Thursday, October 31, 2013

The 2013 World Series Win

The 2013 World Series Win
Boston Red Sox Koji Uehara in the 9th inning pitching the last strikeout for the Red Sox to win the 2013 World Series in Fenway Park, the ball park my grandfather used to take me to see the Red Sox, where they always lost.
Sketched from the TV broadcast
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore cold press archival watercolor paper

unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Beech Leaves Turning

Beech Leaves Turning
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) leaves in the woods
bordering the back fields by my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 29, 2013, sketched on October 29, 2013
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

DPW Challenge: Boo Gotcha'

Boo Gotcha'
Thinking outside the tree and breaking from the traditional gnarled spooky old tree, but keeping within the Halloween holiday spook using Halloween colors, this is painted from two maple trees turning to fall color with deep shadows falling on them by the first pond on the walk behind my home.
6" x 4" Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb. Strathmore cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

The Spooky Tree Challenge HERE
by Canadian Kim Rempel, Oct 26, 2013
"The challenge this week is to paint an old tree. Aged, twisted trees have dynamic structures with tons of texture. Feel free to spook-it-up by exaggerating the knots and gnarls and playing with the color palette. When I paint trees I think of them as portraits and living sculptures."

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sun Behind Sumac

Sun Behind Sumac
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 18, 2013, sketched on October 28, 2013
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Autumn's Red Maple Leaf

Autumn's Red Maple Leaf
by the second pond in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 18, 2013, sketched on October 27, 2013
6" x 4" Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Monhegan: Lobster Buoy

Red and White and
Blue All Over
a lobster buoy seen on the ocean seen while
approaching Port Clyde from Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 27, 2013
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monhegan: Drawn to Color

Drawn to Color
a Cabbage White Butterfly (Peris rapae)
feeding at a Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium pratense) flower
on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 26, 2013
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore hot press archival watercolor paper

unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Monhegan: Self Portrait as That Man

Self Portrait as That Man
Atop Pulpit Rock Cliff

on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 23, 2013
Winsor & Newton watercolors on 7" x 5", 140 lb.
Strathmore hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Photo of the scraped house of the Museum by the lighthouse
on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 27, 2013
That Man 
by Bruce McMillan
 
He sits in a sunny corner
and proclaims himself the chairman
of the board as sightseers pass
the lighthouse and he sits, deadpan.
text, photo and art © 2013 Bruce McMillan

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Monhegan: Self Portrait Pulpit Rock

Self Portrait
Atop Pulpit Rock Cliff
on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 23, 2013
Winsor & Newton watercolors on 7" x 5", 140 lb.
Strathmore hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
 

Monhegan: One Bored Watch Gull

One Bored Watch Gull
an American Herring Gull (Larus argentatus smithsonianus 
on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 27, 2013, sketched on October 23, 2013
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on Fabriano Artistico 300 lb. soft press watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sunset Over Ogunquit Dunes

Sunset Over Ogunquit Dunes
at Ogunquit, Maine on October 21, 2013, sketched plein air on
October 21, 2013 with the Plein Air Painters of Maine, Southern Chapter
9" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors on Strathmore Windpower
140 lb. cold press watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Photo with camera painting motion of plein air painter Bobbi Heath (web site HERE) on the dunes of Ogunquit, Maine on October 21, 2013. I last ran into Bobbi on Monhegan Island where she'd taken my Monhegan Challenge on Daily Paintworks and painted Black Head HERE. When I ran into her with the Plein Air Painters of Maine in Ogunquit she said with a smile that she was gifting me the Black Head painting! It's fabulous; I saw it when the oil was wet on Monhegan, and it will hang with my Challenge photo and art along with two others from the Challenge. I'm thrilled, and was speechless; thank you so much Bobbi.
With Monet over my Shoulder
by Bruce McMillan

Long ago in old France
paint in tubes freed Monet.
He explored the outside,
letting his brushes play

freely in the plein air.
Claude left his impression
on us forever, to
build on variation.

My interpretation,
its own form, a soft style
in a painterly way,
a photo, was made while

a plein air painter of
today, wearing a hat
like Monet, paints away,
freely, this way and that.

  text, photos and art © 2013 Bruce McMillan
Plein air painter Mary Byrom (web site HERE) takes a call, a painting break on the beach at Ogunquit, Maine on October 21, 2013. Mary is the leader of the PAPME Southern Chapter (Plein Air Painters of Maine). There an article with video (1:49) about Mary in the Portland (ME) Press Herald HERE.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monhegan: Eastern Shore Autumn View

Eastern Shore Autumn View
on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 21, 2013
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors
on Fabriano Artistico 300 lb. soft press watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Monhegan: Days Before Trap Day

Days Before Trap Day
tending lines on lobster traps on Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 20, 2013
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors
on Fabriano Artistico 300 lb. soft press watercolor paper

unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Monhegan: Black Head Wearing...

