Monday, September 22, 2014

Maine's Common Ground Country Fair


8 X 10 " Scene from the Fair

Every September The Common Ground Fair, in Unity Maine celebrates rural life, organic & local food production, traditional farm & forest practices, most if not all of them hand, bicycle & horse powered, alternative energy developments, social & politcal action forums, folk arts, folk music, children's crafts, & more... It's a celebration of health, happiness, & living in harmony on this earth. The Fair is a magnificent, collaborative masterpiece organized by The Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. 

I wanted to take you along with me by posting my many photos, but I am truly overwhelmed with the amount of wonderful things that I saw & smelled & heard & tasted & learned. When I lived in Maine's biggest city I started to forget about this state's alternative rural culture. During these last 3 days I saw that new generations are carrying it on!

14 comments:

  1. your painting/sketch is beautiful. captures the bounty of the harvest.

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  2. I think your painting says it all..
    You add so much movement to your art.
    I love this one..the pumpkins..the Thai basil or salvia..the sunflowers or those big yellow flowers on tall stalks blooming here now that the name escapes me..the wheelbarrow..the grass..
    Like every other you have done..this one is a feel good aquarelle.

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  3. Oh beautiful sketch of the fair's offerings. This is the kind of fair I would surely like to attend. You have picked an earthy location to live! Would love to see some of the photos you took.-- barbara

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  4. So pretty, light, and fresh! Love it!

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  5. I like such events ! Try to show some pics! If they're as beautiful as your drawing, it will be a great pleasure for eyes !

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  6. I know I say it often, but how I love your style woman! Each painting is so charming and so YOU!

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  7. Beautiful drawing. Here comes Autumn!

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  8. I've always wanted to visit this fair. Thanks for giving me a glimpse of it!

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  9. I've been so remiss in visiting and just got caught up a little. Your sketches are just so wonderful, so energetic and happy. And I LOVE that little accordion book you made. What a great idea!! It reminds me of paper lanterns... xoxo Silke

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  10. For sure. My favorite Fair in Maine. Good food. Neat people. Wonderful animal displays. NO rides! Yes!

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  11. I miss Summer already, but - no dubt - Fall is very inspirational for artists:)

    BTW Leslie, nice to see you here (we're klassmates in the SBS :)

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  12. This is such a beautiful sketch. I love the looseness of it.

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  13. Hey Rita, I was looking at the work and was interested if you would be willing to sell any of the pieces that you have done? If you are interested please send me an email at hesserjw@gmail.com

    Thanks so much, and love the work!
    Whit

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  14. I love fairs that take place in the fall...it seems like the perfect setting ...your lovely sketch captures the scene so well. Hope you are having a great day.

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