Sunday, May 31, 2020

Back Home to Anchor

Back Home to Anchor
seen from the public pier on Bickford Island,
Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 16, 2020, painted May 26, 2020
14" x 11" (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, $500

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Fast Conversation

Fast Conversation
off the public pier on Bickford Island,
Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 16, 2020, painted May 29, 2020
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, $300

Friday, May 29, 2020

Windy View from Great...

Windy View
from Great Wass Island
in DownEast Maine off Jonesport, Maine
plein air start circa 2107, Studio completed May 26, 2020
30" x 22" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, white gouache, and Uniball waterproof
fade proof ink on 300 lb. Arches cold press rough 100%
cotton watercolor paper
sold unframed, $900

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dinghy Afternoon

Dinghy Afternoon
at the public pier on Bickford Island,
Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 16, 2020, painted May 25-26, 2020
14" x 11" (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, $500, June 2020 at the
Art Guild of the Kennebunks
June 2020 Exhibition online

Sunday, May 24, 2020

A Dinghy Trio Triangle

A Dinghy Trio Triangle 
at the public dock at Bickford Island,
Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 16, 2020, painted on May 23, 2020
14" x 11" (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, $500

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Three Graces on Kennebunk...

Three Graces
on Kennebunk Beach
circa 1900
painted May 14, 2020
21 x 17" (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, $800


for sale at the Brickstore Museum in Kennebunk, Maine
during the Perspectives | 2020 Bicentennial Exhibition
Summer/Fall 2020, celebrating Kennebunk and Maine's
dual bicentennials in 2020 with artworks by over 50 artists
and paired stories and artifacts from Kennebunk's history.
The museum's web site is HERE.


The art is based on a Brickstore Museum archives black and white photo labeled Kennebunk Beach circa 1900. I researched fashion styles of 1900 for color accuracy. I was delighted to discover that vibrant bright colors were in vogue, along with the surely uncomfortable style of the day cinched waists.

The title is a nod to Charites, known in Greek mythology as The Three Graces, goddesses of such things as charm, beauty, and creativity, and painted by artists for centuries.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Fort Ridge Spring Fields

Fort Ridge
Spring Fields
behind my home on
Fort Ridge in Shapleigh, Maine
on May 3, 2020, painted May 5, 2020
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 rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Second Pond Spring


Second Pond Spring
on a woods walk behind my home
on May 7, 2020, painted May 9, 2020
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, $300

Friday, May 8, 2020

Fort Ridge Spring

 Fort Ridge Spring
behind my home on
Fort Ridge in Shapleigh, Maine
on May 3, 2020, painted May 5, 2020
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 rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Woods on a Ridge


Woods on a Ridge
behind my home on
Fort Ridge in Shapleigh, Maine
on May 3, 2020, painted May 5, 2020
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, $150

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Ice Cream Shop Reykjavik

Ice Cream Shop Reykjavik
empty of customers,
symbolizing our pandemic, 
on August 2, 2019, painted May 1, 2020
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, $300

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Pond Evening

Pond Evening
on the walk behind my home
on April 11, 2020, painted April 23, 2020
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, $150

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Nubble's Light Keeper's House

Nubble's Light
Keeper's House
at sunset as Georgia O'Keeffe would have seen it
during her 1920s visits, as seen from Sohier Park on
the Cape Neddick peninsula between Long Sands and Short Sands
beaches in York, Maine. Commonly called Nubble Light or The Nubble,
it's officially named Cape Neddick Light, on Nubble Island,
on October 25, 2014, painted April 19, 2020
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, $150



Nubble Light, York, Maine Postcard
Circa 1920
This is what Georgia O'Keeffe saw during her 1920's summer visits.
Various Artists
Paint at Nubble Light,
Cape Neddick, Maine
 
1
Rocks at the Nubble
Henry Strater (1896-1987), American
Oil on Canvas, 1939
Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Henry Strater's portraits, watercolors and other realistic works are or have been displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the City Art Museum of St. Louis, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Ogunquit (Maine) Museum of Art, a small museum he built in the art colony where he had spent his summers since 1925. A Strater portrait of Hemingway later was used for the cover of Carlos Baker's biography of the Nobel-winning writer.
     Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Strater attended Princeton University, where he met F. Scott Fitzgerald whose disenchantment with the Ivy League genre became the basis for many of his novels. Henry Strater, a Lost Generation artist fished with, fought and eventually befriended Ernest Hemingway and illustrated the controversial Cantos of poet Ezra Pound.
     He was the inspiration for the character Burne Halliday in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel This Side of Paradise. "I was the model for Burne Halliday, I regret to say," Strater once said. "Why? Well, I was pretty much of a wild Indian."
     Strater had gone to Paris in the 1920s to study at the Academy Grande Chaumiere and was with Edouard Vuillard when he met Hemingway. The two became friends, but only after they had brawled on a Paris street corner. "I had boxed in school, and I think I impressed Hemingway with my punch," Strater once recalled. "That's the only way you could impress him."
     He founded the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. He was also a lady's man, and married three times.


2
Old Nubble Light
Arthur Seller (1918-1972), American
Serigraph, 29" x 25" (w x h), limited edition of 200

Arthur Seller, born in 1918, spent his teen years in foster homes in Massachusetts. He was trained at the Massachusetts College of Art where he received a degree in Graphic Design. He married and had a son and daughter. Accomplished in design and calligraphy, he worked in Boston before moving to New York City. He became one of the Head Art Supervisors at the advertising agency Young & Rubicam, which at that time was the second largest advertising agency worldwide. After ten years, he was offered his first four-week vacation. He took it. The day he returned to work, he called his wife and told her that he couldn't do it anymore after commuting by train many years from Westport, Connecticut.
     He spent two years figuring out his next step. He taught himself color photography, got himself an agent, and traveled around the world taking photographs for major publications and corporate annual reports.
     In 1968, at 50-years-old, they moved to Rockport, Massachusetts. There his wife went into real estate so that he could paint. For the next seven years he painted in oil, working in his studio overlooking the ocean.
     At 57-years-old, while recovering from a hip replacement, he taught himself printmaking. His silkscreen prints were complex, some having up to 44 colors. He made them working solo in limited editions, some while he was on crutches. At his peak he had as many as thirty galleries up and down the east coast until he died in 1991 at the age of 72-years-old.



3
Nubble Light Lighthouse, York Beach, Maine
Laura Loth
Watercolor, 21" x 14" (w x h)


4
The Nubble Light, Cape Neddick Maine
Gordon France
Watercolor, 17" x 11" (w x h), plein air

Gordon France graduated from The School of The Art Institute Of Chicago then began a forty year career from studio artist to ad agency creative director. Upon retiring he resumed watercolor painting after attending evening classes at the Art Institute. Since then he has had exhibits.
     He was awarded 3rd place in American Artist magazines 70th Anniversary watercolor competition. Two of his paintings chronicling American city life were chosen for a two-year exhibit at the US Embassy in Sarajevo as part of the State Department's Art In Embassies program.
     He regularly attends painting workshops in the US and Europe and teaches classes, workshops, conducts painting critiques and demonstrations throughout Chicago and the Midwest. He's a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society and the Illinois Watercolor Society. He is represented by Lucas Galleries in New York City.


5
Nubble Light
Pam Lussier, American
Oil on linen, 10" x 8" (w x h)
$850 USD
Pamela Lussier is a 1978 graduate of the Art Institute of Boston. For twenty years she's been painting plein air, teaching workshops and participating in national paint outs.
     In December of 2007, Pam was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer, which resulted in the loss of her kidney function. Though her cancer remained in total remission after treatment, she received dialysis treatment for six years while painting and teaching. In 2013 she received a new donor kidney.
     Pam currently paints full time, teaches painting workshops with her husband David Lussier and helps manage the Todd Bonita Gallery in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit Maine during the summer season.


6
Bright Light
David Lussier, American
Oil on linen, 10" x 8" (w x h)
$950 USD
David Lussier is an award-winning contemporary impressionist and nationally recognized plein air painter and workshop instructor. David started his career as a commercially trained illustrator, but his passion was in fine art. Painting professionally for more than twenty-five years, he's garnered more than 75 prizes for his work, and is in numerous private and corporate collections. His work has been featured in art journals and he is a professional member in art associations and groups. David is also an official U.S. Open artist for the United States Golf Association. Four of his paintings hang in the permanent collection of the U.S.G.A. Museum in Far Hills New Jersey. He's married to painter, Pam Lussier. The Lussier's website is HERE

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Spring's Snowless Shadow

Spring's Snowless Shadow
of the snowless dirt road in
the shadow of spruce trees on my
right of way, Town Park entry road,
on April 10, 2020, painted April 16, 2020
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, $300

Friday, April 10, 2020

Design in Icing Out


Design in Icing Out
at the first pond on the pond's walk
in the Town Park behind my home on
March 22, 2020, painted April 6, 2020
20" x 13" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, wax resist, and #3 graphite on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $700

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Freyr at the Tub

Freyr at the Tub
playing at his home during the coronavirus quarantine
in Reykjavik, Iceland, April 2020
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
NFS

Friday, April 3, 2020

Up the Road Home

Up the Road Home
on the ponds walk
behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on March 22, 2020, painted April 3, 2020
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, $150

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Getty Challenge

Getty Museum Quarantine Challenge
Accepted by Bruce
On Twitter: @GettyMuseum

We challenge you to recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home. Choose your favorite artwork; find things lying around your house; recreate the artwork with those items.

See fabulous examples and get the directions on how to enter at the Getty HERE.

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 T off Rothko Study 1,
also known as Color in My Field Study 1


T off Rothko Study 2,
also known as Color in My Field Study 2


Pond Still Ice

Pond Still Ice
covering the first pond on the walk
behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on March 22, 2020, painted March 31, 2020
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, $150

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Last Snow

Last Snow
in my yard at day's end
on Fort Ridge, Shapleigh, Maine
on March 22, 2020, painted March 30, 2020
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, $300

Sunday, March 29, 2020

One Pear Here

One Pear Here
A Bartlett pear (Pyrus communis)
on fresh snow, plowed, by the driveway
on March 24, 2020, painted March 26, 2020
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, #3 graphite and Uniball waterproof fade proof
ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Saturday, March 28, 2020

One Pear There

One Pear There
A Bartlett pears (Pyrus communis)
on fresh snow, plowed, by the driveway
on March 24, 2020, painted March 26, 2020
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, #3 graphite and Uniball waterproof fade proof
ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Friday, March 27, 2020

One Pair, Two Pears

One Pair, Two Pears
Bartlett pears (Pyrus communis)
on fresh snow, plowed, by the driveway
on March 24, 2020, painted March 26, 2020
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, $300

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Spring Field

Spring Field

ready for the next season
on March 16, 2020, painted March 21, 2020
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, $300


Photographed in this field... 


Reality March 2020
photo and text by Bruce McMillan © 2020

A breeze, cold,
snows departed,
leaving behind
once hidden ochres,
forest leaves grounded,
tangled,

in a field's underbrush,
constrained,
going nowhere,
confined,
yet,
seemingly sailing by.

A field, a world, waits
to spring to life, yet,
life is on hold,
the world's population,
sailing in place,
confined.
 
Strange but True Facts & Deep Thoughts: Flew is the past tense while flu is the present tense.


Prescient Art Quiz

Art Quiz?

Who was the most noted and prescient painter,
who lived from 1882-1967, 
for the year 2020?

prescient (PREH-she-ant) - adjective,
human anticipation of the course of events, foresight.

1a
Study with notes for Morning Sun


1b
Morning Sun
Oil on canvas, 40" x 28" (w x h), 1952
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio


2a
Study for South Carolina Morning
The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina


2b
South Carolina Morning
Oil on canvas, 40" x 30" (w x h), 1955
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

In the spring of 1929, the artist and his wife visited Charleston, South Carolina. He produced eleven paintings, mostly architectural and beach scenes. Their trip occurred during a period of artistic revitalization in the city known as the Charleston Renaissance. They stayed for three weeks and met with the local artists and citizens. While there, the artist visited St. John's Lutheran Church, possibly at the suggestion of the owner of the boardinghouse where they stayed. It became the subject of his only known painting of a church interior. The artist was also interested in the city's unique houses, with their unusual sideways positioning. He and his wife explored the Low country and visited the surrounding, rural areas where he painted isolated cabins and palmetto trees along the coast. During their trip to the surrounding countryside, they encountered a woman who stood in front of her cabin but retreated indoors when her husband came home. Many years later, the artist revisited this chance meeting in the painting South Carolina Morning. It's the only painting in his works that depicts an African American woman.

3a
Notebook Sketch for Office in a Small City
3b
Office in a Small City
Oil on canvas, 40" x 28" (w x h), 1953
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Begun in Cape Cod over the summer
and finished in New York City, it was the
only oil painting the artist produced that year.

4a

Study for City Sunlight

4b

City Sunlight
Oil on canvas, 40" x 28" (w x h), 1954
Smithsonian Institution,
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

5a

Study for Cape Cod Morning
Conté crayon, 1950

5b

Cape Cod Morning
Oil on canvas, 40" x 34", 1950
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Answer: Edward Hopper


Hopper's timeless art, coronavirus stay at home quarantine in 2020, how did he know? The art of prescience.

Read the article, How artist Edward Hopper became the poster boy of quarantine culture, by Lydia Figues at dazeddigital HERE.

 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Two In Two Out

Two In Two Out
at Cape Porpoise Harbor, Kennebunkport, Maine
painted plein air February 26, 2020
8" x 10" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Port View


A Port View
from our Art Group of the view of the coast
in Kennebunkport, Maine, painted on February 26, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Model Art Group Pose Study 2

Model Art Group Pose Study 2
Rachel at our Art Group on the coast
in Kennebunkport, Maine, painted February 26, 2020
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, $300

Model Art Group Pose Study 1

Model Art Group Pose Study 1
Rachel at our Art Group on the coast
in Kennebunkport, Maine, painted February 26, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Sennelier oil pastels on 140 lb. Arches
cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper,
framed, $300

Monday, March 2, 2020

Lobster Home

Lobster Home
in Cape Porpoise Harbor, Kennebunkport, Maine
painted February 26, 2020
19" 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 rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $650

Monday, February 24, 2020

Blue Pole Pose


Blue Pole Pose
with model Rebekah
at our Kennebunk, Maine
art group on February 21, 2020,
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, $300

Sunday, February 23, 2020

One Leg Up

One Leg Up
with model Rebekah at our Kennebunk, Maine
art group on February 21, 2020,
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, $150.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Trunks Packed

Trunks Packed
by the woods behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on February 17, 2020, painted February 18-19, 2020
14" 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 rough 100% cotton extra
white watercolor paper framed, $500