Tuesday 207

painting by Jessica Ives

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Into the day as by dream I swim
To the music of nourished meaning.
— Dejan Stojanovic

Rolling out of bed, only to slip immediately under the covers of Megunticook Lake for summer sunrise swims, my lingering dream state massaged by the motion of my body creates the possibility of a day like Stojanovic’s. In reality, however, I’m sure I swim — and live — a little more like a duck than a dreamer. We nourish our struggles with laughter, remembering not to take ourselves too seriously, remembering we are awake and alive.

I am a duck. I’m cool and calm on the surface,
but underneath it all is a nonstop struggle to succeed. My feet are like orange spatulas.

— Jarod Kintz

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Every Tuesday The Maine will post a new painting by Jessica Ives. These small works, all 4 x 4 inches on cradled birchwood panels, will be concurrently listed for auction on dailypaintworks.com, a fantastic platform designed by artists, for artists. View the auction for this painting here, or simply click on the image above.

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. Visit the growing gallery of Tuesday 207 paintings here.

Jessica is the editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.