Tuesday, April 22, 2014

After the Ice

After the Ice
at the first pond on the walk behind my home in
Shapleigh, Maine on April 20, 2014, sketched on April 22, 2014
8" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press extra white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, April 21, 2014

Last Snow

Last Snow
on the ponds walk behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on April 20, 2014, sketched on April 21, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 144 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press extra white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Lily Lilium Um Flowering

Lily Lilium Um Flowering
a Lilium Longiflorum flowering in a pot set out on my deck in the
early morning after an inch of snow on a sunny day Shapleigh, Maine
on April 16, 2014, sketched on April 20, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press extra white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lily's Curl

Lily's Curl
a Lilium Longiflorum flowering in a pot set out
on my deck in the early morning after an inch
of snow on a sunny day Shapleigh, Maine
on April 16, 2014, sketched on April 20, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 144 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press extra white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lily Bud

Lily Bud
a Lilium Longiflorum budding in a pot set out on my deck in the early morning
after an inch of snow on a sunny day Shapleigh, Maine
on April 16, 2014, sketched on April 19, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 144 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press extra white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Friday, April 18, 2014

Trumpet Bloom Lilium Longiflorum

Trumpet Bloom Lilium Longiflorum
in a pot set out on my deck in the early morning
after an inch of snow on a sunny day Shapleigh, Maine
on April 16, 2014, sketched on April 18, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press extra white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Note: I love painting big white blossoms on a sunny blue sky day with all their colors.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Ice Out Pond Flag . . .

The Ice Out Pond Flag
Ice, Shadow, Underwater
at the edge of the hemlock needled ice on the second pond
on the woods walk behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on April 12, 2014, sketched on April 17, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, and clear wax resist 
on 300 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press extra white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Oh, Deer

Oh, Deer
an Eastern While Tail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus borealis)
on my lawn as seen out my bedroom window in Shapleigh,
Maine on April 15, 2014, sketched on April 16, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 144 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press extra white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping



Bliss . . .

Bliss . . .

. . . is being at the beach
painted from memory
using only a huge
number thirty round while
imagining what lies
beyond, friends, family,
adventures, wondering
if I might ever see
a Rothko at the Tate.

Sketched on April 16, 2014 for the Daily Paintworks Challenge,
Bliss by my friend Brenda Ferguson on Saturday April 12, 2014:
"Whether through color, subject matter or treatment, your challenge this week
is to create a painting that exemplifies JOY for you."
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 144 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press extra white watercolor paper
Also online at the Daily Paintworks Challenge HERE
where you may also leave a comment
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, April 14, 2014

Brenda, Kathy and Carol . . .

Brenda, Kathy and Carol
After Lunch, Artists in
Freeport Maine
Brenda Ferguson (blog), Kathy Mallat (site), and Carol Marine (blog)
browsing in Freeport, Maine on April 13, 2014, sketched on April 14, 2014
8" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Fabriano Artistico 500 soft press extra white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Artists Bruce, Carol Marine, and Brenda Ferguson
with the iconic L.L. Bean Boot, size 410
according to the Bean information
Note: Bruce and Brenda have
taken Carol's Workshop

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Deicing for Liftoff

Deicing for Liftoff
at the second pond on the ponds walk behind my home in
Shapleigh, Maine on April 12, 2014, sketched on April 13, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Fabriano Artistico 500 hot press extra white watercolor paper
 
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Still Pond Ice Receding

Still Pond Ice Receding
the first pond on the walk behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on April 9, 2014, sketched on April 12, 2014
9" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 400 lb.
Arches cold press natural white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Edge of the Pond Ice Out

Edge of the Pond Ice Out
at the first pond on the walk behind me home
in Shapleigh, Maine on April 9, 2014, sketched on April 11, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 400 lb.
Arches cold press natural white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Last Petal Curl

The Last Petal Curl
of a tulip flower in a pot set out in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on April 2, 2014, sketched on April 10, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
 
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tulip Petal's Parting Curl

Tulip Petal's Parting Curl
in a pot set out in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on April 2, 2014, sketched on April 9, 2014
9.75" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Fabriano Artistico 500 soft press extra white watercolor paper 
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Note: The grays are a mix of  ivory black and Chinese white. 
I just got some neutral tint to try as a variation of ivory black.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tulip Departing in Snow

Tulip Departing in Snow
in a pot set out in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine on April 2, 2014, sketched on April 8, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Fabriano Artistico soft press traditional white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, April 7, 2014

