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

The North Atlantic

painting by Scott Kelley

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The North Atlantic, a new painting – in six parts, each 10 x 14 inches – will be shown at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, opening May 1st. It is based upon a group of small books I found in the special collections branch of the Providence Public Library, which has the second largest inventory of whaling logbooks in the world.

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Rugged

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

RUGGED: Pronounced rug-gid. A favorite word throughout Maine in the usual dictionary meanings but with a great deal of additional verve and color. The physical condition and state of health which makes a man well set up and powerful establishes him as rug-gid, but a ten-year-old boy who is rug-gid may be merely chubby. A rug-gid meal would be ample of meat, potatoes, and pie, with over-indulgence. The word is transferred, as when a man or horse might be considered rug-gid, but instead the word is applied to the load: “He carries a real rug-gid packsack.” A rug-gid disposition often means a short fuse on a temper. A rug-gid weekend is exhausting. Rug-gid weather is not necessarily severe, but mean enough so you don’t enjoy it. When used with typical Maine down-play, rug-gid has a lovely quality, as when the old town of Flagstaff was flooded out by a dam and the cemetery there was moved over to high ground in Eustis. Parker Dalrymple, then in his eighties, went over to see his great-great-grandmother exhumed, and he took a peek at the old lady. Somebody asked Parker how she looked, and he said, “Not too rug-gid.”

The Spruce

text by Jonathan Ives

My mind races as I sit silently with my hands folded in my lap. All around me in a circle twenty others bow their heads reverently. A violent wind shakes the building, causing me to look out the window. A winter storm hit our area over the weekend and forced me and my wife to scuttle our travel plans. Instead of enjoying three days of swing dancing, music, and fun, we find ourselves here on Sunday morning, at the Quaker meeting house not far from our home. Unable to let go of my feelings of disappointment and frustration, of what could have been to what is now, I sit silently watching the large spruce trees bend and twist outside.

The Eastern Spruce is by far the most common tree on all Maine islands. This rugged tree can withstand extreme winter cold and abuse. Its natural elasticity helps it absorb the shock loads caused by gusting winds. This is what makes spruce the best wood choice for spars like masts and oars. It has the highest strength to weight ratio of all North American softwoods.

I smile as I take a deep breath and release the tensions I brought into the meeting. Holding on to the past makes us all brittle. Eventually we break our branches if we hold on too strongly, thinking we are in control. We could learn from the spruce: we must bend in the winds of change knowing that, with time, we will all spring back.

Maine Boatbuilders Show 2015

photographs by Jamie Bloomquist

©Jamie Bloomquist

©Jamie Bloomquist

Spring Garden

photographs and text by Jo Ellen Designs

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Until the snow melts and reveals my garden we are feeling very heartened by these colorful wooden veggie ornaments! They come in Orange Carrot, Purple Turnip, Pink Radish, and Tall Red Beet and are available online here. Happy Spring!

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The Equinox Approacheth

photograph by Brian Willson

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A Postcard Home

postcard designed and sent by Margaret Rizzio

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Tuesday 207: Point

painting by Jessica Ives

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“Over there?”
“Yes, there.”
Overheard from overhead.
Whitehead, 
Mohegan.

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Every Tuesday morning The Maine and jessicaleeives.com will post a new 207 Painting for sale. For a limited time these small works, each 4 x 4 inches on cradled birchwood panel, will be available for the special price of $207! Click on the image above to access the painting’s sale. New 207 Paintings will post each Tuesday around 5:30am EST and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis directly through the artist’s website. Should a painting not sell by midnight on the Saturday following its original posting, its price will increase to the standard $300 and be available through the store at jessicaleeives.com.

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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