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"7pm, Here They Come"

“7pm, Here They Come”

“7pm, Here They Come”, this is a small painting, 6″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

I was enjoying the subtle sunset light at Eastville Beach while trying to decide where to go to paint. Well… why go anywhere else! As it was cold and windy, I started work in my van. Still getting use to the time change, I sort of hoped that a ferry might pass into my scene. I was not sure what boat or from which direction it might appear. This is the “Nantucket”, built in 1974. It services the Vineyard in winters and its name sake island in summers. A worthy subject for today’s painting…

"Dragger Trip"

“Dragger Trip”

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

The weather was raw but not rough as this dragger headed out on a fishing trip. I was lucky to find one near shore. They usually are farther away. There is less to paint and thus harder to describe with my brush…

"Katama Opening"

“Katama Opening”

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

When an opening migrates along the beach to Chappaquiddick, as this one is, it is a sign its cycle is almost over and will soon close. There are long periods of no opening and plus or minus 20 year periods of substantial ones. I have seen 2 of each in my lifetime. Both openings wreaked havoc on the southern most tip of “Chappy”. This last one sliced off cliff and land moving the water’s edge hundreds of feet north. In this painting I am lucky to have found the opening visible from my vantage point…

"Winter Leaves"

“Winter Leaves”

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

I can never resist painting this tree behind the dunes every so often. This season it has retained a lot more dried leaves than in years past. As I was packing up in the twilight to leave, I heard and barely saw one of my favorite evening birds, a Common Night Hawk, or Nightjar. There might have been two of them. They are exceptionally well camouflaged when sitting still on the ground. They zoom about sometimes low overhead and let out a nasally call: Peeent, Peeent as they circle around…

"Winter Boat"

“Winter Boat”

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

Today I thought I wouldn’t get any painting done. Last night, while doing some demolition on our soon to be home and studio, I accidentally hit my thumb with a hammer and large pry-bar against a wall stud. I had gloves on and no one heard me swear! It was not until I awoke this am that I realized I should see my doctor, and then X-ray at the hospital. It really only hurts when I laugh, I mean, bend my left thumb. At a half hour before dark I left hospital and pulled over before the drawbridge to catch a view of the harbor and over towards Woods Hole before dark. I was very antsy to paint after all the cold weather these last few days and having to stay inside. I took a few requisite photos of the view, ogled some sea ducks bobbing near me and said to myself, “if I just set up my easel, something will appear to paint…”. The foreground spoke to me and a ferryboat came past delivering souls to the other side which made my background! And it was just plain good to be out with my paints again… ( Now, back in the studio, the Dr. just called to alert me to a bone chip by my thumb knuckle seen in the X-ray. Oh, what will they do to me tomorrow. I can’t imagine. To be continued, I hope!).…

"Snow And Ice"

“Snow And Ice”

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

With no back up plan, I was taking my chances driving all the way out to Quansoo Beach hoping to find a view to paint. It was beautiful getting there with the fields along the way covered with recently fallen snow. At the first field I parked and took a photo of the shadows across the old farm road which bisected it. Oh, it was wicked cold out there and I knew any painting done would be from inside my van. This became crystal clear when I saw my car keys locked in the van and I had to find my hide-a-key under the car with cold, bare hands. Coming near the end of the dirt road I realized that no one had driven this far out since the snow storm two days ago. I rounded the last corner out of the scrub oak and shrubbery into the clear, grassy area next to the creek behind the dunes. What usually is a large expanse of parking by the bridge was being crowded out by the high pond and creek water level covered with a few inches of ice. It was a soft, brackish ice and I dared not cross it even just to get on the bridge. But the light was magic, reflecting evening sun off the new wood of the repaired rails and deck of the bridge. The dark, low lying snow clouds added a rich element to the lightness of snow on sand and tawny, winter’s beach grass…

"West Chop Meadow"

“West Chop Meadow”

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

My inner voice told me to go to West Chop to paint this afternoon. I thought I was supposed to go all the way to the beach and jetty. The universe had a different idea. How about a January sailboat out and about in the middle of a warmish day…? (There were actually 2 sailboats out, but only this one caught my fancy.)

"Menemsha Pond"

“Menemsha Pond”

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

The gray sky from the last few days and the wet weather have accentuated what colors there are in the winter landscape. Darks are darker and they push the lights to seem lighter. Everything will change once the sun comes back, drying the darks to a lighter value and adding shadows and bright light areas. Right now, I can’t wait…

"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…

"Pot Of Gold"

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

I painted this almost 2 months ago. It somehow never felt complete. It haunted me from my studio easel for weeks. After Hurricane Sandy, I realized we all need this rainbow, now. I set about pushing and pulling the space more with extra darks and lights in the foreground greens and yellows and shadows. I also had to adjust the sky near the horizon to give it a more stormy feel. After all that, the water needed to be lightened, too. Now I think I can find that pot of gold…

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