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

21 Main

display by Jo Ellen Designs

Bun chicka bun! That’s one great window! 

Tuesday 207: Baby Boarder

painting by Jessica Ives

Every winter the Camden Snow Bowl generously gives fourth graders in Midcoast Maine an opportunity to learn to ski or ride for free — three day passes, equipment, instruction, even warm gloves for those who forgot theirs, all at no cost. This season my husband worked as a snowboard instructor and helped students from Belfast to Warren to Vinalhaven make fresh turns, some for the very first time. Once in a while he got to ride down Coaster or Foxy with a group of seasoned students, he the tallest kid in the pack. Most of his time, however, was spent on the Slipway holding hands, breaking falls, and picking up small but smiling bodies. Bruised but not broken, at the end of the day everyone had fun and learned to love the winter a little more.

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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.

Pilings, Fog, Wake

photos by Jim Dugan

I take morning walks with my camera. One foggy morning, I shot these pilings for like the thousandth time. And then thought: This will be even better when the sun tries to poke through. So I went and got a bagel and coffee and came back and waited. The sun came out and then I could hear the ferry in the distance. I knew it would stir up the water a bit.

Tuesday 207: Two Thin Blades

painting by Jessica Ives

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There’s always that first step in skating, from dry ground to slick ice, when it just seems impossible. Impossible that two thin blades of metal will support you, impossible that because its molecules have begun to dance a little slower water will hold you up.

– Carol Goodman

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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.

21 Main

display by Jo Ellen Designs

Jo Ellen Designs

A cozy spa night in? Alpaca my bags!

#joellendesigns #flatlay #decor #photooftheday#homedecor #alpaca #spaday

Tuesday 207: Come Hellgrammite Or High Water

painting by Jessica Ives

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The winter is the hardest time of the year for fly fisherman. Freezing temperatures mean frozen fingers while handling wet line. Since there are no insect hatches, trout feed on bugs like hellgrammites that are always swimming in the deep waters year round. These large black fly patterns can produce fish even in the coldest winter months because, like the die hard fisherman who use them, they are always there.

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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.

Tuesday 207: Run Before The Wind

painting by Jessica Ives

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Jonathan Ives writes about sailing with his dad, Bobby IvesThis painting is from a day that Jessica and I went sailing with my dad and his wife Phyllis on the 26 foot Pierson they keep in Pemaquid Harbor. We sailed around John’s Bay and anchored off the northern side of Thrumcap Island, where the thread of life ledges blocked the winds and waves so we could eat a picnic. As we ate, I was distracted by the white caps that were building and recommended we get going. Jess is new to sailing and feels nervous when the boat really lists over. By the time we weighed anchor the winds and waves, which were from the southwest, had built up and it was a bit hairy running with the wind back into the harbor. Steering a straight course with a large following sea takes serious concentration to prevent an accidental jib. The mainsail would luff from time to time and we all waited for the boom to swing across, like a batter swinging for the ball.

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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.

My Quiet House

by Linda Zeigler

In my quiet house
I sit like a gray Tabby cat
curled into myself
on the softest cushion
in the sunniest window
in my favorite room
watching the October sky.
Wind swept clouds
move like a slow motion story
across my mind.
Birds flutter
round the empty feeder
and my lazy heart frets
for their disappointment
but I can’t remember why.
I might never move from this spot
the birds will leave my yard
and it will grow dark
inside my quiet house.
I’ll cover myself with stars
and the wool plaid
draped across the chair
and I’ll wait and wait
for the sun to rise
and the softness of a new morning.

Maine Farmland Trust