Up here in rural Maine we have 5 seasons, spring, summer, fall, winter and mud season. We have one extra short season that overlaps late winter and early spring. All the rural areas of the New England states share this season to varying degrees.
A Force of Nature, 8×16 oil on panel, $1200. Available.
I notice if we have a few weeks of warm days with freezing nights we have a nice long mud season. These same weather conditions are also perfect for the maple syrup producers. The sap starts running during the warm days and slows when the temperature drops below freezing over night.
Evening Mist, 16×20 oil on panel, $2500. Available.
This is a great time of year for plein air painting. We have the best of both worlds, bright snowy landscape and temperatures above 32 degrees that feel absolutely tropical after the minus zero temperatures from a few weeks back. Spring weather makes New Englanders act crazy. This week I painted without gloves, a jacket and a hat. If I had been thinking clearly I would have worn my hat. I got my first sunburn of the season surrounded by huge piles of melting snow while standing in large puddles of water in 50 degree sunshine.
Blueberry Country, 28×32 oil on panel, $6000. Available.
I’m spending a lot of time in my studio these days. I have a pile of paintings that need to be finished and delivered and a new show coming up at the beginning of April. I’m organizing my spring/ summer/ fall plein air events and workshops and and planning my summer schedule. I’m trying to slow down the departure of winter. I’m trying to stretch mud season? I really want to wear my bean boots for another month? Right now it is snowing. Its covering the field out back, and turning the exposed bits of grass white. At the same time the snow on the roof is melting, the puddles and mud in the yard are liquid and the pavement on the street is wet. Its OK with me.
You are invited to “Local Color 2015 ” the first exhibit of the 2015 season at Bayview Gallery. Friday, April 10th 5-7 pm. 58 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME. I’d love to see your smiling face !
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