Montessori Auction...

New Harbor 12x16sm

 

 

My daughter’s preschool is doing a fundraising auction May 3. I have donated one of my own paintings for the auction. You can follow this link to  bid on the painting online. The painting is New Harbor, Maine 12×16″. New Harbor is a beautiful, quiet harbor on the way to Pemaquid Pt. Some of my favorite painting spots are these quiet harbors at the end of the mid-coast peninsulas.

Shrimpers...

shrimpers24x36sm

 

I like to paint some larger pieces on site, so when I flew to Charleston on a painting trip I bought a few big canvases at the local art store. This painting is 24×36″ which is big but can still be comfortable for me. What made this more of a challenge was using my smallest EasyL pochade box for an easel and standing on a narrow and slightly rickety dock to get the composition I wanted. After I started the painting fisherman showed up and were walking past me to get to their boats, and I still can’t believe they didn’t kick me off the dock. But thankfully, I was able to finish this up before the wind got too strong or the fisherman got annoyed. I like the shapes of these shrimp boats to begin with, but when I saw this view of the stern of these two parked together I really wanted to paint the view looking into all of their rigging and nets. It’s also tough to paint a mostly front-lit scene, but I really liked the way the lighting brought out the different colors of white in the boats’ hulls. This painting, along with all of the others from my recent trip to South Carolina, is on display at Anglin Smith Fine Art in Charleston.

 

Sullivan’s Island...

Sullivans Island Station 16x20sm

 

Sullivan’s Island is one of the new places I painted in South Carolina. There were a few great spots on Sullivan’s Island, but when we drove past this old Coast Guard Station I knew I wanted to paint this building. I really like the personality of this old building, and it also gave a view of the lighthouse in the background. It’s a strange looking lighthouse, which is part of the reason I wanted to include it. But I also had to make sure to quiet the colors down in the lighthouse, so that it would clearly sit behind the home, and not look attached to it. This island was a great place to paint, and also led to meeting some fun locals. I hope to get back there the next time I go south to paint. This painting is hanging at Anglin Smith Fine Art in Charleston, SC.

Shrimper Blues...

Shrimping Blues 11x14sm

 

This painting was an early morning painting of some shrimp boats, while the wind was still and the water was a mirror. I liked seeing the color of these boats reflected in the water, and the way the blue popped off of the warm ochre  tones of the marsh behind them. The one problem with painting when there is no wind is that the no-see-ums just flocked ot me and I was eaten alive. Usually I paint fast because of changing light and tides, but this one I was just trying to finish so I could g hide from the bugs. I really enjoy painting the shrimp boats down there. They have a lot of character. This painting  is 11×14″, and is on display at Anglin Smith Fine Art.

Charleston Light...

Afternoon Light 18x24sm

 

 

I had a great time painting in Charleston last week, and was excited to see some fun new painting spots. Thanks to Jennifer and Shannon Smith for showing me around while I was in South Carolina. I did a few larger pieces on location down there, including this one which is 18×24″. It was painted in the afternoon at Crosby’s Seafood. It’s a busy composition, but I felt like the dock going into the center of the painting helped give the picture some organization. This painting, along with the other paintings I did last week are all on display at Anglin Smith Fine Art in downtown Charleston. It’s a really fun gallery that I’m happy to be a part of.

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