October 2012

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"Pot Of Gold"

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

I painted this almost 2 months ago. It somehow never felt complete. It haunted me from my studio easel for weeks. After Hurricane Sandy, I realized we all need this rainbow, now. I set about pushing and pulling the space more with extra darks and lights in the foreground greens and yellows and shadows. I also had to adjust the sky near the horizon to give it a more stormy feel. After all that, the water needed to be lightened, too. Now I think I can find that pot of gold…

"Along The Way To Squibnocket"

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

The glacier left Chilmark a roly-poly landscape full of kettle holes, drumlins and clay and rock. The boulders, rocks and erratics have been put to use as split granite fence posts, foundations and chimney stones. The most visible of all uses are the stonewalls. Some farmers would have fun in the winter months with sticks of dynamite. They would blow up the larger boulders to make more manageable for walls and jetties. Walls like this one, high on a hill, were made with spaces between the stones to accommodate the gales and keep the walls still standing. It also did not hurt that it cost few stones to make the walls. If you were a rabbit, raccoon, otter or muskrat you would also appreciate the porosity of these boundary markers…

"Ever Changing View"

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

When I was much younger, this path was a jeep track you could drive down on to park on the beach. If I venture much past the front of the beach shack now, I would drop 10 feet onto the sand below. Despite the massive erosion, it is still a very memorable view looking out towards Squibnocket…

“Overcast”

"Overcast"

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

Finding the right days to work on this piece were frustrating. The first attempt was a fogfilled evening, but there is so much in the painting that I could not finish it before dark. The second time the sun came out. It sets this time of year just over the middle fishing shack. It was blinding and I gave up and went fishing instead. Third time was again foggy. Great, but it soon turned to rain and I had to rush for cover. After a stretch of sunny days, a heavy overcast came in and stayed, allowing me the time to finish this properly on location…

"Weather Moves In"

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

The sky was almost clear as I began this painting. It rapidly turned into another type of day as I worked to finish this by sundown. It was low tide and the beach had eaten into the dunes and cliffs another 5 feet since I last was here in spring…

"Hanging Out"

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

I had to come back to the farm. These pigs were just too exciting not to paint, especially against the old red of the barn. However, I received the cold shoulder this time. They were fed earlier and just couldn’t care less about anything else right now. If I had the remains of a fine catered event to munch on, I probably could care less, too!…

"Holly Farm Barn"

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

This is one of my favorite older barns. It is still standing in good shape, not made of corrugated metal, has that barn red doors and trim and matching shingles. An added surprise was finding 2 large pigs living in and around the building. I quickly made new friends. As the painting progressed, they came back from a leisurely acorn jaunt in the woods. They wallowed in the muddy swamp right behind me to better observe my painting technique…