My creation

nce upon a time, I missed my beautiful Long Island, where I grew up.

Beaches seemed to bookmark my childhood. Picnics at Jones Beach, a ride at Steeplechase Park in Coney Island and who can forget those sandy shoes, walking the boardwalk with a cup of the famous Coney Island french fries?


There were the surfing days when I sat with friends on cold beaches bundled up in blankets as I watched my beau surf in early spring at Long Beach. Finally, my mom's sweet home in the Hampton's as my sister's and I spent time at Cooper's Beach.


cottage-of-abundance-for-postNew England is also home to magnificent shore scenes. Maine was the backdrop to my Cottage of Abundance oil painting. I took a ride to Manchester-By-The-Sea to visit Beach Street Studios. I had given a lecture recently on blogging, networking and etsy at a Salon Night hosted by Susan Fader of Ditto Editions. I am working on publishing a price list of the different sizes on canvas and watercolor paper.

Me and Susan Fader at Ditto Editions

Susan Fader and her husband create beautiful giclee' prints, and because of their printers, which are the newest technologies, I am able to get the Cottage of Abundance ordered in any size, stretched on canvas or printed on fine art papers. Ditto Editions prints my giclee' prints, and creates a magnificent watercolor version of my Cottage of Abundance oil painting. A cottage by the New England seaside.

During the lecture at Salon Night, I noticed sitting In the front row were two lovely ladies. I liked them immediately and when I was given their card at the end of our talk, I knew I just had to pay them a visit. Susan wrote about it on her blog.


Beach Street Studios is made up of three talented artists. This photo is from their beautiful web site, under the Gallery section.

Margie Florini showed me around their lovely gallery overlooking the sea. An idyllic setting for any artist, especially one whose creative muse dances in beach scenes. I found Margie's portfolio to share with you.


Joan van Roden White was painting a new work and was so kind to spend time chatting with me. She extended an invitation to be part of their Manchester Art Festival. Joan's work is a magnificent and if you would like to have a peek, just click HERE.


Kathy Connolly is another artist at their gallery. I did not get to meet her, but I did take away some of her cards. her work is lovely and Kathy's portfolio compliments Margie and Joan's work perfectly.

Their gallery is gorgeous. The front door welcomes you up the stairs and into sunlit spaces covered in artistic pleasure.

Cape Ann is filled with events and festivals that truly inspire any artist. Exploring the history of Cape Ann, I found a beautiful video about Cape Ann that gives you a glimpse into the magic I find there.

My creation

Manchester-By-The-Sea, my new favorite place. New England is wonderful, and I never get tired of the many towns speckled along the shore, each one bringing new ways to frame the sea.

This little watercolor was painted at another favorite Beach community in Toronto. If you would like to read more posts about the Beach, just click HERE. The song for this post is The Romantic Sea of Tranquillity.
Casey said...

I loved the pictures you posted today Karen. I just love the beach!! I just would love to run away and spend my day there!! :) Have a happy and blissful day dear friend.


Vee said...

Oh you got the widget! :D Now I can really get lost here...

Manchester-by-the-Sea is a beautiful post. I enjoyed reading about your time there and now must go back to follow your links to all these gals' work. I'm intrigued to know what a talented artist like you finds lovely in others' work.

Have a delicious day!

Vee said...

Loved seeing all these artists' work and most especially enjoyed the New England cottages that Margie Florini paints. So charming!

xashee's corner said...

i am missing the beach SOOOOOOOO Much!! and we only live less than 3 hrs away! hehe i LOVE your photos and artwork too! Thank you so much for sharing such a BEAUTY of a post! :) Have a LOVELY day!

TattingChic said...

I love the beautiful beach photos! I might just take a detour on the way to work so I can drive by one! :)

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I loved all the beautiful beach pictures. So calming and so pretty.I wish I could be there. have a great day....m..

Charlene said...

Thank you for sharing! This was beautiful. Being in Texas you do long for a real beach. Somehow the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico is just not the same as the photos you showed in this post.

Kathleen Grace said...

A warm sunny day at the beach sounds so heavenly right now! Beautiful photos! Congratulations on being invited to be part of the art festival, are you going to do it?

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

Awesome photos!

