lifeguards @ 2016 RED biennial
Lifeguards, 24 x 36, oil on linen
“Lifeguards” has been selected for Cambridge Art Association’s 2016 RED Biennial show, November 8 – December 21.
Opening reception Friday, November 18, 6 – 8PM, at University Place Gallery, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA.
Gallery hours are M – F, 9 – 5, Sat 9 – 1.
open studio sunday, october 16, 12:00 – 4:00
Last Sunday was a rain-out, but this Sunday looks lovely, so for those of you who couldn’t make it, let’s try again. Come see the art, the fall garden, and walk the beach.
Thanks to those of you that did come last weekend. Saturday was a record turnout and, despite the rain, I appreciated those hard core fans that showed up with enthusiasm on Sunday.
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open studio tour october 8 & 9, 10 – 5 daily
It’s time for the Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour this Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9, 10 – 5 daily. Come see my new work and take a stroll in our gardens. The new work includes large pieces, like Summer Cloud, and a series of new plein air pieces.
Download a tour brochure and map here
Summer Cloud, 32 x 48, oil on linen
A hot day is a good day for red and a hot date. Top it off with your orange bucket.
Red Teens, 18 x 12, oil on linen
It’s enlightening to watch children on the beach spontaneously begin to dance. They spin, run, and splash, feeling the water, sand, wind and heat of the sun (ok, I could have said earth, wind, and fire.)
Sand Dance, 32 x 48, oil on linen
open studio tour May 21 & 22, 10 – 5 daily
The weather’s looking good for the Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour, May 21 & 22, 10 – 5 daily. Come see my new, spring work and take a stroll in our gardens (tip: if you’re into birding bring your binocs – the warbler migration is in progress). The new work includes several ‘atmospheric’ pieces, like Low Tide (previous post), and then there’s Good Harbor Water, a playful piece that leans abstract. My dog theme continues with Black, Red and White.
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Good Harbor Water, 24 x 30, oil on linen, © 2016
Black, Red and White, 20 x 30, oil on linen, © 2016
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Warm air pours over the cool, spring ocean at low tide, creating fog banks rising like dreams under a sleepy hat. This is one in a series of atmospheric pieces.
Low Tide, 20 x 30, oil on linen, © 2016
On Bonita Beach in January the Sanderlings run at your feet while the Pelicans glide overhead and the people go every which way, but usually north and south. No, we’re not on Cape Ann anymore… This is a big one at 40″ x 54″, and took a good month or so to make. I keep tweeking things while it settles – this isn’t the ‘final’ image anymore.
Bonita Beach, 40 x 54, oil on linen, © 2016
new online store
Just in time for the holidays, I got in two new greeting cards, “Brothers” and “East Breeze”, bringing my offering to eight different cards. These are 4″ x 6″, blank, folded, with envelopes, in an attractive, clear box. You didn’t know I had cards? To help with your last minute shopping I put together a secure online store. These are great stocking stuffers, or a nice, small gift for someone who appreciates sharing art. Take a look:
a friendly visit – open studio day 2
My old friend Steve Ellis, with Cheryl and sons, came out to the studio this morning. The “boys”, Daniel Ellis and Michael Ellis, are up and coming artists in NYC. Thanks, Steve, it was great to see you.
Steve, Cheryl, Mike, and Dan visit the studio
open studio day 1
The studio is cleaned up and ready to show off the work, which I feel really good about – I think it’s my best show yet. I usually get 100+ visitors and it’s going to be great weather all weekend after last night’s rain. Bring it on!
cape ann artisans studio tour this weekend
This is a small color study done plein air, standing high up on the Cape Hedge popple dune (rock pile) looking down on the incoming surf. I’m intrigued by the life and color transitions of a wave. The many influences on the color include the wave height, water depth and clarity (bubbles, sand), ground type (sand, rock, seaweed), water surface angle reflecting light from the sky and sun. Of course, water is clear with a reflective surface, so it’s creating color from what’s below it, in it, and above it. This is the frustration and fun of painting water. BTW, did you know that the color “blue” was never mentioned in texts like Homer’s The Odyssey and The Iliad?
Waves, 16 x 16, oil on linen
long beach cottages
The long row of cottages at Long Beach, Rockport, sit on sand held up by a tall, concrete wall. How long will it last?
Long Beach Cottages, 20 x 30, oil on linen
At high tide Cape Hedge Beach is pretty much under water. At low tide it widens to reveal a different landscape to rediscover every day. This is a large, complex piece developed over July and August.
