August 2009

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"Around the Sound"

“Around the Sound”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

I am back after a short break in my painting schedule. I will almost be up to speed with regular postings after about another week or so… Here is a favorite painting spot for capturing the day or evening, the sky, the water and reflections. Not necesarily all happening at once… just a great vantage point… Today I chose to put the sailboats in and left out the many car and passenger ferries which also ply these waters…

"Dusk Lamberts Cove"

“Dusk Lambert’s Cove”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

This was Saturday night, actually, but I couldn’t post it until today. And naturally today’s dusk looked so similar to yesterday’s that this could be tomorrow’s (when most of you see it)… Confused, well, it was just 2 gorgeous days in a row and maybe 2 more to follow. This was a fun piece to paint as the horizon glow held for a good 15 minutes to allow me to mix and capture it. I really did not have to do anything more to this back in the studio, except sign my name…

"Sky Lights"

“Sky Light”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

In case you noticed, my paintings have not been as regular lately because I have been working on larger paintings for a small show in an intimate space. If you are on Martha’s Vineyard (or know someone who is) please come to my opening, Monday, August 17th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the West Chop Club Inn in West Chop, MA, just opposite the Post Office. My works will be there from August 13th through the 27th. If you cannot come to the opening, please stop in to view the works anytime from 8 am to 8 pm daily.

I was going to be good today and stay in my studio and finish up some larger paintings for a small show I was supposed to hang tomorrow. But… there was this incredible sky out all day with great thunderheads floating by, and the studio was hot and it was very humid and uncomfortable, and, and, I had to go do this new painting of these clouds. Just had to… Does that make me bad? Of course, it is now 3 a.m. and I am still working. And, no matter what, the dog I am sitting for a friend will bark at me asleep in bed at 7 a.m. to be fed… and I will feel, well, bad… There it is, bad. I am bad!…And it feels so good!

"Wound Up"

“Wound Up”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 USD

Back at the daylily patch, this was one of the few doing cork screws. Most of the others were curling back in their glory…

"Moon Before Sunset"

“Moon Before Sunset”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 USD

This was a hard juggle. The colors change so quickly at this time of day, but I think I caught it all. I had to block in everything but the moon. Then I had to do the final adjustments. As the moon’s presence was revealed, I was counting on there not being a cloud bank along the eastern horizon to block out the first glimpse…

"Fiddlehead Farm"

“Fiddlehead Farm”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

I have been watching this view for two months, waiting for the garden to max out with flowers and vegetables. It is not often one finds a simple white backdrop for emphasizing the middleground. The weather was just a step away from rain. So there were definitely no shadows to accentuate or complicate the scene…

"Fair Preparing"

“Fair Preparing”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

The hay was bad this year due to all the rain. So instead of baling and trailering immediately to the barn, lots of fields had bales hanging around for many days before they were collected for mulch. This field, the site of the Agricultural Society annual fair in 2 weeks, had bales in it for 3 days. I enjoyed 2 of them creating a small painting one evening and a larger one the next afternoon…

"Great Rock"

“Great Rock”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 USD

After working on a larger painting out in a field today, I really wanted to end up by the water for today’s piece. On a hunch, I hiked in to this remote location and was rewarded with a great sunset to paint. I nice way to end a beautiful day…

"The Fleet Is In"

“The Fleet Is In”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

I have painted this view before, but in the middle afternoon. It is quite different at the end of the day. The dark foreground gives a bit of mystery and adds drama to the light in the remainder of the painting…