Sandy Dolan Maine Painting and Photography: September 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Signature Colors #30 of 30in30 SOLD!

                                        Signature Colors  6x6 oil on Ray Mar panel $150.00

 Every lobsterman has buoys such as this one that mark the location of all their traps. Each lobsterman's buoys are a certain color or combination of colors. Their signature colors.
 I just love all the different colors of lobster buoys. When I am out on a boat in the harbor I will try to get photos of the different buoys. I love the reflections they make and the way they bob on the waves.
  I had hoped to go out today to paint in one of my favorite locations but that did not work out. I will save it for another day. In the mean time I had fun painting this one.
 This is day 30 of the painting challenge. Even though this is the last day I hope that you will continue to visit my blog as I intend to visit yours. It has been a lot of fun getting to know the other artists work and see their progress. See you again!

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

First Boat Out- Is it Really Day 29 ? SOLD!

                                         First Boat Out  6x8  oil on Ray Mar panel     sold

  It has been a great experience participating in this 30 day challenge. It has also been just that
a huge challenge and made me see the possibilities. I hope you have enjoyed it too. What will tomorrow bring?  Could be some surprises....

Friday, September 27, 2013

What's For Lunch ? Donated

                                            What's For Lunch?  6x8 oil on Ray Mar panel

  I went over to Acadia National Park to one of my favorite locations to take photographs. I like the afternoon light in this spot. This fellow stopped over for a visit. I think this is what he wanted to know.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Public Transportation

                                               Public Transportation   6x8 oil on panel

     I saw this scene when I was down at the beach last week plein air painting. I was in my car headed for home and I saw this bike parked outside the post office. The colors, the light, were all  things I couldn't resist! I took a photo and worked on this today. A little different than my usual subjects but I really had fun with this! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping in for a visit!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

7A.M. From the Ferry - Day 24 of the 30 paintings in 30 Days

                                          7 A.M. From the Ferry  6x6 oil on Ray Mar panel

  This painting is from a photo I took from the deck of the Monhegan Island ferry. I always take the earliest ferry possible when I am headed out there. That maximizes my time on the island on travel day. It is always such an exciting time to be pulling away from the pier as the engines on the boat rev up and the morning light is striking everything in it's path. Monhegan here I come!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Making the Sun Shine on a Rainy Day SOLD1

                                          The Greeting Party  6x8  on canvas panel

  It was pouring rain this morning and very windy too. I decided to use an old photo of a lupine field
and combine it with some imaginary sun and blue skies today.

This painting is available for purchase by emailing me at

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Yellow Traps SOLD

                                                     Yellow Traps   6x8 oil on panel

 In recent years lobster traps started to come in bright colors such as these yellow ones. In some ways it has made it a lot more fun for painters who like color. Lobster traps used to be made out of wood but they needed to be replaced more often because the wood rotted more quickly in the salt water. Now they are made of wire that is covered with this brightly colored coating.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Acadia Tidal Zone SOLD

                                            Tidal Zone  6x8 oil on Ray Mar canvas panel

  Fall is a great time to play with color in the landscape. I have been having fun doing just that. This is a painting of a tidal zone near Acadia National Park. I love the morning light in this location and thought I would punch up the colors some.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Katahdin Colors Shine

                                                    Katahdin Colors 6x8 on canvas panel

 The sun finally came out on the third day of my trip up to Baxter State Park. I was ready to jump into some color! Luckily this great mountain agreed and provided me with some beautiful light and shadow play. It was very early when the alarm went off and two painter friends and I jumped into the cars and drove the 45 minutes into the park to this location. We were all so thrilled when we saw the sun streaming across the mountain peaks on our arrival. Minutes later we were all set up by the side of the road and painting away! So lucky to have a sunny day as my last day for now below this beautiful mountain and two wonderful painter friends to share it with.  Thanks for stopping in to have a look!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Impressions of Katahdin

                                               Katahdin Cloud Shadows 6x6 oil on panel

  This past weekend I had the chance to visit Baxter State Park. It rained some of the time while I was there. On the third  day the sun came out to a reveal a spectacular morning in the park. I finally went out with two painter friends and got a couple of plein air paintings done. We had a grand time enjoying the good weather and good painting time. I will show you more tomorrow.



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Iris Duet

                                                Iris Duet oil on Ray Mar panel $125.00

 There are several flower gardens in my yard. I have grown flowers for the past 26 years and truly enjoy watching them progress through the seasons. As you can imagine they are also a source of inspiration for me. Now I am finding out just how hard it is to paint them!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Little Color Fun SOLD

                                           A Touch of Fall 6x8 oil on Ray Mar panel $125.00

 Soon the colors of fall will be creeping into the landscape here. Today in honor of that I decided to have a little fun with color in this landscape. I will be heading inland to the Katahdin area of Maine for a three day painting trip with several other artists. This is a great group of people and I always enjoy their company. I am not sure if I will be able to post my paintings while I am there. I am going to bring everything to do that with and hopefully I will be able to post paintings every day. If not I will have several paintings to share when I return. I am so excited.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Rising Tide Sold!

