"Now We Are Talking"

“Now We Are Talking”

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

I am so glad to slowly get back to painting. For the past week my routine and studio have been totally disrupted. I have hosted a work crew to put down new floors in my living and working space as well as try to finish a herringbone pattern on the new deck floor. I started this piece over a week ago, but then the crew moved in. Between 7am strategy sessions over coffee on the merits of 6″ mahogany decking over 3″, before picking it up at the lumber yard, to finding a bad section of pre-made and laid flooring at 9pm before dinner, life has been full. Now my painting space and time are almost back to normal. Even though it is colder and darker out, I will be relishing every moment outside at my easel. After my last painting where, you may recall, I hung out my laundry for all to see, I received an invitation to come and create at this location. The conversation quickly left the topic of laundry in the dust as we went on to discussed location and view. I was unprepared for this one as I rounded the corner of house and hill and the totality of this grand vista gripped my imagination. I had only come to scout, but was compelled to whip this view onto my canvas…

“Fresh Air”

"Fresh Air"

“Fresh Air”

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

The wind has for a few days been strong and from the south. I have found myself working in the lee on the north side of the island. This camp has been a destination quite a few times this spring and summer. I hoped to find someone home to give me permission to create some paintings here. I found it closed for the season on my previous visit. I threw some laundry in the car and drove by for one last try. No one home, so I hung my laundry up and let it dry as I painted the whole scene…

"Cedar Tree to Makoniky"

“Cedar Tree to Makoniky”

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

I went to the bank to get some cash. All the bankers were dressed up as Red Sox players and were giving away candies. I got back in the car with the money and started to drive about in a day dream. Baseball. Halloween. Candy. Cash. I came out of it and found I had driven to the old farm at Cedar Tree Neck. No other vehicles around, but the barn side door was latched wide open with a decent breeze going directly in the opening. I called and knocked and went to the house and did the same. No one. I left my calling card on my dashboard in case someone should drive up and check to see who was here. I grabbed my stuff and headed up the hill above the beach. It was close to raining, yet held off and I dashed the paint about. I kept thinking I was hearing voices, very distant and indistinct, but, again, no one. I finished. Walked back past house and… a light was on in the house! I went to the kitchen door this time and knocked and hollered. No one came. Maybe, it was automatically timed. The barn door was still wide opened. It was getting dark. I called knocked and hollered in there just for good measure. Perhaps, I thought, as I put my gear back in my van, my friend Joan had made a grocery run and I just missed her. I went back to the open barn and left my calling card inside on the stairs with a pebble upon it. Just in case there was a fearful child hiding in the house until mom or grand mom came back with the groceries to save them. At least there was proof that I had been there, but, was anyone else???.…

"Meadow Munching"

“Meadow Munching”

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

The view is always there, but, the sheep are another story…

"Schooner Visit"

“Schooner Visit”

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

It was a beautiful day. After being landlocked working on my new deck all week, I yearned for some open sky and water viewing, not to mention painting. This would be the easiest view to get to, but it might not have the best point of interest. Coming around the last corner, I was thrilled to find the masts of a tall ship in the middle of Menemsha Bight…

"Quitsa Sunset, Sailboat"

“Quitsa Sunset, Sailboat”

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

I parked by the boat launch, hoping for inspiration. A boat sailed by in the far distance. A white sail, so far down the white-to-black value scale it appeared mid-gray against the silhouette of a purple-blue hill behind. It was gone before thought could motivate me out the door. I did get out. The sky began to gently shed it’s spectrum. The yellow leaning toward orange got me going. I caught it there, at that spot, on my canvas. But that was nothing. It went on and on into orange, fire, red, hot coals, deeper, darker, exotic red-blue, purple, stellar blue, as star and moonlight opened up the night…

"Sepiessa Point"

“Sepiessa Point”

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

A short walk on a sun filled day and I found myself contemplating the edge of West Tisbury Great Pond. Around the next bend came a Great Blue Heron hovering 3 feet above the edge. My lens cap was on my camera and I missed a very close up shot. Well, the back drop wasn’t half bad and that is what this painting is all about. (And don’t mention lens caps to me!)…

"Dreams Of Cuttyhunk"

“Dreams Of Cuttyhunk”

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

A chance encounter, passing a friend on a one lane dirt road, lead to permission to paint at this owner-vacant property. There was a ladder left from the day’s carpentry work leaning against the second floor balcony. I didn’t hesitate to use it to capture this sunset view. Thank you, Ted!…

"Autumn Sail To Quitsa"

“Autumn Sail To Quitsa”

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

I was working on this early evening painting when a red sailboat passed by. What a treat to catch!…

"Almost Sundown"

“Almost Sundown”

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

Upon arriving, I found parking lot and dunes all in shadow. I walked up the beach path to the dune top thinking I would have to fish and not paint, as the light had gone. Seeing this view I hurried back down. Grabbing gear I raced back to catch this last sliver of reflected sunshine. The moment passed way too quickly as all turned to shadow colors. As I looked at my unfinished work and started to pack, again, I thought of catching some fish for dinner. Couples began appearing at the dune top after their sunset watch from the beach below. The first group had fishing rods and a striped bass. I did my standard fish inquiry, where, when, lure or bait and started packing up faster! The next couple stopped on top to catch their breath clutching two blue fish. After my questioning and congratulating, I found myself with my two bags and a blue fish to juggle down to the parking lot. Now I had a real dilemma, go right home, clean and cook this fresh fish, or go back to catch my own. I took the easy way out and it was delicious. I came back the next evening to finish this painting and left with only two bags to carry back down to the car…

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