Came across this scene, years ago, in Brewster, MA, along Route 6a, and only recently did a quick sketch in preparation for a canvas. At first, the shed tucked up against the trees was what stood out, as the sun hit it’s white-painted doors. But as the charcoal sketch came together, the emphasis became the
Recently completed commission for buyer who sought companion piece for another work previously purchased. This piece, “High Meadow Dusk” 48 x 48, is of the same scene in previously purchased painting, but from opposite side, and with a different palette.
Shadows can be taken for granted, as they’re the dark against the more dramatic light. But when considered for what they are, and looked at closely, these unlit areas of everything in light can easily become the subject of a composition. In this piece, “Oak Grove” the trees outside the composition created this multi-angle abstract
The cottages in Dennisport, along Old Wharf Road, are remnants of an older Cape Cod, where small “summer places” were the norm and massive, rambling summer houses were the exception. Slowly, these small humble places are being razed and replaced, as is the simplicity of the landscape.
This piece evolved from a barn I came across in rural Massachusetts that had years of overgrowth growing up and around it. Initially the focus was to be on this overgrowth, with the green of the foliage that brushed up against the barn exterior casting a greenish tint to what had once been white paint.
Rural structures are full of history. Coming across an old barn, farmhouse, or beach cottage, you see it as it is now, either modernized, or dilapidated, surrounded by more modern stuff, or overgrown from disuse. Whatever the condition, there is an underlying beauty to their simplicity, and in how they fit in with their landscape.
As beautiful as the grayish monochromatic snowy landscape is outside, it’s always a bit better (in my opinion), once color slowly starts to emerge in the Spring, and then fully explodes in the Fall. My annual winter impatience usually kicks in around now, so the recently completed “Blue Ridge” is perhaps a bit of color
Just returned from delivering a commissioned piece, “Lower Meadow” 42 x 30, to buyer through Powers Gallery. Several months in the making, this piece was a bit of a challenge, but a LOT of fun, starting with use of the four-wheeler this fall to get around the property’s fields and meadows to get initial on-site
Recently completed piece, based on an old farm in a rural town west of Boston. The time of day created these huge shadows, made longer by the downward slope of the back meadow. Looking up, the barn, beyond these shadows, and the dramatic backdrop of the treeline, created a situation where the original subject of
It’s great to explore a newfound scene, viewing it from every angle, making quick sketches to capture the place. This small canvas, “Low Meadow” 12 x 12, was done to execute an idea sketched out in pastel, and potentially to become a larger canvas.