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Flowers on Rooftops . . .

Flowers on Rooftops and
Red Cad on Petals
with no raindrops on roses found upon arriving at Elbow Cay, 
Abaco Island, Bahamas on February 2, 2015, 
sketched on February 17, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Sunday, February 15, 2015

House on the Beach

House on the Beach
in Hope Town at Elbow Cay, Abaco Island, Bahamas
on February 11, 2015, sketched on February 16, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Painting in Bahamas . . .

Painting in Bahamas Balmy Wind
Artist Susan Brock Shadis at the Hummingbird Art Center in
Hope Town on Elbow Cay, Abaco Island, Bahamas
on February 7, 2015, sketched on February 15, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite, on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
NFS - Gifted to the artist

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Warm Callas . . .

Warm Callas 
by a Cool Snowy Window
Cloud Pink Calla Lilies in my living room at Shapleigh, Maine
on February 14, 2015, sketched on February 14, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Friday, February 13, 2015

Brewster in the Sky

Flying from the Abacos, Bahamas
to Tampa, Florida, and here to Boston Massachusetts,
then bussing to Portsmouth New Hampshire,
and finally driving home, it was balmy to cool.


Brewster in the Sky
with Mom, Laura, and dad John , not seen left, 
over the US east coast between Tampa and Boston
on February 12, 2015, sketched on February 13, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
NFS - gifted to Brewster


Isn't it an appropriate license plate?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Tall Red Stripes Icon . . .

A Tall Red Stripes Icon
along with my Nikon
I'm with my Nikon and the Hope Town lighthouse
in the distance at Elbow Cay, Abaco Island, Bahamas
on February 11, 2015, sketched on February 11, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Busy Deck . . .

Busy Deck Outdoors at the Abaco Inn
in the afternoon on Elbow Cay, Abaco Island, Bahamas
sketched plein air on February 10, 2015
7.5" x 5.5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Bruce at Bali Hi in the morning on the South End had high winds and lots of sun for painting on Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.

Laundry to the Lighthouse

Laundry to the Lighthouse
on the stairs to the Hope Town Lighthouse
at Elbow Cay, Abaco Island, Bahamas
on February 9, 2015, sketched on February 9, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
#3 graphite, on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Monday, February 9, 2015

Workshop Day 4



Workshop instructor Susan Abbott setting up to paint
at Tahiti Beach on the south end of Elbow Cay. . .

where Susan painted with watercolors 
which led to my last watercolor during Susan's Workshop.

 
A Painterly How's It Going, Hmm
with Susan Abbott painting with watercolor at Tahiti Beach
on Elbow Cay, Abaco Island, Bahamas
sketched plein air on February 8, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
#3 graphite, on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
NFS - Gift to the artist, Susan Abbott

Susan Abbott Paints
In the shadow of palm trees dappling shadows . . .

 
Susan paints as the light and shadows bounce, bounce, and
bounce again, full concentration, focused, and then,
with the painting almost done, . . .

 
Susan moves to the full light until . . .

it's almost done, and done enough . . .

to share as the last thing with our last work critique.

It was a fabulous workshop, led by a knowledgeable, personable sharing Susan Abbott and a class of fine classmates, Nea Brown, Susan Carelli, Christiane Coloni, Colleen Filler, Kathy Lowry, Jean Mataszewski, Nan McCarthy, Diana Nouri, Susan Shadis, Signe Sheldon, and Joan Von Weien.
Thank you Susan and thank you workshop mates
for a wonderful workshop where we all
stretched our painting skills
on a magnificent isle.


By the way,
wonder why that green color
is popular in the Bahamas?
It's because they. . .

"Put the lime in the coconut and drink 'em both together,
Put the lime in the coconut and then you'll feel better,
Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up,
You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up."


Put the Lime in the Coconut by Harry Nilsson
Put the lime in your coconut,
great song, (3:51) HERE.
I quietly hummed it during our workshop.
Lyrics HERE

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Workshop Day 3

 
The Boss

Ready to paint
on an isle in a scene
of cool color, ultramarines
to cobalt greens,
in my mind I hear
the voice of an abbot,
or is it an Abbott,
hmm, yes, it is an Abbott,
"Be the boss of your paper;
don't let your paper
be the boss of you."

poem © 2015 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission




Commission Study II
on a very windy day of the view from Susan Abbott's art workshop
at the Hummingbird Cottage Arts Centre in Hope Town, Elbow Cay,
Abaco Island, Bahamas for a work-in-progress for a school
library in Maine where I'd photographed and written
Mouse Views: What the Class Pet Saw (Holiday House 1993)
sketched plein air on February 7, 2015
12" x 18", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite, on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $170 + $9.35 sales tax + $15.65 S&H = $195.00

 
Commission Study I
on a very windy day of the view from Susan Abbott's art workshop
at the Hummingbird Cottage Arts Centre in Hope Town, Elbow Cay,
Abaco Island, Bahamas for a work-in-progress for a school
library in Maine where I'd photographed and written
Mouse Views: What the Class Pet Saw (Holiday House 1993)
sketched plein air on February 7, 2015
12" x 18", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite, on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper

framed, sold framed, $170 + $9.35 sales tax + $15.65 S&H = $195.00

 
Seeing the See of the Sea
on a very windy day of the view from Susan Abbott's art workshop
at the Hummingbird Cottage Arts Centre in Hope Town, Elbow Cay,
Abaco Island, Bahamas sketched plein air on February 7, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

 
Seeing the See 

of Hope Town Beach
 on a very windy day of the view from Susan Abbott's art workshop
at the Hummingbird Cottage Arts Centre in Hope Town, Elbow Cay,
Abaco Island, Bahamas sketched plein air on February 7, 2015
12" x 9", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00



Beach Towel III
on a very windy day of the view from Susan Abbott's art workshop
at the Hummingbird Cottage Arts Centre in Hope Town, Elbow Cay,
Abaco Island, Bahamas sketched plein air on February 7, 2015
11" x 6", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
on half-sheet Bounty paper towel with impressions

NFS
 

Color Study
from a black and white class photo
at the Hummingbird Cottage Arts Centre in Hope Town,
Elbow Cay, Abaco Island, Bahamas sketched on February 7, 2015
18" x 12", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
NFS

Susan Abbott Demo
Susan makes painting look as easy as . . .


1
Sketch



2
Paint
 


3
Done

"There is a lot of intense color in nature." -Susan Abbot
Susan Abbott's web site and blogs HERE