50 in 50 Days Painting Sale! The last 10 of the 50 paintings are now listed!

50 in 50 Days Painting Sale!

The last 10 of the 50 paintings are now listed!

 

First of all I'd like to welcome all of those who have signed up to my newsletter recently. It's an excellent way to keep up with what i am doing and the Plein Air Connect group that I am coordinator of. 

 

Also thank you to all of you who have bid on my work and the new owners of my small study paintings. Please remember to give me feedback on eBay so that I might know how you liked the work. I have currently listed 10 new paintings so that when they close out I might still be able to ship them in time for Christmas. But please understand that I can not release the painting to the winning bidder until I receive payment in my PayPal account first. There is also a buy it now price if you would like to buy the work out right and assure to have it in time for Christmas. I hope I have in a small way helped you to get in the Holiday Spirit. A Very Merry Christmas to you all and a very Happy New Year!

 

If you would like to bid on a painting and just have not got around to it, or you are holding out for the remaining deals, you still have 6 more days before my sale ends until next year. Here are the last 10 paintings that are currently on eBay.

 

 

"Storm Surf at Sunset,Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park, Maine" an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please press HERE.

 


"Angel Hair Falls from Waterfall Bridge, Acadia National Park, Maine" an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please press HERE.

 

"Approaching Thunder Storm, Monhegan Island"  an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please press HERE.

 

"Surf From Burnt Head Coast of Gull Rock after Sunset, Monhegan Island, Maine"  an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please press HERE.

 

"Swans Island Quarry, Maine"  an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please press HERE.

 

"Sunrise Over the Marshall Islands From Swans Island, Maine"  an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please press HERE.

 

"Boats of Monhegan Island, Maine"  an oil on gessoed oak panel 10 x 12 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please press HERE.

 

"Sand Bars of Reid State Park, Maine"  an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please press HERE.

 

"Lobster Boats off Schoodic Point, Maine"  an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please press HERE.

 

"Sunset From Swans Island, Maine"  an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please press HERE.

 

Once again, Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year!

 

Michael E. Vermette

Coordinator of the Plein Air Connection


 

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50 in 50 Days Painting Sale

50 in 50 Days Painting Sale 

 

Here are paintings #30 to #40 that are currently listed on eBay's live auction. If you would like to bid on any of the paintings listed below please click on the word "HERE" and it will link you right to the site where there is more information and you can place your bid. All the 11 paintings that you bid on in this section can be shipped before Christmas free of charge!  Next week I will post the remaining 10 paintings for the total of 50 works so that they can be shipped before Christmas. Merry Chistmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

 

 

#30. "Surf at Pulpit Rock, Monhegan Island, Maine" an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this work click"HERE".

 

 

 

#31. "Surf at Surf at Washer Woman, Monhegan Island, Maine" an oil on heavy belgian  Linen 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this work click "HERE".

 


#32. "Approaching Storm Over Katahdin from Martin Pond" an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please click HERE.

 


#33. "The Beehive From Beaver Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine" an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please click HERE.

 

#34. "View From The Mica Cave, Monhegan Island, Maine" an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please click HERE.

 

#35. Sea Stack From Monument Cove, Acadia National Park, Maine" 

an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please click HERE.

 

 

#36. "Sunset Over cadillac Mountain From Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park, Maine" 

an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please click HERE.

 

#37. "Storm Over Katahdin from Katahdin Lake, Baxter State Park, Maine" 

an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please click HERE.

 


#38. "Little Harbor Bridge in the Fall, Acadia National Park, Maine" an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please click HERE.

#39. "Locomotive Rock, White Head, Monhegan Island, Maine" an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please click HERE.


#40. "Wonderland, Acadia National Park, Maine" an oil on gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To bid on this painting please click HERE.



 

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The Plein Air Connection Newsletter, December 5th, 2014

The Plein Air Connection Newsletter, December 5th, 2014

 

"The Beehive From Beaver Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine" an oil on oak gessoed panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting as a part of Michael's 50 in 50 Sale please press HERE.

 

The Paint Out is Cancelled for Saturday Dec 6th!

 

please note that the paint-out that was scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday December 6th has been cancelled due to the winter storm warning from 3 am to 7 PM. We will be getting a mix of parcipitation including freezing rain and it was 10 below zero in Millinocket today. Not the best day for painting outdoors in the open air!

 

The Plein Air Connection Winter Painting Retreat!

February 18th-21st, 2015

 

"Katahdin Alpine Glow from Katahdin Lake in February" an oil on oak panel 8x10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. 

 

Happy Holidays everyone! I can't believe it's been almost five years since I painted this small oil of the Alpine Glow of Katahdin from Katahdin Lake. There are views like these and many more awaiting 6 to 8  artists who would like to go on this year's Plein Air Connection Painting Retreat with me. Our retreat concept is simple. We all paint on our own during the day, supported by Holly Hamilton our guide, and the other artists who share great places to paint in the morning at breakfast. You can paint with someone or completely on your own it is totally your call. Then after dinner, we will all have a supportive critique and share the work we have made from our day's experiences. There is no instruction, just wonderful fellowship with  artists supporting each other to paint in a spectacular place en plein air.

