Monday, October 15, 2018

Cape Porpoise Inner Harbor

Cape Porpoise Inner Harbor
painted plein air in Kennebunkport, Maine on Oct 5, 2018
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor archival ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Sunday, October 14, 2018

High Fall Low Tide


High Fall Low Tide
at the inner harbor at Cape Porpoise in
Kennebunkport, Maine painted plein air on Oct 5, 2018
9" x 12" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor archival ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $195.00

Friday, October 12, 2018

Autumn Falls In


Autumn Falls In
at my yard in Shapleigh, Maine on Oct 12, 2018
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, including sales tax + shipping $135.00

Afternoon Rocks at Sand Beach


Afternoon Rocks
at Sand Beach
at Sand Beach in Stonington,
Maine painted plein air on Sept 22, 2018
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 sales tax + shipping $115.00


Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Last Two Dinghies

The Last Two Dinghies
off Green Head Overlook in
Stonington, Maine, painted plein air on Sept 24, 2018
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
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Out in the Breeze


Out in the Breeze
off Green Head Overlook in
Stonington, Maine painted plein air on Sept 23 2018
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00


Monday, October 8, 2018

A Pair Out There

A Pair Out There
from Green Head Overlook in
Stonington Maine painted plein air on Sept 21, 2018
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 fine grain 100% cotton extra white
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00


Pilings Shape Up

Pilings Shape Up
under a dock along Indian Point Road in
Stonington, Maine painted plein air on Sept 23, 2018
5" x 7" (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 framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Beyond Stonington

Beyond Stonington
seen from Indian Point Road in
Stonington, Maine, painted plein air on Sept 23, 2018
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 fine grain 100% cotton extra white
watercolor paper framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Stonington Docked


Stonington Docked
seen from Green Head Overlook in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air Sept 21, 2018
9" x 12" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Prismacolor 08 Archival fine line marker
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $195.00

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Yarmouth Art Festival

The 10th annual Yarmouth Art Festival
Jurors have selected 164 pieces from 101 Maine artists for the 10th annual Yarmouth (Maine) Art Festival. Three members from our art group, Janet Ledoux, Richard Winslow, and me, all had work juried in. I was fortunate to have the maximum three works accepted.




Cape Porpoise Harbor
12" x 9, $320
On my blog HERE

Seagull Seeing
7" x 5" (w x h), $180
On my blog HERE

Portland Observatory atop Munjoy Hill
seen from the Peaks Island Ferry in Portland, Maine
6" x 6", $195
On my blog HERE

You can preview all of the of the art and artists in the really cool online Show Catalogue HERE

The jurors were Bob Keyes, arts writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and Peg Golden, founder and former owner of Greenhut Gallery in Portland, Maine.


The 10th annual show will be held at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Road in Yarmouth. It will be Oct. 24th through Oct. 27th, Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm. An artists' reception, including live music and refreshments, will be held Thursday Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, it's a great time. I'm sorry that I'll miss it.


30% of all art sales benefit the charities administered by St. Bartholomew's.


Afternoon Sun Sand Beach Point

Afternoon Sun
Sand Beach Point
in Stonington, Maine painted plein air on Sept 22, 2018
18" x 13" (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
framed, including sales tax + shipping $485.00

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Below Church Street

Below Church Street
in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air on Sept 24, 2018
during surprise rain showers that rained
while painting, so I went with it, and the splashing.
6" x 4" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold
press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $65.00

Far Islands View

Far Islands View
from Church Street in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air on Sept 24, 2018
during surprise rain showers that rained
while painting, so I went with it, and the splashing.
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

From Iconic Stonington

From Iconic Stonington
on Church Street in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air on Sept 24, 2018
during surprise rain showers that rained
while painting, so I went with it, and the splashing.
8" x 10" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold
press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00

Plein Air Brandywine Valley Spotlight

Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2018
October 28-November 4

 

I'm among twenty artists featured in the online posting of the Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2018 Spotlight online HERE. And below...

Bruce McMillan, Shapleigh, Maine
Spotlight 09/18/18
 
How did you first learn of and when did you start painting plein air?
I learned of painting by going to a museum as a youngster, beholding the French impressionists, I saw the results of what portable paints could do, take you anywhere. I was in my sixties, beginning my watercolor journey, when I discovered how watercolors could easily go anywhere.


