Thursday, December 26, 2019

Africa Peering Back at...

Africa Peering Back
at Brett, Finn and Teague
based on a photo taken during the Swiss Family McMillan's
2018 African Christmas trip, painted December 22, 2019
10" x 8" (w x l), 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

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Holiday Grand Skaters


Holiday Grand Skaters
"We were in the deep woods."
from a photo by Grand Parent Douglas
Perot (Mr. Carol Douglas), in mid-coast Maine
on December 22, 2019, painted December 24, 2019
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
NFS


Christmas in Maine,
grandmother Carol the painter
and grand kids, with the photo
by grandfather Doug
in mid-coast Maine

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Cool Holiday on a Snow Slope


Cool Holiday on a Snow Slope
a Forelle pear (Pyrus communis, Forelle cultivar, Germany)
on a snow covered rock wall in my back yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on December 19, 2019, painted December 22, 2019
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, December 18, 2019

Signs of the Times


Signs of the Times
at Monument Square in Portland, Maine
during the Nobody is Above the Law demonstration
on the eve of the US Congressional vote on impeachment
on December 17, 2019, painted December 18, 2019
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

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

An Apple Divided

An Apple Divided
can not stand, or can it? On a sunny
day behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on December 7, 2019, painted December 17, 2019
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


Ambrosia at the Precipice

Now, as an apple,
divided this day, it stood
at the precipice.
 
metaphor noun. a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them. e.g.: 1) an apple as a globe, divided, representing climate change. 2) an apple as a country's population, divided, facing the loss of their principles, in effect, the loss of their democracy.
 
ambrosia noun. 1) a type of apple. 2) the food of the Greek and Roman gods.
 

precipice noun. a hazardous situation.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Proud Host Bill in the Middle


Proud Host Bill in the Middle
at Annie Burnett Hidell's Studio Open House
in Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on December 14, 2019, painted December 15, 2019
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, $15o


Photo-Essay - Art Open House
December 14, 2019, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Annie Burnett Hidell's Studio
153 Maine Street
Cape Porpoise, ME 04014

 
 
Cat Bates, Jewelry
Kila Bates, Pottery
Kate Cheney Chappell, Monoprints
Anne Burnett Hidell, Paintings
Bill Huston, Furniture
Janet, Ledoux, Paintings
Daphne Pulsifer, Sculpture

1
Art surround.

2
I spy another Bruce, right, left Hara.

 3
I spy Janet.
 
4
Annie the host's three buttons buzzing around.

5
All while one relaxed.

6
I spy the relaxed sculptor Daphne.


7
The patron's flow.

8
All inside the festive artist's studio at Annie and Bill's home.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Snow Stuck Opal Apple Study 2

Snow Stuck Opal Apple
Study 2
on a sunny day behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on December 4, 2019, painted December 12, 2019
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, December 12, 2019

Snow Stuck Opal Apple Study 1

Snow Stuck Opal Apple
Study 1
on a sunny day behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on December 4, 2019, painted December 12, 2019
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, December 11, 2019

Back Fields December Study

Back Fields December Study
on a sunny day behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
painted December 10, 2019
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, December 8, 2019

Looking Ahead Study 1

Looking Ahead Study 1
at our Art Group of Rebekah painted December 6, 2019
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

Friday, December 6, 2019

Clementine's Ear Muffs...

Clementine's Ear Muffs
in a Snow Life *

* snow life - noun. a painting setup similar to a still life, but on snow. e.g.: "I'm outside painting a snow life."
 

A clementine atop fresh snow
after the season's first snowfall, 9",
behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on December 4, 2019, painted December 6, 2019
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

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Opal Apple . . . Snow Life . . .

Opal Apple and
Clementine Snow Life *

* snow life - noun. a painting setup similar to a still life, but on snow. eg: "I'm painting a snow life."

