daily paintings

Ship Harbor Trail

Ship Harbor Trail • 5×5 • oil on 1/2″ wood panel • SOLD

Here’s a little oil painting inspired by an evening walk on the Ship Harbor Trail on Mount Desert Island at Acadia. The light was perfect and the low tide landscape exquisite. Such a peaceful and gorgeous walk through the trees and along the pink granite shore. More moments like this, please! 🙂

Acadia in Gouache

Acadia in Gouache Series4x4s • gouche on cold press watercolor paper • $50 each

I went up to Acadia National Park for a few days last week with a friend and just soaked up the beauty and the trails all over Mount Desert Island. I squeezed in a lot of outdoor time in a short amount of time … from a sunset hike to an early morning paddle, a day of bike riding the carriage trails and a rainy day walk around Great Head. Magic! It does wonders for the soul to spend time in the woods and on the water.

I’ve been curious about trying gouache, so I used this getaway as my inspiration for diving into a new medium. Gouache is beautiful, rich, opaque and really quick drying. The quick drying part was the hardest thing for me to get used to, but after 7 little paintings and a few sketches in the sketchbook, I felt like I was getting the hang of it and had lots of fun doing them. These little paintings are done on some very thick cold press watercolor paper with deckled edges. Paper is approximately 6×6 or 6×5 inches and the paintings themselves are about 4×4 or 4×3 inches. Here’s a video reveal of the tiny tuesday acadia series.

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Peony Love

tiny tuesday: Peony Love • 4x4s • oil on birch panel • SOLD

I had such a good time in the peony garden at Gilsland Farm a couple of weeks ago that I just couldn’t resist some tiny peony paintings. Why not keep peonies blooming all year long. They are pure magic and smell sooooooo good. Ooooo, and so luscious in paint!

These little paintings were done on 4×4 inch birch panel–a new surface for me. I put a couple of layers of gesso on them, sanded them down and got busy with paint. Here’s a little tiktok reveal video of the peony love paintings. :-).

Summer Fun at the Shacks

Summer Fun at the Shack • 5×5 • oil on 1/2″ wood panel • SOLD

We took a gorgeous walk in the Willard Beach area last weekend and of course I got inspired by the shacks. I can’t resist these beauties perched on the bluff. I love the way they sit so proud and exposed while keeping tabs on all of the happenings in the channel. So magical!

This painting is done on a wood panel, click the purchase link to see pictures of the panel

Morning Marsh

Morning Marsh • 6×6 • oil on canvas • $100 • purchase link

We took the pups over to Pine Point last week for a gorgeous early morning beach walk (watch the video here). It was sunny when we left Portland and really foggy and a good 12 degrees cooler when we arrived at the beach. It was such a treat to stroll the misty shoreline at low tide. We had the whole beach to ourselves! As we headed back home I couldn’t resist stopping to admire the Scarborough marsh looking back towards Ferry Beach and Pine Point. There is something so peaceful about getting lost in a marsh view.

Fort Gorges Explored

TINY TUESDAY • Fort Gorges Explored • 5x5s • oil on gessoboard • purchase links

Here are 4 Fort Gorges “tiny tuesday” paintings, inspired by a recent early morning paddleboard excursion on Casco Bay. I circled the fort and took in all of the cool angles and the mesmerizing reflections on the water, before going inside for some more amazing views. I hope you can feel the magic of my outing on the water and my love for the fort.

I sketched out the compositions of these paintings in paint and then gave myself a 30 minute time limit for each one. I’m really pleased with them and the energy they capture.

You can purchase them as a set or individually. :-). Here’s a video of my paddle excursion!

Poppies Alla Prima

Poppies Alla Prima • 16×8 • oil on canvas • SOLD

I’ve been enjoying my neighborhood dog walks and all of the poppies that are in bloom right now. So gorgeous! Watching poppies dance in the breeze is so mesmerizing. I just can’t get enough of them. If you want to see my tiktok inspiration and process video, click here. I hope your spring is bursting with color and joy! Sending much love your way.

Morning Light

Morning Light • 6×6 • oil on canvas • SOLD

We’re back in Maine and it has taken me almost a week to find some sort of rhythm after a long, long drive home from South Carolina. I’m getting there though. 🙂 I even managed to wake up early enough to see some morning magic a few times this week–that can be difficult at this time of year because the sun rises at 5 am. So early! It’s so nice to see the boats making their way back to their moorings and to look out across Casco Bay from the prom. Such a magical view.

 

Sand Dunes Moon

Sand Dunes Moon, Fripp Island • 24×24 • oil on canvas • $775 • email for inquiry

This is the last of the larger canvases I had to paint on while down in South Carolina and I couldn’t resist capturing that magical full moon I caught from the beach. Everything about that evening was dreamy … warm, breezy, clear and gorgeous! I rode my bike down to the beach with my beach blanket stuffed into my backpack and I sat there with my feet in the sand and just soaked up the beauty of the shifting light. Seeing the moon through that dune grass was sooooo cool. Click here to see my tiktok process video of this painting.