Brothers, 28 x 42, oil on linen
cape ann coast
It’s a hazy, summer day, standing on the popple dune at Cape Hedge, everything picking up a little gold from the afternoon sun.
Cape Ann Coast, 22 x 32, oil on linen
boogie in july
A breezy, hot day is good for a ride on the boogie board.
painting plein air
Cape Hedge Boogie, 26 x 26, oil on linen
a hot day in rockport
This a good time to spend at the beach and do watercolor.
Cape Hedge, 11 x 15, watercolor
open studio tour update
It was a great turnout for day #1 of the open studio tour Saturday, and a beautiful day it was. The gardens got as many complements as the art did and Kim gave several tours outside. It’s rainy today with the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill relieving the drought, but I know it’s not going to deter the diehards.
studio and gardens
Open Studio Tour this Sat & Sun 10:00 – 5:00
Come see my latest work this weekend, June 20 & 21, as part of the Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour. Download a tour brochure and map here.
Here’s my detailed studio location.
Thacher and Long
Rockport’s Thacher Island, home of many a wreck, keeps a view over Long Beach where visitors find solace.
Thacher and Long, 20 x 28, oil on linen
Walking Long Beach
A late spring day, the water has warmed up into the low 50’s, and despite a little fog the sun is warming the sand. The new foliage of the blueberry and poison ivy on Cape Hedge’s rocky point is red with patches of green and a little shiny, brushed by the passing fog.
Walking Long Beach, 20 x 30, oil on linen
CAA 14th National Prize Show
Tapestry has been selected for the Cambridge Art Association’s “14th National Prize Show“, May 15 – June 25, 2015. Reception Friday, May 15th, 6-8pm (location TBD, one of two galleries).
Tapestry, 40 x 40, oil on linen, © 2013
When the East Breeze picks up around 1:00 off the Atlantic its cooling relief can be welcome on a hot day at Good Harbor Beach. On a cool day though it can be bone-chilling, but dogs don’t seem to notice the difference.
East Breeze, 28 x 42, oil on linen
Every summer morning at Good Harbor Beach the lifeguards arrive by 9:00 and warm up with their beach run. It’s also a signal to the surfers to pull out until after 5:00. The fishermen can continue to hang out though.
Lifeguards, 24 x 36, oil on linen
Lifeguards has been accepted to the annual seARTS
at Bass Rocks show, Gloucester. It’ll be an appropriate location, looking out over Good Harbor Beach, the purview of these lifeguards.
New Year’s Swim
January sun on the sand does little to warm the daring youths on Good Harbor Beach. Nevertheless, they take their time enjoying their burning skin and lungs heated by fast hearts.
New Year's Swim, oil on linen, 24 x 36
You can see the initial sketch on my facebook page
On a windy, midsummer day at the mouth of the Mousam River, the locals escape to Parsons Beach, Maine. Some have first stopped at Bennett’s Store to fill their coolers with sandwiches, beer, and cookies. Others come to fish on the shifting banks of the river, or jump into the rippling current with their tube or boogie board. The umbrellas are dug in deep fighting the wind and shading the sun. They may not realize that these are unforgettable days.
Parsons Beach, 28x42, oil on linen,
This large work evolved over months. It started with sketches and studies from various perspectives, settling on this angle with the sun high and slightly behind. A thin cloud dims the light on the distant point of land and trees, making it recede further and at the same time acting as a foil for the flat, hazy surrounding colors.
What heaven is this, a boy with his red shovel and dog? A moment at Cape Hedge Beach, done plein air.
Silver Dog, 12 x 16, oil on linen
“watercolors” renamed to “on paper”
The “watercolors” section has been renamed to “on paper”, to include the oils on paper. Check it out.
oil on paper
Here are a few more oils on paper.
Fishing at Pebble, 7.5 x 11, oil on paper
Cape Hedge, 7.5 x 11, oil on paper
Carole, 7.5 x 11, oil on paper
Cape Hedge beach has a sandy cove mixed with rock ledge at its southern end.
Cape Hedge Swimming, 7.5 x 11, watercolor
Boats, 7.5 x 11, watercolor
Cape Hedge Walk, 11 x 15, watercolor
Three Chairs, 11 x 15, watercolor
Cape Hedge, 11 x 15, watercolor
pebble beach dream
One end of Pebble Beach is sand, the other popples, stones rounded smooth by the ocean’s incessant tumbling, the sound of bowling balls in the distance. This can create Rip Van Winkle moments while lying on the sand, where you forget where you are or how long you’ve been there.
