In the early afternoon, D and I thought we'd just take a quick look at the beach. The tide was high and the surf was pounding against the sea wall then up and over it onto the road. The sky had the shades of blue that I so love. A very invigorating sight to behold!
I still cut mats for my art the old fashioned way, with a simple Dexter mat cutter and a straight edge and I work on the floor! I'm worried that I will run out of blades one day and not be able to replace them!
I still have my old favorite Raleigh 3 speed bike. I fondly recall how excited I felt when I had saved enough money that I earned as an artist while living in Old Town Marblehead, Massachusetts to purchase it. The bike it replaced I had since childhood and it didn't have any speeds and had fat tires. Difficult to pedal up the hills.
Years later, for one of our anniversaries, D surprised me with a new bike that had5 speeds! I was thrilled. I had been using that til several years ago. The brakes were so loud people could hear me from great distances away! My niece got a new bike and gave me her old one which has many speeds, maybe 18! What a difference! It makes bicycling to the ocean a breeze, so to speak! Today was so mild for a November day in Maine, that I dusted off the bike and headed for the ocean with stops along the way to notice the little things that are often overlooked when traveling in a car. Here are some of the sights and things I noticed along the way.
This sign has always been puzzling.. what do you think it means?
Paused along the way at Mast Cove to take in the beautiful reflection below.
There's many sign posts in town, which might help or totally confuse you! (we still have an old sign there pointing in the wrong direction)
Must go and work on my art so I will post more photos later today.
I'm back with more photos of today's bicycle journey.
Here I'm approaching the neighborhood of our old gallery... we used to have a shop in that building before it had been renovated. Ellie May, my studio cat, actually lived in the upstairs apartment as a kitten with the couple who owned the building. As she grew she became very adventurous and discovered every nook and cranny in the neighborhood. Eventually, she moved into our gallery when we moved our shop into the building next door and she never left and now resides in my studio at home.
Ah, I've reached the ocean.. Here's one of the last beach roses to be blooming in November! it is a gray daybut the color in the foliage and berries is warming.
Just a little further along are benches by the sea. A good place to pause. I'll be back a little later with more from today.
Sorting through the photos I took, I'm overhwhelmed! I took so many photos...everywhere I looked I saw something that inspired me to paint later in the studio.
(click to image to see it larger)
On the way back, I stopped at a special spot
behind our old gallery, where the river meets the sea. Even on a gray day it's a place of beauty and serenity.
(prints are available of this sign post in Dock Square, Kennebunkport and many other scenes of the Kennebunks, just click on the sign post painting)
I'm going to jump ahead to my return home but will fill in later as I find time.
Yesterday slipped by...the clocks set back one hour. Very cold in spite of the sun...caught the sunset...so calm and and clear... the sky pale pink and a soft blue as the ocean gently rippled. Very peaceful!
After a night in the low 20's, the layers of clouds added a winter feel to this day. To our surprise, a sliver between the lower level of the clouds was enough to reveal the sun setting tonight.
(that's my Dad saluting (on the left) as he marched in the Veterans Day Parade) His philosophy is "No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted."Aesop
He was a combat medic in WWII with the 45th Infantry Division and served in Italy, France and Germany. The 45th Division liberated Dachau Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945.
He came across this on the internet a few nights ago and saw himself there, to his surprise!
click the above image to see it larger (PS. The Connecticut Veterans Day Parade this year was Sunday, November 2, 2008 and my Dad marched again.) My father-in-law is also a Veteran. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific.
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.
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