Lace, Lighthouse, & Links

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Easel at Cape Cod Nat’l Seashore Highland Links, Truro, MA

Wildflowers in the windswept meadow in the rough of the links course by the Highland Light in Truro caught my eye. The Highland Links dates to 1892. Several artists were painting Cape Cod’s oldest lighthouse which dates to 1857 for the Light on Truro painting event. I chose to focus my attention on the natural beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore, rather than the architecture of the lighthouse. A sliver of the blue ocean beyond the trees balanced the blue of wild chickory and Queen Anne’s Lace in the foreground. This scene beside the Highland Historical Museum is a reminder of a bygone era when the building was a turn of the century resort hotel on the Outer Cape.

I had a clear vision of the image that I wanted to capture in my painting. Soon I felt I had enough information to sign and frame the piece for an exhibit that afternoon at the Truro Library by the Addison Art Gallery called “Light On Truro”. The exhibit celebrates the Centennial of the National Parks and “Found Our Park!” which features art inspired by the Cape Cod National Seashore. “Queen Anne’s View” is available through the Addison Art Gallery.

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Queen Anne’s View, pastel, 12×16

Technical Notes: Sennelier LaCarte pastel card with a variety of pastels by Rembrandt, Unison, Terry Ludwig, Girault, Sennelier, and Conte pastel pencil.

By the Sea

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Easel at Mayo Beach for After Hopper in Wellfleet, MA

The Paint Out for  Addison Art Gallery’s “After Hopper” in Wellfleet, MA was last Saturday. The event celebrates the artist Edward Hopper and continues the tradition of plein air painting iconic images of Cape Cod. I chose Mayo Beach and the oil house behind what was once the Mayo’s Beach Lighthouse on Kendrick Avenue. The pink and white beach roses which surround the simple painted brick outbuilding were in full bloom. Artists had the morning to paint and then deliver the finished work to the Wellfleet Public Library for an afternoon reception. This is often called a Quick Draw at other plein air paint outs.

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Thumbnail sketch for “By the Sea”

I planned my composition with a quick thumbnail sketch. With only a few hours to work from concept to completion, I thought the simple building that originally held the oil for the lighthouse would make for good painting that could feature the simple beauty of the Cape scene. The race against the clock is helpful to push me to capture the essence of the view and not get caught up in overworking a painting. I used the broken split rail fence that was surrounded by the roses as a directional element to draw the viewer into the focal point.

I finished the pastel, framed it, and delivered it to the Wellfleet library to be hung for the reception to be held from 4 to 6 pm.  Soon I was rewarded for my morning’s work, when a new collector chose “By the Sea” for a gift for his wife. I have memories of a beautiful day by the sea.

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“By the Sea”, pastel, 11×14, private collection

Wellfleet Plein Air

“Capturing Wellfleet” is a plein air painting event that is sponsored by the Addison Art Gallery and showcased at the Wellfleet Public Library. I was one of 24 artists who painted on locations around Wellfleet which is a town on the Outer Cape of Cape Cod. For an artist, Wellfleet combines beautiful landscapes of its protected harbor and quality art galleries.
On Friday I set up my French easel near the pier and painted the scene before me as interested passers-by stopped by to watch the progress.

"Capturing Wellfleet",  See top Right

“Capturing Wellfleet”,
See top Right


It was a beautiful day for painting outdoors. The changing tide exposed more sandbars in addition to boats that continued to move provided more than enough challenges to the ever progressing light of day.
"Wellfleet Morning", pastel 11x14

“Wellfleet Morning”, pastel 11×14


Plein air painters need to work quickly to photograph, frame, and ready the work for a show. When the public arrived at the Wellfleet Library for the Saturday night reception the room was filled with art supporters, refreshments, and the music of a jazz piano. The show and plein air demonstrations continues through Aug.1st.
"At the Pier", pastel, 11x14

“At the Pier”, pastel,
11×14


Top right, "At the Pier"

Top right,
“At the Pier”

More Cohasset Harbor Reflections

Harbor Reflections, Cohasset, MA

Harbor Reflections, Cohasset, MA


The Class of 1963 of Cohasset High School recently celebrated their 50th high school. My sister, Janet suggested that I might consider donating a giclee of the pastel painting that I did of our hometown harbor for a silent auction whose proceeds were to benefit the local food bank. It seemed like a win-win situation, so I packaged and shipped the matted giclee print off to Cohasset for the event. As planned, the reunion weekend which was held this past weekend was a success. The Saturday night dinner was held in one of the galleries at the South Shore Arts Center. One of her classmates bid on the giclee “Harbor Reflections”. The Food Bank receives a donation, the classmate has a momento to give to his sister of their hometown, and I welcome the opportunity to keep the conversation going about my art. Yes, it is a win-win situation.

Love What You Paint

 It is the week of Valentine’s Day- and Love is in the air…

Which reminds me of something that Jim McVickers wrote about making art.  “Paint what you know.” It seems that when I have painted a place that I really know, it makes for a strong piece.  It has been said that the artist Pisarro once said to his son, Lucien, “If I could do life over- I would stay in one place for 25 years.” 

I was fortunate to have spent my first 25 years in Cohasset, MA.  It is a special place that I know well and love.  In fact the lighthouse off the rocky coast of Cohasset Harbor,  Minot’s Ledge Light blinks: 1-4-3 (which means “I Love You” to the romantics who see it’s beacon.)

Here is the progression of the studio painting, “Harbor Reflections, Cohasset”,  I first used tape to mask and preserve the white areas of the boats and railing.  Pastel is an opaque medium, so I first underpainted certain areas in watercolor to capture some of the glow from the reflections near the rowboats before passing over the area with pastels.  So many memories of the seacoast town that I love!

 

 

Final:"Harbor Reflections, Cohasset"