Thursday, November 14, 2013


It has been a while since my last post so here's an update on my art activities.

We had our last Brunswick 2nd Friday ArtWalk in October and the next 5 Rivers Art Alliance event I'll be participating in will be the December Arts Downtown and All Around (ADAA) Friday evening thru Sunday December 6,7 &8.  More about that in an upcoming post.

My wife, Gloria, and I took a nice trip to Bar Harbor, Maine back in October, for a belated 44th wedding anniversary celebration.  Unfortunately, due to the federal government shut down, Acadia was closed.  Fortunately Autumn wasn't closed, so we still got in some great leaf-peeping and I got to do one small plein air painting.  It's still a work-in-progress (WIP) but here it is.  We stopped on Rt.3/198 at Upper Hadlock Pond where I painted for a couple of hours. I don't know if that mountain (?) has a name.  Maybe someone knows this area and can tell me.

View from Upper Hadlock Pond (WIP)
44+ years of smiles and good times

Other "news" concerning my world of art is the current show at Lyceum Gallery in Lewiston, Maine, titled Precious Things. This is a holiday show/sale with pieces not exceeding 5"x5" not including frame size.  If you're looking for a gift of original art to give to a loved one (or even yourself ) this is a great exhibit to check out and get some holiday shopping done.  I have three pieces ($195 each) there myself. A little something for everyone. See below. Please stop by the gallery and tell Tammie Bill sent you.

The Sun Canopy
5x5" Acrylic

White Cat and Antique Car
5x5" Acrylic

Abstraction in Red and Yellow
4x4" Acrylic



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Waldoboro Paint the Town Paint Out & Auction

One thing I forgot to list on my post about my art activities this month...the plein air paint out and wet paint auction known as Paint the Town 2013 in Waldoboro, ME this Saturday in which I will be a participating painter.  According to the Cafe des Artistes  "A grand tent will house the public reception and preview starting at 5 p.m., with music by cellist, April Reed-Cox, and hors d’oeuvres and wine served by volunteers from the Waldoboro Public Library. At 6 p.m., Carol Achterhof, of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, will open the bidding for the fresh art created just hours before by more than forty of the area’s finest artists". I can attest to the fact that this is a great opportunity to get some very fine art at, sometimes, ridiculously low prices.  I think you'll find it well worth the trip and the weather is forecast to be great.  Hope to see you there.  Take care.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sebascodegan Artists Gallery - 2nd Exhibit 2013

I'm pleased to announce that the 2nd exhibit of the 2013 season for the Sebascodegan Artists Gallery is now hung.  Below are a couple (out of 12) of my paintings contributing to the exhibit.  This exhibit will be up until Sept.1.    Our gallery is in a former church that is on a small rise on the right approximately 7.5 miles south of Cook's Corner, Brunswick.

Coffee and Donuts

View from Boothbay Harbor

Welch Farm

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Art in August

Just a quick note to let everyone know that my original acrylic paintings can be seen this month at:

The Brunswick 2nd Friday ArtWalk
 August 9th at 98 Maine St., 2nd floor "ballroom" Popup Artists 5-8pm
"Country Shadows"
Sebascodegan Artists Gallery
Rt. 24,  Harpswell - Now thru Labor Day  10am-5pm Daily
"Forsythia and Pine"
Aldemere Farm Annual Art Show and Sale
Russell Road, Rockport   Aug.10 Sat.  9am-4pm
Plein Air LA
Lyceum Gallery
49 Lisbon St., Lewiston Aug. 9th Fri. (Opening Reception 5-7pm)
Thru August
Church and Mill

Kayaks for Rent









Tuesday, July 9, 2013

2nd Friday ArtWalk in Brunswick

Just a quick note to let my followers know I'm showing my art at the Brunswick ArtWalk every 2nd Friday now until and including October.  I'm showing at 98 Maine Street, in the second floor "ballroom" with the Pop Up artists from 5-8pm.  Stop by and say "hi".

"Yellow Jeep"
"Maine Morning"

Sebascodegan Artists Gallery Open for the Season!

Wow! It's hard to believe that July is here already.  With it comes the a new season of the Sebascodegan Artists Gallery located at 4 Old Orr's Road, off  Route 24 (also known as Harpswell Island Road) approximately 7.5 miles south of Cook's Corner in Brunswick. If you're heading south, look to the right for the old white church and signs on the hill.  Gallery hours are 10 am to 5pm 7 days a week.  You'll see works from 19 traditional and contemporary Maine artists.
This is the groups' 24th year and they, by choice, limit membership to 20 artists.  I was very please to be juried in last year, so this is my second season showing my work with them.  The current exhibit runs to July 28th and then we will change out the art for the 2nd seasonal exhibit which will end on September 2nd.  So, if you're on your way to Orr's or Bailey Island or Harpswell via Route 24, stop in and check it out.  I think you'll be glad you did.  And if I'm on duty, I'd be happy to talk to you.


