Happy New Year! Today I’m sitting inside, enjoying the snow, and thinking about past and future Maine trips. Here are a few photos from trips of the last couple years.
This was taken on the Rockland – Vinalhaven Ferry. In the distance, Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.
From my trip out to Matinicus Rock, one of the seabird and puffin nesting islands.
Puffins on Matinicus Rock
An Arctic Tern and chick on Matinicus Rock. They are quite bold and nest right among the paths.
Another shot from the Rockland Ferry. This is Owl’s Head Lighthouse, viewed from Rockland Harbor.
Also check out my new mapped Pinterest board that I’ve been experimenting with.
Midcoast Maine in photos and art:
It’s become a bit of a tradition and a lot of fun to draw new Holiday cards every year. This year’s includes penguins, belugas, and a weasel, along with new owls for my 100owls shop. Also exciting is this year I have enough designs to create fun mixed sets of all the card illustrations I’ve done.
Check out all the different ones here in the card section!
The owls have been fun too. I have two new cards designs for this year and did a bit of scrambling to finish up 12 new illustrations for the much requested 2014 Owl Calendar.
Here is the card section of the 100owls shop.
I’ve been adding a few original watercolors to my Etsy shop. Here is the newest, a small study of a fluffy owl feather.
This one is available here:
watercolor and ink illustration, 2013
5×7 Otter Print
A recently finished drawing of two sea otters floating in the ocean in a bed of kelp, one with a sea urchin. Living in Maryland, I am often inspired by the Eastern Coast – so it was fun to do something a little different and draw a scene from the Pacific / West Coast. I love otters though (who doesn’t?) and the entire related weasel family. Eventually I will probably draw them all.
This is a little watercolor study I painted a few days ago. A White Admiral butterfly, painted life size – about 3.5 inches wide.
The original is available in my Etsy shop:
Original Butterfly Watercolor
A new commissioned watercolor portrait of a black cat. This was a fun composition to paint. Happy with how the paw came out, and the eyes. The eyes are always my favorite part to paint in pet portraits. It was also a fun one because it looks like my own cat, Tintin.
8×10 custom cat watercolor in the shop
Here is a photo of the cat. She was a stray that, according to the owner, showed up and made herself at home. It looks like she found a pretty good one.
And here is Tintin. In his new favorite bed, a tomato box.
This is a watercolor I painted one afternoon on my vacation, after coming back from the beach. Two clam shells, painted life size. I’d like to do a couple more paintings of some of the clam shells I picked up when I get the time. I think the shape of the lines in them is really nice.
The watercolor is available in my Etsy Shop.
5×7 Original Shells Watercolor
8×10 watercolor illustration, 2013
This is a watercolor painting I made of a collection of different rocks and minerals. Inspired in part by old scientific illustrations. Some of these are rocks from my own collection, mostly picked up on various trips. The one in the top left I picked up on a camping trip when I was 5 or 6, and the speckled granite beach stone in the bottom is from a recent Maine trip. Others, like the green serpentine and amethyst are ones I just wish I had.
A little beach scene illustration of Stone Harbor on the New Jersey shore. This one features a lifeguard boat and a mixed flock of shorebirds and sandpipers. I got the idea for this illustration on my recent trip to the beach this year.
8×10″ Print: https://www.etsy.com/listing/158763115/stone-harbor-boat-and-birds-beach-art
Detail of the boat and mixed flock of shorebirds, Includes various Terns and Sandpipers.
Another detail. A little Piping Plover to the far right. Ruddy Turnstone in the bottom center. Also gulls, sandpipers, plovers, and terns.
We found this blue crab on a walk one morning, beached when the tide went out. It was pretty windy and he was getting covered by sand. He didn’t look too lively, but when I picked him up he was still pretty feisty and waved his claws around. I put him back in the ocean and he swam off.