Friday, September 22, 2017

New Hampshire and Maine

A quick note to my New England readers - I’ll be giving a talk at the library in Plaistow, NH, at 6:30 on Wednesday, October 4th. I’d love to have you join me there. You can find more details on my Facebook page,, or email me.

And readers from everywhere can follow my colorful journey through quick Facebook updates almost every day. You don’t have to belong to Facebook to get to the page.

Now, on with the blog.

I took part in a few drawing sessions this summer. One of the exercises was drawing with my non-dominant hand. The top two drawings of ink bottles were made with my usual left hand and the other two with my wobbly right hand. When you use your non-dominant hand, two things happen: your expectations are lowered considerably, and you really have to focus. It is actually fun to try.

This day I sat in the warm sun, on the ground, surrounded by wild flowers. It is a strong summer memory.

I bought sunflowers for a house guest who loves yellow. I love the curve of their stems, as well as the color.

We took a short trip to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. I seem to love low tide. It smells so good, and the seaweed makes great drapey shapes. You see the line of high tide on the rock.

It was a foggy day in Maine. The water in the harbor was the whitish color of the cloudy sky. Every buoy floating on the surface marks the spot of a lobster trap.

I really like to draw storefronts where the wares are hanging out all over the place. The gas tank is a decorative item with Yankee humor.

Buildings on stilts fascinate me. How do they do it?

A simple quick drawing of a small peaceful harbor. It has all the elements of Maine: rocks, water, driftwood, a boat, and a lighthouse to warn boats of all sizes during the foggy nights.

I drew these fine tomatoes during a tomato tasting at our local farm on Main Street, Spring Ledge Farm. I think there were forty kinds or so.