Monday, January 26, 2015

Ice Fishing Calm

Ice Fishing Calm
before the storm, the leading edge of the Blizzard of '15 seen
over the blue sky setting sun on Mousam Lake in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 26, 2015, sketched on January 27, 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

also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE

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

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Snowshoeing Shadow Selfie

Snowshoeing Shadow Selfie
in the back fields of the Town Park behind my home in
Shapleigh, Maine on January 25, 2015, sketched on January 26, 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
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE

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

Pear Snowed In

Pear Snowed In
Comice pear on my deck railing during a snowfall in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 24, 2015, sketched on January 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

also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

Snowshoe Trail

Snowshoe Trail
in the back field of the Town Park behind my home in
Shapleigh, Maine on January 13, 2015, sketched on January 24, 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
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Cyclamen Leans

A Cyclamen Leans
outside on my deck in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 20, 2015, sketched on January 23, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
#3 graphite,  on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Grand Canal Venice II

Grand Canal Venice II
in Venice, Italy on May 29, 2014, sketched on January 22, 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
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00


Inspired after I saw this Monet 
on January 16, 2015 at the MFA, Boston

Grand Canal, Venice
Claude Monet
Oil on canvas, 36" x 29", 1908
Boston Museum of Fine Arts

And then realized when I got home from the museum that Monet and I had, like so many artists, enjoyed the same view. I'd taken this photo May 29, 2014, on my trip to Venice, which was a gift from my son, a wonderful trip with the whole family including my grandboys.

Update Monhegan: Kent House

Why did I buy this at the MFA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston?

Yes, it was on sale with the Jamie Wyeth exhibition over. Yes, it would fit in fine with my grocery bags that I keep in the car. But . . .

. . . it was the familiarity of the art. I knew this view painted by Jamie in 1971. Since then a dormer was added to the front as seen in my August 2013 painting.

Yes, I'd seen, painted, and posted this view before I ever saw Jamie's painting. I'd posted it HERE in 2013. It's the view from the boat when I departed Monhegan and they captain took the long way around the island by the Kent House.

Early in his career Jamie Wyeth purchased the Kent House on Monhegan Island, Maine with money he earned from his painting sales. The two exchanged letters in 1970, Jamie first buying one of Kent paintings and then Kent House.

"About the situation of the house," Kent wrote, "you will be interested to know that when I built it so very close to the sea, I was warned by old Monheganers that it would never stand up against stormy weather. But since there was grass growing in the scanty soil on that site, I was certain the sea would never reach it. But for a year or two after I built the house, I had nightmares over its being washed away and of myself swimming about in the wreckage."

Rockwell Kent and Jamie Wyeth never met. Kent died in 1971, the year that Jamie painted The Kent House.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Red Bell

The Red Bell
a red amaryllis set out on my deck on a sunny day in
Shapleigh, Maine on January 20, 2015, sketched on January 21, 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
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00
 The Red Bell II
a red amaryllis set out on my deck on a sunny day in
Shapleigh, Maine on January 20, 2015, sketched on January 21, 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

Amaryllis Exhibition at SPL

Snow White Amaryllis in Winter, an exhibition of amaryllis watercolors by children's book author Bruce McMillan painted from 2013-2015 will be on display through March 31st at the Springvale Public Library, 443 Main Street, Springvale, Maine (207) 324-4624.
Monday: 9:30-7:00
Tuesday: 9:30-7:00
Wednesday: 9:30-7:00
Thursday: 9:30-5:00
Friday:  closed
Saturday: 9:00-2:00
Sunday:  closed
To complement the now-blooming amaryllis bulbs Bruce gives to the library during the holiday season, nineteen watercolor paintings of white amaryllis are on display. It's a blooming bright winter in the library. Bruce will be donating 50% the proceeds of all art sales from all paintings sold during the exhibition at the library to the children's room. All paintings are sold framed. Contact the library to inquire about a purchase.

