March 2010

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"Loving Cup"

“Loving Cup”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

I found this daffodil dancing in drizzle at the edge of a stonewall. I turned about and snipped it for this studio still life. I have enjoyed its cheery company on a very rainy day…

"On The Pond"

“On the Pond”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

The first daffodils are out, but it was all rain the first day. I had to work from the van a couple of times to get them right. They are such optimists in the winter landscape. Always make my heart skip a beat upon first discovery!…

"Slices"

“Slices”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

A little fun in the kitchen last night…

"Table Rock"

“Table Rock”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

If this glacial boulder was tipped just a little bit less, it would look just like a flat table top. It sits in 3 to 6 feet of water in the tide zone of the north shore, within splashing distance of Split Rock to the east. I took notice of it when I did the painting of Split Rock last month. I had to wait for another windless, overcast day to go back as I was after the shadow/reflection in front of it on the water. In the summer months the proliferation of plankton and other sea life would not give the same beautiful shadow water color as winter water does. Today was good until the fog banks rolled in, the water turned dark and I had to abruptly pack up…

"Fair Winds Ahead"

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

Architecture is more demanding to master than landscapes and I had two beautiful sunny mornings to work on this piece. For some reason, these compass points revolve about in the winds. It has always irked me that they are never correct each time I have painted this cupola. I got my ladder out and gingerly climbed up and over lattice and rose thorns to get to the set screws. A lot of good that did me as the rod the whale and all are supported on revolves mysteriously about with no set screws in sight. I had to quickly step back down and draw the points correctly before a gust moved them…

"Boathouse Talk"

“Boathouse Talk”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

A truly gray day, a few days ago. This is always a nice place to duck into out of the wind, but the mist made it more complicated. Buds slowly starting to swell are incrementally changing their color shade. The wetness only intensifies the color values darker. My kind of drama in the landscape…

"Harbor Sunset"

“Harbor Sunset”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

This is the first sunset with clouds which we have had in a while. I happened to be close enough to this large open sky to actually start the painting after the sun had set. It was a challenge to grab the correct colors while moving extra fast, but my past vocabulary of paint, although feeling shaky, held true…

"Before Lambs"

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

I had planned to paint the barn here, but… It was impossible to ignore these Moms, just days away from birthing. They were patiently awaiting dinner in the shade of the hay barn. Luckily the chore person was 2 hours late. They didn’t feel like moving much unless food was involved. This was fine with me…

"Along The Docks"

“Along The Docks”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

Although the breeze didn’t lie down, the sun did come out this day. Most of the fleet was still in port and this gave me another chance to paint some of the ships. It was a great feeling creating outside in the sunlight and no longer confined to the car for shelter even if I had to wear my snow ski overalls…

"Over Misting"

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

This is a slightly different perspective on the Lighthouse because it was another paint from inside my van day. It was breezy and raw outside. Then the mist came in and shrouded the far shore. My windows became coated with millions of tiny droplets of water. It was time to finish and head home…

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