Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Maine, But Not the Coast

You hear a lot about the Maine Coast...
Lobsters, lighthouses, islands, & sailboats...
But Oh! The mountains & lakes
in central and western Maine~
Such immense beauty there!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Quick Sketch from a Quick Sketch

 A view from the window of the Camden Library.
A very quick sketch (above) 
from an even quicker sketchbook sketch (below). 
Above:  Staples DuraPoint pen
on Arches 140 cold press. 
While waiting for some one I was trying out
two new pens from nearby Rockport Blueprint, 
a fantastic art supply shop. 
The new pens: Gel Xtreme 
(not waterproof so I'll only use it for writing) &
Alyn TechLiner 02 which is waterproof & which I love.

Friday, June 26, 2015

More Phone Doodling

While on the phone my brain is busy, 
and it leaves me alone to play...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Why I Became an Art Teacher

"What are you making?" asked her mother, 
"other than a mess."
The child didn't answer. She put down her brush,
and she ran outside to play.

"Tell me about your painting," said her art teacher.
The child answered, 
"It's a painting." 
They laughed, together, they laughed. 
The child dipped her brush back in the paint,
and she sloshed on another line.

Friday, June 5, 2015

From the Sketchbook: Café-Boulangérie Québec

One of my biggest pleasures, 
during our annual May trip to Québec City,
 is to hang out in cafés.
 Le Paillard is a "café-boulangérie" in the old city,
 a gathering place for tourists. 
Often in May you see large high school groups.
Perhaps it attracts tourists & residents alike.
Sometimes I can't tell the difference.
It's large & casual, part café, part breakfast & lunch spot. 
The wonderful baked goods & espresso...
...are well worth waiting for in line.
Come to Le Paillard to converse...
to read. 
of course... 
to sketch!