Self Portrait Contest Voting

Jerry's Artarama
2nd annual Self Portrait Contest
Voting in two phases 1) Online 2) Judged
See and vote for my self portrait.
Voting closes April 13, 2014.
(It's a simple click.)
Snowshoeing Photo Break 
Click HERE 
About the contest HERE

Viewing Art

Viewing Art
Anonymous woman at the Banks Gallery (HERE)
during Art Walk Friday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
on April 4, 2014, sketched on April 7, 2014
9" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico hot press traditional white watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Shelby, Bobbi and Don

Shelby, Bobbi and Don
in the Piscataqua Fine Arts Gallery of Don Gorvett HERE
during First Friday Artwalk in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
on April 4, 2014, sketched on April 5, 2014
6.5" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 300 lb. Fabriano Artistico Series hot press traditional white
watercolor paper painted using a Princeton #12 round

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

A Fallen Petal's Reveal

A Fallen Petal's Reveal
of a white tulip set out in the sun after one petal fell
in Shapleigh, Maine on March 27, 2014, sketched on April 1, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, April 3, 2014

To First Base

To First Base
at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts ready for opening day, April 4, 2014,
sketched on April 4, 2014, 8.5" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors, 
#3 graphite, on 400 lb. Arches Natural White cold press watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
and to get To First Base you may purchase it.


Note: I have fond memories of going to the Red Sox games with my grandfather, Frank Harold McMillan. We'd start the day taking the bus trolley from 6 Winter Street in Dorchester, the second walk-up where they lived, and to the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum, when it was free as stipulated in her will, and he'd regal me with stories of the eccentric Mrs. Jack.
     Then we'd walk by the victory gardens in the Fens on the way to Fenway Park and he'd chat with the gardeners. Finally we'd arrive at empty Fenway Park early to watch batting practice and have hot dogs for lunch. We could sit anywhere, an empty stadium for the game, usually on the third base line looking down the first base line, and we'd watch the Red Sox lose.
     But we'd watch Ted Williams hit a home run. My grandfather would point out all the little things about Fenway, like the Yawkey's initials, the long-time owners, painted in Morse code on the scoreboard. When a foul ball flew over us I asked him if he'd ever gotten a foul ball, never. In all the years he'd gone to Red Sox games he never got a baseball but he caught the memories and could talk about all of the old time players going back to the 1920s. 
     But as a kid visiting Boston from Bangor, Maine, it never dawned on me that all the Red Sox Players were white until years later. The Red Sox have the dubious distinction of being the last major league baseball team to add a black player to the roster, infielder Elijah Jerry "Pumpsie" Green, in 1959, twelve years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier and the year before Ted Williams retired. In 2012 Pumpsie threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Jackie Robinson day at Fenway Park and later in April attended Fenway Park's 100th anniversary celebration. How things change. I wonder what my grandfather would think of Big Papi's swing and smile? We got to first base, on to second.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Below the Bloom

Below the Bloom
of a white tulip set out in the sun in Shapleigh, Maine
on March 27, 2014, sketched on April 1, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
 
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What White Tulip

What White Tulip
set out in the sun in Shapleigh, Maine
on March 27, 2014, sketched on April 1, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Note: This was painted entirely using a large Princeton size 24 Round 4050R 

Beach Towel

Beach Towel
A beach scene seen in my imagination using appropriate paper
10" x 5.25" (7" x 5" in 10" x 8" framed),
Winsor & Newton watercolors on Berkley & Jensen 2 ply white quilted paper towel


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


Note: This was painted entirely using a large Princeton size 24 Round 4050R

Also Note: By the way, it's April first, wink, wink.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Footbridge at Perkins Cove

The Footbridge at Perkins Cove
in Ogunquit, Maine on March 25, 2014, sketched on March 31, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Marginal Way View in March

Marginal Way View in March
in Ogunquit, Maine on March 25, 2014, sketched on March 30, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, white Crayola crayon wax resist, 
on 140 lb. Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Note: The Crayola crayon wax resist works well with the houses on the horizon. The paper surface affects the resist so I purposely used cold press paper the make the spaces, the wax only blocking the watercolor on the high points of the paper.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Gull Eye to Eye

Gull Eye to Eye
in the parking lot at the beach in Ogunquit, Maine
on March 25, 2014, sketched on March 29, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Friday, March 28, 2014

Studio Gallery Waiting

Studio Gallery Waiting
of artist Todd Bonita, web site HERE and blog HERE
in March waiting for the May 2014 opening, located at the
end of the footbridge in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine
 

taken on March 25, 2014, sketched on March 28, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
painted entirely with a large brush, a Winsor & Newton round 
number 16 Sceptre Gold II sable/synthetic brush, 
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Studio Gallery Waiting Study
This is the study I did March 28th to figure out my approach,
how to simplify the basic elements.
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb. 
painted with Winsor & Newton rounds, numbers 10 and 12 
Sceptre Gold II sable/synthetic brushes, 
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper.