Pebble Beach Dream, 22 x 40, oil on linen
cape hedge september
September colors are so bright and clear, and the water is still warm. Nothing like spending a day in paradise and painting the natives.
Cape Hedge September, 16 x 16, oil
The Next Wave
A storm front is moving through this morning. Where is my next step, my next cup of coffee, my next wave? Who will throw my ball?
The Next Wave, 24 x 34, oil
This piece took time to evolve. This is the challenge of a gray day with muted colors but lit by broken pieces of sunlight. The grays (not really gray, btw) provide the backdrop for the salient colors to glow.
Saranac River, 7 x 10.5, gouache
Every Memorial Day we open up camp on our island in the Saranac River, in the Adirondack mountains. It started wet on Friday, but Sunday cleared up. Between watching the kids swim and a Hairy Woodpecker feeding its young in a tall birch, I did some gouache sketches. Gouache is like watercolor but more opaque, if you want it to be.
Meera and Evy, gouache
The swim hole is a rocky point on the island facing southwest. The benches made from fallen trees, bark stripped, with a backdrop of cedars on the water’s edge, offer a warm seat in the Spring sun.
Cormorants, 8 x 10, oil paper
I’m continuing to experiment with the oil paper, doing a series of cormorants.
A late summer afternoon. The beach people are each in their own shared worlds, glimpsing neighbors and wondering, or completely engaged in the present with no thoughts at all. There are still a few hours left before the rest of the world begins to creep back in with the tide, lifting them back home.
Afternoon, 28 x 42, oil
After the sanding stage (below), I built up the layers of water surfaces, letting underpainting through for optical mixing. Figures were added to round out narratives and composition. Colors were done and redone to adjust hue, value, shape, depth. This piece was challenging. Some are harder than others to develop, to get them to the point where they begin to tell me what they want.
Two Skimboards, 8 x 10, oil on oil paper
The last couple of weeks I’ve been (among other things) experimenting with Arches new “Oil Paper”. It’s like watercolor paper (thick and heavy) but is designed for oil paint, and there’s no prep (gesso) required… I love it. The paper soaks up a lot of pigment so the colors are really rich and deep. I’ve done 5 little sketches so far.
Cooling Off … Kayak … Gull … Two Labs
Step 3: After the orbital sander, detail
As of last week, I have been building up the surface and figures. Here’s a detail after (left) + before (right).
Step 2: Apply the orbital sander
I started this awhile ago and the paint was pretty dry, so I thought I’d rough it up a little with the orbital sander before getting back into it. Again, I start most of these on site, and this is an example of that. More to come on this one.
Afternoon, 28 x 42, oil
“Noodle” construction video
Here’s a video montage of “Noodle” construction (52 sec):
Since the last version, the sand has been layered, and a little damp at the water’s edge. Many adjustments have been made to figures: colors, highlights, shadows, consistencies. Two figures (heads) have been added to the top left, and a signature at the bottom right.
Noodle, 40 x 40, oil
Noodle, version 8
I’ve added a new “figure”, the pink ball. It adds a focal point and plays with the more subtle yellow ball (in my head anyway). The other major progression here is the water which has been completely layered again with lighter values and toned down color, except for the waves. There is a new wave too. (Note, this photo’s a little dark at the top – just a snapshot.) Next I’ll be layering the sand and continuing to revise colors in the figures.
Noodle, version 8, 40 x 40, oil
Noodle in progress, version 5
Version 5 fleshes out many of the figures.
Noodle, version 5, 40 x 40, oil
Noodle in progress, version 2
Here’s a start on “Noodle”
Noodle, version 2, 40 x 40, oil
I have 3 pieces in Plenty, the 6th annual holiday show at my new gallery 13FOREST.
Opening Reception Fri 11/22 7-9 pm
167A Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474
Featuring “Being There”
Being There – 28×42 – oil
Monday, the final day of the tour, was another beautiful, fall day. Traffic was a little lighter, but the total weekend traffic was great, exceeding the June tour. Thanks to all who made the trip, and to those who could not, remember you can still come anytime, just give me a call ahead. Christmas is coming!
Sunday Tour update
Sunday was a very busy day with 64 visitors coming through for the Tour. Looks like another beautiful day today for the finale. I’d say yesterday’s comment of the day on my paintings was “mischievous”. I liked that, and agreed.
