Wednesday, October 21, 2020

My Autumn Yard

My Autumn Yard

on October 13, painted October 20, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, wax resist, and Uniball waterproof fade proof
ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Monday, October 19, 2020

Monhegan Island's Pulpit Rock from the Sea

Monhegan Island's Pulpit Rock
from the Sea

on the far northeast side of Monhegan Island in 2013,
painted October 18, 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, October 18, 2020

Monhegan Island's Pulpit Rock Below

Monhegan Island's
Pulpit Rock Below

on the far northeast side of Monhegan Island in 2016,
painted October 17, 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

Monhegan Island Art Story

A Charming
Monhegan Island Art Story

Once upon a time there were two fellows, painters, who summered on Monhegan Island, Eric and George. It was the early 1900s.

1
Maud Knowlton and Alice Swett Sketching
Eric Hudson (1864-1932), American
Oil on canvas, 1905
Monhegan Museum

Eric painted two of the island's female painters of the day while they sketched. Soon, Eric and his wife would have two daughters. His painter friend George and his wife would also have two daughters. Eric's youngest daughter was Jackie.

2
Jackie Hudson
William McGregor Paxton (1869-1941) American
Oil on canvas, circa 1920s
Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Exhibit in the Cape Ann Museum - Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA.

Paxton, co-founder of The Guild of Boston Artists, is known for his portraits, including those of Presidents Grover Cleveland and Calvin Coolidge.

Their daughters posed for many paintings now in museums. Eric's youngest daughter, Jackie (Jacqueline), would grow up and become a painter, graphic artist and benefactor of the arts. In 1968 she'd become a co-founder of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History.

3
George Bellows
On Monhegan Island September 24, 2017

In 1914 both of artist Eric's daughters, Julie and Jackie, would pose for his painter friend, George. The summer before, George was really busy with his art.

4
Iron Coast, Monhegan
George Bellows (1882-1925), American
Oil on cardboard, 19" x 15" (w x h), September 1913
Monhegan Museum of Art & History

George enjoyed painting on Monhegan so much that in one year on Monhegan Island he completed 117 paintings.

In 1913, George was an especially happy painter. He was involved in planning the noted 1913 Armory Show, exhibiting six paintings and eight drawings in this show.

In September George painted Iron Coast, Monhegan, which would eventually, and ironically, be donated to the Monhegan Museum in 1998 by his friend Eric's daughter, Jackie. In 1913 Jackie was only three-years-old.

It was the next summer, as a four-year-old cutie, when Jackie would pose for George. And as an adult she'd go on to become an artist, too.

5
Untitled (Monhegan Island)
Jacqueline Hudson (1910-2001), American
Woodcut print, 12" x 9" (w x h), 1935
Private collection
Originally: "To Mr. and Mrs. Wright, 1935"

Jackie studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Student League. She lived and carried on with her art career during summers in the family home on Monhegan Island, a member of the island community. She'd spent winters in nearby Damariscotta, Maine.

6
Fish House
Jacqueline Hudson (1910-2001), American
Stone lithograph, 18" x 12" (w x h)
Private collection, Maine 1975 Exhibition

Jackie's art would be exhibited at the American Watercolor Society, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Rockport (Massachusetts) Art Association as well as at the Farnsworth Museum of Art and the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art.

7
Julie Hudson
George Bellows (1882-1925), American
Oil on Masonite, 25" x 30", July 1914
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In the summer of 1914 Monhegan's art and fishing communities celebrated the 300th anniversary of the island's founding. George played in the celebration's band. This was also the summer Julie and Jackie posed, separately, for George. It was probably in their family home. In July Jackie's Older sister, Julie, posed for George's painting. Today that painting lives in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Meanwhile, in 2020 the painting George completed that 1914 summer of little sister Jackie is coming home to live in Maine.

8
Jackie (Jacqueline Hudson)
George Bellows (American, 1882-1925)
Oil on panel, 25" x 25" (w x h), 1914

Jackie (1910-2001) was four-years-old the summer she posed for her father's friend, George, on Monhegan Island. The painting stayed in George's family until George's wife, Emma, completed her journey through life in 1959. Then Max Dreyfus, an art collector from Bronxville, New York, obtained the painting. And then he gave the painting to his chauffeur. Upon the chauffeur completing his journey through life the painting came up for auction in July, 2020. Good fortune beckoned.

