Fog in East Boothbay, Maine, 5 x 7 in.

Painting Auction #54

Fog in East Boothbay, Maine. 5 x 7 in. oil on board

Fog in East Boothbay, Maine. 5 x 7 in. oil on board

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This was painted during The Plein Air Painters of Maine annual Oil Painters of America national paint-out this summer.  It was sunny in the morning, but then some fog rolled in.

About 45 artists showed up including a few from the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, who were renting a house locally. I ran into a painter from my dad’s town in North Carolina, Rich Nelson, a fine portraitist and oil painter from North Carolina.  He invited me to do some work for his gallery for the Tryon International Equestrian Center, which I will work on early next year.

This work is unframed, but it  is mounted on a board with a slot in the back which allows you to display it without a frame.

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Fall In Maine, 5 x 7 in.

Painting Auction #53

Fall InMaine, 5 x 7 in., oil on linen mounted on board

Fall In Maine, 5 x 7 in., oil on linen mounted on board

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As usual, the fall colors up in Maine were spectacular. I was so busy, I think this was the only study I did this year. I live on the coast, but the land slowly rises to some low hills just a mile or two inland behind my house, which is where I did this.

This work is unframed, but it  is mounted on a board with a slot in the back which allows you to display it without a frame.

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Drunk Monkey with a Manhattan, 6 x 6 in.

Painting Auction #52

Drunk Monkey with a Manhattan, 6 x 6 in., oil on linen mounted on board

Drunk Monkey with a Manhattan, 6 x 6 in., oil on linen mounted on board

He’s Back! And it’s that time of year again. Up here in the long winters of Maine, it’s hard not to seek warmth and distraction by imbibing a little. Of course my monkeys problem is that he’s so teeny. A couple sips and he’s dancing around the room, a couple more and he’s slurring, and a couple more after that, well, that’s all she wrote. And apparently he likes his Manhattans’ with an orange, which is just wrong!

This work is unframed, but it  is mounted on a board with a slot in the back which allows you to display it without a frame.sold-button

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Little Deer Isle, Maine, 6 x 6 in.

Painting Auction #51

Little deer Isle, Maine, 6 x 6 in., Oil on linen on board

Little deer Isle, Maine, 6 x 6 in., Oil on linen on board

I needed a cook stove. And I found an incredible deal, except it was about a two hour drive away from my house on Maine’s  Blue Hill Peninsula. But it is such a beautiful place to paint, that I figured I could get a sketch out of the deal, too. And I was right!sold-button

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Chinese Lanterns and Silver, 5 x 7 in.

Painting Auction #50

Chinese Lantern and Silver, 5 x 7 in., Oil on linen on board

Chinese Lantern and Silver, 5 x 7 in., Oil on linen on board

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I rescued these Chinese lantern pods from a yard refuse pile just around the corner from my house. I had knocked several times on the owners door seeking permission to pick some from their garden, but never caught them at home. But once a few were in the refuse pile, I just snatched them and hung them to dry for a few days.

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My Orange Cup, 6 x 6 in.

Painting Auction #49

My Orange Cop,6 x 6 in., oil on linen

My Orange Cup,6 x 6 in., oil on linen

This beautiful little cup was given to me by my Mother, many years ago. It’s had a starring role in several still life paintings I have painted over the years. The berries were scrounged (surreptitiously) from one of my neighbors bushes!

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Rockland Maine Breakwater Light, 6 x 6 in.

Painting Auction #48

Rockland Breakwater Light, 6 x 6 in. oil on linen on board

Rockland Breakwater Light, 6 x 6 in. oil on linen on board

This is the Rockland Harbor Breakwater, which is a 4,300-foot (1,300 m) breakwater which protects Rockland Harbor,  and was completed in 1902. Just at the end you can see the old lighthouse. I was sitting down near the beginning, enjoying the piles of old granite. It’s a lovely walk out there to the end on a warm summer day, and is often a busy tourist attraction.

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Sweet Chariot, 5 x 7 in.