An Opal apple and a clementine atop a snow hill
after the season's first snowfall, 9", over the natural rock wall
of the cemetery behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on December 4, 2019, painted December 4, 2019
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, November 30, 2019

One, Two, Three, Leaves, Studies

One, Two, Three,
Leaves, Study 4
of the back fields and woods behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 29, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence on 140 lb. Arches cold press
grand fine 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $300

The Preliminary Studies
 
One, Two, Three, Leaves, Study 1
of the back fields and woods behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 27, 2019
10" x 11" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, and #3 graphite on
144 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper, NFS
 
One, Two, Three, Leaves, Study 2
of the back fields and woods behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 28, 2019
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
on 140 lb. Arches cold press grand fine 100% cotton
watercolor paper framed, NFS


One, Two, Three, Leaves, Study 3
of the back fields and woods behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 28, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence on 140 lb. Arches cold press
rough 100% cotton watercolor paper, NFS

One, Two, Three, Leaves, Study 4
of the back fields and woods behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 29, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence on 140 lb. Arches cold press
grand fine 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $300

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Leaves Last Leave

Leaves Last Leave
in the back fields behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 12 and 15, 2019
14" x 11" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, and #3 graphite on
144 lbs. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white
watercolor paper
framed, $150

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Light Standing Presence

Light Standing Presence
at our Kennebunk Art Group with model Rachel
painted November 8, 2019
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, November 10, 2019

A Hold on Blue

A Hold on Blue
at our Kennebunk Art Group with model Rachel
painted November 8, 2019
7" x 5" (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, $150

Thursday, November 7, 2019

As She Stands

As She Stands
Olivia painted at our last
Kennebunkport Art Group October 4, 2019
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for
light fastness and permanence, and #3 pencil on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Monday, November 4, 2019

Thoughtful Pause

Thoughtful Pause
painted at our Kennebunk Art Group October 4, 2019
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, November 3, 2019

In a Colorless Room

In a Colorless Room
the model stood out at our Drawing Group
painted October 25, 2019
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 fine 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Two Tugs, No Tugging

Two Tugs, No Tugging
at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania boatyard docks
painted from the dry dock near Urban Outfitters
painted plein air on October 18, 2019
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


Our Maine Gang of Five in PA
at the Brandywine Plein
Air Festival 2019
On our Free Friday Carol (foreground),
Bobbi (middle distance),
Ed (background), and I painted
at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
boatyard by the mothballed U.S.S.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy aircraft carrier,
while Sara visited family.

Carol Douglas' website HERE and blog HERE
Bobbi Heath's website HERE
Ed Buonvecchio's web site HERE
Sara Gray's website HERE

 Some photos of us during the week
taken by the Plein Air Brandywine
Festival 2019 photographers:


Sara Gray painting


Ed Buonvecchio painting


Bobbi Heath turning in her daily art


Ed Buonvecchio, (me) Bruce McMillan,
and Carol Douglas during the cool
windy Nocturne


I'm having a pleasant chat during
opening night, over 700 new paintings,
Sara Gray on the right.





Saturday, October 26, 2019

Optimistic and Pensive

Optimistic and Pensive
Sunflowers at Rushton Woods Preserve in Newtown Square,
Pennsylvania, painted plein air on October 16, 2019
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

Sunflower Bright Sky

Sunflower Bright Sky
at Rushton Woods Preserve in Newtown Square,
Pennsylvania, painted plein air on October 16, 2019
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 24, 2019

Night Falls into Art

Night Falls into Art
Nocturne at the Brandywine Plein Air Festival
painted plein air October 17, 2019
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 23, 2019

Four Down One to Go

Four Down One to Go
flowering in a pot in Marshalton, Pennsylvania
during the Plein Air Brandywine Festival event
painted plein air on October 15, 2019
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


My flowery subject...as we artists painted our
4:00-6:00 pm Quick Draw in
Marshalton, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Plein Air Parasols Gardening

Plein Air Parasols Gardening
at Brandywine Cottage, in Downington, Pennsylvania
painted plein air on October 15, 2019
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


Find the Plein Air Painter
Quiz
There's a plein air painter painting in the garden at
Brandywine Cottage in each photo. Can you find the painter?
 
1
 
2
 
3

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Up and Across and Down

Up and Across and Down
a banana plant growing in a pot
outside at Brandywine Cottage,
which is featured in the book, The Layered Garden,
painted plein air on October 15, 2019
as part of the Plein Air Brandywine Festival,
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



The plein air watercolor painting set up.

Quiz:
Can you spot a plein air painter
in the photo below?

 Another banana frond with
a distinctive white painter's cap
on a painter in there somewhere.