The painting's winning bid was $106,250, those winning funds generously donated to the Monhegan Museum by Susan Bateson and Stephen S. Fuller in honor of Edward L. Deci, director of the museum from 1984 to 2019. Jackie (Jacqueline Hudson) is coming home to Monhegan Island.

Jackie will be seen at the museum beginning in the summer of 2021.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Back Field Fall

Back Field Fall

behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 1, 2020, painted October 5, 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, October 11, 2020

Model Memory Study 2

Model Memory Study 2

painted October 9, 2020
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 rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Friday, October 9, 2020

Model Memory Study 1

Model Memory Study 1

painted October 5, 2020
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 rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Sunday, October 4, 2020

House Above the Dock

House Above the Dock

on Deer Isle in Stonington, Maine
on July 28, 2020, painted September 22, 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

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Summer's Matisse Dancers Leaving

Summer's Matisse Dancers
Leaving

dancing in motion on August 5, 2020,
painted September 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

Matisse Motion

La Danse (I)
Henri Matisse (1869-1954), French
Oil on canvas, 12' 10" x 8' 7" (w x h), 1909
MoMA, New York, NY


La Danse (II)
Henri Matisse (1869-1954), French
Oil on canvas, 12' 10" x 8' 7" (w x h), 1909-1910
State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Thursday, September 17, 2020

A Stride with Pride

A Stride with Pride

in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
during the pandemic on September 6, 2020
painted September 15, 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

Three Graces Kennebunk with Video

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.

On July 17, 2020 I did an interview at the Brickstore Museum, Kennebunk, Maine with the Museum's Director, Cynthia Walker, about my painting in the 2020 Bicentennial Exhibition Summer/Fall 2020.


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.

Brick Store Museum Video
of Bruce and His Art


Art Night! Featuring Bruce McMillan
at Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine.
The July 17, 2020 interview starts at 3:25
in the 18:21 video HERE.

The YouTube direct link is HERE.




Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Captain of a Gundalow

Captain on a Gundalow

sailing on the Piscataqua River
between Portsmouth, New Hampshire
and Kittery, Maine on September 6, 2020,
painted September 8, 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, September 8, 2020

Gundalow Piscataqua

Gundalow Piscataqua

sailing on the Piscataqua River
between Portsmouth, New Hampshire
and Kittery, Maine on September 6, 2020,
painted September 6-7, 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, September 4, 2020

Nude, Rocks, Sea, See

Nude, Rocks, Sea, See

nearby Sand Beach, on Deer Isle, Stonington, Maine,
painted September 4, 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

Thursday, September 3, 2020

One Red Rowboat Still

One Red Rowboat Still

moored off Green Head Lookout in Stonington Harbor
on Deer Isle in Stonington, Maine on July 28, 2020,
painted September 3, 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

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

That Yellow House Study 2

That Yellow House Study 2

on Deer Isle in Stonington, Maine, July 28, 2020
painted September 29, 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

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

That Yellow House Study 1

 

That Yellow House Study 1

in Stonington, Maine on July 28, 2020
painted September 28, 2020
14" x 11" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $500

Sunday, August 23, 2020

House Harbor Stonington Study

House Harbor Stonington
Study

in Stonington, Maine, Deer Isle, on July 31, 2020,
painted August 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 SOLD

Hydrangea, Houses, Harbor, Stonington

Hydrangea, Houses, Harbor,
Stonington

in Stonington Maine on July 31, 2020
painted August 22, 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
and clear wax resist, on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton extra white
watercolor paper, framed, $300

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John Marin Around Town


Deer Isle, Stonington, Maine, No. 10
John Marin (1870-1953) American
Watercolor, charcoal, and pencil on paper, 18" x 15" (w x h), 1924
For sale: $140,000 USD