 

 

Snowmobiles and staff at Katahdin Lake Wilderness camps.

 

We will park our cars at the public parking lot below the Abol store on the Golden road. We will meet Holly Hamilton, Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camp owner and guide and her staff there who will be taking our gear into the camps and giving us a ride from the Abol store on the Golden Road to the Togue Pond Gate House.  She will bring us to the Togue Pond gate house in Baxter Park where we are expected to cross country ski or snowshoe up to 6 miles or as much as we can. If we can not make the whole distance she will bring us in individually by snowmobile. Otherwise she will give us another snowmobile ride from Avalanche Field into Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camps an extra 3.6 mile ride.

 

 

Hilyard's Camp at the Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camps.

 

Once we are there we will be occupying up to three cabins that we will be staying at for three nights. The views from this place are absolutely amazing with the advantage of setting up our easels right on the lake. The cost of the four-day painting retreat is $ 435.00  and includes your snowmobile ride in, the transporting of all your gear via snow sled in and out of the camps, three meals per day and your shared cabin. We are required to bring our own sleeping bags and of course our warm winter clothing and paint gear.

 

Michael E. Vermette painting Katahdin en plein air on Katahdin Lake.

 

The meals are especially wonderful. Rachel and Holly do an excellent job accommodating our every need. Although you can bring your own food we will all be opting for their modified meal plan so that we can concentrate more on painting rather than preparing food. let us know if you have any special dietary needs.

 

If this is something you would like to do, please notify me immediately at Michael.Vermette@roadrunner.com and after, mail your desposit of $93.75 to me at 14 Rolling Thunder Drive, Indian Island, Maine 04468. Registration is at a first come first serve basis and already I have four particpants who have committed to the weekend. So please don't delay in notifying me and sending in your deposit. We need to know within the next week. The rest of the balance will be due at the end of your stay. 

 

 

Here is the breakdown per person From Holly:

  Three nights for one with meals               375.00
  Maine 8% tax                                        30.00
  Total                                                  405.00
  Shuttle for one to Togue and gear
  all the way in round trip                           30.00
  Total                                                  435.00
 
   As always Holly can not give anybody a ride on the six miles of Roaring Brook Road. The exception is if someone can not skii or snowshoe any more and are "Done" for the day. She can then bring you all the way into the camps. If anyone wants a ride on the Katahdin Lake Trail there will be an additional charge of $10.00 per one way trip.
 To hold a reservation she asks a 25% deposit of the total before any shuttle fees are added or the Maine tax applied. In this case that would be $93.75 per person.

  There will be two to three available cabins and the bed set for each cabin will hold three people in each.  Please know that you will be sharing a cabin with someone else and that so far we are holding one men's cabin and one women's cabin. Please confirm that you are going by e-mailing: Michael.Vermette@roadrunner.com and sending in your deposit of $93.75. Your balance will be due on the last day of your stay. 
We need to know if we should hold two or all three cabins for our group by the next week. We will also make sure everyone in your party knows who is bunking with who before we arrive.  

FEAR and ART

the Next Book Discussion and Paint-Out Dates:

 

Our last book discussion was a very rich discussion and we hope to do it again. The next book discussion will be December 13th at Kay Carter's House between 10 and noon. The Book we have chosen to read is: ART AND FEAR, The Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by authors David Bayles and Ted Orland. Please read Chapters two to four before the next discussion.

 

 

Kay's Address is:

76 Main Road S
Hampden, ME 04444
862-3957
 Directions:
From Bangor:  Go south on Rt 1A until you get to the center of Hampden.  Go past the old Hampden Academy on the left.  Go down a hill and 2/3 of the way up the hill on Rt 1A.  Our house is on the right.  There is a ‘76’ number sign on the front lawn.  It is about 1/2 mile south of the old Hampden Academy.  If you reach the Kennebec Rd you have gone too far.  The house is a big old clapboard house with a red barn facing it.  House color:  two tone putty.
 
From I-95:  Take exit 180 (Cold Brook Rd).  Go right at the end of the exit and follow ColdBrook Rd to Rt 202.  Turn right on 202 and follow it to the lights.  That is Western Ave.  Turn left on Western Ave and follow to Rt 1A.  Turn right at 1A and follow the directions above.  When you reach 1A you are about 1 mile from our house.
Happy Holidays, Safety and Peace to all,
Michael E. Vermette
Coordinator of the Plein Air Connection
 

 


 


 


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The Plein Air Connection Newsletter November 28th, 2014

The Plein Air Connection Newsletter November 28th, 2014 

 

The Plein Air Connection Winter Painting Retreat!

February 18th-21st, 2015

 

"Katahdin Alpine Glow from Katahdin Lake in February" an oil on oak panel 8x10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. 

 

Happy Holidays everyone! I can't believe it's been almost five years since I painted this small oil of the Alpine Glow of Katahdin from Katahdin Lake. There are views like these and many more awaiting 6 to 8  artists who would like to go on this year's Plein Air Connection Painting Retreat with me. Our retreat concept is simple. We all paint on our own during the day, supported by Holly Hamilton our guide, and the other artists who share great places to paint in the morning at breakfast. You can paint with someone or completely on your own it is totally your call. Then after dinner, we will all have a supportive critique and share the work we have made from our day's experiences. There is no instruction, just wonderful fellowship with  artists supporting each other to paint in a spectacular place en plein air.