What has helped you develop as a painter?
My then nine-year-old grandson's advice guides me. When observing a painting he was working on, a gallery scene, a figure standing to the left of a hanging painting, the hanging painting, and then the descriptive label on the wall, not to the right beside the painting but above the painting, I asked him why he'd put the label above the painting. He crossed his arms, looked at me with a frown and explained, "Grampa Bruce, it's a painting; you can do anything." I think of his words every time I paint.


Describe something unusual or challenging that happened when painting outdoors.
It was the end of a day painting plein air in Stonington, Maine. The sun was dropping, and I'd packed it in. Driving along the shore, the light got dramatic, the clear low-in-the-sky sun behind me, late afternoon fall sun streaming into the harbor full of lobster boats, more than any other harbor in Maine. I pulled onto Green Head, beheld the view, so many boats, the light bright, and islands in the distance. I wasn't done for the day, almost an hour of daylight left. The sun was setting so I pulled out a 7" x 5" watercolor block for a quick sketch. But the sight was too breathtaking. I pulled out a huge, full sheet, 30" x 22", and propped my watercolor palette on the rocks. Quickly, I set up my watercolor palette on my tripod, and settled into my folding tripod chair. For the next fifty-five minutes I drew and painted totally focused. I was in the zone, racing against the setting sun. This brief window of time pushed my drawing to be loosely certain, my painting, sure and bold, my brushes flying. It was a fast fifty-five minutes when darkness descended. That painting was selected for the gallery's window at the 2017 ArtinME exhibition in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.


I had a similar experience when painting at the 2018 Castine (Maine) Plein Air Festival. With the sun setting I painted two studies of the harbor looking towards Blue Hill. Again, there wasn't much time. I respond well to time constraints. It pushes me. These two paintings were quite satisfying, and both sold at the event.


In 2016 I painted at Brown's Head Light on the north side of Vinalhaven Island. I was into the zone, painting variations of the lighthouse overlooking the Fox Islands Thoroughfare. I posted all but one of the variations on my blog. Later, when submitting to the Port Clyde Art Gallery's Third Annual Invitational 10 x 10 Show, I included the one I'd deemed not good enough to post on my art blog. It was Best in Show, which led me to ponder, are we the best judges of our art?




Can you tell us about some of the settings and places where you have you painted?
I'm drawn to coastal locations, islands and remote places. There aren't many of us painting plein air in Iceland. I painted a plein air view of the landmark hill Stóri Dímon. Fortunately, I had a frame with me. That painting still hangs today, a thank you to my dear friends and hosts, in their summerhouse, having traveled only three-hundred feet from the hill where it was painted to the wall of their summerhouse.


Among the locations I've painted at in Maine are Acadia, Bass Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Castine, Cliff Island, Cobscook Bay, Criehaven Island, Jonesport, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Monhegan Island, Ogunquit, Owls Head, Rockland, Schoodic, Shapleigh, Stonington, Vinalhaven, York; many locations in northern Vermont; coastal and inland Florida; at Grand Manan Island, Ottawa, and Whitehall Island, Canada; many places all around Iceland, including islands off the coast; Lugano, Switzerland; and Venice.


Why do you paint plein air and what attracts you to compete in Plein Air Brandywine Valley?
I applied to Brandywine because fellow artist Alison Menke recommended it when we were painting at the Castine (Maine) Plein Air Festival 2018 in July. When asked of all the plein air events she's participated in, and she's painted in many, which one was the best, without hesitating she said, "Brandywine, Bruce you must do it."


Share anything about PABV or about you as a painter that others will find interesting.
My background, an honored fortunate career in children's books, forty-three of forty-five photo-illustrated, fine-tuned my way of looking at things through a camera's lens while traveling up and down the world, from up in Iceland and Alaska, and down to Antarctica. Thus, my journey with watercolors has a visual basis, but is a complete departure from the pictorial to the freedom of painting, and painting loosely, keeping it fresh.




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Tuesday October 30, 2018
Marshalton Inn, 1300W. Strasburg Road, West Chester, PA
Artists at work 4-6 pm, and 6-8 pm browse the finished artwork


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November 1, 2018
The NOCTURNE, a special event during Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2018
Artists create their works at night in West Chester, Pennsylvania
Awards to be given for the best painting and photograph
Brief video featuring the Nocturne (1:32) HERE
The music is, hmm, amusing. I had no idea that painting at night could be so dramatic.


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The Plein Air Brandywine Valley Opening Reception, tickets only, is on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library HERE. It will continue Saturday and Sunday, Nov 3-4, open to the public.

