Wednesday, July 31, 2019

From Castine to the Camden Hills

From Castine
to the Camden Hills
painted plein air for a gracious neighbor's
deck (below) by Dyce's Head Light on July 26, 2019
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
$500, SOLD


My plein air setup on a spectacular day

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A Light Attitude, Too

A Light Attitude, Too
at the Castine Plein Air Festival
painted plein air, mid-day, less than two hours
before the show's setup deadline on July 27, 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. Arches cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
$300, SOLD


Ready, Set, Go at Castine's Show
 

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Ready...for the 2:00 pm judging, and then awards. flowers courtesy of my host, Tracey Lameyer, and her Morningtide Garden, her flower website HERE.

 

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Set...at 4:00 pm for two hours, open the doors, here come the art patrons.
 

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Go...Mary my "runner" kept great track of buyers interests.
 

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Sold, A Little Light, Too, to Penny as soon as the doors opened. This painting had been bare paper less then six hours before, whoa.
 

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Two hours of browsing and socializing and art, a magnificent time.
 

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On the other side of my table, my painter friend from southern Maine, Janet Ledoux, had her paintings on display, two SOLD, Janet's website HERE
 

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Local resident Karen kept looking, and looking, and decided. She got the big one.
 

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Another painter friend from southern Maine, Sara Gray, also received an honorable mention for a painting of the buildings adjoining Dyce's Head Light (seen HERE), five SOLD paintings, Sara's website HERE.


It was a busy wonderful afternoon...

Monday, July 29, 2019

Honorable Mention - While Sailors Sleep

Castine (Maine) Plein Air Festival 2019
Honorable Mention 
While Sailors Sleep
at the public dock in Castine Maine, painted
plein air 12:00 am - 1:45 am on July 25, 2019,
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
$300, SOLD

In addition to the Honorable Mention $100 prize money, I'm automatically juried in to the Castine Plein Air Festival for the next three years. The Festival Website HERE

After the show...
Bruce with his award winning ribbon,
Jean diSabatino with her new art
(red aprons were worn by runners,
volunteers assisting with sales)


Plus four of the six watercolors painted
the previous two days, SOLD.

While Sailors Sleep
$300, Sold, 10" x 8"

A Light Attitude, Too

$300, Sold, 10" x 8"

From Castine to the Camden Hills
$500, Sold, 14" x 11"

Home at Dyce's Head
$700, Sold, 18 x 14

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

At Arundel Beach

At Arundel Beach
also known as Colony Beach, in Kennebunkport, Maine
on July 14, 2019, painted July 23, 2019
12" x 9" (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, including tax + shipping $225

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Frolicking Fawn

Frolicking Fawn
a white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
with its nearby mother doe in Shapleigh, Maine
on July 20, 2019, painted July 21, 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, including tax + shipping $140


Exuberance of Youth
Flying off the ground,
young unbounded energy,
frolicking fawn high.

Text and photos and art © 2019 Bruce McMillan

Photos out my window in the yard 
of a white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 
frolicking fawn with its nearby mother doe 
in Shapleigh, Maine on July 20, 2019

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Three Clouds Down...

Three Clouds
Down Israel Head Road
in Ogunquit, Maine on July 16, 2019, painted July 20, 2019
12" x 9" (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, including tax + shipping $225

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Three Trees Catch Sunbeams

Three Trees Catch Sunbeams
in the back fields outside the pond's path
on July 2, 2019, painted July 16-17, 2019
12" x 9" (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, including tax + shipping $225

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Approaching Portland

Approaching Portland
in the evening aboard
the Peaks Island Casco Bay Ferry
Machigonne II on July 5, 2019, painted July 11, 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. Arches rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including tax + shipping $200

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Ferry to Peaks Island and Back
Photos taken using camera painting motion
in the low evening light; all effects
are in camera as taken.

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To Peaks Island

 
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Past a Sailboat, Past the Oil Tanks

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Approaching the Peaks Island Dock

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The Ramp Lowering to Dock

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Boarding on Peaks Island

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Reflecting on Peaks Island Dock Lights
 
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Past a Lone Island

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Approaching Portland
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See my painter friend Bobbi Heath's
Favorite Islands You Can Visit
by Ferry - Peaks

Six photos and two paintings of
Bobbi's painting adventure
to Peaks Island is HERE.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Art Museum Pause


Art Museum Pause
on the third floor of the Payson Building
at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine,
on July 5, 2019, painted July 11, 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. Arches rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including tax + shipping $200
 

What paintings are they looking at?
 

Buddies
David Humphrey, United States, 1955 -
Acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16" (w x h), 2016
See the left painting on the PMA web site HERE.
 

Intense Holiday
Travis Boyer, United States, 1979 -
Silk, velvet and dye on plywood panel, 29" x 40" (w x h), 2014
See the right painting on the PMA web site HERE.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Nora Study 2

Nora Study 2
at our Kennebunkport Drawing Group
on Friday morning, painted July 5, 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, including tax + shipping $115



I had no idea that Bob
was caricature drawing me painting.
We have such a multi-talented
drawing group.




Monday, July 8, 2019

Four Lobsterboats at...


Four Lobsterboats at
Anchor One Knot
at Cape Porpoise Harbor in Kennebunkport, Maine
painted plein air in the afternoon of July 5, 2019
18" x 14" (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, including tax + shipping $550


The plein air painting set-up at Cape Porpoise.


Brushes at the ready.
 
 
Work in progress.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sunward Windward

Sunward Windward
at Cape Porpoise Harbor in Kennebunkport, Maine
painted plein air in the afternoon of July 5, 2019
15.5" 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, including tax + shipping $450

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

At the Opening Reception

At the Opening Reception
The 19th Annual Regional Open Juried Show
in Ogunquit, Maine on June 29, 2019, painted July 1, 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, including tax + shipping $120


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The 19th Annual Regional
Open Juried Show at the Barn Gallery
by the numbers

 
157 works of art by 82 artists were entered,
a maximum of 2 per artist.
 
84 works by 66 artists were selected by juror Corie Audette,
Asst. Collections Manager/Registrar, Bates College Museum of Art
(2 of the works were mine.)
 
18 of the 66 artists had two works selected.
(I was one of the 18 artists.)
 
There are only 10 watercolors in the show.
(2 of those 10 are mine, 20% of the show's watercolors.)
 
The sales value for the 84 works of art is $80,995.
(1.7% of that sales value is represented by my 2 watercolors.)
 
11% of the juried show features work
by our Kennebunkport Drawing Group,
Charles Cramer (2), Elizabeth Kelley Erickson (2),
Janet Ledoux (1), Carol MacLeod (1), Bruce McMillan (2),
Richard P. Winslow (1)
 
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Barn Gallery Opening
Photo Essay

 
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Herðubreið in Iceland's Clouds
and Iceland Island Sheep Eat
is in the distance at the photo's center
 
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Look again, in the middle,
Herðubreið in Iceland's Clouds
and Iceland Island Sheep Eat
 
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Here they are:
Herðubreið in Iceland's Clouds
and Iceland Island Sheep Eat
alongside an exquisite colored pencil drawing
by Charles Cramer of our Drawing Group
 
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They're still there, as viewers visit
 
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Perceiving her dress as art?
Andre Benoit's Fish sculpture is fabulous,
love the fish tail shovel handle.
 
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Taking it all in...
 
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Efram, who had a photo he'd taken
in Reykjavik in the show.
 
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Art Go Figure