|Cut River View from Pearl Street|
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
|Harbor Park - Stage One|
|Harbor Park - Stage Two|
|Harbor Park from Pier|
|Duxbury Beach Day|
The Duxbury Art Association is celebrating their 100th birthday this year. The organization has a number of commemorative activities in motion, one of which is a travelling exhibit of donated 10x10" works of art. The painting in this post is my donation to the event, so it may appear in a local venue sometime soon. The scene is a long view of Duxbury Beach Reservation from the end of the beachhouses. On this day there were dozens of people along the shoreline, their colorful beach attire and umbrellas illuminated in the bright July sunshine.
Friday, August 25, 2017
My favorite feature of Peacefield is the 18th-century style formal garden. Thousands of plantings, colorful perennials and annuals to enjoy line the gardens. As I mentioned in the previous Peacefield blog, a rose bush planted by First Lady Abigail Adams in 1788 continues to stand guard; it leans on a large trellis to the south of the larger garden. To think that I was walking upon the same soil enriched by the hands of such historical icons was truly inspiring.
|Peacefield in Full Bloom|
Finally, I was ready for the best part, the colorful blooms. The sun illuminated the bright and vibrant petals - "oil-paint-right-out-of-the-tube" bright. I liked how the rows of flowers and hedges led into the library and residence. This is not a great photo because of the wet paint glare. I'll make some studio fixes and put on the website soon because this painting is my entry to the "Best of Quincy" Arts Fest next weekend.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The shadows were first and the most important shadow color of the whole painting, I think, was the "dark white" of the shaded cosmos petals (radiant violet, permanent green, and pink). Achieving the shadow color of the starring flower - the primary center of interest - would give the painting credibility, even if the rest of the painting was executed with wild abandon. I always hope for wild abandon, but seldom can resist bringing it back under control. :))
The shadow mass on the dark table was roughed in next with a darker indigo color. The "non-shadow" background was a light value made from the same pinks, greens, blues and yellows embedded in the flowers. Finally, the reward...applying the bright clear petal colors. Wherever possible, I tried to paint a single petal with a single brushstroke that fully overlapped its background. It's funny how applying a single effective stroke is more difficult than fussing over an area with many strokes. It really is a mindset. Plan, then one and done! In other words, t
he more spontaneous it looks, the more calculated it was - for me anyway.
Friday, August 11, 2017
|Green Harbor Yacht Club - Stage One|
|Green Harbor Yacht Club - Stage Two|
This modest building is home to the Green Harbor Yacht Club. It started out as a gray day, which is fine for paintings with architectural elements. While working on the building rendering, the lines and angles of the roof lines and windows are more easily captured. Once the sun broke out, I was ready to apply the sunny lights with my palette knife.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
|Antique Barn - Stage One|
We are very lucky here on the South Shore of Massachusetts to have such a varied landscape - woods, meadows, marshes, beaches, and bogs, along with several rivers that empty into the Atlantic Ocean. Our seaside town has done a good job preserving open spaces, which allows access and full enjoyment of these landscape features. The town has been successful in acquiring land parcels for preservation and in many cases they are strung together forming contiguous land masses, and the number of beautiful walking trails continues to grow.
|Antique Barn - Stage Two|
There is an old farmhouse and barn which sits along a stretch of a (new?) walking trail along the South River in Marshfield, part of a 34 acre conservation parcel that the town now owns. Up until today I had only caught a glimse of the antique farmhouse from the road. It looked overgrown with weeds and twisting vines but we took a chance and pulled into the driveway, a turnoff from South River Street. The "driveway" was more like a cartpath with its tall grasses snaking along between the antique (1700ish) farmhouse and the large salt hay barn.
|Maureen Packing Up|
Friday, August 4, 2017
|High Tide Beach Street Bridge|
In the painting, the span of water is wide is because the scene is literally at sea level - from a kayak. No I'm not painting from within the kayak but from a photo I took. This vantage has a view all the way through to the Cut River and marsh on the inlet side. The dark bobbing heads are shaded by the bridge. Often there will be a Mom or Dad standing off to the side taking a photo of the moment of truth, when perhaps they are probably there to supervise. At least that would have been my story to my kids.
Monday, July 31, 2017
This painting depicts my neighbors, a little girl and her aunt, who as you can tell, are very active and fit. For this family, the definition of going to the beach does not just involve plunking down and tanning from a beachchair, but rather it invariably includes some form of fun, physical activity -sailing, kayaking, paddle games etc.. Like most people who choose to live here, they love the ocean!
Friday, July 28, 2017
|Maureen Painting at Cliff Walk|
|Cliff Walk View - In Progress|
|Cliff Walk Newport - Final|
|Newport Lobster Shack in Progress|
|Newport Lobster Shack|
As for the painting, the dark, moist pilings formed a solid base for both the pier and the painting composition. It may be why the tangle of objects on the dock looks especially colorful. I buttered on a thick hazy sky with the palette knife, and I carved out the dozens of boat masts, with my rubber tip tool. There were literally hundreds of masts, but I think if I had painted too many, oil paint chaos may have been the result.