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The twenty artists featured in the spotlight are:
Mick McAndrews, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, watercolor
Jacalyn Beam, Greenville, Delaware, oil
Don Shoffner, Narberth, Pennsylvania, watercolor
Daniel Jay Freed, West Chester, Pennsylvania, oil
Lois W. Sellers, Springfield, Pennsylvania, photography
Cynthia Rosen, Vermont, oil
Annie Strack, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, oil
J. Stacy Rogers, Lewes, Delaware, oil
Jim Salvas, West Chester, Pennsylvania, photography
Julie Riker, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, oil
Henry Coe, Parkton, Maryland, oil
Ellen Gavin, Millville, New Jersey, oil
Carol L. Douglas, Rockport, Maine, oil
Randall Graham, West Chester, Pennsylvania, oil
Bruce McMillan, Shapleigh, Maine, watercolor
Beth Bathe, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, oil
Debra Howard, Crisfield, Maryland, oil
Judy McCabe Jarvis, Flourtown, Pennsylvania, oil
Al Richards, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, oil and watercolor
Lissa Abrams, Baltimore, Maryland, oil

Monday, October 1, 2018

Three Seats in a Dinghy


Three Seats in a Dinghy
below Green Head Overlook in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air on Sept 24, 2018
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold
press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Low Tide Lobsterboat

Low Tide Lobsterboat
seen from Green Head Overlook in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air on Sept 24, 2018
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, including sales tax + shipping $135.00

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Little Used Dock

Little Used Dock
on Indian Point Road in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air on Sept 23, 2018
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.
Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tide Going

Tide Going
at Sand Beach Point, Andrews Island offshore,
in Stonington, Maine painted plein air on Sept 22, 2018
16" 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 fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $325.00
Artist's Views from Sand Beach
in Stonington, Maine



The Plein Air Set Up in the Trees

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Other Artist's Views
from Sand Beach in
Stonington, Maine

1
Weir Island to Isle Haut
Jill Hoy
Stonington, Maine
Oil on canvas, 28" x 20"
Artist web site HERE

2
Off Sand Beach
Ruth Kaldor
Oil on panel
Cabot, Vermont
Artist web site HERE

3
Sand Beach
Leslie Landrigan
Watercolor
Artist web site HERE

4
Sand Beach 1
Janet Ledoux
Oil on wood, 12" x 12"
Biddeford, Maine
Artist web site HERE

5
Plein Air Painters, Sand Beach
Marc Dalessio
Oil on linen (on gatorboard), 12" x 8"
Artist web site HERE
 
6
Past Sand Beach
Nat Dickinson
Oil, 2015
Asheville, NC and Deer Isle, ME
Artist blog HERE

7
Island View
Linda Packard
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"
Bangor, Maine
Artist blog HERE

Stonington Harbor Mansards

Stonington Harbor Mansards
painted plein air on Sept 24, 2018
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 fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $145.00


The Plein Air Set Up with a Mansards View

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Dinghies at Green Head

Dinghies at Green Head
in the harbor at Stonington, Maine painted
plein air from Green Head Overlook on Sept 24, 2018
5" x 7" (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
gifted to my generous Stonington hosts



The Plein Air Setup

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Into an Island Breeze

Into an Island Breeze
seven lobsterboats facing into a slight
wind in the harbor at Stonington, Maine painted
plein air from Green Head Overlook on Sept 24, 2018
12" x 9" (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
framed, including sales tax + shipping $235.00



The setup Monday afternoon, September 24, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Just Two Lobsterboats

Just Two Lobsterboats
painted plein air on Sept 21, 2018
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. Arches
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00


Then, just one lobsterboat
came by to unload some gear,
so I had to stop for a bit.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Beyond Low Tide to Mark Island

Beyond Low Tide
to Mark Island
off Sand Beach Point in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air on Sept x, 2018
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.
Arches cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $145.00


 Painting by the sea in the trees
 

One Above Three

One Above Three
lobsterboats seen from Granite Street
in Stonington, Maine painted plein air on Sept 20, 2018
5" x 7" (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
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00


First I painted a watercolor
of the scene without the boats,
posted yesterday.

Then I painted the scene
with only the boats.
With a painting you can do anything.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

To Below Granite Street

To Below Granite Street
in Stonington, Maine painted plein air on Sept 20, 2018
11" x 11" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $210.00

 

The setup

The location and art

Tucked in by the Sea

 Tucked in by the Sea
below Church Street in Stonington, Maine,
painted plain air as darkness descended on Sept 19, 2018
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Arches cold
press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fog Rocks

Fog Rocks
during sunset at Sand Beach in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air on Sept 18, 2018
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00