As I’ve mentioned here before, I recently painted a Merdonna and Child for an auction to raise money for Penobscot East Resource Center. You can see my buoy here.
When you’re done leafing through these, you can see all the buoys here. (And I hope you will consider bidding on them to raise money for this organization, which you can also do by emailing the director.) There are more than 60 buoys altogether, and they are very fine work indeed. These were selected under no greater organizing principle than that I liked them. But you may find others you like much better. If so, would you let me know?
Paula Dougherty’s “Seabirds”
This is colored pencil. As absurd a notion as doing trompe-l’œil using fist-sized pastels. And yet it works. The artist says this is a combination of “realistic and mythical seabirds.” She’s from Brooklin.
Julie Reed’s “Dressed to Krill”
“This little buoy has been hanging out underwater and has come up dripping with a net covered in krill! Who knew zooplankton could be so beautiful?” says Julie Reed, who–when she’s not beading–is a nurse and volunteer EMT in Deer Isle.
Jean C. Burdo’s “Seaside Village”
I don’t usually respond to folk art, but this is awfully well-executed, whimsical, and curiously true to what a Maine seaside village looks like.
Mary Ellen Kelleher’s “Zinnias & Bugs”
“Oh, buoy! Is there anything better than a day in the garden,” it asks. Great flowers and a luscious blue sky…. and the painter is from Rockland.
Audrey Yankielun’s “Number 2”
How did Yakielun look at a buoy and see a pencil? Was she a bean-counter in Westfield, NJ before (as she states on her website) “walking away from my corporate position in 2007?” No idea, but she made me say, “I wish I’d thought of that!”
Jill Hoy’s “Dancing Tree”
No mystery to this: it looks like a Tom Thompson or Group of Seven tree, so of course I like it. Hoy operates a gallery in Stonington, and I think I’d like to wander up to see it on one of these trips.
Persis Clayton Weirs’ “Torrey Pond”
Having just painted a buoy myself, I’m in awe of the control needed to do this work on this surface. Torrey writes, “A mile walk back into the woods from our house leads to a beautiful wild pond. Cat tails and lily pads line the shores and spread into the shallows. Torrey Pond is a haven to eagles, water birds, beavers, snapping turtles and an occasional visiting moose visiting from the mainland.”
Rebekah Raye’s “The Owl & Pussy Cat Set Sail”
Well, why not? (I think I actually saw their beautiful pea-green boat in Camden harbor last month.)
Join us in October, 2013 at Lakewatch Manor—which is selling out fast—or let me know if you’re interested in painting with me in 2014. Click here for more information on my Maine workshops!
Carol L. Douglas is a painter who lives, works and teaches in Rockport, ME. Her annual workshop will again be held on the Schoodic Peninsula in beautiful Acadia National Park, from August 6-11, 2017. Visit www.watch-me-paint.com/ for more information.