Tuesday 207

painting by Jessica Stammen

Ellen, Morning Swim

About this painting: Exactly a year and one day ago today, thermometers topped out at 76 degrees and a friend and I went for a dazed and ecstatic mid-March swim in Megunticook Lake. Unheard of, clearly; just look out the window right now. A major snowstorm bears down on us today, March 19, 2013 — a storm expected to dump 8-12″ here in the midcoast. But tomorrow! Tomorrow is the first day of spring, the official day when I no longer need feel guilty about looking forward to summer. To celebrate, I am posting a swimmer painting! I can feel the beautiful morning miles, out and along the shore of Megunticook Lake in my body right now. When I can’t swim them, I paint from the memory of them.

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Every Tuesday The Maine will post a new painting by Jessica Stammen. These small works, all 4 x 4 or 5 x 5 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 by clicking here or by clicking 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.