Featured Artist… Judith Carducci!

Tessa's Hearth by Judith Carducci
Tessa’s Hearth by Judith Carducci

Judith Carducci is an amazing pastel artist – I adore how she did this interior above. The golden glow of the fireplace and the portions left somewhat unfinished but so very cool!

Monhegan from the Cemetery by Judith Carducci
Monhegan from the Cemetery by Judith Carducci

For those of you who have been to Monhegan, ME, you will instantly recognize this view – spectacular, right? Pastels are a medium I’m not really familiar with, I just know when I see something I like, and I like this… be sure to check out more of Judith’s work, as well as her upcoming workshops!

Read a blip about Judith from her website:

Critique - a self portrait by Judith Carducci
Critique – a self portrait by Judith Carducci

When I was a child, my art teacher had me copy “Holbein Heads” – drawings by the great Hans Holbein, portraitist to the court of England’s King Henry VIII. That was the beginning of my lifelong fascination with portraiture and my enduring respect for Holbein’s genius. Even now, my teacher’s voice, as she showed me the fine points of his skill, echoes in my ear: “Look for the lost and found!” 

This self portrait of the artist on a coffee break, in intense concentration assessing the work in progress (values? edges? gesture? composition…?), is also my homage to Holbein, his strength of characterization and his use of color (especially in the simple rich green background). And it is nostalgic for me – a reminder of my love and gratitude for my teacher.

ALL IMAGES via JudithCarducci.com


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Catch you back here tomorrow!

[featured artist]: Janet Ledoux!

"Jackie's Washday" by Janet Ledoux image: JanetLedoux.com
“Jackie’s Washday” by Janet Ledoux
image: JanetLedoux.com

I love this painting! It reminds me of an area on Monhegan where there are always colorful clothes or towels hanging on a line amidst beautiful flowers… what nice work by artist Janet Ledoux! I remember one of the first few paintings I tackled on Monhegan one year involved a clothesline… if memory serves me correctly that was the only part of the painting that I liked, ha ha… this is wonderful in every way. Janet captured a delightful scene… she also captured the movement, I swear I just felt the wind! Nice job, great work… with a touch of Sovek to it. Check out Janet’s website!

Read a blip about Janet from the Isalos Fine Art website:

After a career as an award-winning illustrator and art director, Janet Ledoux turned to full-time painting in 2000, working on the Maine coast and exhibiting her paintings, collages, drawings and monotypes in numerous venues. A graduate of the Paier College of Art, Ledoux is an elected member of the Ogunquit Arts Association and a recipient of a fellowship at the Vermont  Studio Center. She regularly paints in Stonington.


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  TREATS of Maine located in Wiscasset. It’s a tradition!

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Catch you back here tomorrow!

The Carina – Monhegan, ME…


Ahhh, the Carina… it’s so much more than a grocery store, it’s more of an institution… it’s a place to run into old friends after a year has gone by, a place to catch up like no time has passed. A great place to grab lunch, a snack, or groceries… End of October will be then end of the Carina as we know it… A big thumbs up to Tara Hire for making it as fabulous as she has all these years! She is moving on and following her passion… Monhegan Wellness! So check it out!!

Another thumbs up to Lisa Brackett, who will be running the new store on the island called L. Brackett & Son… A store and a diner… there has been some major fundraising going on, this is a creative, hard working bunch!

We wish them both the best in their new endevours!


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Catch you back here tomorrow!

Ahhh, to relax like this…

Fred reading at the Island Inn, Monhegan 2009

Is there anything better than to wake up early, have fabulous coffee, chat with friends, have a wonderful breakfast, go for a hike, stop for a snack, sit and read, go for another hike or two, or three… come back to the inn, take a shower and head to dinner… nope. I’m hear to tell you there is nothing better! To relax like this is truly a luxury!! Hope you have your luxury relaxation some time soon!


There is something mesmerizing about this!

Hey! Happy first day of Autumn… WOOHOO, my favorite season begins!!


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  Autumn in Wiscasset, Maine!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O… Foods that should never cross your lips – #6!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Peace and beauty, what more could you ask for??


Monhegan… ah… am I ever going to stop posting photos? Well, I just had to, we have some friends who are there this week, next week and the following week! I can’t wait to see their photos! I bet the weather will be perfect! This photo was taken (I think) when we hiked along trail 1… past Dead Man’s Cove and back up into the woods… it is M A G I C A L !  Some are there to paint, others to show family around a wonderful place they have yet to visit, and another who is going to read, relax, swim and hike! You always feel better once you’ve visited Monhegan, it gets your priorities back in place. Really!

Catch you back here tomorrow!


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  Island Inn… Monhegan Island, Maine!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O… Foods that should never cross your lips – #5!


Wouldn’t you like to be here… listening to this??

