August 2013

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"Dinghy Beach"

“Dinghy Beach”

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

Before clouds came in, it was a beautiful day to scout about this side of Vineyard Haven harbor. Although many of the moorings are empty in the outer harbor, it still looks chock full close to shore. Many subjects caught my eye. It was on my walk back to get my paints out of the van that I was struck by the blue interior of this beached dinghy and the colors beyond…

"Black Point After Rain"

“Black Point After Rain”

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

A heavy rain silenced all much of the day. Near evening, clouds cleared and a vibrant sunset put smiles on most faces. I ventured out and as I worked was defended by a large flock of tree and barn swallows diving and scooping up the multitude of mosquitos about at dusk…

"Blue Moon Sail"

“Blue Moon Sail”

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

I painted most of this a few days back and only now have had enough time in my studio to finish it. The evening was gorgeous and the larger ferry, “Island Home”, passed through the rising moon and my location here. Tempted as I was to place it in the painting, this catboat came sailing in as the light faded and I knew it was a better choice…

"Saturday Race"

“Saturday Race”

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

These Menemsha Pond races have been in my mind all summer to paint. Weather or my schedule, or memory has kept me from them until now. And I’m sure the sailors are much better close to the end of the season than they would have been had I painted them earlier this year!…

"Arboretum"

“Arboretum”

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

The rhododendrons were still in bloom when I began this piece. I found it hanging about in my studio looking dejected. Today the sun was out just as it was when I started. A perfect evening to finish and a bonus, no mosquitos! I had fun playing with the field color and then adding the blue to the stones to pull out the shadows. A reverse of what usually happens in a landscape, the blue recedes the background and the green/yellow warmth of the field normally signals closeness to the foreground…

"Chilmarsh"

“Chilmarsh”

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

This is a beautiful section of marsh around a small island as seen from the boat launch by Quitsa bridge. I used my artist’s license to remove a few objects to have an unobstructed view. I have been intrigued by this area for many years, but was never quite sure how to capture it until now. The late afternoon sunlight and resultant shadows add much drama to the scene…

"Weather Watch"

“Weather Watch”

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

Sunsets bring mobs of visitors here to the cliffs to see the sun go down and the cliff colors and the lighthouse. With only 2 cars when I pulled up, it rained until almost sundown. I had to sit in my van and watch my iPhone radar to be assured it was going to stop just in time to rush up the stairs and paint. Exactly on cue it cleared. I had about 20 minutes to go, but it was fun the whole time…

"Lobsterville!"

“Lobsterville!”

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

Considering how frantic this island is in summer, especially mid August, on a weekend and with the President here, I was all alone at the beach as far as I could see. I even got my fishing rod out after this painting and tempted the gods of fish. Three other souls joined me at dusk, thrashing the waters for naught. But, what a beautiful night in Lobsterville!…

"V.H. By The Bridge"

“V.H. By The Bridge”

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

I have been here many times, but never noticed the summer shadows at this hour before. I had to stop to let someone pass. That is when I knew it was a painting waiting to be plucked…

"Brickyard Sail"

“Brickyard Sail”

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

After balancing my equipment on a hillside, I was able to peer through a lace of leaves and branches to capture this view. This is a summer drama, as only then does the sunlight hit the left face of the old chimney leaving this side in dark contrast…

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