Maine Photo… ah the peacefulness of it!

Yep. You instantly relax looking at the calm water and those beautiful lobster boats. What is it about the serenity of calm water? I would like to be here. Now. Also love the like hitting the shoreline, so pretty – Maine is stunning!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Port Clyde Cairns… Feel your shoulders fall away from your ears… | barbara stroud

Years ago we rented the most wonderful cottage in Port Clyde, Maine. It was situated on the ocean, actually, rather close to the ocean. There were several cairns (sets of rocks stacked high) – I think they’re so peaceful. Some people used them as markers since way back in time. On the cottage porch railing they just looked so nice. They calm your thoughts… or perhaps that was the ocean. I want to go back, and never leave. That cottage is no longer available to rent. We feel fortunate to have rented it a few times. It was like a movie set… stunning, especially the time spent around the wonderful fireplace! It was a rustic cottage (no heat), and just a short walk to Marshall Point Lighthouse or the Port Clyde General Store!

If you build some of these along the coast, or anywhere else, be sure to knock them down after you’ve enjoyed them… part of the LEAVE NO TRACE movement to leave nature as it is, and to have only the true trail markers left behind…

To see more photos of the inside of the cottage (rustic), click HERE

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Show me the way to Lobster Cove!

Monhegan Island, Maine
Monhegan, Maine

Monhegan, Maine. The most wonderful place in the world! Beauty as far as the eye can see. Good friends from years past. Hiking trails that lead you to the most remarkable areas. I could take photos there forever!

If you haven’t been there before, click on the links for more info… the Island Inn is our “home away from home” (I like to call it)… there is something familiar and wonderful about it. It’s filled with wonderful memories, and memories still to be made, more people to meet and food that I dream about until the next year!

Usually on Monday’s I post a Featured Artist, that will continue next week – This week I am posting photos! Enjoy!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

56 years ago today… and a Port Clyde sunset!


I guess you could call this “taking a personal day” – there is a lot happening today!

This photo was taken back in 2008. My parents had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and they joined us in Maine. We had the best time… rented the coolest cottage on the ocean in Port Clyde, then headed to Monhegan. In this photo I zoomed in and cropped out the surrounding area… they were standing on the rocks looking out towards the ocean at sunset. Gorgeous isn’t it? I know they would like to be back there right now… as would we!

Maine is such a special place. I told Fred the first time we went… that I didn’t feel like I was supposed to leave, ha ha… What a place!

Hey, happy anniversary mom and dad! So this is your 56th Anniversary?!!!! Wow! Congratulations!!  

Love you more than anything! xoxo, me

Oh! And a happy birthday to my sister Bridget who was born X-0 years ago this year! Woohoo! It only gets better from here, trust me 😉 !!!!!

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Featured Artist: Robert Pollien

Spruces on Great Head, Mount Desert Island by Robert Pollien
Spruces on Great Head, Mount Desert Island by Robert Pollien    –   Oil on Panel 24 x 36″

Robert Pollien has some wonderful work at the Dowling Walsh Gallery, and guess what? If you’re in the Rockland, Maine area you are in luck! There is a show including Robert Pollien, David Vickery and Connie Hayes that begins this Friday!

Spruces on Great Head, Mount Desert Island is a wonderful piece by Robert. His trees have such character, they take on a life of their own. This is a wonderful scene that really makes you wish you were there, snow and all!

UPCOMING SHOW at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine: June 6 – 28, 2014. Opening receiption June 6 from 5-8PM!

Read a blip about Robert from the Dowling Walsh website:

Robert Pollien received his M.A. in painting from Trinity College and his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania under noted Maine painter Neil Welliver. Following Penn, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

In 1992, Robert Pollien became the first Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park. Pollien was awarded a Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting in 2001. And in 2004, he was awarded Carina House Residency on Monhegan Island.

Robert Pollien’s work was included in Art of the Maine Islands by Arnold Skolnick and Carl Little.

Robert lives in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island. He paints landscapes of the Maine Coastline, working from direct observation.

Artist Statement

“My paintings are generally small, compact and simple. My goal is not to portray the land in an overly picturesque manner, but to paint the landscape in a way that rings true.”

 All images via used with permission…

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F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            Red’s Eat’s – Wiscassett, Maine

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Charleston Gardenias

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Benefits of Green Tea!