Friday, July 21, 2017
|Garden Center - Stage One|
|Garden Center - Stage Two|
There were very few shoppers at the local garden center on this morning. I was thinking that most people probably had their annual planting completed by this point in the season. The plant inventory was in full bloom - probably overgrown - but truly eye candy for a painter who likes color. From the vantage I decided upon, the large canopy with shade-loving varieties were on my right. All around the fringe, the sunlight illuminated the dazzling blossoms. The hydrangeas in the foreground were loaded with blooms, pink, lavender, blue, turquoise - and all on the same shrub.
|Garden Center - Stage Three|
|Garden Center - Final|
Thursday, July 20, 2017
|Neon Water Lilies|
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
|Coffee on the Front Porch - Stage One|
|Coffee on the Front Porch - Stage Two|
|Coffee on the Front Porch - Final|
Monday, July 10, 2017
Most of the time, living at the shore is pure delight. A person becomes atuned to the rising and lowering of sun, moon and tides in a rhythmic way that becomes somewhat automatic. This keen awareness can, and does become acute anxiety when harsh storms hit.
|Wild Winter Waves at the Jetty|
Why the house has been here for over one hundred years through dozens of historic blizzards, so what are the odds that we will get washed away? Are the odds with us or against us!?! The one certainty is that all are glad its over, and once a storm is over, it takes a tide cycle or two for the surf to settle down. When the sun finally emerges, the surf is typically spectacular. This painting depicts a wild and windy scene the day after a blizzard. Waves crash into and over the jetties propelling white foam and spray many feet into the air. Pheww! Glad it's over!
Friday, July 7, 2017
|Overcast Brant Rock - Stage Two|
My gear was packed and ready. I took a spin around town, looking for inspiration, almost stopping along the river. The beautiful "Spring greens" view of the South River from the rear of a local restaurant caught my attention, but the large dumpster turned me off. Wouldn't a misty sea breeze be better? Of course it would.
|Overcast Brant Rock - Stage One|
Monday, July 3, 2017
|People Close Up|
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
|Stone Wall Amid the Meadows|
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
|Six Boats and a House That Floats - Phase One|
|Six Boats and a House That Float|
Sunday, June 18, 2017
|Hull Harbor Overlook - Stage One|
|Hull Harbor Overlook - Stage Two|
Painters drew lottery numbers which corresponded to several scenic locations on the World's End map. I picked two numbers, leading to the discovery of a deer gathering spot along the shore. How did I know that? Well after trekking down a steep grassy slope, following a very narrow deer-sized opening in the tall grass, I came to a flat spot where the grass was freshly flattened, as if something had been lying there.
|Rocky Outcropping - World's End|
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
|Soaring at Sunset|
Saturday, June 3, 2017
|Marshside Birdbath - Stage One|
Last fall I found this old birdbath at an estate sale. It was in fairly good condition and just needed a coat of black spray paint to spruce it up. Well it is a big hit with my feathered friends - not only for frequent sips of water but for the activity its name suggests. The two house finches featured in this painting have a nest in a shrub on my back deck, and are currently working on hatching five dime sized eggs. They seem to swoop to the birdbath all day, although they always defer to larger starlings.
|Marshside Birdbath - Stage Two|
It was the end of May and the late afternoon sun had a hazy brightness when I started this painting. Although it has been raw and damp, this was my kind of day, 65 degrees, not too sunny, and breezy. The sweet old-fashioned shape of the birdbath caught my eye so rather than packing up for an elaborate paint out, I just set up in the backyard and enjoyed the view.
Friday, May 26, 2017
|Sunset at Blakeman's II|
The south facing side of the pavillion building is covered with colorful lobster buoys and in this scene, they are bathed in shadowy blue. Non-shadows had an orangey glow that spilled onto the roof peaks, sandy gravel and seagrasses. This blue/orange harmony is one of my favorites, especially for sunsets. I pumped up the color by using the more extreme tinting power of Prussian Blue, contrasted with a cadmium red and yellow blend.
This painting was created for the Duxbury Art Association 2017 Exhibition commemorating its 100th year. If selected, it would be part of a larger panel exhibit and/or auctioned to raise money for the DAA community programs. Alternately, it could be auctioned off or put
on display by DAA, so I will keep you posted!
Saturday, May 20, 2017
|Comm Ave Window Boxes - Stage One|
In Boston's Bay Bay, Commonwealth Ave is undoubtedly among the most picturesque urban stretches in Boston. The greenway down the middle is always busy with walkers, and now with Spring upon us it offers a pleasant and shady path that connects the Public Garden and Kenmore Square.
Most of these residential buildings have exquisite mini front gardens, each one more lovely than the next. This "brownstone's" color was more plum than brown which is probably why the fuschia window boxes looked so striking.
|Comm Ave Window Boxes - Stage Two|
Among the people who stop to watch or ask questions, my unscientific estimate is that 75 percent have painted and/or want to paint. And why is it that people who want to paint more, don't? Well , I've been that person and there a lot of reasons. It's waaay too complicated for a single blog post!
|Comm Ave Window Boxes - Stage Two|