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You are What you Consume

Everything you hear or see goes into your mind.  It stays there even if you “forget” it. 

Watercolor Plein Air Sketchbook Acadia, ME

Its like sound waves in a wall. The sound from Beethoven’s music he played in a concert hall in 1800 are still in the walls. What does this say about what is in our minds?
Watercolor Plein Air Sketchbook Acadia, ME

One time when I was out painting with a group a fellow painter wanted me to paint standing behind him.  I told him I wasn’t  interested in painting that specific view. 
Watercolor Plein Air Sketchbook Acadia, ME

 He responded by saying that the intent of his suggestion was not for the landscape but to provide me the best view of his easel and what he was doing.

Watercolor Plein Air Sketchbook Friendship, ME

He thought hat I could learn a lot by watching him paint.  Now this is a very kind and generous thought. But…

Watercolor Plein Air Sketchbook Friendship, ME

 …what if I do not want to paint the way he does, or want my paintings to look like his… 


I was thinking about having all this extra unwanted stuff in my brain… 
 I’m having trouble enough trying to paint what I do want to paint … without adding all this other stuff to the mix. 

I also don’t watch TV…but this probably doesn’t surprise you.


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Full Sail

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The Damariscotta River in midcoast Maine is a lovely place to sail on a lazy summer day. I was painting in South Bristol on a warm afternoon when I spied this elegant boat sailing down the river to the ocean.

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Two Boats

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Most of the docks are empty in early spring at York Harbor. A working lobster boat and a covered sail boat are the only boats at the dock.

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The Harbor at Rockport Maine

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As the weather warms up the sail boats are taken out of winter storage and returned to their summer moorings.  New sails are installed and the boats are readied for the summer season. 

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Lobster Boats in Perkins Cove

Boats in the Cove, 6×8, watercolor

Perkins Cove is a narrow deep cove with boats moored in neat rows. It is a very orderly harbor and its busy year round. They have their own little ice breaker to keep the water open so the boats can go out on cold winter mornings.
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Boat in the Channel: Cape Porpoise

In the Channel, 6×8 watercolor

The channel in the harbor at Cape Porpoise is so narrow the lobster boats have to moor in a line. Its only deep enough in one area to moor a boat at low tide. 
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Moored: Cape Porpoise Harbor

Boats and Traps, 6×8, watercolor



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In Cape Porpoise harbor there are all these floating docks with lobster traps stacked on them. Some of the docks  have little houses on them.

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All Tied Up in Cape Porpoise

Dinghys, 6×8 Watercolor 


When everyone is back in after a day of fishing the docks are crowded with all their little row boats. 
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Maine : Lobster Boats Waiting

 Cape Porpoise Lobster Boat 6×8 watercolor 98 lb aquarelle


There is a narrow deep channel in the harbor at Cape Porpoise. All the boats line up in channel. Sunset is a beautiful time there.
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Maine: Sturdy Workers




Two Tugs 4×6 oil on canvas panel


Huge ships are guided up the river in Portsmouth Harbor to the numerous docks to unload their important cargo. These sturdy work horses do the job.