Saturday, September 2, 2017


9" x 12" oil on board
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This is another image from one of the greatest days of my life. My wife and I rented a little Boston Whaler speed boat and cruised around Southwest Harbor and Somes Sound in Main. We docked on Sutton Island (the source of this image) and explored on foot. We found a lady selling sea glass mobiles made from local sea glass and tied together with string from her dad's old lobster traps. I've thought about this painting for a long time, and I think it turned out well.

The Fading Light of Evening


The Fading Light of Evening
9" x 12" oil on board
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This is why I'm grateful to have an artist's vision. It had never occurred to me to paint this arrangement until I saw that little greenish strip of light above the inner door. That's the fading light of evening in my bedroom contrasted against the warmer light (yellowish patch), that shines through my studio window. When I saw it, I had to paint it. This is another one that looks better in person - something about it really appeals to me.

Peach and Depression Glass

Peach and Depression Glass
8" x 10" oil on board
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More family heirlooms - my mom's depression glass pitcher that my sister kindly let me borrow. I'll give it back soon!

Vinegar Decanter

Vinegar Decanter
5" x 7" oil on board
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Painting family heirlooms, particularly kitchen utensils or vintage containers would be an interesting painting niche, I think.  This was my mom's old vinegar decanter.

Serenity Point

Serenity Point
8" x 10" oil on board
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I wouldn't call the time spent making this painting serene.  It was an awkward location on an uneven bank and a wall of clouds rolled in shortly after I began painting, only to roll out toward the end of painting. The changing light threw off my values.  This is the shore of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in upstate NY.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Window Bouquet

Window Bouquet
11" x 14" oil on board
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I really love this painting. I hate to let it go, but I'd love to give it a good home. Send me an email if you're interested.

Monacacy Island II

Monocacy Island II
8" x 10" oil on board
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The second of two plein air paintings that I completed yesterday and the second time I've painted this exact location on the Monocacy River.

I was getting alerts on my phone that severe thunderstorms were approaching, but I looked at the radar and decided I had time if I painted quickly.
The light changed repeatedly as I painted, but I really like how it turned out - maybe more than my first attempt (below).  You can see in the original that there used to be two trunks, but the one closest to the river had fallen in the water.

This is such a wonderful spot. In between paintings, I sat in the cool rushing water with only my head sticking out.  There's a little beach where I stand to do my painting and I didn't see another person all day.