July 2012

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"Lace Wall"

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

In the evening, I walked into the woods in North Tisbury expecting to find ripe blueberry bushes. Instead I found grove after grove of beech trees surrounded by huckleberry bushes and oaks. Beeches are singularly different than other forest dwelling trees in that they send out a root system which subdues all other root systems. The result is that from one well established tree, a grove of many others soon circle around the first. Walking from a green forest floor, suddenly into a beach grove 60 to 100 feet tall is like walking into a huge green tent with an orangey/tan dried leaf floor and all the green leaves are where the cotton canvas of the tent would be. In this particular grove I discovered the starting point of a lace stonewall built 200 or 300 years ago. As stonewalls go, a lace wall is at once economical for the builders and friendly towards the wind and the smaller animals. The holes mean less stones required, less wind resistance, and free passage for bird and beast from one side to the other…

"South Side"

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

I don’t know what I was expecting to find when I went out to paint here. I was intrigued by the stonewall first. I came back to look a second time and saw the raking shadows beyond. That was all I needed…

"Kayak Launch"

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

In summer, if it’s really hot, I’ll take an evening swim here. In winter it is a nice viewing spot to watch the sun set just beyond the point. It’s always great to paint here…

"The Old Dairy Barn"

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

This was painted the day before yesterday. I didn’t like the flat sunless light in which i created it. So I went back today. The sun came out and made all the difference…

"After The Hay"

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

I painted 2 paintings the evening this field was baled into hay. The first was from about 100 feet away and posted here about 8 paintings ago. In this one the field breathes with its new freshly shorn look and the shadows rake neatly across it…

"Roaring Brook"

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

I titled this “Roaring Brook” and not “The Brickyard”. It was there first. I had to watch my footing crossing over it in the twilight at the end of my session with my heavy gear in hand. As the stream flows out of the woods and fields, and into the sand and boulders between it and the sea, it doesn’t look like much. It mostly goes down and through the sand, but what remains atop the beach made the cobblestone size rocks wet, slippery and uneven with pools between. It was not a good match for the dry boots I had on. (I always wear a pair of tall, old cowboy boots when out in the woods and grassy areas. I find the ticks do not climb too far up once they examine the dense leather they have landed on. I can easily pick them off my light colored work pants as they go back around the cuffs and upward on the outside of my pant legs. The boots are also especially good with all the poison ivy and briars I tend to encounter in my wanderings.)
While painting, I became aware of a pair of eyes watching my limited movements. It took me some time to pinpoint them. The tide was out and larger, dark, seaweed coated boulders were in the intertidal zone. At first I wasn’t sure as the skinny black head would slyly peer out from behind a dark shape. I myself, except for painting arm and head, was fully hidden from its sight by a very large stone behind me on top of which I had parked my gear. As I turned back to clean a brush I caught its silhouette against the wave between two rocks and knew it was a Canada Goose. Probably it was damaged in some way as it seemed to want to, but would not, come any closer, nor try to fly or float away. My heart reached out to it, but what could I do. Race after it and try to capture and bring it way back up into the woods to my van. Then on to my friend Joannie the animal officer’s house? I’ve done that with screech owls, but this was a large bird, near dark and I was unprepared. I had to let it be…

"Split Rock, East"

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

This is always a nice place to paint. The sun sets almost straight ahead in the winter, but now, in summer, this face of the rock gets light at the end of the day…

"Eastville Sunset"

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

I was hoping for more pronounced thunderheads this evening, but they had moved on when I arrived. As I worked the sun came out from behind the cloud mass and added its magic to the scene in front of me…

"Farm Field"

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

The sun lit up this field as I passed by. The thunderheads off in the distance also caught my eye. Luckily, they remained there while I painted…

"Summer Light"

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

The clouds I came here to paint moved too fast. So I waited for the sunset coloring to appear. It, too, was over in a rapid crescendo of oranges and lavenders…