Maine Fishing Stories, Art, Who is Open, Weather

Wednesday September 17, 2014

Listening to the fishermen this morning talking about lobstering, bait fishing, tuna fishing and motors. There are also tales of big fish from the past and those they hope to catch in the future. I hear about the best fishing spots, the best times to fish and am sworn to absolute secrecy.

Fall is descending on us quickly here on the Coast of Maine and the days are getting cooler. A little rain, a mild breeze, pretty days where it's great to be alive and soon the leaves will change color and the whole place will light up spectacularly. I've been spending as much time outside as possible before it starts getting cold. Well, it's already started getting cold at night but the days have been downright beautiful.

My Maine art gallery, Phippsburg Art & Info / The Barn is still open daily 10-4 (except Tuesdays). We have about a dozen artist still showing and lots of wonderful one of a kinds and original artwork, jewelry, metal sculpture, seaglass creations & more. Also Sebasco Harbor Resort is open and Spinney's Restaurant at Popham Beach, too. Hidden Mountain Cottages, North Creek Farm, Edgewater Farm B&B, Percy's Store and other places on the Phippsburg peninsula are still open, too and we have oddles of walking trails to explore. Five lighthouses visible from here, a Civil War Fort Popham, and Popham Beach State Park with a three mile long beach round it out rather nicely, too. Oh, did I mention the fishing boats, docks, granite ledges and breathtaking seascapes?

Today I  feel like painting  I've been making a seaglass flower for a long time friend and painted a sunset on slate recently. Also have been reading up on hooked rugs, dolls and more for winter projects. So much to do, so little time.

Have a safe and wonderful week friends & family. Thanks for following the journey. More later :)




Maine Summer at the River's End

Wednesday September 3, 2014

Well, summer seems to be fading to a close here in midcoast Maine. The captain's out hauling lobster traps today and I'll be painting up at The Barn a little later. Lots of people have had their Maine vacation as scores of cars left the Phippsburg peninsula yesterday after the long Labor Day Weekend. School is back in session now so please drive carfefully!

Sold another painting at Sebasco Harbor Resort Gift Shop over the weekend. I think it was the one of Popham Village I painted earlier this year and framed in a salvaged, wooden, pink frame. It's just a little 8x10 acrylic on canvas but the frame made it especially sweet. I knew that one would go soon.

Haven't been in the mood to paint lately but hoping it will strike me soon as there are about four that should have been finished awhile ago. At least I have the consignments done and drying. Two of those are in oils. One is just a little ocean, thick, waves, that's all. The other is Popham Beach, Maine but without the pilings. It was tricky depicting Popham Beach without the pilings but it's actually even more serene looking than the way it is now.

Picked and canned a bunch of wild blueberries and wild blackberries this year and even a few raspberries. We had a bumper crop in Maine this year. Must have been to make up the severe winter everyone around here suffered. Let's hope there isn't a repeat of that. The Captain, the cats and I are likely going to Florida as the alternative (staying in Maine for the winter) doesn't seem quite as appealing. The island was cold last winter but nothing like they say it was around here. Grateful we have an alternative.

Lots of wonderful and interesting art and antique items at The Barn right now. Traffic has been a bit slow on the Sam Day Hill Road but it's always nice to see one of my regulars when they stop in for a little visit and to see what's new. If you are on your way to Phippsburg, Popham Beach, Sebasco, Small Point, or West Point, Maine please stop in for a little visit, too!

Have a wonderful week, friends & family and thanks for following the journey. More later :)


Fishing Casco Bay / Creating Maine Art

Wednesday August 20, 2014

Life is pretty rosey in Maine right now. The weather was gorgeous today with full on sunshine and the fishing was fine. Most of the guys went out lobster fishing today and a few have been fishing for Bluefin tuna lately. Others have been taking advantage of the run on Menhaden (pogies) and mackerel lately.

I've been up to The Barn finishing up some paintings today and working on some other art. Have a cool Popham Beach coat rack the captain and I are designing together (it's like six feet long with wooden pegs on  salvaged piece of driftwood), and a consignment for a painting of Popham Beach with the lighthouse but without the pilings in oil. Also working on four, count 'em, paintings of scenes around Phippsburg including a panorama of Totman Cove, Low Tide (West Point, Phippsburg, Maine), and two 16x20 acrylics of The Old West Point Store in Phippsburg, Maine and The Narrows, West Point, Maine. Finally painting Dirt Roads that Lead to The Sea from my photo of a scene up the New Meadows River I shot about a year ago. Check out my twitter feed for pics.

The photo shoots went well last week and I'm waiting to see which pics the clients like best. Sent them each a video of their pics so they could easily look through and select the ones that are their favorites. Such beautiful subjects it was difficult getting a bad pic of anyone!

Well, need to get some supper up in here and spend some quality time with the captain. Short little of it in the summer but once the winter rolls around we'll be hanging out together a lot more. I think long winters are what have kept us together all these years. That and the fact that we place ourselves on deserted islands and such and are foced into close quarters. Something to be said for that ;)

Have a wonderful week, friiends, family & followers. Thanks for following the journey. More later ...