for the October 1st Lobster Season Opening on Monhegan Island, Maine seen on
September 28, 2013, sketched on September 29, 2013 6"x 4" unframed, sold framed $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
the hill from the ferry arrival walking by plein air artist Alison Hill who lives year round on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 26,
2013, sketched on September 27, 20139"x 6" unframed, sold framed $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
American Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) landing and on a chimney on Monhegan Island, Maine on August 18, 2013, sketched on
September 26, 2013 9" x 6" Watercolor on Arches 300 lb cotton cold
pressed watercolor paper unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Farmer's Market by the church on Monhegan Island, Maine where all produce is
grown on the island, seen on August 18, 2013, sketched on September 21,
2013 6"x 4" unframed, sold framed $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
the D. T, Sheridan shipwreck that ran aground in dense frog in 1948 at
Lobster Cove on Monhegan Island, Maine as seen on August 20, 2013, sketched on
September 19, 2013 9"x 6" unframed, sold framed $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
in the Camden, Maine area from
a photo taken by my Dad, Frank H. McMillan, Jr.,
circa 1952, sketched on September 10, 2013
6"x 8" unframed, NFS
The prompt for this sketch was as an entry in the Daily Paintworks Paint Yourself Young Challenge HERE
My father was a member of the Boston Camera Club. I remember going to the juried shows, which he entered and did well, beautiful large black and white prints, toned in blues or sepias. We'd sit at the back of the room and the three judges would look at the prints put up in the center light easel and raise their kitchen spatulas, one side and X and the other an O, and the print would remain until all the had raised their spatulas; then the print would go into the appropriate pile for further review and discussion by the judges.
Dad was a non-confrontational person. He was a strong man, though of course as a youngster I never realized it. His photos of people almost always showed people looking away. I have many large prints of me looking away in Camden, on Lincolnville Beach, in Boston, on Prince Edward Island. We went camping in Camden and Prince Edward Island. He was always asking me to look over there, or in there, or simply follow me or my sister around with his 120 roll film twin lens Rolleiflex camera. It was no problem for curious me; it's always been my nature and has served me well.
I sketched this watercolor from one of the large prints that was spatula rated at the Boston Camera Club, though I have no recollection of the result. But I remember the color of my high top basketball sneakers.
Þorbjórg, Erla, Sigga and Íris Björk with Erla taking a photo
of Sigga and Íris Björk while reflecting in the wet sand at Laudholm Beach, Wells, Maine on
September 3, 2013, sketched on September 8, 2013 9"x 6" unframed, sold framed $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
the paint brush touches its tip to paper, before any color is let loose
upon the white, while flicking my brush, I have a simple
conversation with myself; I say aloud four plain words to set the
tone for the now, "Okay Brucie, loosen up," before wetting my brush in
water and my adventure... begins.
in Maine, left to right, Erla, Sigga and Þorbjórg at Blowing Cave overlooking the President George Herbert Walker Bush summer home compound in Kennebunkport, Maine on September 2, 2013, sketched on September 8, 2013 9"x 6" unframed, sold framed NFS