Friday, July 20, 2018


Here's a recent Sheep Hill painting that I made on site (in Williamstown, MA) where I painted the patterns offered by the trees, mountains, and clouds.  It's an oil on panel, only 8x10, but the effect is dramatic, maybe because it's constrained by its small size.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Closer to the Clouds

Since the clouds are up in the sky, I went up the mountain yesterday afternoon to get closer to the clouds to paint them.  Most of the way up Mount Greylock, near the top, there's the Fitch View offering this view of the Petersburg pass through the Taconics.  That's it, that little dip in the middle of the range, and the triangular wedge below it is Sheep Hill, which looks pretty flat from this height.  This painting is 12x16, oil on panel.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Sheep Hill Clouds

Sheep Hill clouds in Williamstown, MA.  The trees and the clouds seem always to be in concert.  9x12 oil on panel.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Waterless Seascape

This boat out of water I painted fairly quickly trying to keep a fresh sense of the bright sunlight.  She's called the Margaret Louise, and she was located at the entrance to the Gloucester Marine Railways shipyard at Rocky Neck, when I encountered her.  Is a painting of a boat still a seascape when there's no water visible?  The painting is 18x24 oil on panel.  

Monday, July 16, 2018


Painting clouds can be fun, challenging, and frustrating.  8x10 oil on panel.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Greeeen Again.

A painting done at Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA on Friday.  I was halfway up the hill path looking back towards the farm buildings.  I was trying to make green work once more.  A 9x12 oil on panel.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Boat Appearance

The paint for this Gloucester boat image flowed into place.  The inkiness of the water, the whiteness of the boat, the framing wharf, all just appeared.  9x12 oil on linen.

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Painting in a series can be exciting for an artist, because one discovers something that generates the next painting, and then the one after that, and on and on.  I'm thinking of Monet's haystacks and cathedrals, but also of Morandi's tin cans and jars, which he kept re-arranging all is life, and which express the deepest sensibility and human pathos.  It's that process that any artist can tap into.  This painting is 9x12 oil on linen.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hard and Soft

What I like about this boat series is the opportunity to paint recognizable images, and also be quite abstract and loose with my approach to laying on paint at the same time.  This boat is the "Melanie Jean" from Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine, but its image is also a means of using a different combination of colors applied variously.  The additional mixture of something 'hard' like a boat, with something 'soft' like water is also appealing to me.  The painting is a 9x12 oil on linen.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Boat Reflections

Boat reflections are so fascinating.  Where did that other boat come from, asked the little boy. 9x12 oil on linen.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Thinking of Boats

Lately, I've been thinking of boats, and painting boats.  These are lobster boats in Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine.  9x12 oil on linen.

Friday, July 6, 2018

East Gloucester from Rocky Neck

A view from Rocky Neck across the harbor to East Gloucester: a 20x24 oil on panel.  I acquired some frames a while back, so I have been painting to the frames.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Musical Grand View

This long painting I conceived as if it were sheet music to be displayed on a piano, for a project supporting the Berkshire Music School.  Uncleverly, I call it "The Hills (of Williamstown) Are Alive...". It's a grand view of the mountains and hills from the top of Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA.  I always feel like singing when I am up there.  The painting is 12 x 40 inches, oil on panel.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Another Paint Factory

The paint factory at Rocky Neck in Gloucester MA offers many opportunities to compose an interesting painting.  Here, I was intrigued by the contrast of the front building on the left with the water on the right, which occupies almost the same amount of picture real estate but represents something going back into the distance.  I also like the softer 'v' at the bottom with the more severe opposite 'v' of the factory roof.   This painting is a 22 x 28 inch oil on panel.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Front Door Geraniums

This morning I did something unheard of.  I didn't paint in my backyard.  That's been done.  Instead, I painted in my front yard, near my front door, where my wife has placed a hanging pot of geraniums.  This one is 8x10 oil on panel.