Saturday evening we enjoyed a leisurely walk along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit with the beach roses in full bloom. It was heavenly!
(you can take in the views at my Shells and Roses blogby clicking here)
As we walked, little chipmunks would scurry by and one in particular caught our attention and we paused to watch. We noticed it ran under the beach roses. The leaves on the shrub were moving and we realized that chippy was climbing inside of it. As he (or she) reached the top, the chipmunk's head appeared and chippy began to eat the rose buds. It was fascinating to see this tiny creature sitting in the rosa rugosas by the sea enjoying the roses in a different manner from us!
As we continued on our way, we came upon this quote...so appropriate in many ways, especially after our observations with the chipmunk!
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike." John Muir
I was delighted to receive a pet portrait commission through the internet... it was from someone who had visited my gallery in 1992 when our gallery was located across the street from a lobster pound. Since their oldest daughter just graduated from Vet School, they thought that a gift of a portrait of her dog would be just right. Their daughter actually e-mailed some of her favorite photos for me to work from... The whole family just spent a week at a nearby beach so I actually was able to meet them all including the subject of the painting which allowed me to add some final touches that weren't clear in the photos! What a treat! I learned that when they were here many years ago, their son was 6 and he wanted a hummingbird print... it's still in his room! The youngest daughter had a special touch with Ellie May. I was so happy to be able to finish it so she could take it home... their visit was so special and many thanks go out to them!
I was running down the stairs in my studio ready to head over to the house, when I caught sight of Ellie May looking so comfy on the couch with the portrait of her daughter, Polly. It's been 15 years since Polly and Ellie May were that close! Polly lives in the house and Ellie May in the studio. How we wish they could have continued to be as comfortable and close to each other as they were when Polly was a wee kitten. They were separated when Polly was 8 weeks old so they never really got to know each other. Their story is to be continued another time.... in the meantime, here's a glimpse into their past...
Early in the evening, I heard a loud humming sound very close by, and suddenly there were two hummingbirds chasing each other and they really do hum and were incredibly fast. Then there was silence, way up in the tree the hummingbird rested.
It's nice enough to work out on the porch and Ellie May has been sitting beside me or on my lap to make sure I stay focused on finishing the painting of her favorite subjects. We may exhibit this at a Group Exhibit coming up in July at the library. She's out there now, so I must get back to work!
I'm an artist/illustrator specializing in ink and watercolors and photography. My little studio in Maine is nestled in our garden by a babbling brook. Everyday I draw inspiration from the pets who have touched my life, our garden, birds and wildlife critters, quaint old houses, children, shells, scenes of the seaside and more.
Hope to share my art and observations with you and don't forget to take a moment to notice the precious little things around you.