Lobster Traps – Monhegan, ME

I love how these lobster traps are stacked near the brewery on Monhegan. I realize they’re there for a reason and not just to look good, but… they form a wall of the coolest kind.

Monhegan, and even Maine in general is a lot like that. Items used for form and function and not necessarily to “look good”, but they do!



Clearly this is not a photo of me. It’s Charlie, our JRT. He’s out of sorts here, normally his entire body is on his bed. Funny beast. We all have our days I suppose.

In an effort to type the minimal amount this week (hand not happy), I will be posting images this week – back to normal next week, I hope!

Enjoy your week and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow!



The Price is Right…

I love these wild palms that pop up in Charleston. They usually pop up where you don’t want them (front yard, butted up to a walkway), but on occasion they pop in the right place. This palm provides great shade as well. As it grows you have to cut the branches so that you can walk underneath it (near a walkway). The price is right, haha…


Charleston Photo – Broad Street

Broad Street

St. Michael’s Church steeple is pretty remarkable, isn’t it? Definitely an icon in our beautiful city. The well cared for palms line the street and the flag flies proudly. This is Charleston, SC!


Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist: Jessica Fields!

Painting by Jessica Fields

Jessica Fields. Fabulous paintings – great texture with a palette knife. Each is so interesting to me. I love the layers of color! Be sure to peruse the links below. Many on Jessica’s website are sold – don’t miss Instagram! Fabulous! You can definitely tell that painting puts her in her happy place!

See more of Jessica’s work via these links:

Website  |  Instagram 

Read a bit about Jessica, (from her website):

Jessica Leitko Fields (that’s me) is a working painter, collage gluer and general maker living in Greenville, SC.

I’m originally from, lets say, Houston, because who remembers anything from before they were five anyway. And there I garnered a love for all things flat and stripey. Add a dose of a Louisiana farm on my mother’s side and all those fields start to make sense. Then I married a Fields! Like a joke. I liked them so much I married them. 

I went to school at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where I learned to love paint and color and texture and to really really hate snow. 

I’m typically a teacher by trade with a special fondness for art history and history in general which will crop up in my titles from time to time. 

This is my happy place. 

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via fieldart.work, used with permission…
Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Ralston Creek House Plan by Flatfish Island Designs

 This is the Ralston Creek house plan by Flatfish Island Designs. This plan is 1,590 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Sharp and charming – what a combination! Love this front porch, and that window in the dormer – it melts my heart!


A great main floor plan with an open kitchen, living, dining space – along with three sets of French doors bringing the outdoors in and giving you a lot of natural light! The master bedroom is downstairs with two sets of closets, a very nice and appreciated amenity… one can never have too many closets. Sweet front porch as well – which is part of the charm of this home.

Upstairs are two additional bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms, a nice private space!

Flatfish Island Designs has wonderful plans – feel free to take a peek at them!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via FlatfishIslandDesigns.com, used with permission…
Images are not for construction or reproduction, they are property of the design firm.

Featured Artist: Nick Runge!

The Coast by Nick Runge 24″ x 36″ Oil  |  Available at Abend Gallery

Nick Runge. This man creates such interesting, thought provoking paintings. He can clearly paint a portrait, but it’s the abstract qualities in the painting that shift it from a normal painting to a WOW painting. Love these blues – this is brilliant and captures your attention! Abstracted realism indeed!

See more of Nick’s work via these links:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

Read a bit about Nick:

Born in 1985, artist Nick Runge grew up in Colorado. Coming from a creative family of professional artists, he was always interested in drawing and imagining ideas visually. Starting in 2004, he began thinking about art as a career and got the chance to begin small jobs in and out of the comic book industry. After 2006, he worked as an illustrator for various comic companies such as IDW, Dark Horse, and many others. While primarily making a living as a cover artist, he began painting more seriously and started exploring the world of film art and traditionally painted projects, doing various official and private commissions. These days he has stepped away from commercial properties, focusing exclusively on fine art and personal work using oils and watercolor.

As a portrait/figurative painter, Nick works from life as well as photography, describing his art as something close to “abstracted realism”, with an objective of expressing as much of the realistic human element of life as possible through a limited and often simplified approach to his rendering or brushwork, giving an illusion of realism while, at the same time, breaking shapes and form down enough to have a close balance with abstraction.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images/bio via NickRungeArt.com, used with permission…
Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.