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"South Beach Memory"

“South Beach Memory”

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

I have painted this beach path from up close before. I found this farther away view more intriguing on a gray day…

"Ship To Shore"

“Ship To Shore”

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

This was out at Quansoo beach. The Tisbury Great Pond was so full of storm wash-over seawater, rain and snow runoff that the parking lot was almost totally submerged. The water to the left of the pond skiff was covering a parking area. The skiff was on top of the creek bank, not in the creek. And I was in my van out of the wind and with dry feet. In the near future, a bucket-loader will rumble down the beach to dig a trench from pond to sea. Pond water level will drop at least 2 or 3 feet and become tidal until the opening is closed again by the sea filling it with sand. It was last opened in January and stayed that way for most of a month…

"South Beach To Squibby"

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

Except for the clouds, it was a calm gentle evening. The sunset did not amount to much, but this southeasterly view caught all the subtle colors…

"Beach Cabanas"

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

A pleasant day of location scouting lead me to the cabanas near sunset. Since last painting here, earth moving equipment had been building up the beach and dunes for a few years. The seas and winds had removed the sand as the tide line crept up to the decks of the bathing houses, threatening to carry them away. A multi-million dollar effort of moving dredging spoils from a nearby channel widening project replenished beach and dunes. However, the way nature moves sand in and out and away, I don’t expect this area to remain flush for long…

"Lambert's Cove"

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

A windless, 42˚ evening, found me on top of the dunes watching the cloud colors change as the sun went down. The vegetation in winter is so soft and different from summer’s greens and blues. It is always exhilarating working out in the evening coolness with a big sky overhead as the light goes out…

"January Dune"

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

Rain poured on and off all day. I caught this view while painting from my van between storms, from behind the dunes at South Beach. The rain intensified the colors of the dried grass and the leafless branches of the rosa rugosa. The dark storm clouds added to the drama of the day…

"Awash Behind The Dunes"

“Awash Behind The Dunes”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. USD $595.00

This creek behind these dunes is where I sometimes catch blue claw crabs. I began this painting 2 weeks ago. When I went back to finish it the meadow in the foreground was completely submerged with water. Usually by this time the ponds connected by the creek have been opened to the sea and the levels are much lower. I was glad I began this when I did…

"Shallow Berth"

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

I discovered this oyster boat when out on a Christmas walk. Tisbury Great Pond is so flooded with fresh water that it has been washing into the parking area. Normally this pond skiff would be anchored out past the grasses and I would be standing right where it is now to create this painting. Soon, I hope, a backhoe will amble down the barrier beach and cut a trench from the pond to the ocean. The great pond will drain out some and the tides will come in and bring more salinity to this brackish water. Then the oysters will have a better, saltier taste…

"Runabout Runaground"

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

I was off to do something else, luckily with my paints in the car, when I saw these heavy cloud formations floating by. It was mid-morning, not my usual time to paint, but I was able to get to this location and go to work. The clouds really cooperated by staying in the same place and yet rolling by in different intensities as I worked. One was just as spectacular and dense as the last, ladened with moisture but not spilling a drop…

"Back Dunes Trail"

“Back Dunes Trail”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

This topsy turvy landscape behind the dunes and above the cliffs remains so intriguing to me. It appears as if giant dump trucks once emptied their loads of sand willy nilly on top of the cliffs. Then beach grass, little blue stem, poison ivy, bay laurel, huckleberry, blackberry and wind beaten and shaped oaks and cedars took up residence. Hurricane/tropical depression Irene came and dowsed all with salt water from the wave smoke below causing leaf brown out and early fall coloring over parts of the whole scene…

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