Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Docked for Tonight

Docked for Tonight

at the public dock for the Cape Porpoise pier on
Bickford Island at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport,
Maine on November 10, 2020, painted November 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

Dinghy Pair Docked

Dinghy Pair Docked

at the public dock for the Cape Porpoise pier on
Bickford Island at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport,
Maine on November 10, 2020, painted November 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

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Stern Seats Docked

Stern Seats Docked

at the public dock for the Cape Porpoise pier on
Bickford Island at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport,
Maine on November 10, 2020, painted November 22/24, 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

The Painter

On this November short daylight day, there was only time to take reference photos around Bickford Island of the Cape Porpoise harbor surroundings to paint from, including a selfie or two using the timer of my small camera. -Bruce

Monday, November 23, 2020

Dinghy Docking Space

Dinghy Docking Space

at the public dock for the Cape Porpoise pier on
Bickford Island at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport,
Maine on November 10, 2020, painted November 22, 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

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The Art of Dinghies

a visual essay of fine art by fine artists

1
Four Dinghies at the Dock
Angela Ooghe, American
Oil on canvas, 22" x 17" (w x h), 2012
The artist's website is HERE.
She lives and works in Miami.

2
Teal Morning
Brian Cameron (1952- ), American
Acrylic on linen, 22" x 30" (w x h)
The artist's website is HERE.

Brian Cameron works from his studio beside his oceanfront home on the beach just north of Gearhart, Oregon where he lives with his wife Leslie.

3
Boy in Boat, Gloucester
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), American
Watercolor, opaque watercolor, over graphite
on rough-textured, ivory paper,
14" x 9" (w x h), 1880/81
The artist's painting is at
The Art Institute of Chicago
website HERE.

"Homer began Boy in Boat, Gloucester while staying at the lighthouse on Ten Pound Island in the harbor of the fishing town Gloucester, Massachusetts. During his time in Gloucester, he frequently depicted local boys playing on boats, fishing, and waiting for their fathers to return from the sea. In this watercolor he began experimenting with scraping, revealing the white of the paper to create highlights in the large rock at right. Furthermore, he was developing his skill in transparent watercolor, which he used to great effect for the reflective surface of the water." - Art Institute of Chicago notes

4
In Waiting
Ken DeWaard, American
Oil on linen, 18" x 24" (w x h)
The artist's website is HERE.
The artist lives with his family of
four children in Hope, Maine.

5
Three Boats on a Beach
Margaret Griffith, American
Oil on birch panel, 40" x 30" (w x h)
$1,200 USD
The artist's website is HERE.

The artist has a summer home on Little Cranberry Island. "This piece is based upon a photo of mine. The boats were all lined up on the beach where they had been pulled up to avoid the tide." - MG

6
White Dinghy Bow
Bobbie Heath, American
Oil on panel, 7" x 5" (w x h), 2019
The artist's website is HERE.
The artist lives in Massachusetts with
a summer home in Maine.

7
Waiting for a Crew
Philip Frey (1967- ), American
Oil, 2014
The artist's website is HERE.

Philip Frey is the only artist in this group who can call himself a true Mainer, born in Portland in 1967. There is a wonderful book of his Maine art, Philip Frey: Here and Now, on amazon HERE.

8
Dinghies Resting on Fish Beach
(Monhegan Island)
Carol L. Douglas, American
Oil on panel, June 2016
The artist's blog is HERE.
The artist lives in Rockport, Maine

Painted on a Monhegan Island trip with Bobbi Heath and Mary Sheehan Winn in June, 2016. "We woke yesterday with the sun pouring in our windows at 4:30 am. This far north and this close to the summer solstice, days are deliciously long. Bobbi was interested in the breaking skies; I didn't care much what I painted as long as I got outdoors. We decided to work at Fish Beach in the morning and the lighthouse in the afternoon." - CD

I've had the good fortune to paint with Ken DeWaard, Bobbi Heath, and Carol Douglas here in Maine.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Breeze from a Sunset

Breeze from a Sunset 

moored lobsterboats in Cape Porpoise harbor
at Kennebunkport, Maine on November 10, 2020
painted November 17-19, 2020
14" x 11" (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, $500

Maine Artists
Paint Lobsterboats Using Oils

1
Six Boats, Vinalhaven
Connie Hayes, (1962- ) American
Oil on panel, 12" x 9" (w x h), circa 2013
The artist's website is HERE.


2
Wish You Were Here
Daniel J. Corey, American
Oil on canvas, 56" x 48" (w x h)
The artist's website is HERE.


3
At the Dock
Brad Betts
Oil on linen, 8" x 6" (w x h), circa 2013
The artist's website for his Wiscasset, Maine
Downeast Gallery is HERE.


4
Note: Same harbor as my watercolor
The Hues of Solitude (Cape Porpoise Harbor)
Bethany Harper Williams, Canadian, seasonal Maine
Oil on canvas, 16" x 16" (w x h), 2018
Maine Art Hill Gallery
The artist's website is HERE.


5
Sleeping In
Bobbi Heath, American
Oil on panel, 12" x 12" (w x h), 2016
The artist's website is HERE.


6
Underneath
Colin Page (1977- ), American
Oil, circa 2012
The artist's website is HERE.
The artist's Camden, Maine Page Gallery is HERE.





Saturday, November 14, 2020

Strandir Valley of Fog

Strandir Valley of Fog

in the remote eastern West Fjords, Iceland
on July 8, 2009, painted November 12-13, 2020
17.5" x 13.25" (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, $750

Thursday, November 12, 2020

On the Way to Látrabjarg

On the Way to Látrabjarg

in the southwestern West Fjords, Iceland
on August 8, 2006, painted November 9, 2020
15.5" x 13.25" (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, $750

Monday, November 9, 2020

Puffin Pair Looking Down There

Puffin Pair
Looking Down There

Artist's Note: Puffins, with their distinctive bills, almost become trite, so my focus was in painting a more graphic and design view, with motion for the eye, of this bird species that I've photographed and lived with for over a quarter of a century.

Two Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica)
high on a cliff in Látrabjarg, West Fjords, Iceland
August 8, 2006, painted November 9, 2020
13" x 15.5" (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, $750

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Autumn Sun Sets on Tidal Grass

Autumn Sun Sets on Tidal Grass

at the Royal River Conservation Trust
West Side Trail at Sandy Point Beach,
Cousins Island, Yarmouth, Maine on
November 3, 2020, painted November 7, 2020
1-" 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, November 6, 2020

Two Crabby Apples

Two Crabby Apples

Wild crab apples (Malus sp.)
at the ocean-view parking lot of the Royal River
Conservation Trust West Side Trail at Sandy Point Beach,
Cousins Island, Yarmouth, Maine on November 3, 2020
painted November 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

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Still Here Two

Still Here Two

at the public dock on
Littlejohn Island in Yarmouth, Maine
on November 3, 2020, painted November 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

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Still Here

Still Here

at the public dock on
Littlejohn Island in Yarmouth, Maine
on November 3, 2020, painted November 4, 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

Monday, November 2, 2020

North to Strandir

North to Strandir

on the way to the remote eastern West Fjords,
in Iceland, a memory from a photo I took
July 7, 2009, painted October-November, 2020
17.5" x 13.25" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, masking fluid, and Uniball waterproof
fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $750

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Model Memory 3

Model Memory 3

painted October 25, 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

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Leaving Green Behind

 
Leaving Green Behind

Maple leaves in autumn foliage
in the town park behind my home
on October 14, painted October 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

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.