Just completed commission of local New Hampshire scene, for Boston area buyer…”Timberline” 34 x 34 oil on canvas.
There’s a brief period during the spring, when the pinkish maple buds and other sprouting things appear–under a late afternoon sun–almost fall-ish. When we think of Spring, we think green…which it mostly is. But even in the newest leaves of many trees and grasses start their lives as a soft blend of oranges, yellows and
A recent early morning walk along the shore in West Dennis, on Cape Cod, inspired this piece, “Morning Sun,” as I ascended the beach up a small dune path. These coastal properties have withstood decades of hurricanes, nor’easters, and high storm tides, each time reshaping the landscape between them and the sea, but always returning
The Cape Cod landscape is, at first glance, a mix of soft and hard lines, created by the omnipresent horizontal where sea meets sky. It’s palette of the soft green of sea grass, light ochre of sand, and the dark bluish green of cedars and scrub oak. But when the sun is low–just after sunrise
There’s nothing more beautiful than sunrise on the ocean, with the dramatic low-angle light and shadows of the rising sun. This scene, based on a strip of beach in Dennisport, MA, is greatly simplified from the actual landscape, but the dune fence extending from the cottage down towards the high tide line, captured the morning
The process of going from inspiration, to reference, to composition and completed painting is always about simplifying details and exaggerating simplicity. In this work in progress, currently untitled, composition and light are modified during the sketching and painting process to create a hopefully single focal point, but often more than one aspect of the scene
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.