We, The Plein Air Painters of Maine, were invited to paint at the Gardens of a beautiful home in Trevett, Maine. They were astonishing. There were paths of every color and type of flower imaginable. There was even a raked Japanese garden with bonsai trees in it. It was a hot day but there was a gentle breeze coming off the river beside the gardens. Pure heaven on earth for a plein air painter.
The MidCoast Sailing Center, an educational program of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, is offering a sailing program for kids this summer. The program goes Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon, the cost is $90. Contact Mark at 207-299-8994 for more information and visit our website (http://www.midcoastsailingcenter.org). We also offer sailing for adults and private lessons.
CIFF Selects Extra: Points North Institute/Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House screen 2018 documentary “Mike Wallace is Here.” Tickets are $10; free younger than 18/college students with ID, via camdenoperahouse.com. Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Painting in fog is challenging. The foreground is clear and the background keeps appearing and disappearing. When I started this painting at Ocean Point I could not even see the lobster boat. By the time I was almost finished the boat was beginning to appear so I quickly painted it in before the fog changed again. I so like painting in fog!!!
The Camden Opera House presents Preposterous!, a fun family Pocket Circus show by the acclaimed Happenstance Theater. Tickets are $10, $5 for kids (5-18), $1 for those younger. Advance tickets at camdenoperahouse.com.
The Camden Opera House welcomes back Maine comedian Bob Marley Friday, Oct 11, at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $29.50, available at camdenoperahouse.com and at door an hour before show time. THIS SHOW HAS SOLD OUT – tickets now available for Oct. 11th show.
The first annual Glenn Jenks Ragtime Revue honors the life and legacy of Camden's own ragtime pianist and composer by presenting today's hottest piano players Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at door: $15, $10 students and seniors; benefits Glenn Jenks Musical Scholarship.
Points North Institute/Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House screen a recent documentary at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1, Camden. Cost: $10; free younger than 18/college students with ID. Some films followed by in-person or Skyped Q&As. Monthly series through October
I probably have painted this little island over a hundred times and I am sure others have too. I never tire of it because it is different every time I paint it. The light changes it, the fog comes in, and even the weather changes it. The trees have changed so much over the years. It is like seeing it anew each time.
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Camden Opera House presents An Evening with Roger McGuinn, groundbreaking co-founder/frontman of The Byrds. General admission tickets are $30 in advance at camdenoperahouse.com, $35 day of show. Part of annual Camden Windjammer Festival weekend.
Camden Opera House presents One Night In Memphis, the critically acclaimed tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. General admission tickets are $30 in advance at camdenoperahouse.com, $35 day of show.
I love it when squirrels eat people's couches and pillows. Twenty yards later, she will have a new slipcover and fresh pillows. I got a nice credit card sale. Apparently she neglected to buy "Squirrel Insurance." Oops.
Wind, Ice, snow and even the unfortunate accident can often lead to power outages.There is nothing quite like pulling into your driveway pushing your remote button and discovering your Garage Door won't open. For most homes with Garage Doors this creates an often frustrating and inconvenient situation. For homes equipped with the LiftMaster 8550 pushing that button offers you peace of mind knowing you still have access when the power goes out thanks to the battery back up feature.
Spruce Point is another great place to paint...especially in the early morning. The quiet silence when I painted this was palpable. There wasn't even a gull in the sky or a boat in sight. The ocean was so calm and serene. I love this kind of morning. The white rocks were just shining.... as if they were happy too.
Jazz in June presents a Jazz Brunch with live music in Curtis-Bok Banquet Room of 16 Bay View, Camden. Included in All Access Pass; $35 for non-pass holders. For more information, visit jazzinjunecamdenme.com.
Jazz in June brings the Kenny Barron Trio, Greg Abate Quartet and Peter Dembski Group to the Camden Opera House Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48, via camdenoperahouse.com or jazzinjunecamdenme.com. All Access Pass available, as well.
Regional performers Katie Matzell, Wayne Delano Quartet, Whitehead / Dean Group, Hyperphonix and The Extension Chords perform Saturday, June 15, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Camden Snow Bowl, Barnestown Road. Tickets are $15, $25 Family Pass, free younger than 6, via camdenoperahouse.com or jazzinjunecamdenme.com.
Incoming tides are fascinating! They can be thunderous with crashing waves, they can be skipping along briskly, they can be gently lapping against the shore or they can be turbulent like the one in my painting. How lucky I am to live in such an amazing place.