"Front Yard Flowers"

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Good News!

I am very pleased to report that I received an email from Lisa Fourré at Cape Elizabeth Land Trust telling me that I have been juried into the group of artists who will be painting at this year's Paint for Preservation one day paint out and auction.  This year's event will be held on Sunday, July 14. This will be my 3rd time participating in this event and, although somewhat of a challenge to do your best work in a short few hours, is a very rewarding day of painting. There is an admission fee to the late day auction, but the public is welcome to visit the many sites the artists will be painting at and watch the art being created. Stay tuned for more info as the day approaches.
My painting in progress at the 2011 Paint for Preservation

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Maine Open Juried Art Show - MOJAS 2013

I'm very pleased to report that two of my paintings were juried into this year's Maine Open Juried Art Show (MOJAS) in Waterville, Maine and one of them "Coke, Ice and Pumpkin Pie" was awarded 2nd Place in the Acrylics category.  As the title states, this is an annual competition with this year being the 23rd. My participation goes back to 2005.  The Waterville Area Art Society (WAAS) and Waterville Main Street are co-presenters of the event and do a great job putting it all together.  This year there were, according to the exhibition brochure, 87 artists registered from 51 towns, with a total of 162 paintings entered.  The judges chose 140 original paintings for exhibition and awarded 30 prizes totaling $3,300.  The show runs through April 19th at the Waterville Public Library in downtown Waterville. Please stop by and enjoy if you're in the neighborhood.

Coke, Ice and Pumpkin Pie
10x10 Acrylic

Monday, March 11, 2013

"Resilient Spring" Group Show

It is my pleasure and honor to be included in the present group exhibition at the wonderful  Yarmouth Frame and Gallery, 720 Route One, "Resilient Spring" features artists Sukie Curtis, Elizabeth Newman, Chris Nielsen, Anne Macleod and myself from March through the end of May.  I think you'll see a very pleasing mix of  subjects, media and styles in this exhibit.  Below are several of my pieces in the show.   Hope you can stop by sometime and see the show and visit with Beth and Lee.

Forsythia Across the Road
12x12 Acrylic
Autumn Country Road
16"x20"  Acrylic
Yellow Vee Dub
6"x8"  Acrylic

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Painting Demo

This coming Saturday afternoon, Feb. 23 from 2-3:30, I will be giving a demonstration on  painting in acrylics, my primary medium.  It will be held at the Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, 11 Centre Street, Bath, ME There is a $10 fee for participants.
207 442-0300

Front Yard Flowers
10x8" Acrylic

Friday, February 8, 2013

Group Show at Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery

Just wanted to get this out that the Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery (720 Route 1, Yarmouth, Me. 04096 207-846-7777) is having a reception (yep, it's still on, blizzard or not) this Saturday 4-7pm  for a group show in which I have several pieces of art, both paintings and sculptures.  "From the Heart" features 25 year round artists of the gallery and goes to Feb. 28.  In keeping with the theme and upcoming Valentine's Day, here are a couple of my sculptures I refer to as my Shrines of the Heart.

Painted Heart

Blue and Orange Hearts

Friday, January 25, 2013

CFD- tragedy and triumph

I think I've come down with a serious case of CFD...Cabin Fever Disease!  I love painting plein air, but when the temps get below 40 degrees outside my acrylic paints start to act funny.  Funny, like in getting thick and gooey. Great for impasto work, but not for my style of painting.  So my solution has always been to spend the winter in my studio, which in the past has worked pretty good.  However this year has been different.  I still want to paint outside. So, I'm trying out "plein l'automobile" painting (excuse my French).  That's right...painting from my car. But instead of acrylics, I'm switching to watercolors. I may try small acrylic paintings if this works out with the w/c.
Here are a few examples of what I've done so far from the driver's seat and a shot of my set up.  I cut an old rubber backed door mat to put over my lap to protect my clothes and the seats of  our car.  The last shot is of my "painting buddy" Rusty, who is only interested in anything that involves FOOD. Otherwise his attitude is "wake me when you've got something tasty for me". Anyone out there have any success with this kind of painting setup? 
Please feel free to send any tips or comments. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Joy of Art

Wetlands Gold
The annual art exhibit, The Joy of Art, put on by the Friends of theTopsham Library will be kicked off this Saturday at the reception from 1-3pm at the library on Foreside Road.  As a participating artist, I plan to attend .