Photographs from New England, Fall of 2016

There is nothing more beautiful than Fall in New England – we had a great trip.  We couldn’t have planned it any better in timing, the leaves were a dazzling array of gorgeous colors – everywhere you looked reds, yellows and oranges.  Thought you might enjoy a few shots of this very special place (and a few of the Maine coastline as well).

If you are an artist, please feel free to use any one of these photographs for inspiration for a painting or drawing.

First four shots were taken in New Hampshire ~


The next two photographs are of the Maine Coastline:  Portland Headlight @ Fort Williams ~

fot8a5-copyfot3a43And finally, we a drive to see Winslow Homer house’s and what did we find – they have closed the area to tourists.  Now that was a bummer!!

winslow-homer-1This next shot is the spot where Winslow Homer painted many of his ocean scenes.  If you went around to the left of the little point here, that is the location where he painted his famous, “Weatherbeaten” scene – open ocean to the left of the point here.   Wish I could have climbed over those rocks ~

winslow-house-4My painting, I completed last year, was a study of Homer’s Weatherbeaten – can’t believe this year we were within touching distance of the exact same place that he painted it.


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83 Responses to Photographs from New England, Fall of 2016

  1. Just checking, Amiga, to be sure I wasn’t missing your posts….

    I am now back with internet and catching up poco a poco – feels good… Hopefully all is ok in your life – I miss those random weather reports, whatever you get usually heads for/hits my loved ones in the Ark/La/Miss ….

    May 2017 be good to you.


    • Mary says:

      If you can believe it, we are into the rainy season and storms have been brewing. Hope that they hold off a little while at least. Thanks for checking, just needed to take some time from blogging and use my spare time to work on art – will be posting soon. Glad to see that your internet is back up, hopefully it has continued. Miss communicating with you – take care my friend.

  2. Your painting is amazing, Mary! Totally awesome!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Johannis, much appreciated! It was a fascinating study of Winslow Homer’s painting, I learned a lot from working during this session.

  3. Gallivanta says:

    How disappointing that Winslow Homer’s house was closed. But there was no disappointment in the scenery, it would seem. Gorgeous.

  4. Amazing pictures, I think New England must have some of the best fall foliage in the world.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Shawn – glad you enjoyed. I read somewhere that New Hampshire expected some 600,000 people from all over the world to see the Fall foliage this year.

  5. A riot of colours! What a beauty…
    Thanks for the virtual trip, Mary… 🙂

  6. Heartafire says:

    Thank you for the tour and the beautiful painting !:)

  7. Beautiful scenes, Mary. And your painting at the end is fabulous.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia, thank you – I really appreciate it! Some of the scenes we saw were really overwhelming when you see the vibrancy of the leaves in person, just wonderful.

  8. It’s been a long time since I visited New England in the fall. Your photos have brought back some lovely memories. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Ruth – I’m so glad that you enjoyed the scenes and they could bring back pleasant times for you. Nothing like New England in the Fall ~

  9. Leyla says:

    Beautiful painting and pictures too 🙂

  10. Nice photos – we were there a couple of years ago and had a great time. I even did some paintings from the visit

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Graham, glad you liked the scenes. I can’t wait to get started painting, so many great scenes – it was a great time. I’ll bet you guys really enjoyed your time, beautiful countryside.

  11. Cecilia says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Wow, I’d like to be there and see it with my own eyes. Thanks!

  12. ladyfi says:

    So very gorgeous!

  13. Jet Eliot says:

    How very thrilling for you to have so much proximity to Winslow Homer’s world, Mary. And your photos of the changing colors are stunning. Oh what a feast these photos must be for a thriving painter like you. Enjoy!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Jet, it really was a thrill – we were so disappointed that they have closed the area off from tourists. But wow did we ever get the photographs from ocean (amazing scenes of the wild waters of Maine) to the gorgeous, scene after scene of vibrant showcasing leaves. Loved it and can’t wait to get painting, might go big on a few of them. Thanks so much – means a lot that you were able to see the photographs.

  14. Amy says:

    Ah… fall in New England! I love to be there. Beautiful photos! Thank you for taking us there. 💖

  15. Vibrant photographs and painting

  16. Wow Mary what a beautiful place, love, love those autumn colors. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, just fabulous foliage asking for brushes! Thanks for sharing these eye-candy treats!

    • Mary says:

      So glad the photographs brought a smile to you Eva, it was a beautiful trip and one we’ve been trying to take for quite a few years and finally had the opportunity this year. Aren’t the colors amazing – really was eye-candy treats for us. I’m very excited about working out some of the scenes on canvas.

      • Me too Mary, I’m most excited to see the canvasses with the scenes you will choose to paint! I just sent my weekend as well in the forest and it was breathtaking, the colors, the sounds and aroma of an autumn forest is just the best to enjoy. I couldn’t stop taking photos, it’s magical for all the senses we posses.

        • Mary says:

          I’ll bet you got some incredible shots Eva – can’t wait to see what you post. Walking through the forest is just as you describe – the colors, sounds and aroma, at this time of year. Well there is nothing like it. I’m hoping that this evening I can spend time going through all your recent blog postings – to see all your creative energies and what you’ve been up too. I hope you have a beautiful week ahead!

  17. debiriley says:

    wow!! my earlier relatives came from New York and Vermont; so I’ve always wished to go to the Fall glorious foliage. and you have some gorgeous photos Mary!!! thanks!

