Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Estonia - a bit of history.

I enjoyed visiting this area and reading its history because all four of my grandparents immigrated to this country from neighboring Poland and Lithuania.

On the left, The Herman Castle in Estonia, the first known stone castle ever constructed, was built by the Danes in the 13th century. Across the Narva River stands the Russian Fortress, Ivangorod, built by Ivan III in 1492, (the same year that Columbus was sailing to the New World).

Herman Castle, Estonia & Russian Fortress, Ivangorod, 8x16, oil

Estonia has a very long and complex history, with centuries of wars, battles and foreign occupations that repeatedly changed the borders and ruling factions. Artifacts have been found dating back to 10,000 BC. Google Street Maps now show a country filled with farms and rolling grasslands, dotted with modern towns and cities, old stone buildings and magnificent churches. Bordered by water on three sides, harbors are abundant. Estonia became an independent country in 1991.

This painting is available in my Ebay Store.

And click here to see all my Virtual Tour Paintings on Ebay.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Estonia - June's Virtual Paint Out

This month our Virtual Paint Out Group is visiting Estonia - located in Northern Europe, bordered on the north by the Bay of Finland, on the east by Russia, on the south by Latvia and on the west by the Baltic Sea.

Poide, Saare County, Estonia 9x12

This painting is available in my Ebay Store.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

June 2015 Newsletter

New Website

My new website is up and running. Many thanks to my daughter-in-law, Angel Farris, of MaineWeb Creations, for the many hours of work and her patience in teaching me how to navigate this new software. I created my original website many years ago with FrontPage, which is now obsolete. I needed to build a new website for myself and the gallery with a new software and we chose WordPress.

Unless you have created a website from scratch, you will never believe the number of hours spent and the vast assortment of new technology now available. I enjoyed the challenge of working with a new software and I sincerely thank Angel for teaching me how to utilize the new technology. I will continue to maintain and update my websites with the secure knowledge that Angel is here to help me when I get lost.

My New Ebay Store

After successfully listing some of my paintings on Ebay for a number of years, I decided to make a change and open an Ebay Store. As I photographed and inventoried my available work, I realized an Ebay Store would simplify my life and allow me to organize my paintings into categories and standardize my prices.

Using Ebay’s “Fixed Price with Best Offer” format, I again have the opportunity to interact with my customers, negotiate prices and offer options. This is reminiscent of my former art gallery in Belfast, Maine, where I could deal directly with my customers. I enjoy this personal approach and have met so many pleasant and interesting people over the years.

Ebay gives me world-wide exposure and an efficient selling format while giving my customers a safe and secure method for purchasing my work on-line.


May was a very busy month with way too many hours spent on the computer. I am glad to be back in my studio again. This month our Virtual Paint Out Group is going to Estonia. It’s fun to explore each month’s destination using Google Maps Street Views. We certainly live in an interesting and beautiful world. I will post my paintings on my Blog and in my Ebay Store.


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