Many of my recent studio pieces have been paintings done from photos of our trip in September/October to Vermont, Maine and Nova Scotia. I've posted all of the plein air work, so now I'll be posting the studio work.
I loved seeing all of the lobster boats, row boats and dinghies, buoys, and harbors. All things that we don't have here in Colorado! All things that I've been painting!
The harbors were filled with working boats. To me, being a lobsterman must be a hard, hard job!
Weathered Gray Shingles
plein air oil from Monhegan Island
8" x 10"
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This is the last of the plein air pieces that I painted last month on Monhegan Island, Maine. Most of the buildings n the island were weathered gray or white. For those of you who have gone there and painted, I certainly understand why. For those of you who've commented that you hope to go there some day, I certainly understand why. It is truly a wonderful place. Look for the studio pieces that I've been working on since we've been back.
Besides all of the incredible scenes to paint, there are miles of trails to hike. Sometimes while I was painting my husband would hike. Other times I hiked, too. One of my favorite hikes was out to the "Enchanted Forest." As you hike along there are dozens and dozens (if not hundreds) of little fairy houses built under tree roots, at the base of trees, behind rocks, on branches. It's amazing. You turn your head and there's another one!
Monhegan Island, Maine is an incredible place. I've been talking and posting about it the last few weeks. Because it's so small, you walk everywhere. And, everywhere you walk is another painting! I photoed this piece several times and just can't get the shadow side of the building to read as dark as it's painted. I'll keep trying!
The lighthouse keeper's house is now the Island Lighthouse Museum. You can go in this building
and the ice house, but not into the actual lighthouse. This station was built in 1824.
The lighthouse was built in 1850 and animated in 1959.
Gulls and Rocks
plein air oil from Monhegan Island, Maine
6" x 8"
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Sea gulls can be seen dropping shell fish and clams from the air to the rocks below. This allows them to open the shells. I guess they're smarter than I thought! So, if a seagull drops a shell while flying 12 feet up, how fast is the shell moving when it hits the rock?!...sorry, I couldn't resist! I never did get those high school math problems. You know, the ones that went something like: If a train departs from Chicago at 10:00 and another departs from New York at 11:00, how fast will they be going when they meet in Ohio? Why did we have to figure out the speed of 2 trains when they collided?
Anyway, back to Monhegan Island...
This is out on Lobster Cove. I guess this ship wreck has been there for decades!
I have paintings at two local galleries, Summerland Gardens and G44 Gallery, both which had Holiday Open Houses this weekend. As I was getting paintings ready for these shows I thought that I should also get my blog ready for the holidays. So, I'm going to offer 25% off of all small paintings, 9" x 12" and smaller, in my next 25 posts. I'm going to make an effort to post every other day and have that many posts before the holidays!
Back to our trip to Maine...
Monhegan Island is located 10 miles off the coast of Maine. In the summer there are ferries from three locations. However, when we went in October, there was only one ferry daily from Port Clyde. I can only imagine the number of people on the island in the height of the tourist season! But, I understand why so many people head out there...it's beautiful!
The architecture on Monhegan Island represents what I think of as classic, coastal Maine. It seems to be something that many people are looking for...a slower, simpler way of life.
Monhegan Island is a center for fishing, lobstering, a haven for artists, and a summer retreat for people attracted to its' scenery, rugged shore line, hikes, nature, and history.
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I posted a similar flag painting last Veteran's Day and decided to post another one this year...and maybe every Veteran's Day, who knows! Below is the same information from that post also.
This is the flag that my dad received for his dad's service to our country. My dad passed it down to my son. I have painted and posted it before.
Saturday was the big Veterans Day Parade in downtown Colorado Springs. We have a lot of Vets here as the military is a strong presence in the town with Fort Carson, NORAD, Peterson Field, Schriever Air Force Base, and the Air Force Academy. Many Vets stay and make Colorado Springs their home and many Vets return to live here when they retire. Monday is Veteran's Day with closures in all of the government buildings as well as our local schools.
I come from a family of Veterans. I'll introduce you to some of them again this year:
This is my mom, Rosalie Phillips Johnson (1921-1971). She became a pilot after college. She served in WWII as a WASP, Women's Air Force Service Pilot. The WASPs flew new planes from factories to embarcation air fields where they were either flown or shipped overseas.
My dad, Oliver Sidney Johnson (1920-2004), is on the far left in the back row. He served in WWII as a radio operator and machine gunner on B-24s and B-17s in the 490th Bomb Group flying out of England.
My grandfather, Charles Thomas Johnson, (1890-1964) is the one circled. He served in WWI and also was a Colonel in WWII. This is General Patton's staff (you may recognize him in the front row.) I can't imagine how it must have been for my grandma to have her husband and only child both in Europe during the war. She also served our country as an ambulance driver taking soldiers from Midway airport to the hospital.
My husband Peter's parents were also Veterans. They both served in the Navy. This is their engagement photo. My father-in-law, Peter Carl Holnback, was a fighter pilot in the Pacific. My mother-in-law, Olive Hird Holnback, was a WAVE: Women Accepted for Voluntary
I've been getting paintings ready for holiday shows at two local galleries....both with Open Houses next weekend. This made me think that I should also get my blog ready for the holidays. So, I'm going to offer 25% off of all small paintings, 9" x 12" and smaller, in my next 25 posts. I'm going to make an effort to post every other day.
This painting was done last month when we were on a painting trip to Monhegan Island, Maine. I've heard so much about the island and seen so many paintings done there by other artists. Now I know why so many artists love it!
We arrived for "trap day"and could hardly get off the ferry! Lobster traps were piled high.
Every where you walked around the island you saw Lobster paraphernalia.
Recently I posted pieces that were painted on a trip my husband and I took this fall to Vermont. That trip continued into Maine. This little row boat was done late one afternoon in the harbor in Rockport, Maine. I love the abstractness of this close-up view.
There aren't a lot of big bodies of water in Colorado, so it seems that many of our trips end up near water. I've taken so many boat photos during our travels. One of my goals is to paint more boats.
The pictures below are from one of two sunrise outings to Rockport harbor.