 

 

Snowmobiles and staff at Katahdin Lake Wilderness camps.

 

We will park our cars at the public parking lot below the Abol store on the Golden road. We will meet Holly Hamilton, Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camp owner and guide and her staff there who will be taking our gear into the camps and giving us a ride from the Abol store on the Golden Road to the Togue Pond Gate House.  She will bring us to the Togue Pond gate house in Baxter Park where we are expected to cross country ski or snowshoe up to 6 miles or as much as we can. If we can not make the whole distance she will bring us in individually by snowmobile. Otherwise she will give us another snowmobile ride from Avalanche Field into Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camps an extra 3.6 mile ride.

 

 

Hilyard's Camp at the Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camps.

 

Once we are there we will be occupying up to three cabins that we will be staying at for three nights. The views from this place are absolutely amazing with the advantage of setting up our easels right on the lake. The cost of the four-day painting retreat is $ 435.00  and includes your snowmobile ride in, the transporting of all your gear via snow sled in and out of the camps, three meals per day and your shared cabin. We are required to bring our own sleeping bags and of course our warm winter clothing and paint gear.

 

Michael E. Vermette painting Katahdin en plein air on Katahdin Lake.

 

The meals are especially wonderful. Rachel and Holly do an excellent job accommodating our every need. Although you can bring your own food we will all be opting for their modified meal plan so that we can concentrate more on painting rather than preparing food. let us know if you have any special dietary needs.

 

If this is something you would like to do, please notify me immediately at Michael.Vermette@roadrunner.com and after, mail your desposit of $93.75 to me at 14 Rolling Thunder Drive, Indian Island, Maine 04468. Registration is at a first come first serve basis and already I have four particpants who have committed to the weekend. So please don't delay in notifying me and sending in your deposit. We need to know within the next week. The rest of the balance will be due at the end of your stay. 

 

 

Here is the breakdown per person From Holly:

  Three nights for one with meals               375.00
  Maine 8% tax                                        30.00
  Total                                                  405.00
  Shuttle for one to Togue and gear
  all the way in round trip                           30.00
  Total                                                  435.00
 
   As always Holly can not give anybody a ride on the six miles of Roaring Brook Road. The exception is if someone can not skii or snowshoe any more and are "Done" for the day. She can then bring you all the way into the camps. If anyone wants a ride on the Katahdin Lake Trail there will be an additional charge of $10.00 per one way trip.
 To hold a reservation she asks a 25% deposit of the total before any shuttle fees are added or the Maine tax applied. In this case that would be $93.75 per person.

  There will be two to three available cabins and the bed set for each cabin will hold three people in each.  Please know that you will be sharing a cabin with someone else and that so far we are holding one men's cabin and one women's cabin. Please confirm that you are going by e-mailing: Michael.Vermette@roadrunner.com and sending in your deposit of $93.75. Your balance will be due on the last day of your stay. 
We need to know if we should hold two or all three cabins for our group by the next week. We will also make sure everyone in your party knows who is bunking with who before we arrive.  

 
Special 50/50 Holiday Painting Sale

I am currently just over half way to meeting my goal of listing 50 paintings in 50 days on e-Bay before Christmas. So far to date I have listed 26 paintings in the live auction under "Maine Seascapes" or "Maine Landscapes." I will be listing the remaining 24 paintings over the next three weeks. I hope you are enjoying seeing the works and are able to bid on them. I have sold quite a few paintings so far and hope to list some more surprises that will be sure to attract some of you to make a bid. It is easy to make a bid from this page, simply click on the "click HERE" button under the following paintings and it will bring you right to the site of the on line auction where you can place your bid. Here are just a few paintings that have recently been listed. If you would like to see the rest just go to e-Bay on line and type in Maine Seascapes or Maine Landscapes, and scroll down until you recognize my work.
"Moonlit Coast, Deer Isle, Maine" an oil on gypsum gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. if you would like to bid on this painting please Click HERE.
"Katahdin from the North Shore, Baxter State Park, Maine" an oil on Gypsum gessoed Oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting please click HERE.
"View of The Bubbles at Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine" an oil on Gypsum Gesso Oak board 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting please click HERE.
"Sunset from Horn Hill, Monhegan Island, Maine" an oil on gypsum gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting please clickHERE.

 

 

FEAR and ART

the Next Book Discussion and Paint-Out Dates:

 

Our last book discussion was a very rich discussion and we hope to do it again. The next book discussion will be December 13th at Kay Carter's House between 10 and noon. The Book we have chosen to read is: ART AND FEAR, The Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by authors David Bayles and Ted Orland. Please read Chapters two to four before the next discussion.

 

 

Our Next Scheduled Paint-Out

 

Our next paint-out will be Saturday December 6th at or near Abol Campground alongthe Golden Road, Baxter State Park. We will meet at the aubachon parking lot at Penobscot Plaza by 8:00 am. Please bring a snowsuit and clothing warm enough to paint out in the cold. We will not paint if it's freezing rain or below 20 degrees. We will go to a restaurant after painting before

returning home. for more information or directions please Call me at 827-7573 if you are interested in joining us in our book discussion or paint-out. 