  A Rising Tide  oil on canvas panel  $150.00
I love the light on these two row boats and the reflection they are making in the
water. This was a fun painting to do. I hope that feeling comes across to the viewer!
This painting is available for purchase just email me at

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Lucy Ann SOLD

The Lucy Ann 6x8 oil on Ray Mar panel

It was a very busy day down in Stonington Harbor. Lobster boats were coming and going
all afternoon.  This pretty boat was kind enough to hold still for a bit while I painted it.

This painting is available for purchase if you email me at sandy@sandydolan,.com

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Confetti Roses SOLD!

Confetti Roses 6x6 oil on Ray Mar panel $125.00
I chose this subject as I thought I would continue the rose theme from yesterday. This one
was a lot harder than I thought it would be and at one point I considered giving up on it. I was trying to work with the warm and cool colors but it was difficult to simplify things enough.  I think including the word confetti in the title is appropriate here!
We are on to the second week of the painting challenge and I am looking forward to continuing. Tomorrow I will head out with a painter friend to do some location painting. I hope you will check back to see what I bring home. Thank you for stopping by to have a look today!
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cottage Roses - Donated

Cottage Roses 6x8 oil on Ray Mar panel $125.00
This is day 7 of the 30 day challenge. It has been a busy week and I have had a chance to paint a variety of subjects. I hope you have enjoyed seeing these 7 paintings.  
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Daybreak plein air! SOLD

                                                  Daybreak 6x8 oil on Ray Mar panel 

  The sun came out in Maine today after off and on rain. I had a chance to head outside to do some plein air painting. It felt so good to get out of the studio and enjoy painting on location.

This painting is available for purchase please email me

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Back Door Haven SOLD

                                       Back Door Haven 6x8 oil on Ray Mar panel   SOLD

  It has been raining quite a bit here in Maine this past week. Yesterday when the sun finally came out I went out scouting for some subjects. Everything outside seemed like someone had hit the refresh button.  I saw this colorful back door that was splashed with some great light and knew I had to do this painting. I had fun working with a limited palette while painting this. Thanks for having a look. Please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Morning Commute - Day 4 SOLD

                                      Morning Commute 6x8 oil on Ray Mar panel

 This painting is done from a photo I took on Monhegan Island last summer. Fish Beach is where many fisherman keep their skiffs that they use to row out to their lobster boats. I love to go there to paint plein air and photograph scenes like this one. Many other artists do too!

This painting is available for $150.00 please email me at to purchase.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lupines and Daisies Day 3 SOLD!

                                     Lupines and Daisies 6x6 oil on Ray Mar panel $150.00

  If you have ever been to Maine in early June you have probably seen the spectacular landscape with many fields of  flowers called lupine. They come in white and pink but mostly they are purple spike shaped blooms. I saw this house while out searching for painting locations last June. I imagined that lupine season must be one of the owner's favorite times of year. This is painted today from a photo I took that day. Today I was trying to load my brush with paint and make decisive strokes and leave it. It really makes me think about what I will do next before I make a move. I wanted to have a loose feeling to get a shimmery light effect.
I think this is fun painting a new thing each day. I hope you are liking it too!

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Monday, September 2, 2013

30 in 30- Day 2 SOLD

                                            Stonington Special  6x8 oil on Ray Mar panel $195.00

  Stonington is a working harbor on the coast of Maine. I have traveled there many times to photograph and paint the unique sites to be found there. One of the things that I love about the town is how it is  built on a hillside. This offers many interesting layered scenes. It is always so much fun
to be there painting and see all the boats and working people coming and going.
This is day 2 of the 30 in 30 days challenge. Thank you for stopping by. Sandy

  This painting is available for $195.00 please contact me at

Sunday, September 1, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 1 SOLD!

                                        Friendship, Maine Buoys  6x6 oil on panel $150.00

  I heard about the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge put together by Leslie Saeta of Blog Talk Radio recently and I knew I had to give it a try. It seemed like good timing for me as I have been blogging for a while about my painting. I felt I was ready to take it up a notch and thought this challenge sounded like a good way to do that. I thought it would be fun to participate in this along with the other artists.
  Friendship, Maine is a favorite place of mine to paint plein air and gather ideas for future work. I saw this grouping of colorful buoys and liked the the mixture of colors and the way they were gathered together.
  This is my first painting for the 30 day challenge and I hope you will stay in touch as I paint and post the new paintings daily for the next 29 days. Here goes......

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