Wednesday, September 30, 2009


This is the same view I had each morning when I awoke in Tenants Harbor, ME. The soft deep thumping of the lobstermen's boat diesels would start my day, too. Each day the sky was completely different, but un-mistakenly Maine. This is small; 10x10, completed in a couple of gusty hours one afternoon.
Moral: she who hesitates misses the calm of the morning and has to spend some effort making sure her easel does not become airborne. I use a stone bag which I always carry with me (the stone I can usually find on location) and occasionally have to resort to bunji cords and shelter of a windbreak. Still sometimes a gust will determine where a stroke ends up.

Monday, September 28, 2009


I love old buildings, especially ones with an industrial or agricultural past. To my eyes this little power plant is beautiful. New England values, maybe; work, strength, purpose, grace. I sure had fun painting this little 14 x 11 pastel on a perfect warm autumn afternoon near Medburyville, VT.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


A perfect fall day for spending time on Millers River in western Massachusetts. It doesn't get any better than this for a plein air painter, a few fly fishermen or my favorite photographer smoking a good cigar. We were the lucky ones! This 9 x 12 pastel painting was done using my well-used broken bit assortment of soft pastels on a medium gray Colourfix paper.