Tuesday 207: Cathedral Trail

Cathedral Trail / 4" x 4" / 2017
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The Cathedral Trail is the shortest way to reach the top of Mount Katahdin from Chimney Pond. Hikers follow blue blazes up granite boulders as big as cars. Scrambling up the one and half mile trail with hands and feet, their movement more closely resembles rock climbing than hiking. The 2,350 foot assent follows three large rock buttresses towering out of the Great Basin below, granting views all the way down to the small, pristine tarn from where the trail began.

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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: Swimmer At The Surface

The water is warm, the air is cool. Reflections of foliage across the surface help us imagine the pond is a colorful, cozy quilt that surrounds us as we swim. With barely an eye, a nose, a corner of mouth, we peek out from under our cover for a glimpse and a breath, quickly retreating back to the warmth of the water. This will be the last swim of the season.

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
-- Henry David Thoreau

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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine  and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on any 4x4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

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: Two Thin Blades

Two Thin Blades / 4" x 4" / 2017
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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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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine  and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on any 4x4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

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: Run Before The Wind

Run Before The Wind /

4" x 4" / 2016

Now available through Glesason Fine Art

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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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine  and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on a 4x4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

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: Fly Guys

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 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: Many Men Go Fishing

Many Men Go Fishing / 4x4 / 2016
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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 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: 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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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine  and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on any 4x4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

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.

Rizzio, Bok, Brady

Besides the Carl Little curated "Wish You Were Here", there are two more shows in Midcoast Maine that, had I more time during my end-of-May visit, I would have loved to see. 

Margaret Rizzio's first solo show at Dowling Walsh has been extended through this month. Go see her colorful assemblages of "perfect woman" ephemera pop against the dark walls the gallery created to highlight her work. Margaret is a great friend and pop-up conspirator whose work I truly enjoy. Her mail art subscriptions make the best gifts!

Painting power-couple Gideon Bok and Meghan Brady have works on show at Perimeter Gallery (located in Chase's Daily in Belfast) through July 3rd. Please, go and see this "Two Part Invention" for me. I am a huge fan of Brady's subtle and precise color work! From the press release:

In one sense, the two artists--who are married and raising a family together in midcoast Maine—work at opposite ends of the painting spectrum.  Bok obsessively observes the migration of light and objects in his cluttered studio building, carving out simultaneous but often-conflicting records of time and space.  Brady’s abstract work fuses raw painterly gesture with geometric elements, making use of the friction between order and chaos, symmetry and asymmetry, transparency and opacity. 

However, both artists share an appreciation for the physicality of paint itself, and both navigate a path between balancing and unbalancing.  Whether it’s Brady’s abstract forms repeating and shifting in unexpected ways, or Bok’s description of interior space and its occupants from multiple angles all at once, the result for the viewer is the pleasurable experience of becoming oriented within something that might not immediately make sense.

Margaret Rizzio,  Blended Mint and Molasses , mixed media, 2016

Margaret Rizzio, Blended Mint and Molasses, mixed media, 2016

Gideon Bok,  Another Green World , oil on linen, 2015

Gideon Bok, Another Green World, oil on linen, 2015

Meghan Brady,  Tussle , oil on canvas 2016

Meghan Brady, Tussle, oil on canvas 2016

Tuesday 207: Watch Your Step

Three dips are better than one. The frigid waters of Frenchman's Hole renew the spirit again and again.

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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine  and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on any 4x4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

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.