Monhegan, Maine
Monhegan, Maine

Wouldn’t you like to be sitting on a rock, here, in this fabulous place called Monhegan? Located about 10 miles off the coast of Maine sits this pristine little island called Monhegan. It’s a dream come true to spend a few days listening to the ocean, watching the waves, not answering a phone or checking messages. Hell to some I guess, but heavenly to us!

If you’re the type of person who loves the outdoors, doesn’t need to dress up to be happy and loves the sounds and sights of a beautiful rocky coast, this is your place! If you ever get the chance to visit… do! It’s a classy place, full of amazingly talented individuals. You won’t believe the number of famous artists that have painted on this tiny island.

Happy Memories – Catch you back here tomorrow!


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Featured Artist… Michelle Hero Clarke!

"Cove, Monhegan" by Michelle Hero Clarke
“Cove, Monhegan” by Michelle Hero Clarke

I adore Michelle Hero Clarke’s style! It’s fresh and loose and so very fabulous. I see a bit of a Charles Sovek likeness to her work (especially her architectural paintings), at times a little Eric Hopkins (the swirls in the water and some of the clouds)… which make this a style uniquely her own. Her paintings are fresh and have great movement.  You really get a sense of the place… Michelle has several paintings of Monhegan, and let me tell you she captures the feeling perfectly… be sure to check out her website, it’s full of wonderful paintings!

"Monhegan Woods" by Michelle Hero Clarke
“Monhegan Woods” by Michelle Hero Clarke

I love this “Monhegan Woods” painting… it so reminds me of walking through Cathedral Woods, the beauty, the peace, the silence… ahhhhhh! Just by looking at this painting I feel happy! That’s what art should do. Make you happy, or make you feel something!

"Clouds and Rock" by Michelle Hero Clarke
“Clouds and Rock” by Michelle Hero Clarke

Another stunning piece… I love how she did the rocks, the water… ahhhh, I want to have this kind of style!

Read a blip about Michelle from her website

Painting landscapes provides me with a way to respond and record not only my observations of a place but my subjective experience of it as well. In my artwork I am primarily interested in capturing the essence of places as I perceive them, rather than documenting a photo-realistic scene. All of my artwork is done “plein air”. I paint on–site, and always from life rather than using photographs as references. I find this method the most effective in that it allows me to fully immerse myself in the sensations of the moment.  When painting outside, the biggest challenge for me as an artist is dealing with the potential for rapid change. Light, color, and subject are all in a state of flux. A cloud can move, changing the shadows and intensity of colors, or a dense fog may roll in, obscuring what had been my subject but creating new opportunities.  Responding to these constant changes gives a sense of urgency and immediacy to the act of painting, which I find very energizing. I rarely go back into my paintings and rework them in the studio.  I like to keep the images fresh, authentic, and representative of how I experienced being in that place at that time.  I emphasize elements that strike me; the movement of the water,the interplay of colors, or the thoughts and feelings that I have in response to a particular visual experience.  Each painting I make enhances my appreciation and awareness of the richness of life around me, and I try to share these vivid moments through my artwork. 

The media and materials I use consist of a mixture of alkyd and oil paints on handmade wood panels which I will sometimes layer with primed canvas but often just seal with an acrylic wood varnish.  For larger work, I may use stretched canvases as they are lighter weight and easier to carry in the field.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via Michelle Hero Clarke’s website: www.mheroclarke.com

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A “bouquet” of flowers in the most unexpected place… that’s Monhegan for ya!

Monhegan, Maine
Monhegan, Maine

Walking around Monhegan you run across the most unexpected beautiful sights… butterflies everywhere, gorgeous sunsets, happy flowers, the sea and a bouquet every now and then appearing in a spot you just wouldn’t think to see one. It puts a smile on my face every single time.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

My post from one year ago…  Featured Artist… Stuart Fullerton!

My post from two years ago…  I accept this award… hee hee… and I pass it on!

Monhegan, ME stroll…


It’s the most beautiful place, ever! Water surrounding this small island on all sides. The creative people who live here all year long… the creative people who visit make it a fascinating place. Not just for the breathtaking scenery, but for the friends you make along the way. We’ve made many, and they’ve become like family to us. It’s neat to keep in touch all year long and then catch up once we’re all on the island. It’s a place of hiking, eating, ocean watching, photo taking… painting… and just being. When was the last time you sat down (without TV, radio, cell phone, etc.)? You can do this on Monhegan and be completely entertained. The thought of a TV doesn’t even pop into your head… we’ve met some of the coolest people ever.

If you ever get a chance to go… don’t miss the opportunity! You will become crazy like me and post photos like you live there, ha ha…

Tell me a place that you’re passionate about! I love to hear of new areas!!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

My post from one year ago: Burton Silverman, artist!

My post from two years ago: Oven roasted cauliflower – you won’t believe how good this is!!