Studio Gallery Waiting 
Reference Photo
March 25, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

We Have Liftoff

We Have Liftoff
an American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus)
lifting off from the parking lot by the beach in Ogunquit,
Maine on March 25, 2014, sketched on March 26, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Gull from Below

Gull from Below
an American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus)
standing atop the footbridge at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine
on March 25, 2014, sketched on March 26, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lichen in a Wood

Lichen in a Wood
in my woods in Shapleigh, Maine on March 23, 2014, sketched on March 25, 2014,
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
This is my 300th painting posting...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Snowy Wood Sunset Illumination II


Snowy Wood Sunset Illumination II
by the fields behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on March 21, 2014, sketched on March 24, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
Painted entirely with a Princeton Neptune #20 watercolor brush, a very large brush 
Note: 
I painted this after I'd worked out the basic elements by painting a more detailed study the day before. It helps me in placing the image in my mind in simpler graphic form so that I'm able to paint the finished work with minimal brush strokes. I'm painting an impression of the scene, tending towards the abstract. It's a painting; if I want a reproduction of the scene a photo will suffice.
        I'm amused at how this approach seems to be the reverse of many artists, whose lose sketches get the basics and then they add the details in the final art. I'm often drawn more to their sketches than the finished pictorial art; it's more of an impression.

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

Reference photo

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Snowy Wood Sunset Illumination

Snowy Wood Sunset Illumination
by the fields behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on March 21, 2014, sketched on March 23, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring Sunset Snow Field

Spring Sunset Snow Field
looking north behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on March 21, 2014, sketched on March 22, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Spring...
by Bruce McMillan
...is here, this I know,
late sunset light is in flow,
while snow blues persist.


Photo and text © 2014 Bruce McMilla

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cape Porpoise Pier

Cape Porpoise Pier
seasonal empty in Kennebunkport, Maine
on March 10, 2014, sketched on March 21, 2014
10" x 8.5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
Crayola crayon wax resist, on 300 lb Fabriano Artistico
soft press extra white archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bartlett Pear Over Lichens

Bartlett Pear Over Lichens
on a rock with snow background in Shapleigh, Maine
on March 18, 2014, sketched on March 20, 2014
9.5" x 7.5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
Crayola crayon wax resist on 300 lb Fabriano Artistico
soft press extra white archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Study for Tomato Soup Box 2014

Study for Tomato Soup Box 2014
Imagine natural Creations Creamy Garden Tomato Soup box
set out in the snow in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on March 18, 2014, sketched on March 19, 2014
 

7.5" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
and uni-ball waterproof fade-proof ink on 140 lb.
Strathmore Windpower cold press archival watercolor paper 

unframed, sold framed, $9,500,000 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Grand Boys in the High

Grand Boys in the High
Grandson Teague McMillan and Grandson Finn McMillan
from a photo on an iPhone by Brett McMillan at Andermatt in the Swiss Lepontine Alps
on March 2, 2014, sketched on March 18, 2014
9" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Windpower cold press archival watercolor paper

NFS

Monday, March 17, 2014

Rowing To . . .

Rowing To . . .
the Ashley Lauren in Cape Porpoise Harbor in Kennebunkport,
Maine on March 10, 2014, sketched on March 17, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Windpower cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Eider Way Decisions

Eider Way Decisions
off the Cape Porpoise Dock in Kennebunkport, Maine
on March 10, 2014, sketched on March 16, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Windpower cold press archival watercolor paper
 
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Skiffs Over Cast

Skiffs Over Cast
at the Cape Porpoise Dock in Kennebunkport, Maine
on March 10, 2014, sketched on March 15, 2014
10" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Fabriano Artistico soft press extra white archival watercolor paper

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

Friday, March 14, 2014

Not Looking There

Not Looking There
a Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) standing on the dock
at Cape Porpoise Harbor in Kennebunkport, Maine
on March 10, 2014, sketched on March 14, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gull On Light Off

Gull On Light Off
at Cape Porpoise Harbor in Kennebunkport, Maine
on March 10, 2014, sketched on March 12, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping