July 2009

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"Rising Tide Fog"

“Rising Tide, Fog”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

I went to the beach to swim and paint in the hot, early afternoon. After the swim and getting set up under an umbrella to paint, the fog started to come in. It was actually great, because it toned down the brilliant scene in front of me and kept me from getting too much sun. I still had to work on this piece back in the studio. The combined, water, sky and sand reflective light bouncing around in my eyes had my pupils shut down quite a bit while choosing colors and values. I was desperately trying to overcompensate for this effect while on the beach, but there is only so much you can do and still make it seem natural. Its when you bring it in and put the painting under the studio lights that the disparities stick out. And, after all, most paintings are viewed for the rest of their lives under unnatural/indoor lighting conditions…

"La Rose Française"

“La Rose Française”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

I love roses, but it is always good to remember that they come with thorns. As much as I may want to hold them, smell them and even cut them to make them mine, I must be mindful of the prick they may give. I find that even snagged by a thorn, they are always worth the effort….

"Dusk, Getting Clear"

“Dusk, Getting Clear”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

Just as the weather may clear and you know that tomorrow will be a grand new day, so, sometimes, does life clear with the same intuitive future sense. And to be able to paint it and feel it on both levels at once makes for a truly wondrous experience. Such was mine on this sultry evening…

"Harbor Entranced"

“Harbor Entranced”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

The sky these last two evenings has been so seductive for me. Vaguely blue cloud banks up against subtle yellow/orange back drops before, during and especially after the sun has left the horizon. The blue of the silhouetted clouds becomes an ungodly shade against the yellow/orange glow coalescing from the entire sky sphere above. And the etherealness of it all is so fleeting, almost uncatchable, bewitching me to no end…

"Perfect Summer Day"

“Perfect Summer Day”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

The only good view of the water and hay was directly into the sun. It wasn’t until the sail fish came back from the beach that this painting started to really work. It is always a pleasure to receive an unexpected gift like that to paint….

"You Know You Want It"

“You Know You Want It”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

Temptation comes in many forms. These from Chilmark are the best…

"Lightless"

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

I could not resist cropping the lighthouse to give it a sense of mystery…

"The Opening"

“The Opening”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

Today was a beautiful fluffy cloud day until I loaded up the van to go paint. Clouds came in, wind picked up and I drove 20 miles for naught. Coming back home, I took a chance on this place. It was in the lee of the wind with a beautiful opening under the cloud cover. However, with my back to the darker clouds and my mind on my subject, they soon started spitting at me. I took it on the chin and worked until I was done, very quickly…

"Summer Glow"

“Summer Glow”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

Driving up to this beach, I had thought I was going to paint the full moon rising out of the waters. I became mesmerized by the sky and water reflections and chose this instead. The moon, when it did come up, was a pink moon! There was so much lavender and violet along the horizon where it rose that instead of yellow/orange it turned pink for the first 10 or 15 minutes…

"Broken Down"

“Broken Down”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

I knew all the farms were baling hay today because of the fine weather that has come in. I didn’t expect to find a baler sitting idle during daylight hours, but things break at their own pace…

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