The very best to you All over the Holidays,

 

Michael E. Vermette

Coordinator of the plein Air Connection

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THE PLEIN AIR CONNECTION November 17th, 2014

THE PLEIN AIR CONNECTION November 17th, 2014


"Jordan Pond Stream, Acadia National Park, Maine" a watercolor 19 x 25 inches by Michael E. Vermette.

 

Museum Trip This Tuesday

 

This Tuesday  November 18th, the Plein Air Connection group will be going on a museum tour. We will be visiting the inspiring Colby College Art Museum in Waterville and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.We hope to explore the Bernard Langlais exhibit at the Lunder and the Colby College collection in Waterville beginning at 10 am.  We will then have lunch at the Colby College Dining Services food court.  We will leave Waterville for Rockland by 1:00 PM to the Farnsworth Museum by 2:30 PM where we will see four exhibits including The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea. If anyone would like to meet us there or car pool with us we are meeting at the Dysarts restaurant parking lot in Hampden at 9 am this Tuesday November 18th. If you are car pooling please remember to bring money for the driver you are riding with, museum fees and lunch money. We expect to be back in Bangor about 5:30 PM.   

 

 

The Harlow Gallery Show:

49 artists “Inspired by Katahdin”

Michael E. Vermette's painting on the left forground, image courtesy of HARLOW GALLERY.


  The opening that took place on Friday November 7th between 5-8 PM was a complete success. Many of our Plein Air Connect Group members where in this show. There was standing room only at the opening which made it difficult at times to actually see the work at a distance. It was truly inspirational as its title suggested and It enjoyed a lot of support from the 49 artists. friends and patrons who love Katahdin and Baxter State Park. The following is what is written about the show:


  Maine’s majestic Mount Katahdin is the muse for the 49 artists participating in “Inspired by Katahdin,” juried by brothersDavid and Carl Little, on view at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, November 7-29, 2014. An opening reception will take place Friday, November 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  

The artists in the show come from all across the state and offer a wide range of motifs and mediums in their work. The exhibition was inspired by the acclaimed Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region written by artist and author David Little and edited by Carl Little. Published by Down East Books in 2013, the book follows an historic timeline using art inspired by the mountain, as well as Katahdin-related literature, photography, graphics, maps and more.  The Littles will be signing copies of the book at the show’s opening reception.  

 

  Our next show that many of us are participating in is the PAPME ( Plein Air Painter's Of Maine) Show in Boothbay Harbor, the opening was last Friday at the Boothbay Region Arts Foundation and it ends November 24th. Artists in our group are also participating in the Member's Show at The Harlow Gallery, opening on November 18th.

 

Friends of Baxter Article

 

The Friends of Baxter wrote a follow up article of my experiences last summer with the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program students. 


   
Harlow ArtCenter
November 11 at 11:03am
 

Michael Vermette on being inspired by Katahdin and teaching art. "Painting at Katahdin Lake with the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program" via Friends of Baxter State Parklatest newsletter. 

Vermette is one of 49 artists participating in "Inspired by Katahdin" at the Harlow Gallery through Saturday, November 29.

 

To read the front page article click on the Link below:

http://www.friendsofbaxter.org/news/newsletters/FBSP_Fall_Newsletter_2014.pdf

 

 


 

FEAR and ART

the Next Book Discussion

 

Our next book discussion will be December 13th at the Peace and Justice Center between 10 and noon. The Book we have chosen to read is: ART AND FEAR, The Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by authors David Bayles and Ted Orland. 

 

 

Please read Chapters two to four before the next discussion.

 

Our Next Scheduled Paint-Out

 

Our next paint-out will be Saturday November 6th at or near Abol Campground along

the Golden Road, Baxter State Park. We will meet at the aubachon parking lot at Penobscot

Plaza by 8:00 am. Please bring a snowsuit and clothing warm enough to paint out in the cold.

We will not paint if it's raining or below 20 degrees. We will go out to a restaurant after before

returning home. Call me at 827-7573 if you are interested in joining us.


A Special 50 in 50 Painting Sale

I am committed to place 50 of my paintings on E-bay in 50 days in an affordable holiday sale between now and Christmas. So far I have posted 14 paintings and will put one painting up per day on E-bay's auction right up until the day before Christmas. They are all in the "Maine Paintings " section of E-bay's live on-line auction each for a duration of 7 to 10 days. Minimum bids begin as low as $150 for an 8 x 10 inch oil study to $225.00 for a 10 x 12 inch plein air painting. Here are just four that are now in the auction,

 

"After the Storm at Christmas Cove, Monhegan Island, Maine" an oil on gypsum gessoed oak panel 10 x 12 inches By Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting click HERE.

 


 

"Wild Strawberry Fields Atop the Headlands, Monhegan Island, Maine" an oil on gypsum gessoed oak panel 10x 12 inches By Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting click HERE.

 


"Swans Island Coast, Maine" an oil on gypsum gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches By Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting click HERE.

 



"Sunrise At Deer Isle, Maine" an oil on gypsum gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting click HERE.

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday everyone,

 

Michael E. Vermette

Coordinator of the Plein Air Connection

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THE PLEIN AIR CONNECTION November 16th, 2014


"Jordan Pond Stream, Acadia National Park, Maine" a watercolor 19 x 25 inches by Michael E. Vermette.

 

Museum Trip This Tuesday

 

This Tuesday  November 18th, the Plein Air Connection group will be going on a museum tour. We will be visiting the inspiring Colby College Art Museum in Waterville and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.We hope to explore the Bernard Langlais exhibit at the Lunder and the Colby College collection in Waterville beginning at 10 am.  We will then have lunch at the Colby College Dining Services food court.  Then we will travel to Rockland to the Farnsworth Museum by 1:00 PM where we will see four exhibits including The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea. If anyone would like to meet us there or car pool with us we are meeting at the Dysarts restaurant parking lot in Hampden at 9 am this Tuesday November 18th. If you are car pooling please remember to bring money for the driver you are riding with, museum fees and lunch money. We expect to be back in Bangor about 5 PM.   


 

The Harlow Gallery Show:

49 artists “Inspired by Katahdin”

49 artists “Inspired by Katahdin”

Cover image courtesy of Bill Bentley and David Little.


The opening that took place on Friday November 7th between 5-8 PM was a complete success. Many of our Plein Air Connect Group members where in this show. There was standing room only at the opening which made it difficult at times to actually see the work at a distance. It was truly inspirational as its title suggested and It enjoyed a lot of support from the 49 artists. friends and patrons who love Katahdin and Baxter State Park. The following is what is written about the show:


Maine’s majestic Mount Katahdin is the muse for the 49 artists participating in “Inspired by Katahdin,” juried by brothersDavid and Carl Little, on view at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, November 7-29, 2014. An opening reception will take place Friday, November 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  

The artists in the show come from all across the state and offer a wide range of motifs and mediums in their work. The exhibition was inspired by the acclaimed Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region written by artist and author David Little and edited by Carl Little. Published by Down East Books in 2013, the book follows an historic timeline using art inspired by the mountain, as well as Katahdin-related literature, photography, graphics, maps and more.  The Littles will be signing copies of the book at the show’s opening reception.  

 

Our next show that many of us are participating in is the PAPME ( Plein Air Painter's Of Maine) Show in Boothbay Harbor, the opening was last Friday at the Boothbay Region Arts Foundation and it ends November 24th. Artists in our group are also participating in the Member's Show at The Harlow Gallery, opening on November 18th.

 

Friends of Baxter Article

 

The Friends of Baxter wrote a follow up article of my experiences last summer with the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program students. 


   
Harlow ArtCenter
November 11 at 11:03am
 

Michael Vermette on being inspired by Katahdin and teaching art. "Painting at Katahdin Lake with the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program" via Friends of Baxter State Parklatest newsletter. 

Vermette is one of 49 artists participating in "Inspired by Katahdin" at the Harlow Gallery through Saturday, November 29.

 

To read the front page article click on the Link below:

http://www.friendsofbaxter.org/news/newsletters/FBSP_Fall_Newsletter_2014.pdf

 


 

FEAR and ART

the Next Book Discussion

 

Our next book discussion will be December 13th at the Peace and Justice Center between 10 and noon. The Book we have chosen to read is: ART AND FEAR, The Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by authors David Bayles and Ted Orland. 

 

 

Please read Chapters two to four before the next discussion.

 

Our Next Scheduled Paint-Out

 

Our next paint-out will be Saturday November 6th at or near Abol Campground along

the Golden Road, Baxter State Park. We will meet at the aubachon parking lot at Penobscot

Plaza by 8:00 am. Please bring a snowsuit and clothing warm enough to paint out in the cold.

We will not paint if it's raining or below 20 degrees. We will go out to a restaurant after before

returning home. Call me at 827-7573 if you are interested in joining us.


A Special 50 in 50 Painting Sale

I am committed to place 50 of my paintings on E-bay in 50 days in an affordable holiday sale between now and Christmas. So far I have posted 14 paintings and will put one painting up per day on E-bay's auction right up until the day before Christmas. They are all in the "Maine Paintings " section of E-bay's live on-line auction each for a duration of 7 to 10 days. Minimum bids begin as low as $150 for an 8 x 10 inch oil study to $225.00 for a 10 x 12 inch plein air painting. Here are just four that are now in the auction,

 

"After the Storm at Christmas Cove, Monhegan Island, Maine" an oil on gypsum gessoed oak panel 10 x 12 inches By Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting click HERE.

 


 

"Wild Strawberry Fields Atop the Headlands, Monhegan Island, Maine" an oil on gypsum gessoed oak panel 10x 12 inches By Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting click HERE.

 


"Swans Island Coast, Maine" an oil on gypsum gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches By Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting click HERE.

 



"Sunrise At Deer Isle, Maine" an oil on gypsum gessoed oak panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette. If you would like to bid on this painting click HERE.

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday everyone,

 

Michael E. Vermette

Coordinator of the Plein Air Connection

 


 


 

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50 in 50 Painting Sale: #5: Sunset From The NorthWest Shore of Swans Island, Maine.



 Sunset From The NorthWest Shore of Swans Island, Maine

an Oil on oak board 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette

 

  I drove to the NorthWest side of Swans Island and took a remote trail to the shore to set up my easel just as the sun was setting over an offshore island.  I liked how bright the sun was and how the light made the waters to each side of its reflection an emerald green. The wax medium I use gives an added luster to my paint colors which make them jewel like and it is a real pleasure to paint in response to the color of the light with this advantage. This painting was made within a one hour block of time which helps to capture the light and the freshness of the subject. I painted very directly with a bold value using only a small palette knife and even experimented with mixing an interference Mica color to my paints for the sun.  This painting glows like a stained glass window.

 

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50 in 50 Painting Sale: #4 Whitehead Cliffs at Sunrise, Monhegan Island, Maine


 

Whitehead Cliffs at Sunrise, Monhegan Island, Maine

an Oil on canvas 9 x 12 inches by Michael E. Vermette

 

  I painted this small oil on Monhegan Island last summer near the end of my one-week stay there in July. I ventured down from the Burnt Head Trail to the flat rock located nearer to the coast. Then I hiked with my gear over the huge rocks to get closer to Whitehead just before sunrise. The sun's rays casted a multi colored display of light reflecting off the clouds with the promise of blue sky peeking through. Whitehead's silhouette was promanate and was in complete shadow displaying amazing tones of cooler colors that got warmer as the rocks were closer to me. The tide was just going out and so the seas were fairly calm. I got Black Back and Herring gull visitors the two hours that I painted because I situated my easel near the gull pond. This small study has the feel of an amazing maritime morning and painted when the light is at its best.

 

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Painting No 3. The Carrying Place, Swans Island, Maine

50 in 50 Days: A Special Painting Sale on E-bay  

 

"The Carrying Place, Swans Island, Maine" an oil on oak Panel 8 x 10 inches by Michael E. Vermette.

 

Painting No 3. The Carrying Place, Swans Island, Maine

 

This last Spring I painted at a very special location called the Carrying Place on Swans Island, Maine. Swans Island basically looks like a butterfly silhouette from the sky and the Carrying Place is the site the two-winged land masses meet. There are two bays facing North East and South West both with spectacular views. I arose early at 5 am to paint this study facing North east toward Cadillac Mountain of Mount Desert Island. It has been said that the best place to view the mountains of Acadia is from an Island, and this has to be one of the most perfect views I've ever saw. The tide was out that morning and the water pockets trapped between mud flat furrows converged toward the rising sun of the cool yellowish light. 

 

My plan was to paint within a two-hour block of time and within that period the tide completely came in. This is why I painted the mud flat bay first. The other reason is that I usually paint the element that tends to be moving first and build the rest of the painting around that movement. The other reason why I love this place is that it  is the very place where my wife's ancestors, the Wabanaki people of Maine carried their canoes to reach better fishing grounds and not canoeing all around the island to get to the South East side of Swans Island. They simply portaged across this small section of land from one bay to another. One could also imagine that they rested here and would witness a view in early morning such as this.

 

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THE PLEIN AIR CONNECTION November 1st, 2014: Choice or Chance?

THE PLEIN AIR CONNECTION November 1st, 2014: Choice or Chance?

 

"Katahdin From Kidney Pond" a watercolor 19 inches by 25 inches by Michael E. Vermette.

 

The Plein Air Connection Book Discussion

 

The Plein air Connection group met last Saturday at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine at 96 Harlow Street, Suite 100, Bangor, Maine. They have been very gracious to allow us to meet there for free. Kay Carter made her wonderful spicy Butternut Squash soup with everything organic to warm us. She also brought Tanbori Nan Indian flat bread and I brought a pumpkin spice role for desert to have with our tea. Thanks everyone who brought in the delicious food to share at our discussion!


Those present were Iver Lofving from Skowhegan, ME, Arrah Vanier from Hampden, ME,  Anne Spencer from Winterport, ME, Kay Carter from Hampden, ME and Myself from Indian Island, ME. 

 

We began our book discussion on National Author's Day with "Art and Fear" by David Bayles and Ted Orland between 10:00 am and noon. We began by discussing the idea of Choice vs. Chance in our work ethic as painters. We started with a quote by Stephen DeStaebler which begins the second chapter on page 14, 

 

" Artists don't get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working."


 The idea of painting because it's to painful not to is sometimes a hard concept to get across to those who don't create on a regular basis. But it is a real emotion. For just about every artist, the most exciting work of art they are working on is the one they are presently wrestling with. And when we don't take the time to paint en plein

air or in our studios, those around us will notice that we are unhappy and even a little cranky. 


 This idea lead into a conversation of how art making can be viewed as a gift that we are born with and how we are completed when we are allowed to do it. But all of us, especially the art educator's present in the group including myself, agreed with the book that great art making involves skill that can be learned by anyone, even whom most people would consider common ordinary people. It is a matter of accepting ourselves making your work personal, and following one's own voice.


It is work to make art and for most of us, it takes years to perfect our chosen art form. But the encouraging thing is that while our art suggests humbly our flaws and weaknesses it also becomes our source of strength as we overcome obstacles. We brought the discussion deeper by sharing how art making is really all about the essential element of "uncertainty" as an all-pervasive companion to our desire to make it. In other words, we must all come to the realization that even our failed pieces are essential "X-rays" of what we tend to build our excellent art upon. Art making is a matter of doing, not a matter of talking about what we are about to do. 

