Tuesday 207: South Facing

painting by Jessica Ives

painting by Jessica Ives

There are twelve miles of hiking trails on Monhegan. All summer long visitors try to see as much of the island as possible by traversing it at an often furious pace. A few weeks ago Jonathan and I tried to circumnavigate the island and still make it back to the ferry on time. While walking back down the hill to the harbor just moments before our departure I noticed two women sitting on adirondack chairs, looking south to the horizon between Monhegan and Manana. Weren’t these the same two I saw when we started our trek earlier in the morning? They weren’t talking, just relaxing and taking it all in, the warm sun soaking into their faces. They were a nice reminder that we all have different ways to spend a summer day on an island, and that truly seeing and experiencing a place isn’t something measured in numbers.


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.