Paintings of Maine, selected by Carl Little, is a delightful collection of paintings by a variety of artists.
The subject is always Maine, from Ogunquit to Lubec and from the Bucksport mill to the lakes of Moosehead and Sebago.
Over 100 paintings show readers why artists are drawn to Maine. This book — a 2006 sequel to the 1991 book of the same name — includes works as diverse as Charles Codman’s 1836 painting of the original State House in Augusta, to James Aponovich‘s 2005 view of Blue Hill.
Each beautifully reproduced panel displays exactly why the state has inspired so many people to take up a paintbrush and capture the landscapes on paper or canvas.
Extensive text shares insights about the artists, their works, and the places in Maine that are represented in this collection.
If you love Maine and want to see how other artists have captured its magic in paintings, this is a good book to own.
If it’s a book you’re collecting, buy it new. If you’ll be using it as a reference book, a used copy is probably fine, as this book’s high-quality paper and printing help it stand up to frequent use. Also, most of the full-page prints in this book (and many of the smaller ones) are good enough to frame.