Black Head Wearing
Afternoon Shadows
on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 27, 2013, sketched on October 19, 2013
9" x 6" unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Friday, October 18, 2013

Monhegan: Half-a-Dozen Gulls

Half-a-Dozen Gulls
on the Washerwoman
ledges on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 26, 2013,
sketched on October 18, 2013, Winsor & Newton watercolors on
14" x 11", 140 lb. Strathmore hot pressed watercolor paper
14" x 11", unframed,
sold framed, 
$200 plus $11 sales tax plus $15 shipping

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Monhegan: Monhegan Arrivals

Monhegan Arrivals
disembarking the Elizabeth Anne at Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 26, 2013, sketched on October 17, 2013
9" x 6" unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Monhegan: Lobster Lines Ready

Lobster Lines Ready
at Fish Beach in a lobsterer's storage house on Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 27, 2013,
sketched on October 16, 2013
9" x 6" unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monhegan: Buoy Shapes - Pyramid Poem

Buoy Shapes on the Grass
waiting for October 1st's trap day on Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 15, 2013
9" x 6" unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Photo of a buried rock in the sand on Fish Beach
on Monhegan Island, Maine taken on September 26, 2013

The Pyramid of Monhegan 
by Bruce McMillan

 Uncovered by the tidal flow
among the gritty shifting sand
a pyramid emerged to show
a perfect place for algae and...

...the Egypt of Monhegan Isle
where lobster fisher Pharaohs float
their dinghies on Monhegan's Nile
to rule the ocean under boat.


Poem text and photo copyright 2013, Bruce McMillan
contact Bruce McMillan for use and permissions

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Monhegan: Atop Pulpit Rock

Atop Pulpit Rock
with Cathedral Woods in the background on Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 13, 2013,
9" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolor on Arches 400 lb cold pressed watercolor paper,
painted entirely with a #20 round watercolor brush,
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Monhegan: Looking North

Looking North to Pulpit Rock
on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 12, 2013
14" x 11",
unframed, sold framed, $200 plus $11 sales tax plus $15 shipping

Monhegan: A House by the Sea

A House by the Sea
on a Cloudy Day
on Monhegan Island, Maine looking toward the mainland
on September 27, 2013, sketched on October 12, 2013
7" x 5" unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Friday, October 11, 2013

Monhegan: Monhegan House f-t-Hbr

Monhegan House
from the Harbor
on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 11, 2013
9" x 6" unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Monhegan: Walking to the Ferry

Walking to the Ferry
on Monhegan Island, Maine with a view of Manana Island
on September 26, 2013, sketched on October 10, 2013
9" x 6" unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Monhegan: Floating

Floating
a Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
off Monhegan Island, Maine on September 28, 2013,
sketched on September 26, 2013
9" x 6"
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Monhegan: Sitting Gull

Sitting Gull
by Fish Beach on Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 26, 2013, sketched on October 8, 2013
7" x 5.5",
unframed, sold framed,  $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monhegan: At the Light House

High Tide at the
Monhegan Light House
on Monhegan Island, Maine on September 27, 2013,
sketched on October 6, 2013, 7" x 5"
unframed, sold framed,  
$100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Monhegan: Pushing Water

Pushing Water to the Alice B.
Doug Boynton rowing to his lobster boat in the harbor at Monhegan Island,
Maine on September 27, 2013, sketched on October 5, 2013
9" x 6" 
unframed, sold framed,  
$100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Monhegan: Picket and Rose

Picket and Rose
by the road on Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 26, 2013, sketched on October 5, 2013
7" x 5.5" unframed, sold framed
$100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Monhegan: Lichens Enlightened

Lichens Enlightened
at Pulpit Rock on Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 3, 2013
9"x 6" unframed, sold framed
$100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monhegan: Looking Down at Pulpit Rock

Looking Down at Pulpit Rock
from the cliff above on Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 28, 2013, sketched on October 3, 2013
 
7"x 5" unframed, sold framed
$100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Monhegan: Birders Don and John

Birders Don and John
in Cathedral Woods on Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 27, 2013, sketched on October 2, 2013

9"x 6" unframed, sold framed
$100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping


Don (in the lead) is birder Don Reimer, who writes a column for the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, Birding with Don Reimer, HERE. Don and his buddy, John Weinrich, were not only knowledgeable about birds but nicely personable as well.
    Knowledgeable? When I came across them in Monhegan Island's Cathedral Woods and we chatted, I described a bird call made with feathers that I'd enjoyed listening to in Iceland. Don thought a moment, pulled out his iPod, flipped through and played the sound right there in the Cathedral woods of Monhegan Island.
    "Is this it?" asked Don.
    Amazed, I replied, "Uh, yes. wow."
    "It's a snipe," said Don.
    I'd recommend any of Don's free Audubon bird outings.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

30 in 30 - September 2013 Art

30 in 30
Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days
These are the thirty paintings painted and mostly posted here in September and also mostly posted at the Challenge site Leslie Saeta's Slices of Life HERE.

Monhegan: Oceanside Asters Fall Up

Oceanside Asters Fall Up
on White Head Cliff at Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 27, 2013, sketched on September 30, 2013
9"x 6" unframed, sold framed
$100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monhegan: Young Gray Gull in Flight

Young Gray Gull in Flight
into night on Monhegan Island, Maine
on September 26, 2013, sketched on September 26, 2013
9"x 6" unframed, sold framed
$100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping