Friday, July 31, 2015

Emerald Isle Oasis

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

There is nothing as comforting as seeing lights shining in a window at night.  It is as if they are beckoning you to come in to safety.  We were fortunate to be able to spend time with our friends at this beautiful beach house before the busy summer season began.  Returning from a walk on the beach at dusk, "our" house was the only one with lights shining, and it looked so lovely.  Just another day in the life.....

Monday, July 27, 2015

End of the Day, Winnie's Garden

6 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Day's End at Shining Sails Inn on Monhegan Island.  The last light hitting the flowers behind the inn.  One wouldn't think that flowers would grow so beautifully on Monhegan , a rock in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Maine.  It is truly an enchanted place and a feast for an artist's eyes.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Maine Plein Air


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

This artist found himself a great place to set up his easel and umbrella.  He was so caught up in what he was painting, he didn't even know I was there watching him.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Beach Cottage

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

Growing up, each summer we would rent a beach cottage for a week with aunts, uncles, and cousins (even though we lived by the bay and ocean).  It was such a wonderful, free time...My cousins and I, out in the early morning to gather snails, (I'm not sure what we did with them once we had them), water play during the day, jumping off the deck into the dunes for hours on end, lots of seafood, and roasting marshmallows by the fire before bed.  Ahhh...the good old days!  This house (although much more upscale) brings back all those memories.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Tidal Pool

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

The beach was deserted this particular morning, except for this beautiful woman walking slowly through a tidal pool that had formed.  The early morning sun reflected off her body leaving just form with little detail.  I loved that and really love the way this painting came out!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fish Beach Alley

10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board


Boats at rest at Fish Beach on Monhegan Island.  That sunlight at the end of the alley drew me right in.  Shadows and sunlight...Yeah!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Island Houses

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board
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This scene is a moment of Zen for me.  I could move right into one of those cottages and be very happy looking out at the water or simply smelling that salty air.  Another painting using a very limited palette and quick strokes.  The image didn't photograph too well because of the wet paint, but it's pretty close to the original.

If I don't get to post before Saturday, HAPPY, SAFE 4TH everyone!!