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

Tuesday 207: Wading For Spring

painting by Jessica Ives

painting by Jessica Lee Ives

The Sheepscot River is one of eight rivers in Maine that have Atlantic Salmon. These fish need the river’s clean gravel bottom to lay their eggs, and its rapids to aerate the water for their young. Because October is the month that these fish spawn, the Sheepscot and other rivers or streams with wild Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon are closed to fishing after September. This prevents fisherman from accidentally crushing eggs as they wade through the river.

Smolt are the young, six-inch salmon that swim from these Maine rivers all the way to Northern Greenland, two thousand miles away! Over the course of two to three years these fish will wait in the Northern Atlantic Ocean growing in size up to ten and fifteen pounds. Then they will migrate back to the same river where they were once a small egg and begin the cycle again. If these fish can wait three years to return to the Sheepscot then surely we can wait until April, when fishing season opens and we can wade into the waters once again.

text by Jonathan Ives

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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: Northern Whites

painting by Jessica Ives

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As I sit here and jot notes about these, my two newest paintings, it is snowing, sleeting, and raining. The first day of spring has come and gone, but it is March in Maine and here we are with weather not quite fit for skiing, but also not quite tempting us to dress in lighter layers just yet. And so we wait and lean into spring, like a beginner hesitantly tilting his weight forward and trusting the mountain’s momentum to catch him and carry him safely down the slope for the first time…the second time…and then again and again.

Here’s to a wonderful winter of snowy adventures, including my first time riding at Sunday River. Boy, isn’t that Northern Lights trail a beauty? Enjoy these last two winter paintings of the season as we all lean into spring together.

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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

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.

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