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Catching Up… Again

January 28, 2014

Last summer we traveled from Rockport, Texas to Rockport, Maine and back again.  I never did chronicle our visit to Maine.  But there is a reason why this blog is titled “Back Roads and Brushes”.  Here is the “brushes” part of our time in Maine:

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Coastal Maine #2, 11×14, Gouache


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Rocks On the Shore Line, 8×10, Gouache (Plein Air)

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Coastal Maine #1, 11×14, Gouache

Maine Shore Line

Maine Shore Line, Acadia National Park, 9×12, Gouache


A Gray Harbor Day, 9×12, Gouache


Rockport Harbor, 8×10, Gouache

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Maine Coast, 9×12, Gouache

.Today, we’re back in Rockport, Texas, catching  the edge of another winter storm that’s pummeling the country.  Compared to other places, it’s almost balmy here in the mid-40s.  It’s not what we wanted for our winter here on the Gulf Coast, but we’ll accept it knowing there are warmer days ahead. IMG_8555

Shortly after we arrived, we made the pilgrimage to the beach at Port Aransas and took the obligatory selfie with the Gulf of Mexico behind us.



And we drove around to some of the marinas.


We discovered that the Bakery Café in nearby downtown Aransas Pass serves a pretty good breakfast.


Here at Drifters Resort, the RVers decorated for Christmas, and we did our part.

11929149706_004b25e2fd_c[1] We did have to make an unplanned trip back to Ohio in the middle of a snow storm.  Nell’s mother passed away at the age of 90 after a long period of illness.  We were there for almost two weeks, spent some time with the Columbus kids and grandkids, then made our way back to Rockport.

IMG_9418 To avoid part of the snow and ice, we came back through Louisiana.  As we crossed into Texas on I-10, we found a rest area and information center at Blue Elbow Swamp.  Here at a bend in the Sabine River, a wetlands restoration project has brought the cypress trees back and provided a habitat for all sorts of creatures.

IMG_9436 While the swamp is home to alligators, wild hogs, snakes and other animals, all we saw on this cold, damp January day was big turtle that had crawled up onto a high spot.


Since we’ve been back on the Gulf Coast, we caught a rare glimpse of the 100 foot shrimp trawler Polly Anna under way, headed out of the harbor at Port Aransas.  Normally seen docked during the day, the Polly Anna goes out all night, and the next morning, fresh shrimp from her overnight catch can be bought right at the dock.

IMG_8567 It’s always relaxing to go over to Port Aransas and watch ships pass through the channel into and out of the Port of Corpus Christi.


We enjoy exploring the backwater roads and finding boatyards where vessels large and small are being worked on.

IMG_8633 And it’s fun to visit the marinas and harbors at Rockport, Fulton and Aransas Pass to enjoy the variety of shrimpers and oyster boats.  Each one seems to have its own personality. … These boats are full of character and make wonderful painting subjects…


Evening Rest, 9×12, Acrylics

I’ll try not to go so long before the next post.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2014 8:55 am

    I was getting worried Ralph. Good to see you back.

  2. January 31, 2014 6:37 pm

    Nice post and some wonderful paintings of the Maine coast – we lived in Maine for 20 years – York Beach & East Boothbay

    • January 31, 2014 11:14 pm

      Thanks, Richard. We loved Maine. Didn’t spend long enough there. Hope things are going well with you.

      • February 1, 2014 12:49 pm

        Glad you enjoyed Maine – the weather at times can be depressing but July & August can have some nice days – October can be enjoyable as well. Things are going well on this end.


  3. February 2, 2014 11:00 pm

    Nice overview of your trip. Glad to see you got some painting done. Hopefully, the weather will improve as winter recedes. Good to find you posting again. Take care.

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