Twilight in Maine

I finished this piece last week. As of Monday, this, and a few other pieces, will be in the Gallery Cafe in Surry Hills, NSW. In total, they’re displaying about a dozen of my recent pieces.

This particular canvas exhibits a photo I took in August in Maine during the luminescent, golden hour. Now it’s mounted with a varnish seal for a glowing, sleek, full look.

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A Matter of Time

Go.

Edgecomb, Maine

Going.

Edgecomb, MaineGone.

A matter of time, isn’t it?

Happy new year!

Happy new year!

The above shot was taken at Tempus Two Vineyard in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Isn’t the architecture done beautifully? I love the look you can achieve when you embrace the medley of organic and inorganic shapes. My favourite pieces of art seem to all have this in common.

Happy Thanksgiving!

23 November

We spent a beautiful long weekend in Ulladulla at our friend’s parents’ holiday house. I’ve never stayed in a house so large and beautiful before. I’m not exaggerating whatsoever when I say that nearly every room in the house had an ocean view. Today, therefore, I’m thankful for the ocean and calm it brings to my life and to those around me.

24 November

We drove back to Sydney today. We made a few exciting stops along the way where we got to show a visiting friend kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats in the wild. We loved it, but she really did. Today, Sunday, I’m thankful for the diverse environment I live in. I learned this week that 80% of the creatures that live in Australia can only be found here. I knew it was a remarkable percentage, but I didn’t know it was quite so high. We also had a lovely time at the Sydney Wildlife Park earlier this week. The photo above is from that happy trip!

25 November

Today, Monday, was the last day that our visiting friend had in Sydney. We filled it to the brim with reminiscing, beach going, and laughter. I’m thankful that living on the other side of the world doesn’t have to change relationships. If you’re lucky and if you work at it, nothing changes.

26 November

Today was my first day back at work since last Thursday. What a worthwhile little break! I’m so thankful that my office let me take the time. I needed it.

27 November

We had quite a prestigious event after work today. I had the privilege of listening to Ms Ita Buttrose AO OBE speak frankly and favorably about the HIV sector, where I work. We presented her with an honorary life membership to our foundation and she thanked my team endlessly. It was a night of celebration and of honour. Tonight I’m grateful for not only my commitment to the non-for-profit sector but those I work with day in and day out. It’s important work we’re doing and we’re improving lives daily.

28 November

I love Thanksgiving. I love even more than my birthday. It’s, hands down, my favourite holiday. We’re having a party on Sunday and inviting 10 of our closest friends and family. I’m so excited to cook and care for our loved ones this weekend. I may not be able to be with my immediate family back in Boston, but I’m so thankful to be surrounded by these wonderful people.

30 Days of Thankful? Read on. It’s good for you :)

The Way You Intend

Australian SeascapeNot everything turns out the way you intend. Sometimes though, the outcome is beautiful.

I was working on one canvas today and it came out completely, horribly, in every way the opposite I had planned. I put it aside and threw myself into this. I’m glad I did.

I washed my brushes, cleaned up my artist’s board, and started anew.

Narooma

This image began as a photograph I took in Narooma, NSW, Australia. In the above three shots though, it’s clear I took this piece a few steps farther. This is a 12 x 15 1/2 inch canvas (1/2 inch thick). The  image has been transferred to it, creating an entire new effect. This clear, Australian seascape has life to it now.

Satisfied

What a full week it’s been.

In the last seven days, I have had three photo gigs (four if you go back eight days!). I’ve started planning my Thanksgiving party. I’ve started planning my next international trip. I ran my first 5km. I had one horrible day, but the rest make up for it. Definitely.

How did the photo gigs come about? Well I had a phone call from a woman I met in March of last year. I did some volunteering at a local gallery and met a handful of artists. She called to see if I wanted to photograph some youth art classes run at the gallery. I was thrilled and accepted right away.

The third gig was a simple session with my CEO, taking care of his headshots/portraits.

Also this month, I’ve finished a few excellent books. I wrote about one of them earlier in the month (plus lots of other things you’ll want to see!) so head over here, stat. What didn’t I write about? How I’ve been back in Australia a month since our trip and I’m already jealous that I’m missing the Autumn foliage I grew up with. I was on the phone with my cousin the other day and he was describing how fast the leaves are changing and starting to fall. Winter will come early in New England this year, they’re saying. It’s not the snow I miss about New England but the vast changes from one season to the next though. We went skiing a few weeks ago and it was incredible to touch the snow after not seeing it for a few winters. Yes, I had a few bruises to show for my first ski trip, but it was all worth it. We had a great time. Just as exciting: there’s a good chance I’ll get a glimpse at some Boston snow next year!

Lastly, if you read anything on my website from September, make it this post called “Charitable Giving Just Gave Back”. I won’t spoil the surprise–go look for yourself.

It’s been a busy, satisfying week. This weekend will be filled with wine, editing, friends and family, and a bit of renovation. Plus a day off on Monday. Couldn’t get much better!

Above is an image from one of my shoots on Thursday. It was taken in a youth art class at Pine Street Gallery in Surry Hills.

Sailing Solo

The print above depicts a crisp, calm ocean scene in Maine. It’s amazing that five weeks have already passed since we left this spot.

This sailboat is the only one in view and no one’s complaining. A crystal clear view and a beautiful sun soaked afternoon–this is all we asked for that day.

This was taken at the close of a whale watch cruise in Boothbay Harbour, Maine. A beautiful harbour filled with the most beautiful hues of blue.

More of Maine

Maine had a lot to offer. We were only there about three days. We would have readily doubled our days there. These photos were taken in Edgecomb.

This was the view from our little cottage.

Edgecomb, Maine

The photo above is from a nearby dock.

Edgecomb, Maine

The photo above is from the same dock as the photo preceding it.

Edgecomb, Maine

The photo above is another from our little cottage. This was taken early, early morning on a quite foggy day. And to give you an idea of the weather, this was taken after quite a bit of the fog let up. In the distance was a bridge and several boats. You can see the shadow and weight of where the bridge would be.

Edgecomb, Maine