Memories of Monhegan…

Island Inn by Joe Fidler

Island Inn. Monhegan Island. Maine. Vacation. Heaven! Wow, back in 2009 my mom and dad, Fred and I rented a cottage in Port Clyde, then we came to Monhegan for a few nights. What a dream! My dad had recently had knee surgery, so those of you who have been to the island know what a challenge that can be. Right as you step off the boat you have a rather steep hill to climb. He did it, no problem. (Dad, you were a sport. You had to pass on the hike through Cathedral Woods, but you stayed mighty busy. I’ve told you all about a sketch book that he surprised me with. Full of fabulous ink/watercolor sketches of our time on Monhegan and a few other things. I cherish that book! 

Joe Fidler painting on Monhegan
Joe Fidler – Monhegan Island

The island is such a fabulous place to just be… to do what you want to do… you see all kinds of people, lots of artists and bird watchers. You meet the most interesting people and life long friends on the island.

mom hiking monhegan w stick 2009
Sheila Fidler hiking on Monhegan…

This is the day we went hiking. Mom found a great walking stick… part way through Cathedral Woods she said, whew! That’s far enough… Noooo Mom!! You have to see the “reward”… the peacefulness of Cathedral Woods cannot be matched anywhere in my opinion. But when you get through that trail to Squeaker Cove your jaw drops. Wow! Mom was thrilled that she went the entire way! The beauty is breathtaking!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                Charleston Wine & Food (2013)

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:           Brilliant kitchen tool: The Microplane!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:      Artist to watch… Ken DeWaard!

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Artists Painting on Monhegan (Maine) – Part III

Artist David Kasman on Monhegan Island
Artist David Kasman on Monhegan Island

As promised… more Monhegan artist photos… this is the last batch until I can get there again to take more photos!

Fred and I watched David Kasman (above) paint one afternoon and it was fabulous. This man is good. Really good. We didn’t want to bother him until he was finished… then I walked up and asked him WHO ARE YOU? He clearly didn’t set up, fumble around like I might do… he set up, got to work, painted away… and it was fabulous. It’s in our Monhegan Collection!

Caleb Stone, Kevin Beers
Caleb Stone teaching a workshop and Kevin Beers (not in the workshop) painting his heart out….

In this photo you see Kevin Beers painting off by himself (top right). On the bottom left hand side of this image is artist Caleb Stone giving a student assistance during a workshop. This is the one cool sight that you will see over and over on Monhegan. Groups of artists painting. Some are in workshops, most are just artist out painting like Kevin…

Tim Bell after he finished a painting...
Tim Bell after he finished a painting…

We caught the last half of Tim Bell painting this gorgeous drop dead painting…  Tim has the ability to set up, paint an entire painting without getting a drop of paint on him or on anything else. He neatly puts everything away, and when he leaves… there is no trace! This striking painting… in our Monhegan collection!

Kevin Beers
Kevin Beers painting by the Barnacle on Monhegan

Kevin draws a crowd when he paints because he paints on such a large canvas. It’s interesting to watch each artist paint. Artists all have different techniques, yet they all turn out fabulous paintings. Which just proves there isn’t just one way to paint. Do what’s best for you!

Tim Bell… Monhegan
Tim Bell… Monhegan

A lot of people (me) like to set up out of the way, like out on a cliff somewhere… but I would say there are many more confident painters here… like Tim, he’s comfortable painting anywhere.

Joe Fidler
Joe FIdler (dad) painting in Port Clyde, ME!

Joe Fidler! He sets up and paints anywhere… he goes with the flow, doesn’t worry about things. Paints nice painting. Needs a website 😉

Maine is such a great place to paint. You can be close to others, off by yourself or somewhere in the middle.


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Artists Painting on Monhegan – They’re everywhere!

John Oat painting near Horns Hill (Monhegan)
John Oat painting near Horns Hill (Monhegan)

Remember a few weeks ago, I mentioned that for the next few weeks I was going to post some images of artists painting on Monhegan Island (Maine)? Well last week, I forgot! (It must have been because of the cold weather??)… well, here it is… this week and next, and then back to normal posting.

This is artist John Oat. Nice guy, we met John several years ago. Fabulous artist. Here’s the link for John’s website… I love the painting DASHING, what a happy dog!!

Walt Pasko
Walt Pasko painting on Monhegan

Walt Pasko… painting his heart away on Monhegan!

