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"Menemsha Out Post"

“Menemsha Out Post”

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

At marsh level, this is the expanse towards the beach, parking lot and gas station. On the walk down I turned a bamboo shrouded corner and came face to face with two very young and inexperienced deer. At first they didn’t want to give me the right of way! After a minute of no one moving, they guessed that they might move 3 feet into the under brush and watched me pass. I have to admit that I was a bit more careful walking the rest of the path in case a bow hunter was lurking nearby. The openness at marsh edge as I came out of the closeness of the woods was dramatic. Wandering the verge, scouting a bit, I came upon this view…

"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???.…

"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…

"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!)…

"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…

"Summers Paths"

“Summers Paths”

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

While evening thunderheads cruised past, I enjoyed the waves of beach grass. Turning from summer’s green to autumn’s gold and smudged with spires of golden rod and poison ivy’s red, it was a lively sight to behold…

"Around The Corner"

“Around The Corner”

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

I scouted here late one sunny afternoon. When I viewed it this cloudy overcast day, it impressed me even more. The darks had less definition, but somehow felt moodier and more expressive without the bright sunlight and deeper shadows. I accidentally flushed a Great Blue Heron from out of the marsh behind me as I opened and unsnapped my paint thinner pots. I soon was quickly visited by a lone jogger and then two women walking 5 dogs. Where I stood, barely moving except for brushes, partially hidden from the path by a cedar tree, I was somewhat invisible to the dogs. Only the tiny Brussels Griffon sensed my presence and gave me a passing bark…

"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…

"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!…

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