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The Sweet Goodbye of Winter


Original artwork

The weatherman says we are in for a spell of warm days and cold nights this week, a harbinger of spring for sure. In New Hampshire, early spring is the sweet season, when the sap runs in the sugar bush and boiled off into maple syrup.

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That’s the inspiration for these paintings on an old barrel stave and topped off with a vintage spile.

We still have a few weeks of winter to go, but it’s nice to look forward to this tradition of spring.




Upcoming Holiday Season Shows with Jean Colquhoun

The Art of Jean Colquhoun

After a nice summer painting on all kinds of media and all kinds of subjects, these shorter days and cooler nights mean I have a couple of upcoming shows I’ll be at and I hope I’ll see you there!

Join me from 4-6 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Dressers Unlimited in Plymouth, NH. Located right on Main Street, this is one of my favorite stores for fashion and fabulous finds!

The event is Walkabout Wednesday and the shop will have its wonderful fashions, accessories and home decor, as well as music and refreshments while you view the wonderful art work.

Then I head over to Maine, where I will be at the Primitives in Pine Christmas Open House Nov. 3-5. I can’t wait to see how my friend, Debi, transforms her shop for this event.

On Nov. 10, from 4 to 9 pm, and Nov. 11, from 9 am to 4 pm, I’m taking part in the 40th annual Folk Art & Artisans Show in Rehoboth, Mass. I’m looking forward to being featured with some of the region’s finest local and independent artisans, crafters, and makers.

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Diamond Art

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

That’s true for my most recent paintings.

The first one has to do with a baseball diamond, creating an old sign advertising an old ball game. I’ve been a baseball aficionado for years – Go Red Sox! – and as I write this, a vintage ball game is going to be played in town this afternoon.

The other painting is inspired by an antique cross stitch sampler that’s hung in my kitchen for many years. I’m inspired to paint within a diamond after seeing the works of an 18th century English artist, whose name escapes me.

Look for these at my next show, the Summer Solstice Craft Show July 8 & 9 at Wells Junior High School, Wells, Maine.

I hope to see you!



Once Upon a Time in Maine

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Always be yourself, unless you can be Mary Poppins …

My painting of Mary Poppins joins a cast of characters at a fun exhibit at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk (opening April 21).

Once Upon a Time in Maine is inspired by storybooks and fairy tales in the context of everyday objects found in the museum collection and features the works of local artists.

My character is Mary Poppins and what fun it was recreating a scene from this children’s favorite.



Next Show: Art of Great Bay 2017


Off to Sea – Original oil on canvas

This painting, oil on canvas, depicts a sailor leaving his family, the bustle of a wharf and, ultimately, heading out to sea. This is not any particular seaside location; it comes from my imagination.

I am pleased this painting was selected to be included in the 13th annual Art of Great Bay show, April 7-9 at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, NH.

The theme this year is Art Inspired by Coastal New England, to include art celebrating the culture, architecture, agriculture and recreation of the New England coast.



Lighthouse Spotlight

I’m entering these lighthouse paintings for a show looking for art inspired by the New England coast.

jeancolquhoun002This first painting features Boone Island Light, off the coast of Maine near Cape Neddick, which has the distinction of being the tallest lighthouse in both Maine and New England at 133 feet. The painting is original, as is the document, an 1876 voucher for the keeper’s salary.

The second painting is the Portland Headlight from 1890, as is the original map. It took a little research to see how this landmark looked then, for it has changed over the past century.


Certainly one can’t help but be inspired by these paintings of Maine lighthouses and how fun it is to view them in the context of the accompanying documents.

It’s a lot of fun making history come alive!


Unique is Chic!

I’ll have these unique items available Saturday (11/18) at the annual Holiday Open House in Kennebunk, Maine.