Boatyard...

Matinicus Drydock 24x24sm

 

I painted this a few weeks ago on an incredibly windy day. The only place I could find to stay warm and protected was hiding between the drydocked boats in a Rockland boatyard. This is a lobster boat from Matinicus Island. There are some great views in this yard, as long as I can stay away from all of the contractors and trucks driving around. I’m hoping to get back for some more painting before all of the boats are back in the water and the yard is empty.

I also want to mention that I was part of a fundraiser for the Wayfinder School in Maine. It was called Dancing With The Local Stars, and I performed a West Coast Swing with my instructor, Jessica Libby from Swing and Sway in Rockland, ME. Luckily, a friend of mine got video of my dance. You can see it here on Youtube. I had a great time being a part of the event, and was really happy to help support the Wayfinder School.

Cherry Blossoms...

Cherry Blossoms 14x11sm

 

One of the things I loved about being in Charleston the first week in April is that I got to paint the spring colors as the trees were just budding out and fruit trees were flowering. I had noticed this scene on previous trips, and when I saw the blossoms I knew I wanted to paint it. This is one of the beautiful homes south of Broad St. There are beautiful homes and streets in this neighborhood, but it’s difficult to figure out how to put together a good composition with all of the information in the scene. On my next trip, I hope to do some larger paintings of these scenes. This painting, along with the others from my recent trip to Charleston, is on display at Anglin Smith Fine Art Gallery.

 

Warming Weather...

Birch Light 20x24sm

I love painting these birches in my front yard. The weather has finally warmed and the greens are starting to show up a bit.It’s nice to be working outside while comfortable. This is one of those subjects that I keep coming back to. Seeing it on a sunny afternoon always brings back the desire to paint this scene. The light bounces around between the tree trunks, and reflects off the grass. The painting above is 20×24″. I really like to work on bigger paintings of this scene. In a bigger painting it feels more like standing among the trees where I can get lost in the painting (both as the painter and the viewer. Below is a larger painting of this scene from a few days later. The painting below is 30×48″. At this size I do a lot of work on location, but I also will resolve it a bit in the studio, not to add detail, but to making the painting work better as a whole composition.

 

Springing birches 30x48sm

Knight’s Marine...

Bue Bottom Boat 20x24sm

 

A few weeks ago I got outside to paint on location in Rockland. This is a 20×24″ painting I did at Knight’s Marine while they still had a lot of lobster boats up out of the water. Usually when I start a painting of a scene like this I can take comfort in knowing that even if the light changes, at least the boat’s not going anywhere. But after working on this for an hour I was told that this boat was about to be put in the water. I was lucky enough to work through the rest of the afternoon and pack up my gear with out seeing the boat go anywhere. I liked the variety of blues in this scene from the sky to the shadow on the hull to the bottom paint.

Dancing with the Local Stars...

Fox Island Thoroughfare 12x16sm

 

I will be one of the performers in a local fundraiser called Dancing With the Local Stars. It’s a fundraiser for the Wayfinder School. I am being partnered up with an instructor from a local Balroom Dance School, Swing and Sway, and I will be performing a West Coast Swing. I’ve been practicing a lot and I’m really excited to see how it goes. If you are in midcoast Maine you should check it out. I’ve heard it’s usually a great show. The performance is Friday May 9 at 7pm.

I’ve been working on a few of these backlit harbor scenes as studies for a bigger sunset painting. This is a 12×16″ painting of the Fox Island Thoroughfare seen from the top deck of the North Haven Ferry. I painted this one from a photo and from my memory of many other experiences painting backlit water from life. I learn a lot about scenes like this from studying the colors on site, and also from studying how other painter approach  problem like this. It’s a fun challenge always trying to get better at capturing the different types of light in the landscape.

 

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