    • Mary says:

      If one day you have the opportunity Debi I hope you go – you’ll not be disappointed. We were so lucky with timing, nothing can compare with the brilliance of the setting to the real thing. There was one road that was so bright with trees on each side it was almost blinding. Thanks so much and looking forward to seeing what incredible paintings you’ve been working on.

  18. Fantastic in every way.

  19. Ogee says:

    The only time of year that I get homesick for the East Coast. The colors there just take your breath away. I’m sorry that the home was closed for viewing, but I suspect you took enough inspiration away to keep you going for awhile!

    • Mary says:

      So glad you could see these few shots Audrey, I really got homesick while in Maine – seeing the leaves and ocean, well just made me want to stay there. I’ve got so many shots that I’ll be busy for a long time – it really was a great dose of inspiration.

  20. Susan Feniak says:

    Gorgeous images Mary. Love the lighthouse and all the fall colors. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Resa says:

    Amazing! You must have been thrilled to be where Homer was by the ocean, I feel the disappointment at the house being closed. Still you went where the art heart is, and it’s glorious. TY for sharing.

  22. I thought we had some nice blue skies and autumn colours, but those reds are simply stunning. It was a shame you didn’t get to see around that headland. So near, yet, so far !

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much – aren’t the photographs incredible. It really was that bright and brilliant. When we first landed the colors weren’t showing yet and then almost overnight they started to come out and wow what a show they put on. Yeah, can you imagine being that close and yet ~

  23. Wow! Your photographs are stunning, Mary. Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us. I’m glad you had a nice trip.

  24. What a beautifully uplifting post…and you are right..there is no better autumn/Fall than in New England. I love the painting you did after Winslow Holmer…beautiful work. Thank you. Janet:)

    • Mary says:

      Hi Janet, thank you – wasn’t this one of those amazing years? We were afraid that we’d not time it for peak, but we were very happy that nature cooperated and we were able to see the brilliant leaves. Talk about being creatively sparked. Glad you enjoyed the painting it was fun to do in acrylics and am hoping to do many more based on what we saw while in Maine. Hope you have a lovely Sunday Janet!!

  25. anna77dennis says:

    Unbelievably beautiful! I wish I could be there in person!!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Anna, thank you and glad you enjoyed the photographs – was gorgeous. Perhaps one day you’ll be able to spend some time visiting New England during Autumn – there is nothing like it.

  26. Leya says:

    This is so lovely, Mary! You bring joy and lift the spirits!

  27. Just glorious! Very inspiring to visit the places great artists lived. I’ve always wanted to visit Monet’s garden.

    • Mary says:

      Very special Brenda – you are right. I can only imagine how inspired and vivid your writing would be, what would come from a visit like this. My hope for you is that one day you visit Giverney, and let your dreams explode through your pen – I think Monet would definitely approve.

  28. Jess says:

    What beautiful colors! The reds are so intense. Great photos Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Jess, what a real treat of colors that only Mother Nature could produce. Can you imagine those reds? I just happened to walk around the back of one of the hotels we stayed at and the last picture in this series of leaves was what was hidden behind the building. Loved it! Thanks so much ~

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Cindy – I can only imagine what you’d capture with your camera. The vividness and just serene beauty overwhelmed the senses. Glad you enjoyed the scenes.

  29. So glad you had a good visit and captured such nice photos of the fall color. 🙂

  30. Beautiful photographs and a luscious tribute to Homer’s original!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Sarah, thank you – you are so generous, glad you enjoyed the painting and photographs! Such a wonderful treat to see New England at this time of year.

  31. June Martin says:

    LOVE the beauty you bring to your photos. Nature at its finest and with your paintings you help others understand what it takes to put on canvas.

  32. Thank you so much for these beautiful photos, Mary….and I’m glad you had a good sojourn here. i am a lifelong New Englander and I never get tired of our glorious autumn. I can look out my window as I type this and see what’s in your first photo….how can the sky be so, so blue! In years past, when I was doing a lot of watercolor painting, I discovered that my favorite pair of complementaries on the color wheel was orange/blue….I decided it must be because those trees and that sky had become part of my nature.
    Did anyone explain to you why the Winslow Homer place was closed? I can readily understand your love of his seascapes; I love them too. I’m guessing you found lots of inspiration on this trip and that it was re-creative in the best sense. Thanks for taking us along.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Cynthia, I couldn’t stop smiling – it was just so beautiful. You forget how brilliant the colors can be, truly a spectacle – you are so right about the complements they really showed off the colors in a big way. I’ll bet for you, being around so much beauty this time of year takes away a little bit of the winter doldrums that are knocking on the door. How wonderful for you to be able to enjoy the Autumn show right outside your window. When we arrived in Maine and opened the car door, the first thing that hit us was smell of the salty sea water and hearing the waves coming ashore – we knew we were home again. Can’t tell you how wonderful it was. The entrance to the Winslow property is at the end of a street on Black Point, there are other houses too – so if you didn’t know his property was there you’d miss it. No one out and about to ask why it’s closed off to the public. I have several hundred photographs of scenes that will keep me creatively busy for a long time to come ~ talk about inspiration! Refreshing for the mind and body, loved it.

  33. The fall colors are really inspiring…it’s a special time…

  34. Jealous! I miss the fall foliage. Lovely!!

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