Saturday, August 27, 2016
A quiet kayak cuts through the marsh waters of Bells Neck in West Harwich. I finished the painting of the kayaker and left it on the table. The wind blew it off. I tried to clean it up but some stuff remained on the face. This happens and then it gets messed up trying to clean it.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Went to Rock Harbor on Cape Cod to paint. It was not busy as the fishing fleet was mostly out. They are mainly sport fishing groups that take the boats. I sketched a few scenes and then painted this one. There is so much to put in a painting here. I did severe editing to capture the essence of what I saw. The sunlight was strong; it was just before noontime. A little lobster bar behind me was very busy with bicyclists and cars discharging hungry people; lunchtime. I'm not a great fan of lobster but eat my share of it while on Cape.
Monday, August 22, 2016
These two boats are moored on the Herring River all summer. They do not go anywhere. In the winter I have seen a lighted Christmas tree in the smaller one. I do know the person who owns them and built them. He used to be in the fish shack but I have not seen John for a couple of years.
The marsh land is very yellow at this time of year. Currently, at this plein air painting, the tide is very high. The sun is bright without a cloud in the sky. It finally rained this morning. I did this painting in an hour and half, working mainly wet into wet. Things do dry fast here.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
It hot here on cape Cod. The wind is really gusting and I keep watching my umbrella, as I expect it to go any minute. There are usually two cat boats moored here on the river but today, surprise...both are gone. I am always envious of the home owners on the riverside who can watch all of the activities. Water views have a real calming effect on me. I can even battle the wind gusts. There are squeals of excitement from the little ones jumping into the water. They keep asking their father to score their dive. I've been there.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
For most of the backroads of Cape Cod the yellow line is more or less a suggestion. Walkers, bike riders and cars all have to navigate narrow passageways. This scene is a Cape Cod road with typical houses. I did not attempt rigorous 2 point perspective but judged with my eye. The road went up slightly and will then head down. Most of our houses are grey with shingles. They are suggested rather than detailed.
Got in a painting before the rains came yesterday. We painted at the home of a local landscaper. It is possibly true that there are more landscapers than any other occupation on the Cape. That is, unless you count artists. The morning started sunny but the dark clouds loomed overhead as the morning reached 10AM. The challenge was not only the imminent rain but the many greens that I had to make. I used yellows, burnt sienna and ultramarine mixes with sap green to produce many shades of green. It was a good outing if only for a couple of hours.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
My grandson wanted a picture of the Kite Shop. This is his favorite stop in town and he always returns with something. I sketched it with a pen and then filled it in. He will love it.