I’m generally not a quotes person, but a poster in one of my college’s studios has always stuck with me over the years. It was a painting by Matisse, and his quote: “Look at life with the eyes of a child.” While I’m a few good decades past from my childhood, there is something to
As often happens, while traveling the back roads of rural New England, a quick glimpse of scene prompts a pullover, u-turn and quick reference shot. In this case, while heading through a small, rural Massachusetts town, the sun hit the overgrown meadow grass in the raised area at the vortex of these three structures. That
Wrapping up in the studio the latest commission, based on an often-painted location just down the road. Similar in composition to another piece of the same scene, I pushed the focal point of this piece to the op, allowing the lower half to the shadows cast by the treeline on the west side of the
I worked with a couple from Vermont on this piece…very few requests for the composition, other than to include in the background some reference to Camel’s Hump Mountain in Huntington, VT, as they live not far from this location. Recollecting the dramatic lighting of the Green Mountains, when I lived for a short time in
There was something about the space between these two buildings that appealed to me, a years ago when I first encountered this location in the Monadnocks of New Hampshire. It wasn’t until recently, while drawing the scene, that it became obvious it was the trees between and behind, that seemed to connect the farmhouse and
I’m not anti Winter, nor am I anti snow…but waking up to 6 inches of white in the yard…a week ahead of Thanksgiving, got me thinking–prematurely by many weeks–of Spring. So, good day to finish “Spring” 12 x 12.
Rural areas of New England, or anywhere, maintain a visual link to the past, when the world (we assume) was simpler. Encountering a scene of an old barn, still standing in a field or meadow since it’s construction many decades ago, I’m convinced life was simpler. Maybe not easier, but simpler… “Halcyon” 42 x 30.
This setting is not far from my home, midway up the long, steep hill connecting Milford, NH to Mont Vernon. The old barn was built on the downslope, with footings to compensate for the decreased grade.
On a recent trip to Vermont, heading South from Woodstock to Chester, I came across this scene on Rt 103.The trees, which were likely not there, or just saplings, when the barn was first built, now almost shrouded it, the structure visible only by the annual mowing of the field in which it has sat
Commissions are both fun and challenging. The fun is in working towards a piece that the recipient/buyer has a vision of, and the uncertainty of whether the outcome matches their expectations. That is also the challenge. This most recent commission is out for review, and if it matches the buyer’s expectations…it will be headed north