 

We also have to be careful that we don't draw our identity from the vicious spiral that comes with making occasional flawed art or failures. All painters go through seasons of making ineffective art. It can make us feel like a flawed person that lead us to feel and say "what is the use!" We discussed how It is better to view ourselves as " creatives " who hold the potential of working in many different processes, directions and even media, rather than to get our identity directly from each art piece ending in success or disaster.

 

We all agreed that painted works that are not accepted or received favorably by the public can cause us to lose heart and focus on who we really are and how valuable we actually can be to our community. For example, the famous cave paintings of Lascaux that are over 200,000 years old and painted in many different styles over scores of generations by cro-magnon artists. Some of these paintings made by these Cro-magnon artists were 10 to 15 feet long with unbelievable color that has outlasted any paint we have available to us in today's technology, yet look as if they were painted the day before they were discovered.  Did these artists view themselves as individual painters creating for themselves or did they view their work as a functional part of their community's spiritual belief and life? The writer Henri Miller assorted after seeing these works for himself,

 

" I believe that Cro-magnon settled here [in the Dordogne region]  because he was extremely intelligent and had a highly developed sense of beauty." He went on to say, " I believe the religious sense was already highly developed and that it flourished here even if he lived like an animal in the depth of caves." 

 

 Do the artists of today concerned themselves with hunting for images and inspirations for their own gain rather than as spiritual seers who hold a valuable place in their community? But in truth, isn't that what we really are as painters?  We agreed that we were visual fore-seers of something much more beautiful than the self-seeking ambitious artists we can be made out to be by our world.  


Our discussion became even richer when we discussed how an artist accomplishes this connection with his or her community on a deeper spiritual level. Can our art make visible what most people don't see? I think it can. Could it move people emotionally and even become a spiritual connection to the Creator. I know it can, because I've see people moved by paintings emotionally. But what we have to work on is our personal relationship with the spirit. In fact, how we view ourselves as spirit inspired artists and value how we approach our easel as appointments with the spirit, will actually make all the difference between inspirational art and art made for art sake. And interesting enough there is something about how people who make art for themselves hold onto their art, gripping their art so tightly that it tends to slide back on them dragging them down. It was interesting to all of us how important it is to humbly release our body of previously made art work before approaching another with two hands on the present.  And to that end we finished our discussion with the first sonnet written by Kenneth Bolding of the 17th century Quaker martyr  by the name of Kenneth Naylor:

  

There is a spirit which I feel

Can I, imprisoned, body-bounded, touch

The starry robe of God, and from my soul

My tiny Part, reach forth to his great Whole

And spread my Little to the infinite Much,

When Truth forever slips from out my clutch,

And what I take indeed, I do but dole

In cupfuls from a rimless ocean-bowl

That holds a million million million such?

And yet, some Thing that moves among the stars,

And holds the cosmos in a web of law,

Moves too in me: a hunger, a quick thaw

Of soul that liquefies the ancient bars,

As I, a member of creation, sing

The burning oneness binding everything.

 

Fortunately we are not taken to the gallows for painting in the Art Spirit. We have a terrific freedom in this country to paint just as we like if we will only do it. We often take painting opportunities for granted. So the next time you take brush in hand, consider this; As ordinary as you think you might feel, you might actually be on this planet to co-create a beautiful painting that will be worked through your hands with the Spirit for those around you. And as hard as that is to believe or as humbling as it may seem to accept, as you show up to the easel, just know this; your artwork does make a difference to a visually starving world who just might need a touch of that beauty of the Art Spirit in your style and by your imperfect hand!

 

Be encouraged, and have an inspiring week of excellent painting!

 

Michael E. Vermette

Coordinator of the Plein Air Connection

 

Workshop Opportunity, There is still Space!

 

FROM STUDY TO FINISHED PAINTING

 

"Great Head in Early March, Acadia National Park, Maine" an oil on panel 12 x 16 inches by Michael E. Vermette

 

There is still room in my workshop for those who would like to take a two-day workshop this Saturday and Sunday, November 8th & 9th at the Centre St Gallery at 11 Central in Bath, Maine. The workshop is $175.00 per student. Please Click Here to read about more details and to aquire a complete list of materials or call 205-442-0300 if you are interested.


 

An Opening Reception This Friday for an important Katahdin Show!

 

"Moose Peeping At Sandy Stream Pond, Baxter State Park" an oil on extra rough linen 29 x 34 inches by Michael E. Vermette.


 

“Inspired by Katahdin”: 49​ Artists at the Harlow Gallery


Reception is Friday, November 7th, 2014


Hallowell, Maine – Maine’s majestic Mount Katahdin is the muse for the 49 artists participating in “Inspired by Katahdin,” juried by brothers David and Carl Little, on view at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, November 7-29, 2014. An opening reception will take place Friday, November 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  

 

The artists in the show come from all across the state and offer a wide range of motifs and mediums in their work. The exhibition was inspired by the acclaimed Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region  written by artist and author   David Little and edited by Carl Little. Published by Down East Books in 2013, the book follows an historic timeline using art inspired by the mountain, as well as Katahdin-related literature, photography, graphics, maps and more.  The Littles will be signing copies of the book at the show’s opening reception. 

