DowneastWatercolors

Maine paintings & giclee prints by Beth Whitney

Portland, Maine
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Announcement    Downeast Watercolors celebrates the natural beauty of Maine. I find endless inspiration from backroads and trails all along the coast. My favorite subjects are Acadia National Park, midcoast land trusts and preserves, lighthouses, and the beautiful Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. All paintings and giclee prints are handmade here in my Westbrook, Maine studio.

Please reach out if you have any questions or comments. I'd love to hear from you!

Email: beth [at] downeastwatercolors.com
Website: https://DowneastWatercolors.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/downeastwatercolors

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Last updated on Jan 1, 2022

Downeast Watercolors celebrates the natural beauty of Maine. I find endless inspiration from backroads and trails all along the coast. My favorite subjects are Acadia National Park, midcoast land trusts and preserves, lighthouses, and the beautiful Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. All paintings and giclee prints are handmade here in my Westbrook, Maine studio.

Please reach out if you have any questions or comments. I'd love to hear from you!

Email: beth [at] downeastwatercolors.com
Website: https://DowneastWatercolors.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/downeastwatercolors

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Beautiful, realistic watercolor paintings & giclee prints of coastal Maine by Beth Whitney

Maine is the most beautiful state. I was raised here, spent much of my childhood exploring Acadia National Park (both sides - Schoodic and MDI!). Then I discovered the Blue Hill Peninsula, headed up the Bold Coast to Canada, down to Camden and Rockport, and so much more. These days, I spend most of my time in the lower mid coast, especially Harpswell and Georgetown. We have so many gorgeous land trusts, preserves, and parks to enjoy. And the people you meet are so warm and welcoming.

I’m primarily self-taught as an artist, and I’ve been painting professionally for more than 20 years. I love the transparent qualities of watercolor that produce incredibly vivid, highly detailed, and subtle tonal changes. It’s about timing, patience, and enjoying the unexpected. Add a few drops of water, a little salt, tip your board, and everything changes! It’s so dynamic - just like nature. I’m so thankful to be able to share my beautiful home state with you through my art.

My original watercolors have been collected by art lovers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. It's amazing to me how many people from all over the world know and love Maine.

I'm an avid photographer and paint from my own reference photos with a few exceptions (Dad!). This lets me compose my paintings on location, so it's just a matter of actually drawing and painting the scene back in my studio. I do all of my own scanning and printing, which ensures that everything that leaves my studio adheres to my high standards.

Please feel free to get in touch via convo here on Etsy or email me at beth [!at] downeastwatercolors.com. I don't accept commissions, but I gladly welcome suggestions of locations you'd like to see me paint next.

Email: beth [at] downeastwatercolors.com
Website: https://DowneastWatercolors.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/downeastwatercolors

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    Owner, Watercolor Artist, Nature Lover, Photographer, Printmaker

    My vibrant, realistic watercolor paintings and giclee prints celebrate Maine's natural beauty.

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Last updated on May 18, 2022
Frequently asked questions
What is a giclee print?

Giclee prints use high-resolution digital scans and special pigment-based inks to create incredibly detailed reproductions. My paper is 100% cotton rag, which really shows off the colors. The colors are crisp, vibrant, and perfectly mirror those of the original paintings. Because I do my own printing, I'm able to ensure the accuracy of each reproduction.

Framing & Displaying

I use standard sized mats on original paintings and mini/small prints. This makes it easy to purchase a frame off the shelf. If you'd like to get creative, I recommend heading to your local framer for expert advice and a vast selection of styles and colors. I recommend using UV glazing for original watercolors, which will help protect your art from the sun's damaging light.

For prints, it's a matter of buying a frame, washing the glass, and slipping into the frame. Mats do look a little more polished, especially if you're gifting the piece of art.

Whether you use UV glass or not, all art should be displayed away from direct or very bright light to avoid fading.

Copyright Info

As the artist, I retain the copyright for all works of art, and this is not transferred at the point of sale. Images on this site and paintings/prints you purchase may not be reproduced in any way.

Feel free to share images on your blog or social media, but please include my name (Beth Whitney) and link to https://DowneastWatercolors.com.

Painting Commissions

While I don't accept painting commissions, I gladly welcome suggestions for places you'd like to see me paint.

Color Variations

I do all of my painting, scanning, and printing right here in my studio. I'm particular about the prints matching the original watercolors. In fact, I work at it until I can't tell the difference unless I'm handling the paper. The images you see online are the same files that I actually print. The smaller the image, the sharper it appears in person and online.

Colors vary widely from device to device. I use a calibrated Mac for all of my digital work. The images I see on the screen match what comes out of the printer. However, I notice that colors on my Samsung phone are more muted, while my Samsung tablet is pretty close to the Mac.

Digital Downloads, Licensing, Wedding Invitations, etc.

My artwork is available as original watercolors and giclee prints. I don't offer digital downloads, licensing, or other uses of my art because I can't control the quality of the final product. It's really that simple. It's important that any reproductions maintain the integrity of the original art.

Should I buy an original or a print?

Original paintings require more of a financial investment up front, but they also appreciate more in value over time. There's also a satisfaction in knowing you have the only original painting. Giclees are more affordable and look exactly like the original paintings, so they are a great option for many.

While many of my collectors only purchase original art, others like to mix it up with both originals and giclees. It really depends on your budget and philosophy as a collector. If you're just looking for some pretty paintings to add color or to give as a gift, giclees are a perfect choice.

Please note that I have more original watercolors on my website.