Sunday, July 12, was the ninth annual Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) Paint for Preservation wet paint auction at Spurwink Farm. What a wonderful event to support the land trust and the artists! Thirty artists were juried by Elizabeth Moss of Elizabeth Moss Galleries to paint in the Cape over three days followed by an auction of the work. The weather was predicted to be rainy, so I worked hard to finish my painting on the first day. CELT assigns the artist locations and for the third year I was so fortunate to be painting at Delano Park. Delano sits right along the ocean with many John Calvin Stevens designed homes . Stevens painted in this area and his work was recently shown at the Art Gallery at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. Many of the residents have supported my painting in Delano these past three years, thank you so much! And thank you to my collectors in Delano! This was my first time painting with my new Take It Easel, I've wanted one for years! I'm glad that no one saw me set it up the first time, what a riot!!! It's actually very easy, now I know!
"Delano Park 2" 2016, pastel on board, 18 x 36, SOLD
The group of thirty are amazing artists and the work done is diverse, farms, fields, beach, rocky coast and lighthouses. So grateful that the community collects and values this work.
Here are some highlights of my painting for CELT: Delano Park, Kettle Cove/Crescent Beach and Maiden Cove over my five years as a juried artist.
"From Delano Park" 2012, pastel on paper, 18 x 36, SOLD
"Delano Park" 2015, pastel on board, 24 x 24, SOLD
"Kettle Cove 18" 2013, pastel on board, 18 x 24, SOLD
"Maiden Cove 2" 2011, pastel on paper, 11 x 27, SOLD
"Maiden Cove 1" 2011, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24
This was my first painting for the CELT auction in 2011, after I finished this one I painted a second one, the above pastel. I decided to put the pastel in the auction. Maiden Cove 1 is still available. That was a hot day!!!!
Thank you to my new collector and Littlefield Gallery! Painted this from a lovely seaside cottage in Corea last spring where I spent a week with my Wild Women Artist friends. Had a great time with these exceptional women, exploring Corea and the Schoodic peninsula and painting. Perfect views from the cottage and nearby village. A beautiful new to me place in Maine!
"Cranberry Point Corea 1" acrylic on canvas, 10 x 30, SOLD
Opens tonight in Portsmouth for First Friday art walk at N. W. Barrett upstairs art gallery. These new paintings will be on display with other gallery artists' work. Downtown Portsmouth is a fabulous place to spend a summer evening! Great food, shops, old buildings and art...perfect!
"Wolfe's Neck 14" acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16
"Scarborough Marsh 64" acrylic on canvas, 12 x 24
"Wolfe's Neck 15" acrylic on canvas, 16 x 12
"Falmouth Audubon 13" acrylic on canvas, 6 x 8
Thank you to my new collector from my Etsy Shop! This one shipped to Colorado. I love the view of the Flatirons from Chautauqua park. I collaged a space postage stamp on this painting as a fun visual element in the sky. I've been doing this since art school in the 70's when I was painting lots of Portland, Maine cityscapes. There always seemed to be an airplane in the sky and I wanted to find a way to add this to my work. My husband, Fred Michel, collected stamps...so then this happened! Space stamps were very popular and I bought them at a great stamp shop in the Arcade of the Time Temp building in Portland and at the post office. It's a fun visual element for me that I use occasionally in my work. Hmmmmm, maybe a new one today would be fun!
Time for my fifth annual show at The Good Table Restaurant in Cape Elizabeth, Maine! I always look froward to showing my art at this wonderful eatery. A friendly local crowd, visitors soaking up delicious Maine food and the best staff! Ten paintings this year and three done just for this show, from Vinalhaven to South Bristol, Kennebunk to Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth! This show will be up through July, hope you get a chance to visit.
Three 24 x 24 studio paintings just for this show!
This past weekend was the 9th annual Pastel Painters of Maine Pemaquid painting retreat and I have been fortunate to attend eight of the retreats. We only had about an hour of sun in the four days, but we all made the best of it. Hotel Pemaquid is the perfect place to stay, a short walk to Pemaquid Point park and the Sea Gull Restaurant. The first night I painted on the Loop Road a gray foggy day, but no rain. I was happy to be by the ocean painting. Friday brought heavy mist all day, so I painted a large 24 x 24 from a photo in the Carriage House studio. On Saturday I drove to South Bristol to paint the Thread of Life, one of my favorite spots. We had a critique by Beth Newman of Yarmouth Frame and Gallery and a wonderful demo and critique by Jacob Aguiar. It was so good to see old friends and to welcome new ones, much seafood and blueberry pie were enjoyed!
"John's Bay 4" pastel on board, 11 x 14
"Pemaquid 31" acrylic on canvas, 10 x 10