May 2013

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"Birch And Iris"

“Birch And Iris”

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

I missed painting the parade of spring flowers, but found these iris today. They looked just right against the old stonewall where my friend, Polly Hill, had planted them many years ago. I was torn between a cluster of white ones and these purples. I went for the challenge of a dark flower against a dark wall. Many deer must pass through all year, evidenced by more than a dozen ticks I had to liberate from my bags and person…

"Lures Drying"

“Lures Drying”

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

The recent weather has been not so good for landscape painting, or fishing. Winds have been strong and my chest waders developed some leaks. I have wanted to paint some of my lures and opportunity pointed in that direction…

"Brickyard Cove"

“Brickyard Cove”

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

An Osprey, who had made its nest on top of the ancient Brickyard chimney, jeered at me as I passed it by on my way to the edge of the cliff. Once snug against the cliff face with my easel up and paints out, the bird quieted down. I became just another tree in the Ospreys’ point of view. I worked until dusk when I took off down the cliff, fishing rod in hand. The water turned out to be full of seaweed near shore, not fun to fish in. The only bite I got was my first of season mosquito on the back of my reeling hand. It was a sure sign, time to leave…

"Poison Ivy, Lobsterville"

“Poison Ivy, Lobsterville”

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

New, spring poison ivy always amuses me. It starts out orangey pink, matures to shiney green and ages to red in the fall. They are my warning signs of where and when I may paint there. In winter, as long as I do not break any bark or branches against my skin, I can roam where I like. Now, as the leaves come out, I must restrict myself or greatly suffer the consequences. Ah, but it is nice to paint it from afar…

"Changing Sitters"

“Changing Sitters”

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

I had thought about fishing for bluefish for dinner instead of painting, but the winds drove me to seek shelter. Down in this hollow, at the Tashmoo Waterworks spring, there is usually cover from a strong breeze, unless it is from the North. Today it was calm, and exciting. I had scouted here a week ago and knew the swans were on nest. What I didn’t know was the nest was full of hungry mouths to feed! They were quiet, yet were looking about for food. Probably just hatched out of their shells. Both parents stayed very close to the brood and afforded me ample time to paint them. A treat, to be sure…

"Zen Of Fog"

“Zen Of Fog”

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

This was a chancy view to paint. It looked like rain any second, and, well, I would have been better off if it had. I only stayed out for 40 minutes. When I left, my glasses were unusable, all my gear had water droplets on it. My easel was dripping rivulets onto my palette. My roll of paper towels, you know how much water Bounty holds, I had to unroll it to dry at home! If it had just rained, I would have gotten the hint much faster. The colors were so stimulating in their spring mode yet soften by the fog and distance. I have painted this path before. It actually goes up and down the dune and also around it to the left, in case you don’t feel like up and down. However, in this light it has an other worldly feeling to it.…

"Fog Bank"

“Fog Bank”

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

More fog, but this time it didn’t smother me until I left the beach. From the West and North, the fog held off enough to let the sunlight come in. This gave me some nice shadows to work with in the foreground as the mists amassed off to the Southwest and South. When the sun finally set, a shroud came in over all creating a subtle silence as I lumbered off the dune to my van.…

"Foggy Light"

“Foggy Light”

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

Fog is a wondrous phenomena. It can impart mystery, define distances, distort colors, and sometimes get you wet! I started this painting a few weeks ago, between then and now this was the next foggy day. I motored up to the lighthouse to polished off this piece. Then headed down to find and paint my next foggy image, which should appear here, tomorrow…

"Menemsha From Chockers"

“Menemsha From Chockers”

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

Sorry for the lack of paintings recently. I have been moving abodes and studio spaces and having to complete some construction to make the new space gracious. Minus some room painting to finish up, I now have a great place in which to create and to show my work by appointment…
In today’s painting, I have tried to have some fun looking over, beyond and through objects. Unfortunately, some one else had more fun than me. When I returned home, I found a tiny deer tick having dinner on my leg, a first for this year. As I instinctively reached for the tweezers, I remembered the new way to detach ticks. Using a cotton ball or a Q-tip, put a drop or two of dish detergent on the cotton and gently rub over and back and forth on the tick. Within seconds it will let go and be caught in the fibrous strands of the cotton… If only it were that easy to take care of pesky mosquitoes!