Art Paine, Fine Artist

The Art of Boats, the Boats of Art

Blue Hill Bay

Blue Hill Bay

This is a portrait of a yacht in perfect trim, in perfect weather, in a gorgeous place at a lovely time of day. The scene is obvious to cruisers of the Maine Coast, as the distinctive little hump of Blue Hill and an obviously Northwest wind give the scene away. The yacht is sailing from Bass Harbor Head lighthouse towards Casco Passage, a fast close reach. Doing so not only creates as big a bow and quarter wave train as can be made with a modern hull, it creates lively patterns of foamy wake and sparkling spray.

Beautiful Loser

Beautiful Loser

The buyer loved the integration of frame and painting. In fact, Art suited the painting to the frame rather than the conventional other way around. The artist found an antique floor register for five dollars at a yard sale. This is the metal framework with adjustable louvers that was installed over a basement coal furnace. Something you might only find in a Maine barn sale. (The louvers had to go, and Art did some welding and gilded the metal.) The frame was ornately embossed and had ten Corinthian crosses dispersed around the border. Instantly upon seeing it Art resolved to do a painting of his all-time favourite Class “A” sloop, “Southern Cross”. This boat never wins races, although it is by far the prettiest sloop ever to sail in Elizabeth Harbour, Exuma. One reason it doesn’t win is that it’s sailed by a preacher, not a mailboat captain. The boat is owned by a small Baptist parish in New Providence, and the crew usually consists of the huskiest fellows that occupy the front ranks of pews. They return year after year, finishing down at the bottom of the standings. Yet the whole race is ennobled and beautified by their presence, and artists like Art Paine are viscerally inspired. One time that frame was a floor grate over a coal stove. It marked the place where welcome energy brought conviviality to the whole chamber. Does it still do so, married to another purpose?

Running Tide

Running Tide

The Abbey at Veselay, France

The Abbey at Veselay, France

Tall Cotton Two

Tall Cotton Two

Shallow Complements

Shallow Complements

Really Love to Pry

Really Love to Pry

Fougeres Village en Pretemps

Fougeres Village en Pretemps

Coconut Girl

Coconut Girl

A Bermuda High

Bermuda High

Bekka, Africa

Bekka, Africa

Azalea Gardens

Azalea Gardens

A Sparkling Performance

A Sparkling Performance

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I heat my home with wood.  Warms me twice. Here it’s last Fall and I’m keeping warm splitting a cord or two. 

We heat with wood

A Close Cross in the Sun

A Close Cross in the Sun