Painting Auction #47

Sweet Chariot, 5 x7 in., Oil on Linen on Panel

Sweet Chariot, 5 x 7 in., Oil on Linen on Panel

Here is a small painting I did near home, at the town dock just a mile from my house. This boat, called “Sweet Chariot” is based on the island of Vinalhaven, about 12 miles offshore from my house. The Captain said it was originally from the west coast, and had been built for former Japanese-American internees after WW2, to provide them with work . Interesting that it had made its way all the way to Maine!

This painting will be available at the Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme,Ct. For their seasonal small works show starting Nov. 20th.

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View of Stonington Harbor, 5 x 7 in.

View of Stonington Harbor, 5 x 7 in, oil on linen, mounted on board

View of Stonington Harbor, 5 x 7 in, oil on linen, mounted on board

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Here is a  painting I did in Stonington, Maine on a recent  visit there. After I finished some very fun people invited me over for dinner. Which was wonderful until I had to get in the car and at 10 PM and drive  3 hours home!sold-button

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Blue Bridge, Toledo, Ohio, 6 x 7 in.

Blue Bridge, Toledo, Ohio, 6 x 7 in. oil on linen on board

Blue Bridge, Toledo, Ohio, 6 x 7 in. oil on linen on board

I did this painting of Toledo’s Maumee River with the blue bridge on the same cold winter afternoon that I did the “Toledo Granary” painting. I just turned around and started another sketch! I couldn’t ascertain the name of this bridge, not on  google maps at least, but someone said they thought it was the East-Gate bridge. You can see some snow on the far shore.

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St Patrick’s Church, Toledo, 6 x 6 in.

 

St. Patricks' Church, Toledo, 6 x 6 in., oil on linen mounted on board

St. Patrick’s Church, Toledo, 6 x 6 in., oil on linen mounted on board

I did this painting of Toledo’s St. Patrick Church on a Sunday afternoon  with a viewpoint in the local arts district. I believe the hill is called Links hill and the area was originally home to Irish Catholic immigrants. Father Edward Hannin was 36 years old when he was assigned to organize a parish in Toledo’s Irish Catholic population. It was a challenge, for in 1862 the city was busy constructing the Miami and Erie Canal and its laborers were more interested in saloons than churches.

I’ve started using new panels with a hanging slot on the back, so this painting is ready to hang without a frame!

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Nina Simone Childhood Home #3

Nina Simone Childhood Home #3, 6 x 8 in.,oil on linen

Nina Simone Childhood Home #3, 6 x 8 in.,oil on linen

Here is a third painting Of Nina Simones Childhood home:

Jazz musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone grew up in Tryon, N.C.,  where she started her musical education. This is the old family home, an extremely modest wooden house that must have been quite the party with eight people living in it. It’s quite overgrown, but it’s actually for sale now and there is a nonprofit set up to raise funds for its restoration.

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Monkey Soup

Monkey Soup, 6 x 6 in., oil on linen.

Monkey Soup, 6 x 6 in., oil on linen.

My pet monkey. We had an argument. About cleaning up in the kitchen of all things. He said a mean thing, I said something mean back and pretty soon the howling and screaming was quite chaotic. At the end I was chasing him around with a butter knife threatening to make a soup out of him. Here is the smart-ass mocking me from the soup bowl. Of course I couldn’t do it, but maybe next time, the little rascal…sold-button

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Nina Simone Childhood Home #2

Nina Simone Childhood Home #2 ,6 x 6 in., oil on linen

Nina Simone Childhood Home #2, 6 x 6 in., oil on linen

Here is a second painting Of Nina Simones Childhood home:

Jazz musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone grew up in Tryon, N.C.,  where she started her musical education. This is the old family home, an extremely modest wooden house that must have been quite the party with eight people living in it. It’s quite overgrown, but it’s actually for sale now and there is a nonprofit set up to raise funds for its restoration.sold-button

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Nina Simone Childhood Home

Nina Simone Childhood Home, approx. 5 x 8 in., oil on linen

Nina Simone Childhood Home, approx. 5 x 8 in., oil on linen

Jazz musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone grew up in Tryon, N.C.,  where she started her musical education. This is the old family home, an extremely modest wooden house that must have been quite the party with eight people living in it. It’s quite overgrown, but it’s actually for sale now and there is a nonprofit set up to raise funds for its restoration.sold-button

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