Featured Artist… Margaret Lawrence!

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Midday On The Pond by Margaret Lawrence – Image: Greenhut Galleries

Margaret has some fantastically serene paintings. Each is different yet all instill a sense of calm. I like that. The world is hectic enough, it’s nice to look at something and say “ahhhhhh”.

Reading Margaret’s bio, it looks like she was a nurse (or still is?), then studied photography and painting… well done Margaret, your paintings have such interest. They are utterly amazing!

A blip about Margaret from the Greenhut Galleries website:

Inspired by nature and the energy and mystery of the life cycle, my paintings are developed by removing paint as much as by applying it.

Through the give and take of the paint an image emerges that tells a story or marks time.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Beep beep beep… I interrupt House Plan Thursday for this important announcement… Colin Page Show…

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Colin Page – SPATIAL PERCEPTION / Greenhut Galleries

May 2 – June 1, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 2, 5-7PM

Artist’s Talk: Saturday, May 11 at 1:30PM

Ok… I’m teasing you with only three paintings… Click HERE to see the entire show online… in case you can’t be there… but if you can… GO! I am blown away by the quality of work in this one show. Remember, you have until June 1, 2013 to see the show in person! Look at these paintings… stunners, every single one. Look at that brushwork, those fabulous colors, the composition… wow!

If you are in the Portland, Maine area, stop by the Greenhut Galleries, located on Middle Street. Colin is an immensely talented (and down to earth) award winning artist and his work continues to grow, just when you think it can’t possibly be any better he adds a twist. I love that! Try not to miss the gallery talk scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 1:30PM. I’ve never had the opportunity to be there in person, but I have listened to Colin online, and he’s FABULOUS! Trust me, you’ll want to be there!

Colin Page

If you can’t make it to the show, check out his website, it’s a good one, and definitely read his Journal… Colin is full of fabulous work, and his thoughts are wonderful to read through… check it out! One more image to entice you…

Colin Page

Here’s a blip about Colin, in case you aren’t familiar! This is from the Greenhut Galleries email of Colin’s show:

Colin Page was raised in Baltimore, MD and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He transferred to Cooper Union with a concentration in painting. Upon graduation, he lived in New York City for three years where he was an active member in the art community. In search of a more diverse landscape, Page moved to Maine where he has devoted his time to making art and teaching.
Page feels that every painting should be as personal as painting a self-portrait.  His goal  is to capture the spark of excitement that called him to set up his easel whether it is the subject’s vibrant color or the atmospheric space.  Through his paintings, he shares the poetry of experience…..each painting must breathe and have a life of its own.
Page states, “I want to balance moments of specific realism, with more intuitive paint handling.  My paintings are based on the subject I am experiencing, sometimes through direct observation, and sometimes through expressive brushwork and color.  My favorite situation is a painting that has both on the same canvas. “
In addition to making art, Colin Page also teaches a number of very popular painting workshops across the state. He was the 2009 winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Door County Plein Air Festival.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

(All Photos via Colin Page)

The Flatbread Company, Portland, Maine – Pizza with a view!

Waterfront dining… there’s nothing like it! Especially when the atmosphere is casual, the food is delicious and there is a great view! We had heard wonderful things about the Flatbread Company, so, on a recent stop in Portland, Maine we decided to check it out. Located on Commercial Street, right in the heart of things sits this amazing restaurant. I’m not sure we would have run across it if someone didn’t tell us about it. I am so glad they did! Especially since it’s only a few minutes from the airport. It’s good to have a plan when your plane lands and you’re are ravenous with nowhere in mind to go! Check out their MENU; it’s not typical pizza, it’s different, and absolutely delicious. The salads are so beyond wonderful, very different, very, very good! So wonderful that as soon as it arrived… WE. ATE. IT. Ok, so that’s what normal people do, but I have to TAKE. A. PHOTO. FIRST. Well, you don’t see what we ordered (it was so good, just trust me on that!), but I did take photos inside the place. We got there before they opened (on our way to the airport), so that’s why there aren’t many people yet…

They have a neat website showcasing each of their restaurants… check it out!

Catch you back here tomorrow!