Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cranberry Bog Snow Melt

Cranberry Bog Snow Melt
One of my favorite cranberry bog scenes is located in Duxbury, MA and is called Plucky Bog.   This bog is situated right alongside Route 3 in South Duxbury.   I've painted here on other occasions, and on this mild, mid-February the last of the shaded snow was still visible.   The shaded snow was blue, much bluer than you would think.   The cobalt sky had wispy clouds and jet contrails that happened to be angling opposite of the bog channels.   The linear elements seemed to point to the irrigation pump house on the far embankment, a good compositional feature.

At this spot in the past, a fox ran across the bog, some deer emerged from the far trees and red tailed hawks put on a swooping show.   Today, there were no sightings, other than the observation of a perfect winter day out of the studio!

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Full Moon Over Zakim Bridge

Full Moon Over Zakim Bridge
It was zero degrees and we were walking (half running actually) to the TD Garden for a New Year's Eve Basketball game.   Despite the biting cold and winds, the spectacular scene of the moon splitting the space between the Zakim Bridge and the TD Garden called for a picture.   I was so glad we stopped to snap it, as it turned out to be a great photo reference for this painting.  There were no people because we were the only crazy ones walking in the brutal temperatures.  The long horizontal aspect was perfect for the 12x24 inch canvas.  The city lights and neon signs were bright and colorful.   Even the North Station trains and the turquoise supports were visible beyond the city snowbanks.  This is going to be a good over the sofa addition for a Boston sports fan I think!

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