The sun returns and with it some strange sitings at the beach. First of all, this man appeared to be walking on water!
As I continued my walk, through the sound of the sea and the wind, I heard another sound.
This fellow was practicing playing the bagpipe on a little peninsula by the ocean, probably so as not to disturb his neighbors.
By chance, on the way to Goose Rocks Beach we saw a gathering of Canada geese.
At Goose Rocks, I had to photograph a house that I am going to paint for a house portrait. The sun eventually lit up Timber Island revealing a glimpse of autumn colors. In the distance, I saw some strange looking ducks. When I looked them up in my bird book, they turned out to be surf scoters.
Among the things I love to draw are doors and garden gates. Around this time of year, many years ago in a quaint old seacoast town north of Boston, I sat on my little folding chair on the sidewalk drawing this door when someone peered over my shoulder and introduced himself. Little did I know that he was to become my best friend and husband!
4.Tag 6 people at the end of the post, link to them
5.Let each person know they've been tagged
6.Let tagger know when entry is up
So, here are the 6 random things about me.
1. I can juggle to the amazement of myself and others.
2. I have adapted to drawing and painting with a cat on my lap.
3. I love clouds, especially big dark blue clouds with shades of other blues and pinks.
4. I am afraid of lightning and was in our house that my husband and I were building when lightning struck just outside the house. It went into the ground and came up through our cellar floor (which was sand at the time) and into the room we were in. A giant flash burst before our eyes and then disappeared. Just prior to that, D ( my husband) had said, "Don't worry, it won't strike here!" After that, we decided we needed lightning rods!
5. I always have my cameras with me and before I got a digital camera I would carry around several very heavy old 35 mm cameras that thankfully were built like tanks. One day I dropped my old pentax spotmatic and it fell down a whole flight of wooden stairs that echoed the sound all the way down! My heart sank until I realized the camera still worked!
6. I love baskets and fortunately so do our cats, which gives me a good excuse for collecting them.
A reception for my husband's woodcarving exhibit at our local library took place yesterday afternoon. There is something so magical about seeing all of his work in one space, lit properly. Even the shadows they cast looked beautiful.
When I awoke this morning and glanced out of the window the moon was still visible.
And then I saw her, Kita cat. Kita lives through the woods behind the houses across the street in a horse barn. We met her for the first time last fall when she appeared in our yard and we thought she was homeless. We were worried about her for the weather was getting cold and nasty.
She was the friendliest cat and would sit on D's back while he was digging in the garden. After calling everyone in the neighborhood we finally discovered where she lived. A year has gone by since we've seen her in our yard and when I peered out of the window this morning, there she was! Her fur patterns are the colors of autumn.
Ellie May watched with great concentration from the studio window.
Polly enjoys a catnap on this rainy autumn day. (I'd like to join her)
David ran around the garden last night collecting all of the vegetables that could have been frosted. There were a few eggplants and some peppers. We do have many apples and pears from our fruit trees. Does anyone have any suggestions about preserving them or any recipes for something delicious to eat that is also 'gluten free'? As it turned out, there wasn't a frost!
My name is Ellie May and I am an artist cat and I have my own studio nestled in a garden in Maine several miles from the sea. I share the studio with N, an artist who had a Gallery near my first home by the sea in a quaint tourist town on the coast of Maine. When I was a young and fancy free kitten, I used to visit her and her husband, D and we became close friends til one day I moved right into their Gallery and never left. I became their official greeter, helped with sales, and did my own art ( torn paper abstract), I provided pet therapy to people on vacation who missed their pets and I had a fan club of many dogs and a few cats who stopped by my door to see me. We moved from the Gallery in 2002 into the studio that D had built in their garden. The house that D and N built is beside the studio and there resides sweet Polly,a brown tabby ( who is my daughter, another story) and a handsome ginger and white fellow named Brody.
I help N with her art now...I sort of guide her by sitting on her lap as she paints or I watch over her from one of my many baskets on her work table. I help her to get the true feeling of the pets she paints when she does commissioned pet portraits. We love the same things: birds, chipmunks and other wild critters, flowers, shells, and the sea. Nature is very important to us! With her ink and watercolors she turns all of the things we love into works of art that provide cherished memories for us and others. Some are turned into prints, and she also makes little pins, note cards, bookmarks and is working on her own little books. Working from photos, N loves making custom paintings for others of their pets, houses, and children. It gives her great pleasure to help others preserve their cherished memories with art.
We both miss all of the people, dogs and cats we used to meet in the Maine Memories Gallery, many of whom became friends who returned year after year. I thought it would be a good idea to get this blog started for her so we could continue to connect with those who may share similar interests in pets, wildlife, birds, nature, gardens, the sea and N's art (ink and watercolors) and photography and Maine.
I'm an artist/illustrator specializing in ink and watercolors and photography. My little studio in Maine is nestled in our garden by a babbling brook. Everyday I draw inspiration from the pets who have touched my life, our garden, birds and wildlife critters, quaint old houses, children, shells, scenes of the seaside and more.
Hope to share my art and observations with you and don't forget to take a moment to notice the precious little things around you.
PET PORTRAIT COMMISSIONS IN INK AND WATERCOLORS (I CAN WORK FROM YOUR PHOTOS)
click on "Cody" the featured pet above to see samples of commissioned pet portraits and info about how you can have a custom portrait of a beloved pet
Paitnings of Pets
Commissions Welcomed for Pets, Houses, Children, Boats, Wedding Bouquets and Favorite Places
click the paintbrush for more info
The Gift Gallery
Click the Gift Gallery to see a large selection of my prints and more
PRINTS OF MY ART
Prints of my art ( cats, dogs, animals, birds, flowers, shells, scenes and children) are available on my website (www.mainememories.com). Click on the paintings above to visit the PRINT section of my Gift Gallery. Thanks!
Note Cards will be coming soon to the Gift Gallery
CELEBRATE PETS, WILDLIFE CRITTERS AND BIRDS WITH MY BLOG FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS
click this picture to visit my blog Furry & Feathered Friends
Visit My Blog Memories of Marblehead
just click on the image above to take a ride with me down memory lane in Marblehead
VISIT MY BLOG MAINE MEMORIES
Click on the above painting to visit my new Blog Maine Memories ( sharing memories through art, photos and stories.)
MY ART STUDIO BLOG
Stop by and visit my art studio and see new and older artwork and projects by clicking the Maine Memories Art Studio image above. I'd love to hear from you if you'd like to leave a comment or send an e-mail. Thanks!