Maine trips

Happy New Year! Today I'm sitting inside, enjoying the snow, and thinking about past and future Maine trips. Here are a few photos from trips of the last couple years. rockland breakwater lighthouse This was taken on the Rockland - Vinalhaven Ferry. In the distance, Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

puffins matinicus rock From my trip out to Matinicus Rock, one of the seabird and puffin nesting islands. puffins maine Puffins on Matinicus Rock

arctic tern nesting An Arctic Tern and chick on Matinicus Rock. They are quite bold and nest right among the paths. owls head lighthouse Another shot from the Rockland Ferry. This is Owl's Head Lighthouse, viewed from Rockland Harbor.

Also check out my new mapped Pinterest board that I've been experimenting with. Midcoast Maine in photos and art: http://www.pinterest.com/studiotuesday/midcoast-maine-in-photos-art/

Illustrated Christmas Cards

penguins illustration It's become a bit of a tradition and a lot of fun to draw new Holiday cards every year. This year's includes penguins, belugas, and a weasel, along with new owls for my 100owls shop. Also exciting is this year I have enough designs to create fun mixed sets of all the card illustrations I've done. Check out all the different ones here in the card section!

weasel card

owl winter card

The owls have been fun too. I have two new cards designs for this year and did a bit of scrambling to finish up 12 new illustrations for the much requested 2014 Owl Calendar. Here is the card section of the 100owls shop.

2014 owl calendar

owl and farmhouse art

Black cat watercolor painting

A new commissioned watercolor portrait of a black cat. This was a fun composition to paint. Happy with how the paw came out, and the eyes. The eyes are always my favorite part to paint in pet portraits. It was also a fun one because it looks like my own cat, Tintin.

black cat watercolor painting
black cat watercolor painting
black-cat
black-cat

Here is a photo of the cat. She was a stray that, according to the owner, showed up and made herself at home. It looks like she found a pretty good one.

tintin
tintin

And here is Tintin. In his new favorite bed, a tomato box.

Blue Crab

blue crab beach We found this blue crab on a walk one morning, beached when the tide went out. It was pretty windy and he was getting covered by sand. He didn't look too lively, but when I picked him up he was still pretty feisty and waved his claws around. I put him back in the ocean and he swam off.

Eastern Egg Rock, Maine

We made one boat trip while in Maine, from where we stayed on Hog Island out to Eastern Egg Rock to drop off research interns and look for puffins. It was a cold and wet trip and the poor interns had to unload and row to the island in the rain and choppy water. A fun trip though and we did see some puffins and seabirds.

lobster boat maine
lobster boat maine
puffin
puffin
easterneggmap
easterneggmap

Hog Island to Eastern Egg Rock.

eastern egg rock
eastern egg rock

Eastern Egg Rock - Puffins, Terns, and Guillemots.

Maine bird prints

maine bird prints Getting prints ready for my trip to Maine. I leave tomorrow! I'll be staying on Audubon's Hog Island for a week to help get it ready for their programs. Hopefully I'll see some seabirds while I'm there.

puffin portrait painting

A miniature puffin portrait. A mini 3x3" version of the one pictured up top. This size is a lot of fun, I keep looking at the little stack I made of them.

razorbill egg painting

A Razorbill egg, painted after my trip to a seabird nesting island. A 5x7" Print

Chickadee Watercolor Painting

A Chickadee watercolor I painted this week. My walks the last couple days put me in the mood to paint a few birds.This is one of my favorite times of year for birdwatching. It's getting a bit warmer, but the trees and underbrush haven't leafed out yet, making it a lot easier to spot wildlife. I think Chickadees are handsome little birds, I always enjoy seeing them when I go out.

chickadee watercolor painting
chickadee watercolor painting

Maine boathouse illustration

maine boathouse art A new watercolor and ink illustration. This one is of a little boathouse on Vinalhaven island off the coast of Maine. We took the ferry out to the island very early, and hit some dense patches of fog, which was very pretty. Large tidal areas and little spits of land full of pines. Lots of lobster fishing here, a good percentage of the island's population are lobstermen.

It's fun drawing complex subjects in this style. Landscapes are an interesting challenge. This one is 11x14", on the larger side for me.

Prints in the shop: Boathouse illustration

Below: Detail of the boathouse and the fun weather vane.

maine art