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"After The Race"

“After The Race”

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

A not so sunny day, yet a good place to paint. I set up and started working hoping something would happen out in or over the pond. Some Belted Kingfishers went by, but not too close. Then a Great Blue Heron. It thought better about landing near me as I knelt to clean a brush. I had arrived too late for the sailboat race. All sailors and vessels had scattered back to their moorings before I even arrived. Then, as I refocused my gaze upon the far shore, a distant sail appeared from out of the Creek. Maybe the tide and winds were right for sailing down to the Galley, tie up, order an ice-cream and sail back in to the mooring…

"Rain On The Creek"

“Rain On The Creek”

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

I admit I got wet while painting this image. I set up between radar viewed banks of wet clouds. It had looked clear for an hour’s time, but I miscalculated the moisture in the fog. It condensed on the power lines above me and dripped, dripped, dripped on my shoulders and hat. Finally, it was so thick my canvas and paints were glistening like a cold glass of beer on a hot summer’s day. Speaking of beer, I left quickly and went home to have one…

"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…

"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…

"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…

"Full Of Air"

“Full Of Air”

“Full of Air”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

There were many sailboats out both days that I worked on this. Today’s sky was way too dramatic to put in as it would have rained on me had I not stopped early. The clouds have been great, building up into towering fleece in the late afternoons…

"Herring Creek To Menemsha"

“Herring Creek To Menemsha”

“Herring Creek to Menemsha”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. USD $595.00

Time marched toward dusk. I became sidetracked by the sailboat getting underway by the beach around left. The reflection of sail in water was tempting me to paint there, yet the background was far too distant. More sailors jumped in and they were off. I moseyed over to the herring dock above the creek, content to paint the blue motor boat. The sun passed behind a thunderhead. My light was dimmed. I began laying in the shapes and then sky began to glow, and glow, and glow. Suddenly, it seemed, the sails passed by in the background as I glanced up. Joy was had by all…

"The Unicorn And Tomahawk"

“The Unicorn And Tomahawk”

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

It was sprinkling when I got here to Dogfish Bar. So I walked out to photo the tern colony and it sort of stopped being wet. I came back to the car and decided to try a go at it. As I worked, the Unicorn chugged into the scene. Then I saw the Tomahawk screaming back to homeport. The painting had been lacking a center and it was easy to lock the boats into place with a few dabs of paint. Sprinkles started again and I quickly packed and got to the van before the downpour began in earnest…

"Quitsa Boat Launch"

“Quitsa Boat Launch”

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

A cool place on a warm evening. A little breeze to keep the bugs at bay. Tide going out, exposing the darker edges of the marsh. A classically shaped boat to paint. All looked great. And then, the Idiot showed up. His mooring was just in front of the boat I was painting and his was of a newer unboat-like plastic shape. The captain came ashore in his kayak after the mooring was set. I couldn’t resist asking, since I’d seen the Idiot before. ” So, I’ve always wanted to know who the Idiot was!?!” His wife was on shore to help him in with the kayak and in unison they both said: “It’s not us!!! We are just the caretakers! The owner told us that his wife called him the Idiot and that is what he named his boat!” I asked if he was still married to her. No was their reply. So I guess he isn’t that much of an idiot after all I called out to them as they left! The sky had been fuzzy up until that point. The sun then dipped behind a wall of cloud to expose a massive thunderhead cruising probably 30 miles away. It was the cause of the heavy humid air and the breeze as it was sucking wind into its updraft. The best part was the warm yellow/orange edge illumination of the thunderhead the sun caused as it got lower and lower towards the horizon. When I lived in Texas with a clear 360º horizon, I would check the computer radar to calculate how far off the thunderstorms were when I could spot them rolling by in the distance. They can become so tall that at a distance of 50 miles, when it’s clear, they are still visibly impressive and enticing to paint…

"Butterfly Weed"

“Butterfly Weed”

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

Butterfly Weed in bloom was my excuse for driving around to Lobsterville to paint yet again. This area is one of the few rolling dune habitats which can be driven through. There is always some nice birding to do on the way as the dunes hold ponds and swamps between them as they slowly drain out into the West Basin marsh. Today was a Great Egret day with 5 adults and a juvenile fishing throughout the marsh…

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