Northern Flickers are a large woodpecker, roughly 12 to 14 inches with a wingspan up to 21 inches. They have black bars on the back and wings and a necklace-like black patch on the upper chest. Other common names for the Northern Flicker include clape, gaffer woodpecker, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, and gawker bird. 

They feed by probing with their beak and sometimes may catch insects in flight.  Ants are their most important source of food. A Flicker's stomach can contain thousands of ants. It also eats a variety of other insects and wild fruit, especially wild cherries, dogwood, sumac and poison ivy. It may also visit suet feeders during the winter months.

Read more about the amazing Northern Flicker here.

My first time seeing a Northern Flicker was in the Summer of 2020 while birding with my mom at Beach Plum Farm in Ogunquit. It's quite a beautiful bird and I was drawn to its unique markings. This beautiful bird did not seem afraid of us as it went about the business of feeding on insects and we were able to admire it from a distance for quite some time. I hope you enjoy my graphic artwork of the Northern Flicker inspired by that day.

Northern Flicker prints are now available in my online shop!

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Mount Blue State Park – what a wonderful place! It’s Maine’s largest state park, consisting of roughly 8,000 acres of prime recreation area in the Western Mountains. My husband and I camped there for one night in early September, one of my favorite times of year in Maine when the air is warm during the day and crisp at night. The view of Mount Blue when we emerged from the wooded path connecting our campsite to the beach was stunning. A storm was blowing past the blue-hued mountain, creating a dramatic sky that reflected in Webb Lake. After stopping to wade in the chilly water and make a quick sketch of the scene, we ambled around the shoreline and found all sorts of neat places to picnic tucked away among the trees. I'm sure it's quite a busy place during the Summer months, but we were fortunate to have the place almost completely to ourselves that day. Although our trip was too short to hike Mount Blue, we’ll definitely go back to tackle it soon. I imagine the view from the top is quite stunning as well!

Here I am making a quick pencil sketch of Mount Blue from Webb Lake.

Mount Blue State Park prints are now available in my online shop!

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"Did you know that Charles Woodbury started the first art school in Perkins Cove? Or, that the site of Barnacle Billy’s Restaurant was once sold as a “useless hunk” of land to Ansel Hutchins, a fisherman who had missed out on the purchase of one of the original shares of land in the cove?"

The Cove has a lot of fun history tied to it both from an artist and fishing standpoint. The above referenced quote is from an older article I found in SeacoastOnline. Access the entire article here.

I grew up near Perkins Cove and always loved watching the lobster and sailboats flow in and out of the cove, the pungent odor of dead fish very much alive in the air. My work of Perkins Cove was one of the first ones I completed - it's much more detailed than my current work, but I still love the scene that reminds me how lucky I am to have grown up and still live in this beautiful area of coastal Maine.

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