Points North Institute/Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House screen a recent documentary. Cost: $10; free younger than 18/college students with ID. Some films followed by in-person or Skyped Q&As. Monthly series through October.
Liberty Farm is a great place to paint! There is so much to paint there. The hens check out my backpack on the ground. The ducks scatter around from place to place in groups and the geese give me "looks". The old barn is so interesting. When I am finished painting I go into the barn and buy eggs. Hopefully the whole experience goes into the painting and the viewer shares it.
On any given day you will see a plein air painter on the rocks at Ocean Point. It is a favourite place of artists from all over the world. It was such fun to paint this painting of a fellow artist, who is an avid painter, while he was standing precariously on the rocks. His signature is his red white and blue umbrella.
My Painting "Morning Light on the Cove" will be on display during Arts + Culture Day in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House with other PAPME members on April 22 from 9-12. The event is to strengthen relationships between arts leaders and public officials and to discuss policy improvements to Maine’s cultural landscape.
Painting at Crab Cove late last September was fascinating because the leaves had not turned their fall colours nor fallen yet but there were patches of snow on the ground. Why? Because there had been a freak storm a few days earlier. An interesting phenomenon! This little island is across from Isle of Springs at the end of Landings Road. I do not know the name of it but I sure enjoyed painting it. Plein Air painting at its best.
Miners Creek puts a modern spin on Bluegrass music, fusing traditional Bluegrass with pop, rock, jazz, folk, Latin, Appalachian, gospel and blues. Their rich three and four part harmonies, infectious music, driving rhythm and humor will make you smile, tap your feet and feel a happy glow long after the concert is over.
Because I’m trying to merge our POS (Point of Sale) System with our Web store. It’s going to take a lot of time and I might be irritable. But it’s not you. It’s me having to type in these stupid entries ALL OVER AGAIN! THOUSANDS OF THEM!!!!!
This time of year one never sees The Wee Folk, but on this bitter February day in Maine (16 degrees out) one was spotted. This fay scouts out new places for the fairies to make their homes once the snow clears and they can come up from the Underground.
This lovely Friendship Sloop, Bay Lady, is so beautiful. I really enjoyed the feeling I had when I was painting her. Vessels really do have personalities...and she certainly did. Elegance and Grace was personified. Boothbay Harbor is lucky to have her there for people to enjoy.
This tiny fairy door is handmade with red maple branches found on the ground on our property in Maine, along with natural grapevine I collected by hand. This one shown, just happened to have a natural heart inside its curl, perfect for Valentine’s Day, or Galentine’s Day.
Winter got you down? Come to Second Hand Prose Used Book store, located in Wiscasset Public Library, on Friday, February 22 from 10am to 5 pm and Saturday, February 23 from 10am to 2pm for terrific deals on used books. The already low prices even more attractive during this "Buy One, Get One" sale. That's right. Two books for the price of one.
Isn't it amazing how flowers can grow out of rocks with so little soil. It was such a pleasure to witness such a phenomenon. This was painted in November at Ocean Point, my favourite place to paint. I feel so fortunate to live in a place with so many paintings just waiting to happen.
To see this work and other paintings, visit Ocean Point Studio at 130 VAN HORN ROAD in EAST BOOTHBAY.
Here: a tiny sled led by a team of white mice to take provisions to a neighboring rath of the The Snow Queen.
The one-of-a-kind fairy sled was crafted with only forest materials and measures about four inches. It took some time to bend the birch into the seat. The birch seat is adorned with moss and lilac. The runners of the sled curve up high to meet the crystalline snow.
Our one-of-a-kind Wee Folk fairy dresses and fairy furniture, have found a home at the eclectic garden and home shop Brambles (69 Main Street) in Belfast!
If you haven’t yet seen this enchanting display, check it out the next time you are in Belfast. Note: the photos in this post are the most updated. A ton of them sold over Christmas and these are the ones left.
Go online and you'll see many commercial renditions of a fairy door. They look like miniature human doors, maybe with a whimsical touch.
But, these teeny doors are not just physical points of ingress and egress; they are symbolic of the Wee Folk's eternal struggle with human nature. Fairies used to be our height and dominate areas of green pasture and meadow many centuries ago before humans, in their selfish conquest to possess certain lands, drove them underground.