These are glicee prints of my original little paintings printed on 100% cotton rag stock. The paintings represent for me my life in 3 seasons in rural Maine, from farms and orchards to rivers and fields.
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Coeur de boeuf
In French and Italian for its shape, the heart of the beef. The name “Beefsteak” just does not describe this beautiful and tasty tomato. You have not had a truly great tomato sandwich until you have had this tomato. I buy my produce from a local farm and in the bin marked “heirloom” were for a time this past summer these magnificent creatures. I bought as many as possible this past summer and drew them until it was time to eat them one by one, slice by slice.
The alewife harvester is iconic to me, showing up very Spring on the river out on the ledges with huge nets, scooping up fish by the thousands as they wait their turn on the lift on the dam . The fish are on their way up river to spawn. The harvesters are getting bait for lobster catching. The arrangement has been made with the town for three hundred years since the first dam was built at the falls.
Cat and Fish
The fish have been captured in this harvesters net. The cat, well he was a beloved member of our family for thirteen years until his death. He is the watcher.
Three Potato Four
Our neighbor was at our front door with her arms full of vegetables, leeks, peppers and three huge potatoes. That is where my journey began, drawing big potatoes.
Les Trois Corbeaux
Wisdom is the word that comes to mind to describe them. The three wise corvids roadside waiting for roadkill.
As summer was winding down the orchard opened and the heirloom apples captured my attention. This one has a spicy taste and I very much enjoyed eating it and adding it sparingly to my applesauce, but the coloring and shape are so elegant that I had to draw them and add the paint. It is in fact a French apple, Calville Blanc d’Hiver.
First there was the potato. Then the round man in blue. And last the basket.
A Potato and Three Blue Hens
Again first there was the potato on the paper and then somehow three hens who had to be blue.
The heart of the bovine animal. I love the irregular undulating shape of it.
Simple. Maybe too simple but I kept coming back to it.
More of the Calvilles.
Deux Calville Blanc d’Hiver
And two more.
watercolor, gouache and graphite