Paintings 1-9 and 19 $195 ($170 + $9.35 sales tax + $15.65 Handling)
Paintings 10-18 $115.00 ($100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 Handling)


1 Trumpet Bloom Lilium Longiflorum, 10" x 8", 2014/04/18 Original post HERE

2 Open Wide, 10" x 8", 2014/01/16 Original post HERE

3 Bloom in Blue (large), 10" x 7", 2014/01/20 Original post HERE
 

4 Pistil and Stamens, 9" x 6", 2014/01/14 Original post HERE
5 Still Standing, 10" x 7", 2014/01/09 Original post HERE
 

6 Profile in Winter White, 9" x 7", 2014/01/04 Original post HERE

7 Hanging Out, 10" x 7", 2014/01/02 Original post HERE

 8 White Amaryllis in Snow, 10" x 8", 2013/12/29 Original post HERE

 
9 White Amaryllis Trumpet I, 12" x 9", 2014/12/28 Original post HERE

10 Afternoon Heralding Bloom, 7" x 5", 2014/01/17 Original post HERE

11 Amaryllis Green Bud in Snow, 7" x 5", 2013/12/21 Original post HERE

 12 Sunny Winter Blooms, 7" x 5", 2014/01/20 Original post HERE
13 Amaryllis Profile, 7" x 5", 2015/01/04 Original post HERE

  14 Looking Amaryllis Up, 7" x 5", 2015/01/02 Original post HERE

 15 Three Winter Blooms Wave Stamens, 7" x 5", 2015/01/02 Original post HERE
 
16 Amaryllis Sun, 7" x 5", 2014/01/02 Original post HERE

 17 Bloom in Blue (small), 7" x 5", 2014/12/28 Original post HERE
 
18 Down Under, 7" x 5", 2014

19 Snow White Snow, 10" x 7", 2014/01/02


Winter Selfie

Winter Selfie
in the back fields behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 13, 2015, sketched on January 20, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Strathmore
500 Series Premium cold press 100% cotton archival watercolor paper
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Monday, January 19, 2015

Still Grass, Shallow Snow

Still Grass, Shallow Snow
in the back field in the Town Park
behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 17, 2015, sketched on January 19, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE

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

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Love Between Monets

Love Between Monets
with a couple and their daughter, passers by, hugging, while standing between 
Claude Monet's Water Lilies (1907) and
Grainstack (Snow Effect)
(1891)
at the MFA, Boston, Massachusetts on January 16, 2015,
sketched on January 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 rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00


Water Lilies
Claude Monet (1840–1926)
Oil on canvas, 38" x 38", 1907
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Massachusetts


Grainstack (Snow Effect)
Claude Monet (1840–1926)
Oil on Canvas, 36" x 26", 1891
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Massachusetts

Vincent, You Have Male

Vincent, You Have Male
Postman Joseph Roulin, framed, 
with a passer by at the MFA, Boston, Massachusetts
on January 16, 2015, sketched on January 17, 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
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE

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

Postman Joseph Roulin
Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890
Oil on canvas, 26" x 32", 1888
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

While painting this work, van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, about the local postman, a close friend and favorite sitter, "I am now at work with another model, a postman in blue uniform, trimmed with gold, a big bearded face, very like Socrates."

Friday, January 16, 2015

Snowshoeing Selfie

Snowshoeing Selfie
in the back fields in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 13, 2015, sketched on January 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 rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snowshoeing Shadowed

Snowshoeing Shadowed
a selfie in the back fields in Shapleigh, Maine on January 13, 2015, 
sketched on January 15, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Study 5 of 5 . . .

Study 5 of 5 
for Parsons Beach Commission 
of an American Herring gull (Larus smithsonianus) over Laudholm Beach, Wells, Maine
sketched on January 11, 2015, a large part of the final beach scene,
12" x 9", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico rough extra white 100% cotton watercolor paper
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE
framed, sold framed, $170 + $9.35 sales tax + $15.65 S&H = $195.00


Studies 1-5

Monday, January 12, 2015

Study 4 of 5 . . .

Study 4 of 5 
for Parsons Beach Commission
of a young passer-by at Laudholm Beach, Wells, Maine
sketched on January 11, 2015, a small part of the final beach scene,
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb. Strathmore cold press archival 100% cotton watercolor paper
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00


Studies 1-4

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Study 3 of 5 . . .

Study 3 of 5 
for Parsons Beach Commission
with a passer-by and Grandson Teague models at
Laudholm Beach, Wells, Maine sketched on January 11, 2015,
a small part of the final beach scene,
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
also online at Leslie's Saeta's January 2015's 30 Paintings in 30 Days HERE
framed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $9.50 shipping = $115.00

 Studies 1-3