 

"Inspired by Katahdin" is sponsored by Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law of Augusta,Legacy Properties, Sotheby’s International Realty of Damariscotta, Macomber, Farr and Whitten of Augusta and by Cribstone Capital Management Financial of Augusta, and is supported by our Season Sponsors:  The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell,  Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers, Chris & Ray Vallee.

 

The Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, is open noon to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday. For more information and a complete list of artists, visitwww.harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813 .


Participating artists by town are as follows:

 

Auburn: John R. Wiley

Bath: Michael Branca

Beals: Valerie Aponik

Belfast: David Estey and Clarence Hilyard

Biddeford: Rachael Eastman

Deer Isle: Frederica Marshall

Durham: Stephanie Berry

East Boothbay: Carlton Plummer

Eastbrook: Paul Alexandre John

Farmington: Alana Ranney

Gardiner: John Carnes and Janet Favor

Georgetown: Katherine Gray and Amy Peters Wood

Hallowell: Christopher Cart, Jym St. Pierre and the late Ellen Twisleton Vaughan , via the Vaughan Homestead Foundation

Hampden: Kay Carter

Hartland: Olena Babak

Hope: Bill Bentley 

Indian Island: Michael Vermette

Lincolnville: Stefan Pastuhov

Lubec: Tim Gaydos

Millinocket: Cat Clark and Marsha Donahue

Monmouth: Doris Anne Holman

Mount Desert Island: R. Scott Baltz and Judy Taylor

Mount Vernon: Pamela Hetherly

New Milford: Diane Dubreuil

New Portland: Nora West

New Sharon: Angie Blevins

Oakland: Abbot Meader

Orono: Teddi-Jann Covell

Pittston: Judith Schuppien

Portland: Douglas Howe

Readfield: J. Thomas R. Higgins

Searsport: Sandy Dolan

Sidney: Suzanne Savage Brewer

Surry: Nancy Hathaway

Topsham: Keith Spiro

Walpole: Erica Qualey

Washington: Joan Freiman

West Bath: Evelyn Dunphy

Westbrook: Caren-Marie Michel

Winthrop: Penny Markley and Kerry Wilkins-Deming

and from Webster, MA: John Redick and Pamela Redick

 

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Kennebec Valley Art Association
160 Water Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
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 Indian Island, November 2nd, 2014, photo taken by Michael E. Vermette.


A Special Holiday Sale on E-bay!


Well, winter is certainly on it's way and has come in like a lion! I had to take a ride out into the storm this morning with my lovely wife for coffe at Dunkin Donuts just to see the visual snow effects of the NorthEaster. I must confess that it got me into the spirit of the holiday season as I witnessed the snow falling on the white gold Birch leaves and crab apple trees. It was just so stunningly beautiful. And so I have decided to do something I have never done before. I will be putting 50 paintings on line to sell on E-bay in the next 50 days between now and December 24th.  All of them will be starting at an auction priced of $200.00 to $250.00 as an opening bid. They are mostly all oils that I have accumulated, small 8 x 10 inch, and medium 10 x 12 inch ones; some new and a few older ones. My first painting is ending on E-bay's live auction within the next two days. If you would like to take advantage of this special holiday sale please press  the words"PRESS HERE" below each photo posted in this newsletter or my Facebook postings. Happy Holidays!

 

"Blackhead From Squeaker Cove, Monhegan Island, Maine" an oil on solid oak board 10 x 12 inches by Michael E. Vermette. To view or bid on this painting please PRESS HERE.

 

Thank you for your wonderful comments!

 

I wish to thank all those who gave such gracious comments about our Plein Air Connect group newsletters and also my painting at Destiny Church in Bangor, Maine. Here are some of the comments and the video of me painting to the extrordanary song, "Your Masterpiece" sung by Ashmont Hill by Axiom Records http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&fr=aaplw&p=Your+Masterpiece,+the+song.

 

"Your Masterpiece" an acrylic painting on canvas (provided by Bangor Canvas) 30 x 40 inches By Michael E. Vermette

Michael painted this painting during the Worship part of the service at Destiny Church. The photo taken by a remarkable photographer, David Patrick. If you would like to view the facebook video posted by pastor Brian Hurst click here. 

   
Brian Hurst
October 20 at 4:27pm
 

Okay.THIS right here! Wow! Michael Vermette absolutely did his thing Sunday! What a gift! He completed most of this work in a span of 6 minutes, then came back later in the service and put the finishing touches on it. He and his wife Elaine presented the finished work to Katey and I at the reception and it went up on a wall in my home Sunday night! Thank you so much!

 

Shirley Bland
3 days ago

 

Michael, 

 

I am so sorry I missed you when we were in Bar Harbor in August. You were busy with plein air days and I knew we couldn't meet, but I need to tell you how very much I enjoy your blogs! I just watched Chasing the Light and want to share it with my students. Keep on doing what you are doing and enjoy those beautiful sights. Your work is inspirational and lovely! Smiles, Shirley B.

 

 

 

 

 

We hope to eventually paint with everyone of you in due season. 

 

Have a great week everyone!

Michael E. Vermette

 

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