Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Same Path

Shore Path Rosebush
12 x 12 x 1.5" Oil on canvas

This is the second painting of Sheep Porcupine Island as viewed from Shore Path. The scenery was only a few steps from the last. With a change in composition, colors, and addition of the rosebush, there is a similar, yet different angle.

At this rate, we’re likely to be hanging out along the coast of Maine well into next year… minus the snow ;)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sheep and Shore Birds

16x12 Oil on Linen

Walking along Shore Path, you can’t miss viewing Sheep Porcupine Island. In this painting, the island is the focal point. Foreground rocks and water play a role in defining the location and expanding the perspective. The rocks were mostly grey and rusty brown. It was interesting to note the color variations in the stones and they were even more evident from a distance.
Boating tours from Bar Harbor will take you to the surrounding islands. According to the flyers, a variety of bird species, including eagles and puffins, inhabit specific areas during the summer months. Seagulls were abundant, but I would have been thrilled to see a puffin!

… We've got to get back to the islands.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Shore Path 2

Available Soon

Here is the second painting of Shore Path. I selected a 16”x 20” stretched linen canvas. The first layer was a thin wash of burnt sienna. To me, there is a great difference in painting on panels and canvas. Softer edges are easier to obtain with linen and depending on the application, colors tend to be more vibrant with panels. What is your experience?

If I could go back a while and start all over again, I would definitely paint locations sooner. I cherish those rare instances when someone comments one of my landscapes, seascapes, or city scenes and says, “I have been there, and stood in that very place!”. 
The connection between artists and viewers brings an image to life and gives it special meaning ~ 

...ultimately, I would love for you to “Go there, and Do that” . In the meantime, tour your local museums and take a friend to the art festivals this Fall. Keep sharing your pictures and paintings.

Peer pressure, in the name of beauty, can be such a positive thing!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Shore Path View

8x10 Oil on Panel
Available (framed) at Etsy

While staying in Bar Harbor, I couldn’t get enough of this historic path. We must have walked it ten times going to the downtown area and back. This was my favorite section, probably because these pink rose bushes were in bloom. Seagulls were flying around and boats were heading to the bay. What a pretty scene. I have decided to make a larger version, showing a little more detail.
Shore Path has a wide open view of the ocean and adjacent islands.
The downtown entrance is near Agamont Park.
It is only a mile long. Home sites and hotels line the other side.
More about Maine to come! Thanks for reading :) ~ Eve

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Small Lighthouse Painting

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Framed 10x8 Oil on Panel
The only lighthouse I had the opportunity to visit in Acadia was the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. It is located approximately 30 minutes from Bar Harbor. Not to detour your visit, but the best way I can describe the size and scope of the lighthouse is ... “petite”.  I was surprised, because many photographs gave it a grander illusion. On the other hand, I thought about the significance of this small structure being a guide for even the largest of ships.
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”…
One of the first original paintings my parents ever purchased was by M.H. Jacobs – as he signed his work ( Marvin Jacobs). I was a teenager at the time and we lived in Maine.
They met Mr. Jacobs at an art festival and said he graciously took the time to discuss his collection of coastal paintings with them. The composition of their selection was horizontal, with a lighthouse positioned near the top right side. Below it were cliff rocks and ocean extending to the left side of the canvas. The art was nicely framed with a dark wood trim.
Wherever we lived, the painting was displayed in prominent place in our home. I admired it for the details and soothing colors, hoping someday that I could learn to paint in such a way.
During our trip to Acadia this summer, I noticed souvenirs in Bar Harbor shops that carried prints, greeting cards, and other items with M.H. Jacob’s artwork on them. I had flashbacks. Here it is, over thirty years later, and his artwork still plays an important role in sharing the beauty of coastal Maine. Wow!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hiking Acadia continued

Cadillac Sky Study
7"x5" Oil on Panel
Offered framed at Etsy

Hike continued...

We descended from Sargent Mountain by backtracking on the same trail. This led us to the Penobscot Mountain Trail, a path that paralleled Jordan Lake Pond. 

A mile into the hike, we were viewing the ocean from the summit of Penobscot Mountain.  While there, we took a break and spoke with a couple and their son about exploring Acadia and other magnificent American national parks to visit.

