Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Someone once asked me years ago if I painted anything else besides trees, and I was asked the other day if I'm not yet tired of painting boats. You might as well ask me if I'm tired of using paint. This Gloucester harbor view is a 12x16 oil on panel. However, I do think I'll be painting something else soon.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
In July I spent four days painting inside and outside at Yester House at the Southern Vermont Arts Center as the "artist in residence." This past month the SVAC has been exhibiting the resulting eight paintings in the foyer of Yester House for which I am grateful. They will be up through this Sunday.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Another 12x16 oil on panel painting that I did at the end of Pirates Lane in Gloucester, MA. These two boats are not flying schooners, though I read in The Gloucester Guide that the term "schooner" may have originated at the end of Pirates Lane. During the week I noticed that sometimes these two boats were gone, but they would eventually always end up in the same spot.
Monday, September 4, 2017
This the fourth time I've painted this old structure at the Gloucester Marine Railways shipyard, this time at low tide so you can see its age and decrepit beauty. In some places at the harbor's edge one can only see the ends of posts jutting out of the water to indicate what might have existed at one time over the water. This painting is a 9x12 oil on linen, which I will eventually mount to a foam core panel.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
When I was a kid, I found a stash of old lumber under the front porch of our house. I hauled it all out, removed and saved the nails, and from then on, every summer I built a small "cabin" in the backyard for us to play in. Every year the cabin became grander. One summer I built a boat. It was anchored to the ground, and would never have floated, but it had port holes, and you needed a ladder to get up on deck and into the hold, and it had a mast with a crow's nest. Maybe that long ago boat explains my infatuation with boats and Gloucester. These two boats were recently tied up at the Gloucester Marine Railways shipyard at Rocky Neck. The painting is a 9x12 oil on linen.