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.

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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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: 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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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: Shaded Riffles

Riffle: A riffle is a rocky, shallow area in a stream where water cascading over rocks creates a noticeable surface disturbance. To identify a riffle, look for a choppy surface or whitewater spilling over shallow rocks into deeper water. A good riffle will fulfill all of the basic needs of a trout. The shallow, highly oxygenated water is a perfect environment for the aquatic insects trout eat. Boulders and rocks create plentiful hiding and resting spots. Deeper water downstream gives trout rest and security. All of these aspects make a riffle a great starting point when looking for trout.

From "Where's That Trout"

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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: Waiting For The Ferry

"Are you ready?" Klaus asked finally.
"No," Sunny answered.
"Me neither," Violet said, "but if we wait until we're ready we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives. Let's go."

-- Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator

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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: Looking & Feeling


What makes treatment with water so unique is that it is always as available as the nearest running water. Moreover, water therapy is painless, and hundreds of different health problems can be treated immediately, naturally, and at little or no cost. Water therapy can stop a cold before it starts, help overcome a sore throat, generate energy, relieve pain, vanquish nervousness, help induce sleep, awaken a fogged brain, reestablish internal good health, and even help us to feel sexier; in short, it can restore and tone the body. Water therapy creates circulation and overcomes sluggishness; it also unblocks an energy barrier so that the body can function in a freer and normal fashion. By acting to detoxify -- that is, to rid the body of any accumulated poisons or toxins that may be the start of disease, or linger after a disease -- water therapy increases our body's natural defense mechanisms.

--Dian Dincin Buchman, Ph.D. in The Complete Book Of Water Healing

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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: The Home Team

Root, root, root! April 14th is the first game of the season at Hadlock Field.

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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: Beginner's Courage

I say to the young: "Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Many a false step was made by standing still.

– Fortune cookie

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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: Mostly Water

Mostly Water
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"We are, in fact, mostly water. As terrestrial organisms we may live on solid ground and breath air, but as a collection of individual cells we still live within the same liquid medium from which we emerged. Every organ and system in the body supports in some way the containment, the renewal, and the circulation of this internal sea."

Deane Juhan in Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodyworkers

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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: Buttermilk Bath

In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra used to soak in baths of buttermilk in order to preserve her beauty and the radiance of her skin. Today in Maine, we soak in the bath of Gulf Hagas' Buttermilk Falls in order to preserve both our sense of place and our sense of timelessness. We are here, now, in this fluid moment and frothy falls. We are ourselves fluid, flowing like the Pleasant River, through a gorge of rocks formed 400 million years ago. This is beauty.

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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: In The Midst Of It

As the sheer and narrow slate cliffs of Gulf Hagas soften towards the end of our hike along the Rim Trail, we descend toward Buttermilk Falls. 400 million years ago the bedrock of this, "the grand canyon of Maine," began to form. 7500 years ago the Red Paint people used this land as burial grounds. 100 years ago logs were driven through this gorge to fuel the smelting operations at Katahdin Iron works. Today, on this day, we stop and wonder. Deep in the heart of the gulf we are surrounded by it all.

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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: Benchwarmers

Who would ever want to get back in the game and leave Monhegan Island when you (or two) can sit on the bench and enjoy such a view?

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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: Year Round

It's 120 miles from Popham Beach to Moosehead Lake as the crow flies. The Kennebec River, however, is not a crow. Nor is it all "long quiet waters" as the translation of its Abenaki name or as its placid appearance from Augusta oceanward would have us believe. As Maine was settled by Europeans, nine dams and miles of rapids and riffles were created between Moosehead Lake and Augusta. The East Outlet, the first three-mile stretch of water after the dam at the river's source, is managed for fly fishing year round and offers some of the best landlocked salmon and brook trout fishing in the state. When we fished there in November we were sure to wear our blaze orange.

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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: The Apple Chapel

One of my favorite places in the world is Hope Orchards.  A few years back I almost bought a piece of land right across the street from the orchard. Recently, when my brother flew home to enjoy a long, fall weekend in Maine, we visited the orchard and spent an afternoon picking from the rows and rows of Macouns, Cortlands, and Northern Spies. The late afternoon light was magic. Soft and blindingly sparkling at the same time. The form of my brother, his hat tipped back, apple in hand, dappled in and out of solid appearance. The checks of his plaid shirt chased off into the leaves of the trees at times, while the features of his face played hid and seek with the back-light. Only by his ears could I tell he was really and truly there, standing before me.

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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: Decisive

Decisive / 4" x 4" / 2015

Now available through Glesason Fine Art

Streams running, air crisping, lines looping.
Leaves starting to change, light more direct.
A fisherman selects from his fly box and I from my palette.
By rod and by brush, we both make a cast to see what’s below the surface.

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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: About Life

About Life / 4" x 4" / 2015

Now available through Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

I am unable to distinguish between the feeling I have about life and the way I translate it.
Henri Matisse

Do. Be. Do. Be. Do.
Frank Sinatra

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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: Putt-Putt Par

Putt-Putt / 4" x 4" / 2015

Now available through Glesason Fine Art

Par / 4" x 4" / 2015

Now available through Glesason Fine Art

I needed to have a little fun with the 207 feature this week so I joined Jonathan for a late summer round of nine holes. Not eighteen. Just nine. It's been a jam-packed season and there's no more need to overachieve. It's time to slow down to the putt-putt speed of a golf-cart, to stop keeping score, and to admit that the evening light will be the only player to beat par.

Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.  --A.A. Milne

I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game: it's called an eraser. --Arnold Palmer

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death.  --Sam Snead

The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing.  --Phyllis Diller

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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: Flashpoint & Forget


The noun of self becomes a verb.
This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge.

Stephen Nachmanovitch

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music --
the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls,
and interesting people. Forget yourself.

Henry Miller

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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: 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.

Tuesday 207: Illumintide

Illumintide / 4" x 4" / 2015

Now available through Glesason Fine Art

Without the sea, Acadia would be like a gem without a setting. Each headland, bay, and inlet reveals the majestic interface between sea and land.... The sea destroys and displaces, but it also builds. What the sea takes from one point on the coast may be added to another. With the irresistible energy of hammer blows, waves dislodge rock particles, smooth them, and deposit them at the head of nearly every cove. In still other places, the dispossessed stones and cobbles become gravel bars and shoals. Bar Harbor was named for just such a bar, which connects it to Bar Island. 

Because the coast is [geologically] young, sandy shores are rare. But at Sand Beach, shore currents have shifted the tons of sand that the sea eroded from the rocks. Mixed into the sand are broken bits of shells and the skeletons of crabs, mussels, sea urchins, and other marine life. 

[A] story that began with sediments piled on the floor of a primordial sea closes for the moment with those washed ashore at Sand Beach. But in reality there is no beginning and no ending. Rock becomes sand, and sand becomes rock. The granite of Cadillac Mountain, the cobbles at Hunters Cove, even a pinch of grit at Sand Beach bears evidence of this endless cycle. For indelibly written on the landscape, in bold stokes or fine scratches, is a script that tells the astonishing story of mountain ranges that rose and fell, of ice that sealed in a continent, and of coastlines that emerged and vanished. Source

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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.