Tuesday 207: Waiting On Monhegan

Soon the Hardy Boat will begin running its route from New Harbor to Monhegan, and soon I'll be atop the tallest coastal cliffs in Maine, perched and peering south toward Gull Rock, glad to start another summer season.

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Tuesday 207: Wading For Spring

Wading For Spring / 4" x 4" / 2017

Now available through Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

The Sheepscot River is one of eight rivers in Maine that have Atlantic Salmon. These fish need the river’s clean gravel bottom to lay their eggs, and its rapids to aerate the water for their young. Because October is the month that these fish spawn, the Sheepscot and other rivers or streams with wild Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon are closed to fishing after September. This prevents fisherman from accidentally crushing eggs as they wade through the river.

Smolt are the young, six-inch salmon that swim from these Maine rivers all the way to Northern Greenland, two thousand miles away! Over the course of two to three years these fish will wait in the Northern Atlantic Ocean growing in size up to ten and fifteen pounds. Then they will migrate back to the same river where they were once a small egg and begin the cycle again. If these fish can wait three years to return to the Sheepscot then surely we can wait until April, when fishing season opens and we can wade into the waters once again. 

text by Jonathan Ives

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Tuesday 207: Northern Whites

As I sit here and jot notes about these, my two newest paintings, it is snowing, sleeting, and raining. The first day of spring has come and gone, but it is March in Maine and here we are with weather not quite fit for skiing, but also not quite tempting us to dress in lighter layers just yet. And so we wait and lean into spring, like a beginner hesitantly tilting his weight forward and trusting the mountain's momentum to catch him and carry him safely down the slope for the first time...the second time...and then again and again. 

Here's to a wonderful winter of snowy adventures, including my first time riding at Sunday River. Boy, isn't that Northern Lights trail a beauty? Enjoy these last two winter paintings of the season as we all lean into spring together.

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It Is The Love

It is the love that comes through when the mind gets out of the way.... 
Do not make a picture of something. Make something. It is not the something, it is the looking. Painting is looking slowed down.... 
Paintings are not finished, they are stopped.... 
When working from life you take a fragment of the world then attempt to make it whole by making sense of the loose ends left when it was torn from the world.... 
Having painted awhile there is more to unlearn than to learn.... 
What is created is the real thing. The rest is the world. What is a picture of the world? Nothing.

– Ken Kewley

Tuesday 207: Two Thin Blades

There’s always that first step in skating, from dry ground to slick ice, when it just seems impossible. Impossible that two thin blades of metal will support you, impossible that because its molecules have begun to dance a little slower water will hold you up.

Carol Goodman

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Tuesday 207 Paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.

Tuesday 207: Come Hellgrammite Or High Water

The winter is the hardest time of the year for fly fisherman. Freezing temperatures mean frozen fingers while handling wet line. Since there are no insect hatches, trout feed on bugs like hellgrammites that are always swimming in the deep waters year round. These large black fly patterns can produce fish even in the coldest winter months because, like the die hard fisherman who use them, they are always there. 


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Tuesday 207: Run Before The Wind

Jonathan writes about sailing with his dad, Bobby Ives: This painting is from a day that Jessica and I went sailing with my dad and his wife Phyllis on the 26 foot Pierson they keep in Pemaquid Harbor. We sailed around John's Bay and anchored off the northern side of Thrumcap Island, where the thread of life ledges blocked the winds and waves so we could eat a picnic. As we ate, I was distracted by the white caps that were building and recommended we get going. Jess is new to sailing and feels nervous when the boat really lists over. By the time we weighed anchor the winds and waves, which were from the southwest, had built up and it was a bit hairy running with the wind back into the harbor. Steering a straight course with a large following sea takes serious concentration to prevent an accidental jib. The mainsail would luff from time to time and we all waited for the boom to swing across, like a batter swinging for the ball.


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#exploregon

In two weeks we say goodbye to Bend, Oregon and point our car due east, Maine-ward. It's been just ten short months but we came, we saw, and we adventured. Boy-oh-boy did we adventure -- and boy-oh-boy do I have a lot of paintings to make so you can see all about it!

In the meantime, enjoy these few small glimpses at the beauty we've experienced here in Central Oregon. Pictured: Alder Springs, the McKenzie River, Waldo Lake, Steens Mountain, the Little North Fork of the Santiam River, Bend's whitewater park, Smith Rock State Park, Devil's Lake, the Blue Pool, Farewell Bend Park, fishing the Deschutes River, Opal Pool, the Metolius River, Steelhead Falls, Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Smith Rock again, and Farewell Bend Park. 

Farewell, Bend. For now...