Studio Tour in progress
Had 46 people visit my studio yesterday, including folks from DC, NH, and all over MA. I have my coffee and am ready for more today and tomorrow. The feedback has been great, especially on “Tapestry” (the paint’s still drying). Lots of smiles when people step into the studio and look around.
Tapestry – Studio Tour this weekend
Tapestry is finished for this weekend’s Studio Tour, October 12, 13 and 14. Plan your tour now! Download the brochure and map of 23 artist studios at http://capeannartisans.com/
Tapestry – 40 x 40 – oil
Ah, the heat of July. There’s only one place to be.
Mid-July – 20 x 20 – oil
tapestry, work in progress
Tapestry will be finished for the Studio Tour, October 12, 13 and 14. Plan your tour now! Download the brochure and map of 23 artist studios at http://capeannartisans.com/
tapestry, v3 – oil on linen – 40 x 40
The sand moves every day, like the weather, presenting a new landscape. It can never be replicated.
Sandbar (2013) – oil on linen – 24 x 36
A quiet day in August, offering a light breeze off the water. The sun is a little lower now.
august umbrella (2013) – oil on linen – 16 x 16
Studio Tour this weekend!
The Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-5:00. As the Mayor of Gloucester, Carolyn Kirk, just wrote, plan ahead.
Find all the info at http://capeannartisans.com/, including the map, brochure, and info about each artisan, including me. There are 23 studios to visit, so reviewing the artisans ahead of time, selecting your top interests, and planning your route will save you time.
My new studio, at 1 Camborne Way (entrance on South St.), Rockport, will have my new oils, watercolors, prints, and cards. (NOTE: I’ve moved from my downtown Rockport studio.)
seARTS at Bass Rocks, May 2013-14
The seARTS, Art@Bass Rocks 2013 includes “Cape Hedge South” for the year-long exhibition. 34 Beach Road, Gloucester. Maggie Cavallo (Montserrat) guided another engaging discussion on talking about art, at the opening on May 29th.
Cape Hedge South – 25 x 25 – oil on linen
National Prize Show, May 15 – July 11
“Enlightenment” has been selected for the Cambridge Art Association‘s 12th National Prize Show by Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Menil Collection.
Enlightenment – 24 x 36 – oil on linen
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 23, 6-8pm at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery and University Place Gallery.
pecha kucha presentation
Here’s my Pecha Kucha presentation at the seARTS.org annual meeting, a 5 minute video: p-k at youtube. Learn about Pecha Kucha here: http://www.pechakucha.org/faq
seARTS.org featured artist
2013 Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour
I have joined the Cape Ann Artisans group. This means you can visit my studio on the two Studio Tours: June 22, 23 and October 12-14 (Columbus Day). Learn more at capeannartisans.com You can also visit me anytime by appointment.
In honor of the Cape Ann Artisans 30th Anniversary the Cape Ann Museum will hold a retrospective exhibit, “Cape Ann Artisans at 30”, of work by 70 past and present members. For artist demonstrations and related programming, please visit capeannmuseum.org
Saturday, March 2, 3 – 5 p.m.
On view March 2 – May 26
Bass Rocks 2012
I have been awarded First Place for “Winter Beach” in Art@Bass Rocks 2012. “Enlightenment” was also selected for the exhibition. Opening Reception is Thursday, May 31st, 6-8, 34 Beach Road, Gloucester.
Or resurrection. Warm, humid air from the South. It was done just before the late afternoon rain.
easter - 16x16 - oil on linen
After the Summer ban, it’s mid-September and the dogs return to Good Harbor, free and unleashed. Masters call but are unheard, unseen, unlimited space. A perfect moment.
Dog Day - 40 x 40 - oil on linen
To my big brother, John, who passed in November: thanks for all you have given us from your heart and left us in your work.
Your piano plays
Painted etudes, notes above.
Fall waters, leaves still.
john and rob
photo © Kim Diebboll
Surfing on Cape Ann (Gloucester & Rockport) has exploded over the last couple of years. New forms are evolving in the sea.
Enlightenment - 24 x 36 - oil on linen
A portrait has unique challenges besides the goal of a likeness. A palette that touches the personality; a composition that moves, like Life; legacy. Here, like with Triptych, I reference American Folk painting, especially Ammi Phillips. Happy Birthday, Woodsie.
