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Azaleas in Bloom

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Its spring and its early this year. The azaleas were just beginning to bud and now 2 days later they are bursting out! I’m going to have to get out there and paint them again! Time is fleeting. The flowers are here, then they are gone in what seems like a day.

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Williamsburg Barns

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The farms in the the Berkshires of western Massachusetts have often been in the same families for generations. The buildings and land have been well cared for. The sugar maples and oaks planted many years ago stand tall next to the stone walls. The barns on this farm looked lovely in the late light.

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Nor’easter Carvers Harbor

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I sat in my car at the public wharf while a Nor’easter hit Vinalhaven, Maine.  All the boats were at their moorings in Carver’s Harbor. No one was going out in this weather. The ferry service to the mainland was canceled. I was happy as a clam painting in my sketchbook in the dry front seat of my car. The colors of the islands, sky and water were subtle and beautiful!  

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Fryeburg Farm

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Every summer I spend two long weekends painting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I drive all over the mountains painting on both sides of the ridges. When I travel to Evans’ Notch the road heads east and crosses the state line into Maine. I drive through the lovely farming town of Fryeburg to reach the notch. Farms like this one are found in the valley along the Saco River as it flows through the fertile fields of town. 

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Foggy Day Kittery Point Harbor

Kittery Point Harbor is in a great spot. Its on the southern border of Maine, near the mouth of the Piscatisqua River across from the small island of New Castle, NH. The harbor is located in the curve of the land so all the big ship traffic is way out in the river a distance away. 

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Azalea Buds

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The Azalea buds are getting ready to open! The bush is on the east side of the house.  It catches those chilly breezes off the ocean so they need a few really warm days to encourage them to flower.

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The Docks in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth, NH is a seacoast town in my neighborhood. Its full of great old historic neighborhoods, old streets and a working harbor. This was painted near Puddle Dock in the old part of Portsmouth Harbor.

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Carvers Harbor, Vinalhaven

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I took a trip to Vinalhaven, Maine in the fall after the tourists left. The place is totally empty off season. It is real Maine. Granite quarries made this island prosperous. Now only fishermen and their families live there.  The town has many houses that are only used in the summer.  The harbor is full of working boats all year.

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The Yellow House, Carvers Harbor

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A yellow house sits right on the edge of Carvers Harbor in Vinalhaven, ME. I painted this scene from the front seat of my car in a Nor’easter.  The rain was blowing sideways. It was like having buckets of water thrown at you. The yellow looked cheerful in all the gray that filled the sky and water. 

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Little Angel

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Once a month a local group of artists gather for a figure session. There was a young girl modeling at the session I attended. She would hold 20 minute poses. I sketched and painted with watercolors to capture her quickly. When she appeared with a crown of tiny stars I thought she looked like an angel !