I've been a lifelong doodler, now I'm a seasonal painter. I'm unschooled with the exception of taking a few private watercolor lessons when I took a leave of absence from my real job as an airline pilot. After retiring from the airlines and moving to Maine in 2016 I took adult ed watercolor classes in the winter after a 20 yr hiatus from doing any painting. I have been a fairly active painter since, especially in the winter months, taking occasional classes and painting with artist friends. My art has been sold at charity events for the Blue Hill Public Library and Wilson Museum.
Other than occasional pen and ink I paint mostly with watercolors. After taking an egg tempera workshop given by a local and very accomplished artist, Phil Schirmer I've been exploring that ancient medium. Click here to see ET paintings.
I have been selected to be the featured artist for the Blue Hill Concert Association's performance 3pm on Sunday February 18 at Blue Hill's Congressional Church. This will be my first solo show! My art will be on display in the church's basement from 11 am Saturday, 2/17 and taken down on Tuesday, 2/20.
Since I've had to come up with prices for my art I'll also post them on this site. Contact me if you're interested in any of my art for details. All images with a price are framed, most professionally, some by me. Shipping will be at cost, estimating $15.Steve Brookman
Inspired by a photo in Sam Devlin's boating catalog. Obviously somewhere in the NW.
Watercolor 300# Arches
Watercolor 300# Arches
"June" I waited for the sun to burn thru then gave up and painted this. It could have been another Paint the Peninsula but wasn't submitted.
Another from the same trip, proof that we took out the Queen Mary.
Alice Moran 2
One of two entries for the Blue Hill CO-OP mural, all images hexagon format.
Sold: Temple Blackwood wood turning at the Wilson Museum. Sold at the first WM on line auction. I liked the coloring so I did him again in egg tempera, posted on the ET page.
I needed to get back to watercolors while taking Koo's ET class. I saw a photo taken by Ben Fuller of this Camden Bell and it looked like it needed to be a watercolor
Camden #2 Bell
A rendering of the Small Reach Regatta logo drawn by Sam Manning
Another summer painting, Susan requested a bee on a flower, so here it is.
Another virtual homework, paint a doorway. This is pen and ink watercolor of our neighbor's front door.
More homework, portrait with some dimension, like me showing what I think of portraits. Click on it for a reverse color look.
This is what I see every morning after letting them out before breakfast.
Sold: This lot is a mile from our house. It was taken from a photo I shot while running right after a snow storm.
The storm clouds are sliding off to the east and sun is trying to make an appearance casting a silvery glow to the scene.
Sold: This was my submission for the Blue Hill Public Library's 2018 Paint the Peninsula fund raiser. It was the first painting that I have sold. It was a silent auction and had a small bidding war with the final price of $300 of which the library received 75%.
Art homework, paint white and paint a drape. This was part of the Perkins Kitchen that I omitted because I didn't want to tackle the draping cloth.
Sold: Front Row Seats - view in front of our house. 2019 Paint the Peninsula - Blue Hill Public Library Silent Auction
People complain about the long winters in Maine. I don't mind them as they provide the opportunity to paint and great subject matter. I'm sort of fond of red buildings. This is the boat shed at the end of our road. Pen and ink and watercolor.
This red garage is just past our road on the way to the reversing falls.
This was one of my first attempts back in 1996. I called it "Double Duh." I painted a lot that year but then put the brushes down for 20yrs.
Susan, my wife, really likes whales.
Sold: -This painting is taken from John Gardner's The Dory Book. It is a copy of a Sam Manning illustration of a Swampscott Dory. It sold at the Wilson Museum's Collecting Castine silent auction in 2018.
I built this Doug Hylan Beach Pea in 2018. It was nice opening up the boat shed in the morning and seeing the sun lighting her hull.