When we asked the best location to watch the sunset, they suggested a parking lot near the top of Cadillac Mountain. They advised arriving an hour early, because it fills up quickly.

Needless to say, I could hardly wait until sunset… It was the next box to check!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Florida Parrotpalooza Auction

Perched Parrot
12x6 Oil on Canvas
Donation to Florida Parrot Rescue

We’ll get back to the mountaintop soon, but I wanted to inform you of the ParrotPalooza Rescue Auction that is being held online from Sept 1 -30, 2015.

The Florida Parrot Rescue contacted me and requested a donation of artwork to help raise funds for their volunteer organization and I was delighted to do so!
From the auction site: > / Parrotpalooza

All of the proceeds of the auction will be used by Florida Parrot Rescue in its never ending goal of providing education, community outreach and making sure that the birds coming into rescue, receive the care and rehabilitation they need until they can be placed into their forever home.”
You can bid on this oil painting and many other fantastic items (including Disney World Park Passes :)). It’s a double doozie : Become a winner and contribute to a good cause!
Animals, small or large, provide comfort and joy throughout our daily lives. They connect in ways that seem to bring out the best in us.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hiking Acadia

Gorham Mountain View
14x11 Oil on Panel
Available at Etsy soon

This larger version is very similar to the 5x7 painting below. The brushstrokes in the clouds are a little more prominent and the ocean/sky transition is soft. My goal with both paintings was to create a feeling of perspective and atmosphere.


The second Acadia hike was to the summit of Sargent Mountain. It began at the Jordan Pond parking lot. Heading northeast on the Jordan Pond Path, it was a longer stretch than to Gorham Mountain, with a steeper elevation and more variety in scenery. Sections of the trail were damp from the previous day of rain.

Our next connection point was at the Deer Brook Trail. Part of it was covered with exposed roots. There were streams and waterfalls among the rocks, making it slippery at times. We remained on this path and heeded the warnings of the East Cliff Trail, which reportedly had a steep drop-off.

The Deer Brook Trail led us to the Sargent South Ridge trail. It was easier to maneuver because of the dryer and flatter surface.
Reaching the Sargent Mountain elevation of 1373 ft is a cakewalk for most avid hikers, but for this forty-something, flat sidewalk stroller, it was quite enough of a challenge. The view at the top was amazing and well worth the effort! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Acadia National Park Painting

Acadia Sky
Oil on Panel
Offered framed at Etsy - Click Here
Whenever time permits, we try to visit a national park during the summer months. This year, I felt fortunate to explore Acadia National Park and tour a small portion of the northeastern coast of Maine.

We stayed at the Moseley Cottage Inn, an historic home site in Bar Harbor, built in 1884. This beautiful Victorian Inn has two rooming options. You can either reserve a luxury suite in the B&B portion of the main house, or stay at the separate motel which has lower rates and smaller rooms (and still very nice). It is right off the main street, so you are close to restaurants, shops, and art galleries, just in case of rain ;) 
The land of Acadia NP borders Bar Harbor and spans over 47,000 acres of Mount Desert Island. (source: Stop by the visitor’s center to obtain maps and information from the knowledgeable volunteers, who will describe the marked hikes and other available activities in detail.
The painting above is the result of our first day’s hike to the summit of Gorham Mountain, elevation 525’. The park map tagged the trail as an easier climbing level and I definitely agree.  The half-mile slope to the summit was gradual, with a mostly flat surface of rocks. A pair of hiking shoes with thick tread is ideal. This is a great starting point from which you can absorb the fantastic views of the sky, land, and ocean, all at the same time. I am now working on a larger version of this piece...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Everglades Painting

Everglades Blades
14x11 Oil on Panel

This summer has been a busy one, even though I am not preparing for any shows. I have traveled as far north as Maine and down to south Florida. Soon I will be in Upstate NY for a few days. Whew! It's been a lot of fun seeing some new sites, which will eventually turn into paintings.

This painting of the Florida Everglades is a colorful piece that I completed several months ago. It will be placed on my website with a dark brown frame within 2 weeks. Please sign up for email notifications at, so you can receive an update as soon as it becomes available.

Thanks for your interest in my artwork.