March 2012

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"Crackatuxet"

“Crackatuxet”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

A favorite corner of South Beach. I especially love this collection of last century buildings. This is what the Vineyard will always be to me, small scale, happy, close to the land and ocean. Of course, my vision is incomplete without summer, too, but off season has its own pleasures…

"Edge Of The Wood"

“Edge of The Wood”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

Behind a vernal pool on the edge of the Great Pond grows this elderly oak. Toward sunset the lingering light catches its branches and graces them with gold…

"End Of The Bend"

“End of The Bend”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

This is from the eastern end of Bend-In-The-Road Beach. Erosion is bad along this stretch of sand. The dunes on the right are in their 3rd reincarnation, having been rebuilt for the second time last year. Nor’Easters have no mercy here. I beat the fog while working on this painting. Forty-five minutes later, even the first little pond was covered in mist…

"Swans Black Point"

“Swans, Black Point”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

The swans were so white out in the landscape that I couldn’t ignore them. They added an uplifting feeling to the end of the day…

"Toward The Light"

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

Another drismal day from rain to fog to falling mist. I waited out the mist while sitting in my van watching the weather radar start to clear. At the last possible moment, gathering up my gear, I hiked down from a few hundred feet above sea level to zero. With a fisherman’s sweater, parka and snow-pants, I was way overdressed for the hike down and had to peel off layers when I set up top of a large, 6 foot high boulder. It was flat calm, no air moving. I simmered in my remaining clothes as I frantically used up the 40 minutes until dark balancing my colors. The walk back up hill was swift and strenuous in the dark, raising my boots higher than normal upon each step so as not to trip on the now unseen rocks in the path…

"Fog"

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

This was a difficult day. The fog was overbearing. Obvious subjects were not visible. I found a hopeful location, but wandered about aimlessly until I came back to my starting point…

"Skiff"

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

A beautiful warm day found me driving out to the beach. This pond skiff was just waiting for me when I got there…

"March Moon"

“March Moon”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

Today (actually 2 days ago) I knew the moon would be coming up a 1/2 hour before sunset. I just wasn’t exactly sure where. I wanted to set up so that it would be very near the light, but I hadn’t done my calculations. It also got lost rising behind the low cloud bank and was 10 minutes late. So I painted and just forgot about it as I got into a rhythm. It was suddenly there, pink at first blush from going through the purple clouds. Then it yellowed-oranged out into its full splendor…

"Menemsha Moon"

“Menemsha Moon”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

The moon came out while I painted. It was getting brighter as the day was fading into night. Meaning that I had to hurry to paint it in before I couldn’t see to put another stroke down…

"The Narrows"

“The Narrows”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

It was a cool, breezy evening despite what the painting might look like. Edgartown harbor is off to the rear of the view. Katama bay is in the foreground. And I am in the van! I actually stayed there and painted from the front seat to keep warm…

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