Monhegan, Maine – Safe Travels!!

Island Inn, Monhegan, Maine

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Brilliant Monhegan Sky!


Fred and I have been so fortunate to always have such fabulous weather when we visit Monhegan. This wonderful Maine island that sits off the coast is so special in every single way. What makes it so beautiful (other than the surroundings)? The everyday things, from the stacked lobster traps to the colorful clothes on the line blowing in the wind.

Magical. Absolutely magical!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:         Monhegan Boat Line – Port Clyde, Maine

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:      Featured Artist: Connie Hayes!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o: I won!

Featured Artist: Ralph Bush – Show at Island Inn/Lupin Gallery, Monhegan!

Wash Day by Ralph Bush Image: Lupine Gallery
Wash Day by Ralph Bush
Image: Lupine Gallery

Ralph Bush… an amazing artist! Fred and I first saw his work, an impressive large watercolor hanging at the Lupine Gallery in Monhegan, Maine. It was breathtaking. Well, it appears that Ralph paints many stunning scenes… here are just a few! Wash Day (above)… that brilliant orange sky, the clothes blowing in the wind on the clothesline, the very cool cottage and those luscious greens in the landscape. Lovely! Monhegan Island is one place where scenes like this actually happen, and happen quite often. You hear people talk about the “light” on the island. It IS different… and oh so spectacular.

Quiet Harbor by Ralph Bush Image: Lupine Gallery
Quiet Harbor by Ralph Bush
Image: Lupine Gallery

Quiet Harbor… oooh, another fabulous painting, darker and moody with the brilliant sky that just makes this painting P-O-P ! As you’ll read below, Ralph Bush’s paintings are being featured at the Island Inn on Monhegan. Each year a different artist is selected, and their work is showcased in the Inn’s fabulous dining room. It’s so exciting to see the work from year to year. The Lupine Gallery will be hosting a reception for the artist on Wednesday, June 25th, be there if you can!

Read a blip from an email from the Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island:


We are pleased to present the 2014 summer solo exhibition at the Island Inn:  Selected Oils and Watercolors by Ralph V. Bush.

Ralph Bush is a Copley Master at Copley Society of Boston, a member of The New England Watercolor Society, Rockport Art Association and North Shore Arts Association. His painting The Old State House In Boston was selected from 3,000 entries as a winner in the First Annual Arts For the Parks competition, exhibited at the Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. He is a three-time recipient of Yankee Magazine’s prestigious Robb Sagendorph Memorial Award for Art, presented by the Copley Society.

The paintings will fill the Inn’s large, light-filled dining room, and will be on view May 26—July 26 and August 11—October 13. The Island Inn will host a reception for the artist on Wednesday, June 25 at 2-4 pm; all are welcome.

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:             Keeping your brain healthy!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Flag painting by Frank Gardner

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     Bowens Island Restaurant, Charleston, SC

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!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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.


O n e  Y e a r  A g o:           How to make homemade hot chocolate mix (using water)!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        How to make hot chocolate from scratch!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:  Bowtie pasta with sundried tomatoes and scallion cream!

Catch you back here tomorrow!