Peaceful Maine Water…

Calm Maine Water

Peaceful, isn’t it? Sometimes when the world seems out of control you need to take time to focus on something serene.

This will do it!! Happy Sunday! I’ll catch you back here tomorrow

ūüﳬ†Images are my own unless stated otherwise. Please contact me if interested…

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A walk through town… Monhegan.

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A Monhegan street scene for all of you Monhegan lovers! The building on the left was the Carina and is now the studio of abstract artists Steven & Katherine Aimone.

This is walking from the church towards the Island Inn. We’ve been in it many times as the Carina (grocery, sandwiches, etc.). It would be fun to be back there right now!

Enjoy your Saturday! Catch you back here tomorrow!

ūüﳬ†Images are my own unless stated otherwise. Please contact me if interested…

Featured Artist: Kate Chappell!

Path to Blackhead by Kate Chappell

Path to Blackhead by Kate Chappell ¬†9×12″ ¬†Watercolor

Kate Chappell, an artist from one of our favorite places, Maine!  She has incredible paintings (among other things)! This painting (above) is the Path to Blackhead (Monhegan Island). The path with the shadows is delightful!

The Road Home by Kate Chappell 15x11" Watercolor

The Road Home by Kate Chappell ¬†15×11″ ¬†Watercolor ¬†(Sold)

This wonderful painting, The Road Home, was at the Lupine Gallery (Monhegan, Maine), but has recently¬†SOLD… What a¬†lovely painting! Just look at those dramatic shadows, I love the bits of dark – This is a wonderful path. Just beautiful!

Kate is quite amazing, her talent doesn’t stop at painting, I swear this woman can do everything! Check out her website and you’ll see what I mean!!

Read a bit about Kate, from her website:

“Kate Cheney Chappell was born Katherine Pope Cheney in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of George Wells Cheney, Jr., an insurance executive, and Mary Frances Pope, a trained artist and champion of the visually impaired. She spent her childhood in Manchester, close to her paternal grandparents, many cousins, and the family business, Cheney Silk. At the age of 12, she and her family moved to Farmington, Connecticut, and she entered the Oxford School for Girls (later Kingswood-Oxford School). With encouragement from Art teacher, Rebecca Jones, she entered and won a Gold Key in Connecticut’s Scholastic Art Competition, and was in her first show at age 14. Kate Cheney Chappell attended Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (now Chatham University), distinguishing herself in Art, Creative Writing and French Literature.¬†Read more …

Images via KateChappellArtSpace.com¬†and LupineGalleryMonhegan.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Festive door in Rockport, Maine!

Festive door in Rockport, ME

While in Maine earlier this fall, Fred and I drove around Rockport – a cool city with some really beautiful homes. When we came upon this house, whhhoooooa! STOP! Backup! Need a photo! Thought this would be the perfect Happy Halloween/Happy Fall photo! What an inviting entry, a beautiful door (fabulous paint color!), love the star, the American Flag is so stunning against this backdrop, the pretty flowers and of course, the pumpkins! How creative!

Wishing you a ūüéɬ†Happy Halloween¬†ūüéÉ, and most of all a joyous fall!¬†Catch you back here tomorrow!

Thinking of fall…

Fall is in the air!

Fall has got to be my favorite month. Spring is nice with all the flowers and trees blooming, but it also means hot weather is on its way. Summer is just hot and humid. Winter is nice here in South Carolina, so I have no complaints, I like it, but… Fall is my favorite – when those humid days change to something beautiful where you can be outside without melting – definitely my favorite. It’s so beautiful, even with all the leaves and acorns. It’s all good, I love to be outside this time of year!

These are Monhegan (Maine) pumpkins, I thought they made for a pretty fall photo!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist: Cat Bates!

Image: Cat Bates

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Cat Bates. This man has some incredible jewelry. The bracelet at the bottom in the image above has what is called a “sister clasp” – it’s the most amazing thing! I bought this for my husband while at Rock Paper Scissors in Wiscasset, Maine. It’s incredible how if you line up the openings of each clasp just so, the bracelet¬†will come right off, but never fall off. Cat hand braids these bracelets and necklaces and makes the clasps from a mold. When we bought this bracelet, the color of the clasp was darker like the bracelet at the bottom, after wearing it for a while, the clasp turns lighter, like the top image.

While visiting Monhegan, Maine, we saw many people who had his jewelry on. I love it! Take a peek at his website, he has so much to offer and I’m sure will always be coming up with new things that you have to see to believe! We are fans!

Read a bit about Cat, from his website:

“My name is Cat Bates.

I spent my early childhood, and summers through grade school, on Monhegan Island off of the Maine coast. ¬†I remain strongly influenced by the island’s nautical history, rugged landscape, and the resourcefulness and hard work that one needs to live there year-round. ¬†For an extended biography, please click¬†here. ¬† ¬†

14 years ago I began studying metalsmithing.  I started working as a professional jeweler in 2004, and graduated from Maine College of Art in 2009 with a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. I have received scholarships to study at Penland School of Crafts, Peters Valley, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and have taught workshops on basic metalsmithing, sand casting, and decorative sailor knotting.  For a resume, please click here.

I employ a variety of techniques in the design and manufacture of my work, from sand casting to sailor knotting, 3-d modeling to forging. I utilize the skills of other professionals when economically  and/or conceptually appropriate, and in these instances give credit in the product description.  I believe that the method used to produce a piece of jewelry (or any object) resonates within it, even if it is not obvious to a casual observer.  For more information on my process please click here.

As a designer, I find a distinct beauty in utilitarian objects, and often notice that through use such objects become more beautiful still. ¬†I think of a bronze oarlock, its exterior caked with oxide from exposure to salt spray, its interior buffed to a warm luster by the rubbing of a dinghy’s¬†wooden oars. ¬†I design ¬†jewelry to be durable, so that use may compound its beauty. ¬†If you wear one of my pieces, I hope that you will take pleasure in knowing that you are part of what makes it beautiful.

I sell my work through this site, at a number of small craft shows throughout the year, and select retail locations around the United States. ¬†For information about making purchases through this site please click¬†here. ¬†For a list of retailers currently carrying my products, please click¬†here.”¬†

All images via Cat-Bates.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Monhegan Island – Maine

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I know, I post too many Monhegan photos. If you’ve been there you would understand. It’s what gets us through until the next year when we head that way.

Walk, eat, talk, visit, then walk some more… That’s what we do on Monhegan Island. To just BE where it is so incredibly quiet, especially in Cathedral Woods. The air is so fresh and clear, what’s not to love?

Catch you back here tomorrow!