~ Gabriela ~

Elyse said...

ah the beach ...

wonderful images and beautiful artwork!


Riet said...

Beautiful beach pictures and beautiful art. The cottage pisture is awesome.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos..I use to love going to the Marblehead Festival for years when I lived on N>S.

Tara said...

Hi Karen
Gosh i have been to Cooper's beach! What a great little spot! haha! And my Mom and dad had their first date at Coney Island!

Mo'a said...

Beautiful pictures of one of my favorite places in the world.
I lived in Ipswish and later in Salem.
I have a wonderful friend and Godchildren that live in Rockport.
I miss that area and it is so good to see you wonderful post about it.

Anonymous said...

All of these pictures are just beautiful. You had a wonderful place to grow up in with lot's of things to inspire you. I enjoyed reading your post. I hope you have a happy week!

Blondie's Journal said...

Thank you for sharing your day in this fabulous artist's community Karen. I'm so excited to see some of your work done in glicee (did I spell that right?). I have two oils I bought online reproduced this way and love them!

Your memories and thoughts of New England are so vivid and beautiful. You are making me envious that you are surrounded by this beauty each and every day. Years ago I drove up the coast from Massachusetts to Maine and just had the best time!

P.S. Did I thank you for the journal page? Is it okay with you to share it on my blog soon?

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love the beach...after living in Florida for 20 years, I do miss it. Your pictures and memories of your beach time are wonderful. How great that you met these other talented artists! Thank you for the links. I will take time today to visit them

TattingChic said...

What beautiful photos! Manchester-by-the-Sea sounds like a lovely place to visit. Thanks for sharing the beautiful studios!

Oh, I enjoyed your comment today on my blog! That would be totally awesome if you went to the library and got some books on tatting! You go, girl! If you are serious about actually learning to tat I would direct you to the youtube tatting videos (just search "tatting" on you tube) because you really need the visual-in-motion to get how the double-stitch works! Good luck, my friend! :)

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I have never lived near a beach. And I've never been to New England. Yet I always yearn to come fall. Your photos of your beloved place are gorgeous!

Lori said...

i have never lived near a beach, but i can almost feel the ocean breeze looking at your pictures...gorgeous post!!!

Rhondi said...

Hi Karen
That is so exciting for you to connect with some other artists! It will be fun being part of their show too! The pictures you posted today are beautiful.
Hugs, Rhondi

Canvas Printing said...

Surf, Sand, Sun. I love this pictures very nice color rendition.

Smilingsal said...

Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Karen, your beach pics are such an inspiration.
How wonderful to meet the talented artists and also be invited to participate in the art festival. Your work is amazing and should be shared.
I am blessed to have Cottage Abundance in my collection and enjoy it everyday.
Thank you for all that you do and sharing your talents with us all.

Happy Spring Creating.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Deanna said...

Hi Karen,
Manchester-By-the Sea is a wonderful post. How nice it must have been to be in the Hamptons. I've only ever read about the Hamptons and of course seen the grand homes and shoreline on google maps. The song went perfectly with this post. Thanks for the link to Beach Street Studio.

I have to agree with Charlene about the coast here. The Gulf of Mexico is no Atlantic or Pacific coastline! LOL! It's very muddy and not so blue. Nice though but I've seen an Atlantic coastline before and there's no comparision!

Deanna :D

jeanne said...

Hello Karen, I just filled my eyes and heart with your trip to places you love and am so happy you had fellowship with talented artists like yourself. The photos are wonderful and your descriptions awesome.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy your memories.


Donna said...

Hi Karen,
The beach photos are fabulous! Wow, so many talented artists and such beautiful work. But my favorite is Cottage of Abundance. I LOVE it!


LiLi M. said...

I lived by the sea as a child. I think I live in a beautiful city, but I still miss the sea. Your photos give me that warm feeling that belongs to my childhood. The artwork in this post is great too. I love the little cottage!

MARIA said...

Just gorgeous, dear Karen!
I love being here surrounded yours beautiful arts spirit.
Thank you for sharing your friends artworks.
Just gorgeous!

jvrwhite said...

Hi Karen,

It was fun to be surprised by your visit last week to our studio. I love you photos of our beach. Let's keep in touch!

Joan van Roden White