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"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…

"Cliff Fall"

“Cliff Fall”

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

The last time I painted this view was November, just after the Hurricane. The notch in the cliffs had just started showing itself. In an earlier painting from January 2012 the notch was not visible. With all the heavy storms we have had recently, the ocean has consumed 30 to 50 feet of cliffs and dunes in most areas along the south facing shore line. This part of the cliff jutting out is made up of a stronger, more cement-like material than the surrounding cliffs which are clay. The ocean should probably be right up to where the notch is, if it were to follow the shore line on either side. The big chunks just in front of the “column” part were cut down during last week’s storm. One or two more strong ocean disturbances will probably take the rest down soon…

"After The Hurricane"

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

I began this image 2 days after hurricane Sandy rolled by. I returned a few more times during similar lighting conditions to finish it. Got caught up in the storm which came in on the tail of the hurricane. Contracted a bad flue which appears rampant in these parts. Now here I am 10 days later, finished…

"Foggy Shore"

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

The fog was coming in as I painted. It gave me just enough time to get all the details done before it got too overcast to finish. I always enjoy a good challenge…

"Layabouts"

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

The last time I painted here, the tide crept up my boots as I blithely worked away. It was going out this time, but my lesson had been learned. This was an overcast, slightly rainy day, which happened to turn from gray toward blue as the sun went down. I never know in this situation whether to paint the sky in first or to hold off in case it goes way beyond expectation. Today I painted first and found it the correct choice as I watched it deteriorate while I finished my work…

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“Wind Swept”

"Wind Swept"

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

More cliff washed out in the past month’s winds and tides. A section slumped half way between the top of the cliff and the beach. I was able to stand on the slump, set my easel up and appreciate the new view…

"Crumbling Cliff"

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

I have not been to this beach for a few months, nor since the storm came through. It is amazing how much was eroded by the large sea and wind which swept past. I have gone back to view paintings I made on the beach in the winter of 1995 and the loss of cliff is really noticeable. It is like 2 feet per year in many places. Boulders I would paint next to then are in the surf zone now. It was great to be in the sand working with the sound of a heavy surf muffling all other thoughts until a rogue wave washed up around my easel’s legs…

“Rollers”

"Rollers"

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

Rain came down most of the day. When it wasn’t rain it was mist or drizzle. Radar showed there might be an hour window of just plain clouds, no moisture, toward the end of the day. I took the chance, scouting when I got to this beach using my iPhone camera to take photos. I went back to the van to get my paints and mull over the photos. No sooner was the door shut than it poured. I was able to manipulate the van into a painting position and worked until dark with the wipers on and off and on and off. It was a grand sea out there. Big rollers were continually pitched against the cliffs below, probably from the force of a nearing tropical depression. It was tempting to jump in, but for the fact that I was alone and the cliff stair was missing the bottom 2/3rds steps…

"Meanwhile..."

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

The day was sunny to start, but not to end. I chose a Vineyard cliff experience from which to begin. I was looking for the contrast I had felt in my head the whole time I had been away, between an Australian seascape and my familiar New England scene. I suppose, being cloudy (and finger numbing cold) helped me to really feel the difference, too. The waves below sounded similar, but, oh, were the water colors and cliff tones two seasons and a world apart… (And yes, it is always nice to be back home.)

"Tide And Pool"

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

Amanda Malin and dog, Snoopy, drove me down from Melbourne to Cape Paterson to paint on a beach one day. There she, my brother and their children use to go when the boys were little. Besides being one of the closest southern capes to Tasmania, it also had some marvelous surf beaches for swimming. As the ozone hole down there causes bad sunburns, I slathered up with sunscreen and hugged the cliff shadow from which to paint. A slight breeze kept the green heads away, but wasn’t enough to rile up the sand from the cliff face onto my palette. The wind increased as I lost my shadow and I had to quit when I felt grit in the air. The now cool lamb chops Amanda had grilled before we left made for a perfect snack as I walked out to explore the volcanic rock slabs and tidal pools stretching out into the waters…

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