Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Summer’s Here!

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by jmbroekman


We have a saying here that goes something like this: There are two seasons in Maine, winter and the Fourth of July. That other season, the one that isn’t winter is finally making an appearance. The strawberries are ripe, the daylilies are just about to burst open, and I am almost ready to take the heavy down comforter off the bed.

The longer days are delicious, and I’ve been spending a whole lot of time making a mess in my studio. The walls are covered with new work: paintings, drawings, and prints. I realize I’ve been a bit negligent when it comes to keeping up this page; I promise, I’ll try and get better about posting new work more often. There is a lot of it.

The sketchbooks are also getting full fast. So, later this year I will roll out new card designs, and retire some of the old. Thus, I am reducing my current inventory, and for a limited time, offering a variety pack of 6 cards (chosen by me) for $12.00. Sets will consist of one each of 6 cards, or some other mix, with no more than 2 of any one design.

You can grab a set by clicking this link which will will take you directly to a PayPal cart. If you prefer to pick up your cards in person and pay with cash or check, please e-mail me. You can still see all the current designs (as well as order the “artist’s choice” set on the cards page on this site.

I hope you are finding ways to enjoy the longer days, and stronger sun, wherever you may be!

Summer Paintings

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by jmbroekman 2 Comments


Oil on paper, each piece is 11″ x 15″, or in the case of the bottom left and right, 15″ x 22″.


Posted on: September 7th, 2014 by jmbroekman 2 Comments


Another Birthday, Another Purple Vase

Kukla would be celebrating her 61st birthday today. I don’t know what else to say about that except that time is becoming something that I am having more and more difficulty comprehending. Is it merely that the force that we know as “time” is forever shifting? Or maybe just that it is not the force of time that shifts, but rather, that time stands still as we move along a trajectory that is less straight line, than circuitous route.

The hole that she left is as wide and deep as ever, but my ability to peer around or over it is getting much better. For that I am extremely grateful.

Time Present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.

– T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton

The Gloxinia (that rises again)

Posted on: July 27th, 2014 by jmbroekman




More than 25 years ago, a friend gave me this lovely little Gloxinia for my birthday. It is an amazing plant that blooms like crazy, and then completely dies all the way back to absolutely nothing. If I hadn’t warned our house sitters when we spent that extended period in Italy, it probably would’ve been tossed by them at some point. The remarkable thing is that while it blooms it literally changes every single day. It’s been great fodder for my daily drawing practice. And then, just as quickly as it springs back to life, it falls over. I guess I’ll have to move on to the Day Lilies.

June Watercolor Drawings

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by jmbroekman 6 Comments