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How To Survive Mud Season in Maine

Welcome to Maine’s “Mud Season“: the time of year between wintah and summah! As I was dashing into Lord Hall at the University of Maine last evening, trying to avoid the rain, the heel of my shoe caught in the soft soil and stuck in the mud. Luckily, my bare foot avoided the same fate […]

The History of the Color Green in Maine

“Top of the Morn’in to Ya!” Today is the day for the “wearing of the green”, an Irish St. Patrick’s Day tradition for many “Mainahs.” As a former Baxter State Park artist in residence I love green and find that this hue presents itself in most of my work. Therefore, I decided to highlight this […]

What Are Big Girl Panties and Who Wears Them

  As a female professional artist, business owner, and book illustrator nothing aggravates me more than seeing the short sighted phrase, “put on Big-Girl panties” used toward women. Just what does this mean? I will “frame” the following response with factual references and personal experiences for everyone to learn from. Statues Don’t Wear Underwear Erected on Wall […]

Best in Snow! OOOps I mean Show!

I like everyone else in the Bangor Area, I spent Valentine’s Day shoveling out of the brutal snow that was dumped on us Monday and Tuesday! It was piled so high around the windows, doors, roof-tops and vehicles that people are still digging out two days later! At the University’s Recreation Center Parking lot, some kids […]

Who Stole Tom Brady’s Shirt?

Prior to the game last Sunday, I held a painting party in my home in Orono.  The Super Bowl was on my mind, but I had selected the standard subjects for my “students” to copy, a vase of pink flowers or a snow covered Katahdin. When neither ladies were thrilled at my suggestions, jokingly, I suggested, […]

Want to Change the world? Buy Art!

Bangor Art Society: 142 Years Young! May 2015, I was elected as President of the Bangor Art Society. After research, I discovered that our Bangor Art Society is THE Oldest Art Society in the Nation, founded on February 6th, 1875 when several people met in the office of Dr. H.F. Tefft on Main Street in Bangor. “Jeremiah […]

Pretty In Pink at the Women’s March on Washington DC

Yes, I was there, part of history, last Saturday, at the intersection of Independence Ave. and 7th Street, Washington D.C.! With my back leaning against the wall of the Hirshhorn Museum, facing the Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters building, I watched the last “jumbo-tron” on this street with nearly one million of my newest sisters and brothers. […]

Art Of Ice Hockey: UMMA and Beyond

The University of Maine Museum of Art held it’s member art show reception, Thursday evening, January 12. I met one of the featured Artists: Siobhan McBride! Standing in front of her painting, Siobhan and I at UMMA Reception Siobhan McBride: Four Hour Fortune Cookie January 13, 2017 – May 6, 2017 Siobhan McBride (American, born […]

The art of planning (and a party thrown in)!

On your mark, get ready, set, go! Sprint into 2017!  We are racing into another creative year. Everyone including artists should take the time to turn around and look back at our experiences from 2016, figure out what went well and what went south. Time to analyze and make changes, if necessary, with your art activities […]

Hello All Artists!

Hello All artists, art lovers, friends, family and Maine enthusiasts around the world!!! Happy Holidays! Welcome to my blog packed with artist tips, trips and tales of my home Pine Tree State and beyond! I grew up with a Maine Guide/coach for a Dad and a seamstress childcare professional Mother in central Maine. My love […]