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.
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