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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…

"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…

"Far Barn Daylilies"

“Far Barn Daylilies”

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

I stumbled upon these the other evening when I went out to paint. Some of them had already decided they had had their day and were closing up. Others remained open until the last light had left…

"By Chilmark Pond"

“By Chilmark Pond”

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

This location was scouted in the fog a few days ago. With the sun out today, I guesstimated about when would be the right time to come paint it. I barely made it before the shadows engulfed the lane completely. I was correct in my assessment that it would be a happy subject to paint when the sun and shadows came out…

"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…

"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!

"Cedar Tree Neck Barn"

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

This barn and property have intrigued me for many years. An old barn with an ocean view behind it, how delightful. If it had not been raining and I was stuck painting inside my van, I never would have chosen this view. But I’m happy I did…

"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…

"Lace Wall"

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

In the evening, I walked into the woods in North Tisbury expecting to find ripe blueberry bushes. Instead I found grove after grove of beech trees surrounded by huckleberry bushes and oaks. Beeches are singularly different than other forest dwelling trees in that they send out a root system which subdues all other root systems. The result is that from one well established tree, a grove of many others soon circle around the first. Walking from a green forest floor, suddenly into a beach grove 60 to 100 feet tall is like walking into a huge green tent with an orangey/tan dried leaf floor and all the green leaves are where the cotton canvas of the tent would be. In this particular grove I discovered the starting point of a lace stonewall built 200 or 300 years ago. As stonewalls go, a lace wall is at once economical for the builders and friendly towards the wind and the smaller animals. The holes mean less stones required, less wind resistance, and free passage for bird and beast from one side to the other…

"South Side"

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

I don’t know what I was expecting to find when I went out to paint here. I was intrigued by the stonewall first. I came back to look a second time and saw the raking shadows beyond. That was all I needed…

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