Tim Bell painting on the wharf, Monhegan
Tim Bell painting on the wharf, Monhegan

Tim Bell painting on the wharf – Monhegan Island, ME

Barbara Stroud
ME! Hee… Painting on Horn’s Hill…

Who? Who? Who could this be? Hee…


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House plan… Periwinkle Cottage!

Periwinkle Cottage, Port Clyde, Maine
Periwinkle Cottage, Port Clyde, Maine

There is a beautiful cottage that we have rented several times in Port Clyde, Maine. It’s called the “Periwinkle” cottage and it’s situated right on the ocean. I would call it rustic (no heat), but there is a fabulous fireplace and the view is earth shattering! Truly!

Today’s house plan… is the periwinkle. We always thought it would be so cool if we could build a house similar to the Periwinkle, but a little less rustic, and a little less space. Maybe 1 guest room upstairs, a 3/4 bath and a storage room/room for treadmill… something that would still give it this overall appearance from the outside. There were a few areas inside that weren’t useful spaces… those I would love to redesign to make useful. This plan is amazing. Fred and I are no architects (trust me, ha), but we kind of drew out the plan on our last visit, here it is…

Periwinkle floor plan - first floor
Periwinkle floor plan – first floor

The ocean is located on the side of the house with the living, dining and bedrooms… big windows, wide doors all make sure you don’t miss the gorgeous view!

You come in the house between the mud room and bathroom on the other side of the house. The mud room used to have a washer and dryer, and could be used for that again. I would also add a wash tub that could accommodate a dog bath easily. From that room you can walk into either the kitchen or the living area.

This is the door you come in… door to the right is a bathroom. Then there is built in storage for pretty much everything which is handy… if you go to the left you head towards the kitchen…

Entry door… mudroom...
Entry door… mudroom…

There is a large wasted space that has an old furnace in this area, I would use it maybe as a pantry and eating area off the kitchen…


I would keep wonderful large windows in the kitchen, have drawers instead of cupboards and possibly try to do away with some of the upper cabinets (replace with windows?). I wonder, wonder, wonder if you could lose that wall on the left and have it open to the existing dining room, meaning… OCEAN. VIEW.!!!

Dining Room
Dining Room

You then walk down a short hallway to the dining room. Beautiful expansive windows on two sides. I would probably make this into a reading room, with my desk, some great chairs, lamps. There are built in’s along the wall to the right. I would be willing to part with that if I could have the wall gone and open to the kitchen… Could be quite nice!

Cabinets below, shelves above, useful for displaying and storing. This view of the dining room is taken from the living room…

Living room with fabulous fireplace!
Living room with fabulous fireplace!

Great fireplace in this house… totally makes this living room, well that and the windows that look out upon the ocean…

Wide door that goes out onto oceanside porch
Wide door that goes out onto oceanside porch

Big, wide door so fabulous! When you open it you get such a fabulous breeze! Large windows throughout. One large center pane that is stationary and then two smaller windows on either side that open.

View standing near dining, looking through living towards bedroom...
View standing near dining, looking through living towards bedroom… See stairs that go to 2nd floor…

Great floor plan, I’m telling ya!

Bedroom - Excuse the bad shot!
Bedroom – Excuse the bad shot!

Bad shot… when we checked in they had not made this bed… and I didn’t take a photo after we made it, ugh. Note the 9′ wall behind the bed. This is one of the most unique features. You are in bed facing the huge window with the ocean view. That little doorway on the right side of the bed… goes to a closet/storage area if you were to walk straight ahead. If you turned after you passed the wall, you would see hooks on your left and built in dressers on your right. Brilliant!

Storage area if you go straight
Storage area if you go straight

Two closets with great storage…

If you were to follow the short hallway on the other side of the bed, it led to the master bathroom, but if you turned right after the wall behind the bed, you would see this:

Built in storage in wall behind bed
Built in storage in wall behind bed

It was so nice. We could put our suitcases on top of the ‘dressers’ and hang stuff on hooks on opposing wall. Such useful space!

I love windows like this!
I love windows like this!

This is my mom in one of the upstairs bedrooms… Such great light comes through those windows! AND they have such character!

These windows open out (and they have screens)… fabulous!
These windows open out (and they have screens)… fabulous!
Ocean Side View
Ocean Side View

This is the ocean side view… that sometimes looked like this…

Enough said!
Enough said!


O n e  Y e a r  A g o:               Featured Artist… Randy Sexton!

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