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  • Recent Paintings 2.0

    Yesterday I posted a group of recent still life paintings- today I thought I should put up all of the other work I have been up to over the past few months.  Though I do like painting still life I have been exploring some techniques in painting that are best suited to the landscape.  Some of these are sketches, and some took really quite a bit of time.  All of them are pushing my painting towards the more ‘broken brush’, impressionist-vein tradition I have been working at the past few years.


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    Blue Rocks Docks, Slack Tide 35×43″ oil on linen


    The above painting is from the fall but I had forgotten to get an image before it left the studio.  It’s a studio picture, done from one of my on-site paintings in Nova Scotia last August.  Painting it was done from below, for comparison’s sake:


    Backlit Docks, Blue Rocks, 12×16″


    The below four are all from Vermont, though different trips.  The weather was particularly difficult both times, it was good to get out, but snow mixed with ice, rain, sleet and wind isn’t fun.  I spent a weekend painting alone, staying with friends that were snowboarding at Okemo, and another short trip up with Stapleton Kearns and TM Nicholas.


    Tunbridge Mill

    Tunbridge Mill 14×10″ 


    Wallingford Barn

    Grey Morning in Wallingford 12×16″ 



    Ludlow 10×14″



    Melting Snow, Tunbridge 12×16″



    Angie by Window

    Angie by Window 20×12″



    The below two were longer projects, all done outside, only touched up occasionally in the studio, in between sessions.


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    Codman Farm 28×37″

    The above painting has been a long haul- I realized after finally finishing it that I started it way back in December 2013.  Photo metadata is a great way to pinpoint when you started a painting 😉





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    Clearing skies at Drumlin Farm 22×28″

    I have done blog posts on the process of both the above and below paintings; click here for ‘Drumlin Farm’ which started out as a demo at my winter workshop in January, and click here for the previous post on the below painting, ‘Peters Hill’ which became more of a studio picture than a pure outdoor piece


    Peters Hill

    Peters Hill 20×24″

    below an iPhone closeup of some of the directional, opaque brushwork.

    broken color



    I have another couple of paintings I am finishing indoors from the winter season, but it will probably be some time before they’re ready.  If I get them done soon I will update this post.  Next blog post will be on recent drawings.

    Tinmouth Barn

    Unfinished painting in Tinmouth, VT

  • Nova Scotia’s South Shore


    *edit 9/25/15 somehow forgot to include this top image when I came back from Nova Scotia


    Dory Shop 14×18″




    Backlit Docks in Blue Rocks 12×16″


    Before being in Boston and organizing the smattering of courses, open studios and dinner parties of the past week, I spent a fun half-relaxed work trip in Nova Scotia with my old friends Marc and Ben.  We were painting for Ann Long Fine Art, whose gallery is in Charleston, South Carolina, but has had a summer home in Chester on the south shore of NS for some time now.  We painted all week, ate well and wrestled with the fog, and had a cocktail party at the end to show the locals our work.




    Picton Castle, Fog 16×12″


    I’d been wanting to get to Nova Scotia for a long time.  Though it feels far, geographically, it is very close- there is an intense history between the historic fishing towns of Gloucester, MA and Lunenburg, NS- a sometimes bitter, sometimes friendly rivalry over the fishing area of George’s Bank- smack between the arm of Cape Cod and the peninsula of Nova Scotia, off the coast of Maine. On a personal note, I grew up with my dad going through bouts of listening to what seemed like exclusively Stan Rogers, drunkenly singing along to ‘Northwest Passage” at inordinate volume.  I imagine he picked up his affinity of NS’ folk music back in the 60’s when he lived in Vermont and invited musicians from nearby Cape Breton to record in Vermont.




    Morning Mist, Blue Rocks 12×16″




    Docks in Fog 20×24″


    I suppose what had been attracting me to go to NS to paint, besides the summer fishery subject matter I’ve come to love painting in Maine, was the palpable atmosphere that everyone talks about- and we had plenty of that.   Though we had many sunny days, the fog was often thick enough to cut with a knife.  The above painting started out as a clear, blue sky sunny day front-lit painting, and by the end of the trip I was understating the fog effect in my picture.  C’est la vie.








    Chester Boat Yards 12×16″


    I’d very much like to get up there to paint again, though next time maybe focusing on Cape Breton or Prince Edward Island.






    Ripple Wharf, Chester 12×16″

    See Marc’s paintings from our Nova Scotia trip by clicking here.

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