Tuesday 207: Fly Guys

Fly Guys / 4" x 4" / 2016
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I look into my fly box, and think about all the elements I should consider in choosing the perfect fly: water temperature, what stage of development the bugs are in, what the fish are eating right now. Then I remember what a guide told me: "Ninety percent of what a trout eats is brown and fuzzy and about five-eighths of an inch long."

- Allison Moir, A Different Angle: Fly Fishing Stories by Women

There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.

- Paul O'Neil

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Tuesday 207: Walking Water

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A human being is a container invented by water so it can walk around.

- from Job’s Body

Popham Colony was a short-lived English settlement founded the same year as the Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Over the course of its first and only year of existence in 1607 and 1608, settlers built the Virginia of Sagadahoc, the first English-built oceangoing vessel in the New World.

When Jonathan and I were at Popham Beach last summer we played in the waters at the mouth of the Kennebec River. This was the river by which Popham's settlers explored the land that would become Maine, seeking communication and trade with the Abenaki who lived along its banks. Later colonists to the area, building on the experience of the original Popham Colony, settled further up this river at the site of present-day Bath where winter storms and tides were not as severe. Bath, of course, became a renowned shipbuilding capitol; in the mid-19th century it was the fifth largest port in America and sent clipper ships criss-crossing across the waters of the world.

In the fall, after our late August swim at Popham Beach, Jonathan and I fished the headwaters of the Kennebec, the "long quiet waters" of the Abenaki. We waded in and walked the waters, just as we had at the beach.

Water is how we move in the world. It shapes our stories, our experiences, our histories. Rivers and oceans move us. Our ships, our paintings, and our bodies are all vessels.

 

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How One Woman Overcame Her Fear Of The Ocean And Learned To Surf

Back in 2010 I wrote a piece about winter surfing at Higgins Beach for The Maine. Earlier in September the Bangor Daily News republished it in their Outdoor section.  You can enjoy it here -- and come January when I've returned to the coast of Maine, I'll be teaming up with BDN to bring you more writing. Stay tuned!

Tuesday 207: Many Men Go Fishing

Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

- Henry David Thoreau

 

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Tuesday 207: Full Participation

My challenge to you here, is to journey into a deeper intimacy with the world and your life without any promise of safety or guarantee of reward beyond the intrinsic value of full participation.

- Oriah Mountain Dreamer

 

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Tuesday 207: Cast

Cast / 4" x 4" / 2016
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There is no such thing as the perfect cast. There are only casts that catch fish and casts that do not.

- Kirk Deeter in The Little Red Book Of Fly Fishing

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Tuesday 207 Paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.

The Power Is With Images

I recently read a BBC news article by Will Gompertz and it made me want to stand up and cheer for figurative art, for painting, and for the landscape. Enjoy a few of my favorite excerpts below or read the full text here.


David Hockney thinks that over his lifetime art has become "less". He blames the art establishment (museums, galleries, art schools) for becoming over-enamoured with conceptual art: "It gave up on images a bit" the artist laments. By which he means that the artworld ignored figurative art: paintings, sculptures, videos and installations that aim to represent the known world: the sort of work Hockney makes: landscapes, portraits and still lifes. 

Instead he feels, museums and galleries have jumped too willingly into the unmade bed of conceptual art where lights go on and off in a game of philosophical riddles. But Hockney says "the power is with images", and in neglecting them the artworld has diminished the very thing it aimed to protect: art. 


"But they're wrong," he told me. "A camera cannot see what a human can see, there is always something missing." He talks about the inability of a camera to reproduce a sense of space and volume. 

He makes the point that a photograph documents only a split second in time. Whereas a landscape painting, portrait or still life might appear to be a moment immortalised in a single image, but it is in fact the culmination of days, weeks and in the case of many artists (Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Hockney), years of looking at a single subject. 

It is a result of vast quantities of stored information, experience, jottings and spatial sensitivity that has eventually appeared in the colours, composition and atmosphere of a final finished artwork. 


When people told him that the "landscape genre was worn out" he thought it illogical. "The way of looking at it [the landscape] might be worn out, but the landscape can't be," he said. "It needs re-looking at…[to] look at it afresh."


Tuesday 207: Dwelling

A house is a dwelling. So is the body. Monhegan's Red House was the island's first home and because of excellent craftsmanship, great care, and unique character it has withstood time and the elements since 1790. The human body, likewise, is built to last. What can we do to take great care and express our unique character so that we, too, have a dwelling for years to come? 

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Tuesday 207: Keep The Channel Open

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening, that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, you will never exist through any other medium. It will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how it compares to other expressions. It is your business to keep yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

- Martha Graham

(In the painting to the left are two hardy swimmers in Monhegan Harbor and the Hardy Boat at the dock in the distance.)

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Tuesday 207 Paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.