I frequently get requests for specific images for my Trivets, Placemats and Coasters. One of the suggestions I have been getting quite a bit lately is for Irises. The Blue Flag Iris is a native wildflower of Maine and in early summer it is abundant in and around the fields and homes of Rangeley. So I decided to do a painting of a trio of wild Blue Flag Irises since I had a lot of subjects in the area to study. I just finished the painting today and will have it available at shows and in the Store very soon. I hope you like it.
Yarmouth Clam Festival
Thanks to all who organized and volunteered at the 2014 Yarmouth Clam Festival this year. The weather was great & spirits were lively. This longstanding event is a wonderful summer celebration of art, craft, music, family and community. It is great fun to see the kids marching, bikers racing, and the men and women singing in barbershop, folk and rock groups. For more on the show see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfDW23ggrC0&feature=youtu.be.
For those of you who stopped by my booth... thank you. And a special thanks to all the volunteers who helped unload and pack up the Jeep!
A few of my items were sold out at the show but see the Store tab for today's inventory update. Also, I've posted my show schedule for the rest of the summer and fall on the Shows tab.
I hear that "ice out" has finally happened in Rangeley, Maine! Headed back up there soon. Can't wait!
Since winter is pretty much over in Maine now and I'll soon be headed up north with the herons, I thought I'd do a painting of one of my favorites, the Great Blue Heron. The heron will be available in the Store soon along with the Snowy Owl and the Passion Flower paintings that I recently posted. Hope you like them.
My last note was in early January. Seems like a long time ago. I had to put a hold on most activity (including painting and shows) during the winter but I’m now happy to report that my recovery from back surgery is going well. I just started working again and wanted to share a few new paintings that I recently completed and to let you know that I will be back on the road doing craft and art shows this summer. One is of a snowy owl that a friend and I saw on a drive in Massachusetts in January. There was a report that a number of snowy owls were up on the north shore and so we headed up there to see them. Fortunately, a very nice photographer was also there tracking them and shared a few of her photos with me that I used for the painting. I will be printing this image and a painting of a passion flower to represent the spring. They will be available at upcoming shows and online soon.
I am usually headed south about this time of year for the winter and spring shows in Florida. Unfortunately, this year I will not be able to make it due to medical reasons. My online Store, however, will be open and I will be adding new items as soon as possible.
There is still time to dress up your table for the Holidays. My Holiday designs work great as a plant or candle holder, tray, serving plate or centerpiece for hot dishes. The Poinsettia, Ornament, and Peppermint designs also make great gifts....including the traditional Fruitcake Table Saver. And this one you don't actually have to eat!
All items have been marked down for the holiday season and are being offered at my reduced "Show Prices", approximately 20% less than my regular internet prices. I am also offering Free Shipping on all orders of $75 or more.
See a few of the holiday designs below and the Products and Store sections for other holiday ideas.
A lot of folks have asked me recently if I had a dragonfly image in my product line. Although I had thought about it many times I had not yet painted a dragonfly so I decided to try my hand at it recently. It was an interesting challenge: the iridescent body and transparent wings, the amazing large eyes and the stained glass like wings. It was also interesting to paint this "symbol of change" as I used a few new techniques in the painting. I will have the image available on placemats, trivets and coasters in Dover, New Hampshire this weekend at the Apple Harvest (October 5). If you are in the area please stop by Booth #80 on Central Avenue. Hope to see you there.
One of the reasons I started writing these blog notes was to chronicle some of my experiences in selling my craft. This weekend I had a chance to do a show on the beautiful historic property at the Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine (www.HistoricNewEngland.org) and it has been a pleasure. Since I set up on Friday night I was able to get there early on Saturday morning before things started and walk around the property a bit. The walk down to the show in the early morning, dew still on the ground, was beautiful...and full of promise. I actually saw a bald eagle fly overhead! What a way to start the day!
I explored other parts of the estate...all before 10 AM!
Although the craft show itself got off to a slower start than expected it was certainly a good day for looking on the sunny side.
9/19/13 Common Ground. Unity, Maine. Show set up for MOFGA....Maine Organic Farm Growers Association. I have looked forward to this show since last September! This year promises to be a sunny weekend so come on out to Common Ground if you are in the area.I'm in the Maine Marketplace area. I'll post more notes from the show in the days ahead. Cheers. http://www.mofga.org/theFair
As a vendor at the show you have to get there pretty early in the morning to have a chance to walk around to see the other exhibits and the grounds. On Friday morning I walked through the gardens and envied the neat little rows of veggies. This is my self portrait photo, "Lettuce Head", showing me being very grounded! Friday and Saturday turned out to be gorgeous days and thousands of people showed up decked out in their best CG attire! The roads to the show were packed and I think some folks had to walk to the show!
Sunday, however, brought on a nasty storm and fewer people. I was almost picked up off the ground trying to hold down my booth that took sail in a gust of wind! Everything survived OK in the end and the loon Table Saver looked "swimingly" covered with water.
But things cleared up by mid-day and we were all rewarded with a beautiful sunset for breakdown.
For additional info and photos of the show check out, http://www.mofga.org/