Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Sweet Little Peace

 A sweet little piece, about peace, of a lone paddler who appeared out of the fog near the end of the season off the dock at Watchic lake;  just enough and no more...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


This is my most recent Watchic reflection painting.  Again, I was fascinated by the perfect peaceful balance of that evening;  The glowing light of the sunset offset against the darkness of incoming weather.  I loved the ink-blot quality and unusual puzzle piece shapes as an abstract design.  The setting out and eventual removal of the water slide at the edge of the point of land to the left is one of many changes around the lake that signify the beginning and end of the season....

                                      "Above and Below"  "18x24"  Acrylic on panel


Sunday, July 3, 2016


Here are some views of two paintings that will be up for silent auction at the Watchic Lake Association annual meeting on the 9th.  The funds will go to help maintain the environmental quality of beautiful
Watchic lake.   Details are at

                                          "Gone Fishin" "12x18" acrylic on panel



                                        "American Dream"  "24x30" Acrylic on canvas
The colors in this piece are a bit darker and richer than appears here.  The light has a way of catching  
                            on the texture and finish of the canvas in photographs...



Saturday, July 2, 2016

Happy 4th

     I am so grateful to have been born, and continue to spend my life in this beautiful country.....

                                                 "Old Glory"  9"x12"  Acrylic on Panel


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Family Jewel

I've wanted to do a good water view of our family place in Maine for ages.  It was built by my Grandfather in the early 1920's and is a treasure, and a perfect place for inspiring an artist who loves to paint reflections;  It's all about balance really.  

I started this piece in August of last summer when everything was green, green, green;  Beautiful, but when the foliage started to change in the early fall, it was just a much better setting....

                              "A Litlle Peace of Heaven"   24"x30" acrylic on canvas


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Palette of St. Croix

I recently had the great pleasure of visiting a friend on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix;  A little slice of paradise....

Our Girlsjustwannapaint challenge this month was "palette", and so I painted the beautiful tropical colors of the view from where I was staying, on an actual wooden palette.  I distilled my favorite aspects of the scene as it changed frequently during the day;  The strong patterns of light and shade as the clouds passed, the brilliant turquoise where the water meets the sand, houses nestled into the landscape, and shapes of the tropical foliage and flowers....


Monday, March 7, 2016


            Events of late have called up fond  revisitations of my early experiences, and of my art reflecting the same....  My Dad, John O. Chesley Jr., had a love of boats and sea, and of steam,  here are a couple of my way back paintings of an old rescue surf boat that my Dad converted into a steam launch like the "African Queen";   Her name was "Cinderella",  first running on hard coal and then adapted with sail and a Diesel engine.  








Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Bucket List

I am always delighted when the theme of our monthly Girlsjustwannapaint challenge fits my personal painter's bucket list.  I really love the frozen dramatic power of the rock formations of coastal Maine, particularly those of the island of Monhegan.  They are the visual embodiment of the extraordinary primal forces that created this planet.  And so, when presented with the theme of "chair", I thought of the perch of this young man, that I saw at "Swim Beach" on Monhegan.  Also ever the fan of the
"Road less traveled"' (and a clever title),  this is my 8"x10" acrylic, "High Chair".  Bucket List, part B, 
 is to paint those suckers really, really, BIG...


Monday, January 4, 2016

Mural Finish

It was virtually impossible to get a photo of the whole 9'x17" mural, done on three 9"x5" canvases, topped by a small wedge, as the wall comes to a triangular peak under the roofline....  But here are some detail shots, and what we could get of it laid out on the floor.  It is awaiting installation by skilled paper hangers, at which point I will be able to photo graph it from the various landings opposite the site wall.