Saturday, June 29, 2013


Exploring the area by the docks in Rockland, Maine I happened
on this little dilapidated shed and was struck by the extreme value contrast. I wanted to capture that foggy morning light.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sears Island

The tides are really something to behold here in Maine. I wanted to show the late afternoon light as the tide was going out. This is 6x6 on panel.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Boyd's Mill

This 1810 wind grist mill has so much going on in it; the closer I got to completing the painting, the more I worried about how to render the arms without detailing it all out.
Thankfully, my painting comrades gave me a few ideas! I am so lucky to be in a community of supportive artists, blessed really.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cottage at Castle Hill

A perfect morning to be out painting! This cottage is one in a row of adorable dwellings owned by the resort Castle Hill on the famous Ocean Drive here in Newport. I feel as fortunate to paint here as the guests do to stay here. This pretty much painted itself, which rarely happens. 11x14 on canvas.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Foggy Morning

8x10 on panel in the fog and wind in Narragansett. The high contrast between rocks and water was what attracted me to the scene.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Galilee Fleet

Working on a 12x12 panel, I felt overwhelmed as I set up my pochade box, clicked the tripod in place and settled into a metal folding chair some bone tired soul had left on the dock. Looking, simplifying and as Kevin Macpherson says, "reacting in the field", I began to block in simple shapes. One shape at a time.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Fisherman's Memorial Park

Originally known as Fort Greene, an observation silo still stands to remind us of Rhode Islands participation in WWII, where it was heavily fortified and part of our coastal  defense. After being decommissioned the state began purchasing the land for use as a state park, renaming it Fisherman's Memorial to honor fisherman of Narragansett Bay.
Lovely shady spot with ocean breezes and great proximity to beaches and anything you'd like for a few days away. I got lost in the sounds of bird call and whispering winds while painting this.
6x6 oil on panel

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Wow, it's hot

Worked on this, overworked this, took a knife to it, it fell face down on the ground and then I thought, "okay, it's done!"
8x10 oil on panel
The second image is a revision to the first painting; I wanted the umbrellas to pop more, so I greyed down the water and tweaked a few other things.