The Maine
An artful dialogue about the wonders of the state.

Rockland Main Street

Photography by Jim Dugan

Rockland closed its Main Street for two weekends and allowed outside dining for restaurants. While not exactly teeming with activity, it was a sweet and safe “reopening.”

Schooners in Snow

photography by Jim Dugan

A walk on the Rockand harborfront.

January Thaw

photography by Jim Dugan

A warm-up sent us exploring to Owls Head

New At Every Moment

painting by Jessica Ives

But of all the water’s secrets, he saw today only a single one — one that struck his soul. He saw that this water flowed and flowed, it was constantly flowing, and yet it was always there; it was always eternally the same and yet new at every moment! Oh, to be able to grasp this, to understand this!

– Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on a 4×4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

Tuesday 207 Paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.

Spring Salmon, Grand Lake Stream

painting by Jessica Ives

painting by Jessica Ives

Land-locked salmon have been swimming in the waters of Grand Lake Stream since the last ice age. It is home to one of the four native pools of land-locked salmon in the United States. 

– from Fly Fishers Guide To New England

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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on a 4×4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

Tuesday 207 Paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.

Winter Warm Up

painting by Jessica Ives

Many thanks to Maine Boats Homes & Harbors for featuring Jonathan’s words and my paintings in their January/February issue! “The Joy of Pond Hockey” was originally published here on The Maine and begins:

Every winter The Carpenter’s Boat Shop sets up a hockey rink on a small pond in New Harbor. Built with 2x6s screwed into a 2×4 base, the height of the rink is just enough to keep the puck in and the snow out. Still, it’s a lot of work trying to maintain an outdoor rink all winter. At the end of every snowstorm we put on our skates and shovel the ice with the same care and precision we use to build boats….

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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on a 4×4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

Tuesday 207 Paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.

Quiet Light On The Breakwater

photography by Jim Dugan

Sometimes a bit of cloud filtering the sunlight is a good thing.

Main, the

from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould

MAIN, THE: The mainland. Early European fishermen found the offshore islands of Maine, and beyond them the main, which explains the state’s name. James Rosier, official scribe for the George Weymouth expedition of 1605, says as much: “Our captaine discovered up a great river trending alongst into the maine about forty miles.” The final e on both captaine and maine is merely olde English orthography. The mainland is still called the main by people on Vinalhaven, Matinicus, Criehaven, and Monhegan, who say, “I’m going to the main tomorrow.” (There is an identical situation in South America, where the term Spanish Main originally meant the mainland of that continent.)

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