Sandy Dolan Maine Painting and Photography: January 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Acadia Fall View

                              Acadia Fall View  6x6 oil on panel

   Late fall in Acadia National Park can be quite lovely. It is much quieter and often I will see a deer or two while I am out scouting locations and painting. There are very few cars driving along the shore road. Walking is a great pleasure with the sound of the surf and the sun sparkling off the water.
This painting and others are for sale in my Etsy shop. Here is the link

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lupine SOLD

                                  Lupine  4x8 oil on canvas panel

In June here in Maine the Lupine bloom in abundance.  They can be seen all along the highways, tucked into back yards, and growing wild in fields. I love seeing them and never grow tired of these colors splashed across the landscape year after year.   Sandy
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Acadia Ocean View SOLD

                         Acadia Ocean View  4x8 oil on canvas panel

  This painting combines many of the things that I love about the Maine landscape, strong evergreen trees, mountains, and ocean. Maine is made up of a lot of granite stone. Maine granite has been quarried and shipped all around the country and world. This granite comes in different colors but white and pink are the most common. You can see both of these colors of granite stone all up and down the coast of Maine.
This painting and others can be purchased through my Etsy store. Just click on this link to have a look.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Summer Phlox Monhegan SOLD

                            Summer Phlox   6x8 oil on canvas panel  SOLD

 If you are among the lucky people to travel to Monhegan Island in the summer you will know about the beautiful phlox that sway in the breeze outside the public library. There are also some welcoming wooden garden chairs for the weary walker to relax in right next to this lovely garden. Thank you Monhegan library for these two things that brighten up anyone's visit to your island.    Sandy
This painting and others are available for sale through my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bird in the Garden-Red Breasted Nuthatch

                           Red Breasted Nuthatch  6x6 oil on panel

  I took a photo of this bird last fall as he was making his way through a bush full of rose hips. I like the color combinations here. I enjoy keeping an eye out for different kinds of birds when I am out painting and walking. I have a hedge of cedars outside my studio window that attracts quite a few birds. This time of year I see pairs of Red Cardinals, Chickadees, and bright Blue Jays. In the spring and fall this same hedge comes alive with so many kinds of birds during migration.  This is the first bird I have painted. I will try to do more in the future. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this painting.   Sandy
This painting and others are available for sale through my Etsy shop

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Garden Fresh sold


 Garden Fresh   6x8 oil on canvas panel
I thought I would continue with the garden theme for this one. The sun is shining beautifully here today but it is very cold out. The radio in the studio says the wind chill temps are below 0. This garden looks very inviting to me today! I hope you are warm were you are!   Sandy
This painting and more can be seen and purchased through my Etsy shop

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Show Stoppers SOLD

                             Show Stoppers  6x6 oil on canvas panel

I sell my work at a lot of outdoor shows in the spring, summer, and fall around the state of Maine. One of my first shows of the season is usually the one held in Bar Harbor in mid June. There is a flower garden there on the Village Green right near my booth that is always blooming beautifully at that time. I have taken many photos of it as the light is quite nice too. This painting is done from one of those photos.
This painting and many others can be seen and purchased through my Etsy Shop  It is very easy and secure to purchase through Etsy with your credit card.
Thanks for looking and reading! Sandy

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Portrait of the Artist Dreaming of Summer

                         Portrait of the Artist   6x8 oil on canvas panel

We have had quite a cold spell this past week. You can see what I am dreaming of.  I have been on the road for a couple of days so I missed posting a painting for those days. I am back now and working in the studio.
So happy. Thanks for checking in. Sandy

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Monhegan Buoys Fish Beach

                         Monhegan Buoys  6x8 oil on canvas panel

In September I took a few days and went out to Monhegan. The weather was perfect and the island was a little quieter than it is in say July. This painting shows a view of Fish Beach where a lot of the lobstering gear is kept and made ready for when the lobstering season begins in October. I liked the color on these buoys. There were more boats on the beach than are showing here. I wanted to simplify the scene some. I have been working hard on getting values correct. I hope it shows.
This painting is available in my Etsy shop 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Changing It Up - Day 5

                         Riding Economy  6x6 oil on canvas panel

I decided to shake it up a bit in terms of subject today. Quite often I love to paint the coastal subjects. That is were I live and what I love. Today I wanted to do something a little more graphic. I love this scooter and the shadow it is making on the pavement. When the weather is good I will often start my day with a walk along the waterfront in Belfast. This scooter was parked there many times and I finally got a photo of it. In painting this I worked on my drawing, values, and tried to think about a good arrangement of the subject within the square format.
This painting is for sale in my Etsy shop. I am featuring free shipping for the month of January.
I hope you are all staying warm. It is getting very cold out there. I have been filling the wood stove all day today.  Thanks for stopping by! Sandy

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Back Cove - Day Four SOLD

                        Back Cove  New Harbor Maine  6x8 oil on canvas panel

This past fall my painting friend Dianne and I took a trip to New Harbor. We found this area called the Back Cove. This was quite a nice location for painting as it was very quiet so we could set up our easels and painting equipment without being in anyone's way. Some lobstermen paused to chat with us a bit. In the background we could hear the sounds of boats making their way in and out of the small cove. It was a very pleasant day of working outside. This day four painting was done from a photo I took that day while we worked.

This painting can be purchased through my Etsy shop.   
 Thank you, Sandy


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Monhegan Worker SOLD

                                         Monhegan Worker   6x6 oil on canvas board

  This painting is from a picture I took coming into Monhegan Harbor on the island ferry from Port Clyde. That is the island of Manana in the background. I liked the light in this one.

This painting is available in my Etsy shop. I am featuring free shipping for the month of January.
Here is the link to my shop
It is very easy and secure to purchase paintings through Etsy with a credit card.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Welcome to my 30 Paintings in 30 days Challenge

                                   Seaside Cottage by Sandy Dolan    6x8 oil on canvas panel

January is always such a quiet and cozy time of year here in Maine. Last January I participated in Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 painting challenge. The artists who are a part of this event paint a painting for each day of the month and post them on their own web/blog site as well as Leslie's web/blog site. Her link  It was such a good experience last year I decided to do it again this year. There are over 1000 artists world wide who are involved in this event. It should be fun and hard work too. I hope you will keep in touch and follow along in an adventure that I hope will spice up January for all of us. Here we go!!!
These paintings I am doing will be posted in my Etsy shop. They will be sold unframed and the price will include free shipping for the month of January only. When you see a painting you like I hope you will make a purchase during this special offer. It is so easy and secure to purchase with your credit card through Etsy.  Here is the shop link
Thank you! I am so excited. Sandy