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Longing for Vacation? Photos from the Beaches of Maine

Something a little different this week. Since many of us can’t get away for vacations this summer, I decided to post some photos from Vacationland–Maine, where I grew up and though I can’t visit it this year, hope to again soon!

So come along this path to the beach. Smell the salt grass and feel the breeze off the water cool your face. Remember that funny squeak your bare feet make in the warm sand?

One of Maine’s few long sandy beachesSeagulls love the beach, too!

Most Maine beaches are smaller and bounded by rocky headlands.

You have to climb down rocks just to get to some beaches.

But I love the rocks! Looking at the folds of the rock ledges. Exploring little pools for creatures. Trying to catch a snail before it pulls in its “foot” and snaps shut. Or watching the feathery cirri of barnacles sweep through the water in search of food.

I especially love being on the rocks in storms. Waves crash against the rocks, sending spray sailing away on the wind.

All those rocks are why Maine has so many lighthouses! That’s us down on the small beach, looking for beach glass and shells!

Maine has many tidal rivers separating the beaches and rocky headlands from each other. This photo shows where one joins  the ocean.

The next few photos show farther up one of those tidal rivers. The beautiful marshes provide a habitat for many creatures, including voracious, drone-size mosquitoes! Growing up in this marshy coastal town, we did get kind of used to mosquitoes!

High tide on the marsh

Low tide on the marsh

A foggy day on the marsh makes everything outside mysterious and everything inside soggy!

Beach roses and other wildflowers fill the fields surrounding every beach!

Maine has lots of islands, big and little. Casco Bay supposedly has 365 of them, and sometimes we’d take the mailboat ferry in a round trip  to visit a few of them.

Casco Bay ferries

Docking at one of the islandsIslanders waiting for supplies. Everything has to come by ferry.

Preparing to move on to the next island.

One of Portland’s smaller lights, Spring Point Light welcomes us back to the harbor.

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Sandy beaches and rocky ledges, the cry of seagulls and the smell of salt grass, pink beach roses and foggy days–all form important memories of a place I love.

What beaches are special to you? What memories of those beaches do you treasure?

I can never leave a Maine beach without  shells, drift wood, beach glass, and even rocks!

What souvenirs do you have from visits to beaches?

Molly is in vacation mode, so this week this little guy is helping me say we hope you’ll visit Kathy the Picture Lady again for great art, fun art projects, and more fun places to visit!

 

And we leave you with a twilight picture over the marsh–taken at great peril of being carried off by mosquitoes!

 

Painting with Cardboard, Another Fun and Easy Art Project for Kids

Did you know you can use cardboard to paint with? You can, and you can make lots of Easy and Fun things, like:

Mama and baby pigs in the straw.    Flowers and butterflies.      Fuzzy yellow chicks.

Spring was a favorite time on our small farm in Maine. We’d have baby pigs and goats out in the barn, and in the kitchen there was always a box of baby chicks or ducks warming up by the wood stove. Spring refreshes us with returning color and creatures, and this year we all certainly need some refreshment, so I hope these easy projects will brighten your day this coming week!

 

Supplies:

  • tempera paints in various colors ( I lightened my red and purple to pink and lilac with white)
  • pieces of cardboard cut to various sizes
  • paper to paint on and scraps to finish the chick
  • pencils, scissors, crayons, and/or markers

Painting Technique:

There are just two techniques used to make these creatures and flowers. After dipping the edge of your cardboard into some paint,

  1. Make straight lines by touching the cardboard up and down onto the paper
  2. While holding the cardboard edge against the paper, you swirl or push it around, while holding one corner in place. It takes a little practice, but you can even make a complete circle this way. Try turning the paper as you hold the cardboard in place.

Note: The size of your creation will depend on the size of your cardboard. And after a while you may need to switch to a new piece as the paint will gradually make it less stiff.

Butterflies and Flowers

These use both techniques: up and down for the spikey flowers, grass, and butterfly body. A swirl for the other flowers and the butterfly wings. On one flower I had both  pink and lilac on the cardboard, without mixing themand I think it produced an interesting effect. Maybe you can try more of that.

Fuzzy Chick

The chick just uses lots of up and down lines around and around in a circle. I put a small pencil dot to mark the middle so I had a reference point to keep going in a circle. Use paper scraps and crayons or markers to finish your chick. Try making different sizes and colors of chicks.

Mama Pig and Her Babies

Steps for the piggies:

  1. Use your drawing skills to draw a circle for Mamma and 2 small ovals for the babies.Just as you did in the last drawing lesson!
  2. Inside each pig, draw a small oval for its snout
  3. Use curving lines to draw ears and tail
  4. Use straight lines that turn sharp corners to make the feet.
  5. Color the pigs using light and dark shades of pink markers or crayons
  6. Use the up and down technique to ad straw all around the mamma pig and her babies

Here are two more ideas:

  • Use orange paint and the swirl technique to make a bunch of carrots. Add feathery green tops with crayon or marker.
  • Or how about baby birds in a nest of brown  twigs?

Molly is enjoying the garden we now have in Colorado. It’s much smaller than the one we had in Maine!! The bright pink flowers in the front are very spikey, while the daisies and cone flowers have much broader petals and could be done with the swirling method.

Mollye and I are sure you can think of lots more creative creatures and pictures to make with your cardboard paintbrush! Have Fun and be sure to come back here next Friday for more Easy and Fun Art for Kids !