Stonington Harbor, Deer Isle, Maine

John Marin (1870-1953) American
Watercolor on paper, 21" x 17" (w x h), 1924
Auction 2019 sold: $97,600 USD

Note the active granite quarry on Crotch Island at the top of the painting, as well as the shipping schooners of those times, well before a bridge was built to Deer Isle.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Sailing Buddies Anchored

Sailing Buddies Anchored

in Rockport Harbor at Rockport, Maine
painted plein air August 1, 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

Monday, August 17, 2020

Down Granite Street to Sea

Down Granite Street
to Sea

on Deer Isle in Stonington, Maine,
painted plein air July 30, 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

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Four John Marin
Stonington Watercolors

plus
John Marin Storm Comments to Alfred Stieglitz
from a Stonington, Maine, September 20, 1919 Letter

1
Stonington, Maine
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor, charcoal and pencil on paper,
19" x 17" (w x h), 1921
Christie's 2008 Auction Sold $51,400 USD

2
Pertaining to Stonington Harbor
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and charcoal over graphite pencil
on white wove paper, 20" x 15" (w x h), 1926
Detroit Institute of Arts Museum

On September 20, 1919 John Marin wrote to Alfred Stieglitz in a letter:
It is a big storm, a very big storm, the biggest. And the signs of clearing on the horizon are like Will-of-the-Wisps. So, to ship with the man of the big laugh, why paint, why make photographs. Dam it all, we have and we will just insist on our right to just paint and make photographs, just as long as we blooming please, and that will be as long as we be.

3
Passing Rains, Stonington, Maine
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and graphite on paper,
17" x 14" (w x h), 1919
Alfred Stieglitz Collection

4
Approaching Thunderstorm
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and pencil on paper,
11" x 8" (w x h), 2019
Christie's 1997 Auction Sold $10,700 USD

Mark Island Still There Study 1

Mark Island Still There Study 1

off the Sand Beach Woods in Stonington, Maine,
painted plein air July 28, 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

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John Marin
Deer Isle Watercolors


The Sea off Deer Isle
Movement, Sea and Sun

John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and charcoal on paper,
17" x 14" (w x h), 1921
Offered in Christies Auction 2019
estimate $70,000-100,000 USD

Deer Isle, Maine, Movement No. 14
(The Sea and Pertaining Thereto)

John Marin (1870-1953) American
Watercolor and pencil on paper,
17" x 13" (w x h), 1927
Sothebys Auction 2019 Sold $40,000 USD

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Mark Island Still There Study 2

Mark Island
Still There Study 2

off the Sand Beach Woods in Stonington, Maine,
painted plein air July 28, 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

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John Marin Watercolors



Seal Rocks, Maine
(based on the rock formation,
possibly at Sand Beach, Stonington)

John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor on paper, 12" x 9" (w x h), 1919


Mark Isle and Bay, Deer Isle, Maine
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor on paper, 16" x 13" (w x h), 1928

Friday, August 14, 2020

Andrew and Weir as Islands

Andrew and Weir as Islands

left to right, off Sand Beach on Deer Isle in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air July 28, 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

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John Marin Island Art
in Stonington


When John Marin visited Stonington, Maine on Deer Isle, 1919-1928, he had to ferry across, unlike today with the suspension bridge (1939). Knowing that John Marin likely ate lunch at the small inn by Sand Beach, and familiar with the view of Weirs Island at Sand Beach with the rocks in the foreground, these first two paintings are likely of Weirs Island off Sand Beach.


From Deer Isle, Maine Looking Outward
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and charcoal on white wove paper
16" x 13" (w x h), 1923
Detroit Institute of Arts Museum


Movement No 23-The Sea and Pertaining Thereto
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor with blotting, wiping, and touches of scraping,
and with black and brown colored pencils,
on moderately thick, moderately textured,
ivory wove paper, 18" x 14" (w x h), 1927
Alfred Stieglitz Collection

The island on the left in my painting, Andrew's Island, is the one that John Marin painted on 96-years ago for his painting below.

Andrew's Island, Stonington, Maine
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and pencil on heavy white watercolor paper
12" x 9" (w x h), 1924
Detroit Institute of Arts Museum