Posts Tagged ‘watercolors’

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!

Another Visit to Swan’s Island

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 by jmbroekman 4 Comments


Last week we headed down east, in what is fast becoming one of my favorite traditions, to spend time with our vacationing New Jersey friends on Swan’s Island. What can be better than a late August trip to a place where we have no wifi, and nothing to do but read, draw and collect rocks? We ate great meals with raucous friends and played silly games – loudly enough that the neighbors across the road commented on what a good time it appeared we were having.

Last year when we got home, I was preparing to pack up the studio for renovation. This year I am looking forward to a season of hibernation inside my beautiful new studio. First up, though are all the necessary preparations for winter: canning tomatoes, making pickles and relish, painting the storm windows, planting the garlic, and who knows what else. I love this season. Despite the overwhelming list of “must-dos” I am doing my best to maintain that post-vacation zen-like approach to moving through my days. I hope you all are enjoying the last weeks of warm sun, and moving back into your own school year routines.

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


Spring Flower Drawings

Posted on: June 1st, 2014 by jmbroekman 2 Comments


It has been a cold, wet and late spring in Maine, yet the flowers like faithful friends continue to poke out of the ground and smile in our direction. And I have finally begun moving back into my studio – notwithstanding that I still have some work to do to complete the renovation. It’s done enough; and yesterday one very cool made-for-me table was installed (a big shout out and thank you to John Farrell of Figures of Speech Theatre for that). So today, despite homasote that needs paint, and a window that needs glazing, for the first time in what felt like an eternity, I spent time with artists colors in my brand new studio. It is thrilling (and somewhat terrifying if I am to be honest). Soon I will post pictures of the new space, and hopefully in not too long new paintings!