Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On the waterfront

Portland Maine still maintains a working waterfront. Every morning bright and early the lobster boats set out in any weather. I can't imagine what it must be like out there in January.

Sophie and headed down to one of the piers the other day so I could sketch. I don't know why I take her, because I don't focus or concentrate as much. I am always concerned about what she is up to and having to reel her in, so these lobsters are a bit of a dark and muddy watercolor mess. It's good to have someone to blame...

Docked after a day out on the water. The seagulls go crazy, chasing after and swarming these boats. From our home we watch them swoop around the buildings squawking as they look for food and garbage along the waterfront. They often perch on our roof top near the deck or on the skylight which throws Sophie into a barking and growling frenzy. They are part of the sights and sounds of living here.

15 comments:

. said...

Muddy??? Are you kidding, these are amazing water colour paintings, I love the colours... Oh how I miss the sea.

Patsy Taylor-Craw said...

I love your colorful lobsters and the wonderful boat coming in. My hubby & I love the restaurant that used to be a boat, but I can't think of the name at the moment. I feel a Portland trip coming on.

Janene said...

I think the lobsters are splendid and I thoroughly enjoyed the boat painting. I feel as if I have visited Portland today...oh wait...I live in Portland. I mean I feel as if I visited Maine today!

Sharon said...

Beautiful bright colors and wonderful composition Jennifer. It's always a treat to visit your blog. But, are there really blue lobsters in Maine?

moreidlethoughts said...

Your lobster doesn't look muddy to me. (We have freshwater crays that look like lapis lazuli.)

Paloma Chaffinch said...

I just love your paintings Jennifer - of all the ones I look at I think yours are among my absolute favourites.

nanke's stuff said...

Not a drop of mud here - those lobsters are beautiful.... who knew? lol. The boat painting is clean and trim - just like a seaworthy vessel! nancy

donnamcm said...

Beautiful lobsters Jen, I want to eat one, or two, or three.......The open window on the boat is a nice touch and well captured!

raena said...

I don't think muddy at all! In fact, your choice of color was one of the first things I noticed! Hate to sound naive, but I have the same question as Sharon!

I love both the drawings. I'm lacking the right word at the moment, but there is a very strong sense of 'place'. Very Maine. (at least, for what I know of Maine, never been there!)

A Brush with Color said...

These are both wonderful, Jennifer! I really like the lobsters and I love the colors you selected here. The boat setting is fabulous, too!

Anonymous said...

Might be muddy to you, but those lobsters really pop!

SKIZO said...

Fascinating work.
It has been delightful
to visit your gallery.
Good Creations

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Lovely sketches...you make me miss Maine!

Anonymous said...

Jen - This is Jack. Do you know that this is my cousin Ryan's boat!??!!? Mike's son..He will love this!

chris said...

Hi Jen love your boat pic ,its of my sons boat do you sell your art work or is it just for fun .THANKS Karen