Woodsie - 24 x 34 - oil on linen
cape hedge south
Look at the map of Cape Hedge Beach and you’ll see at its southwest end the curl of its tail and the finishing promontory separating it from Long Beach. Last Sunday afternoon high up on the dune of stone popples above a few strips of sand and high tide I painted this view, cooled by a perfect ocean breeze and an occasional swim in the unusually warm water. We bobbed in the choppy waves, my toes in the air. A Willow Rest “Cuban” was my appetizer before this feast of light. Ah, take me back now to those warm popples under my feet, and hints of linseed mixed with salt.
Cape Hedge South - 25 x 25 - oil on linen
cape hedge bathers
A windy day, rough water, but the air is clear and the sun hot. Waves slam the sand, but once past the breaks you bob with the curls. Then back to the sand to warm up again. The soothing cycle. Forget everything, and dream.
Cape Hedge Bathers - 20 x 20 - oil on linen
I saw them in a dream, in winter.
Storm Surfers - 35 x 59 - oil on linen
rockport motif #1 day sat may 22nd
Motif #1 Day is Sat May 22nd
Schedule and info here:
Art, music, events, food, and my studio will be open for the afternoon, 1:00 – 5:00.
new england prize show
“Early Spring” (below) was just accepted to Cambridge Art Association‘s “New England Prize Show”, May 14 – June 23, 2010; opening reception: Thursday May 20, 6-8pm. How about that!
Started this one the first weekend of April, a balmy day on Good Harbor Beach. Even Mr. Purple Shorts was out for a shirtless jog. You’d think it was June. Someone brought an umbrella for the hazy sun. I squint and see the roundness of the earth, the continents shifting.
Early Spring, oil on linen, 24x36
good harbor moon sketches
I found these sketches in the studio the other day, from six years ago. Forgot I had done them. Can you find the painting they were for? Haven’t seen a moon like it since. That’s a bit of Salt Island on the left. How is a painting built? Sometimes it creeps up on you, and you turn around and snatch it.
Good Harbor Moon sketches, pen on paper, 3 @ 3.5"x5.5"
prints available (painting is sold)
Winter Beach is finished. No snow here now. The bulbs are coming. So is a big painting that I’ve had in mind for some time now.
Winter Beach, 30x36, oil on linen
winter beach, in progress
A blog hiatus for the holidays. I finished a portrait, but I can’t show it to you before the unveiling. Meanwhile, a bright January afternoon on Good Harbor Beach, low tide, low sun, polished sand, dogs in and out of the water like summer, the harsh light breaking apart the wet shoreline. Johnny Cash echoes from San Quentin while I contemplate progress.
my holiday sale
My first annual holiday sale was Saturday, December 5th, with a break at 3:45 to see Santa arrive on his lobster boat. As part of the annual tradition, Don Thrasher (coincidentally my neighbor, and first on left in photo, on clarinet) and his band serenade the shops with their Swing. It was spectacular. I love this town.
Rockport Holiday Swing Band
See the full Rockport Holiday Schedule, through New Years, here: http://www.rockportusa.com/festival-event.cfm
end of summer
The last day of Summer. The dogs are legal again. The crowds are gone. But it is still warm enough to catch a clean, green wave. The air is clear. It is still Summer today.
End of Summer, 30x36, oil on linen
The beach people love getting to Salt Island at low tide when the water parts over the sand bar. The divers take advantage of the shorter swim to the other side. I would love to go there someday. Red Flag was just accepted to the Cambridge Art Association show, Red, running November 10, 2009 – January 14, 2010. Find out more at the CAA web site.
Red Flag, 36" x 36", oil on linen
A view of the Point to the West, up river, from the island in the Adirondacks. On a hot, August afternoon, the river comes to us.
The Point, oil on linen, 24x24
Hurricane Bill blew by the weekend of August 22nd. He churned up big swells while staying far enough out to sea to let the sun shine on and through the water at Good Harbor Beach. The life guards made a few saves too. The late Summer sun gave hints of Fall sparkles, and lit up the swimmers and fishermen.
Bill, 24x36, oil on linen
rock and water
It was a Rockwell Kent day on Lower Saranac Lake with Sarah and Hannah, clouds billowing up and up in the mountains all around us, yet nothing but sun on Martin island in the lake. The rocks were hot, the water cooling.
Rock and Water, oil on linen
Painting on Martin
kim and bruce
Another visit to camp on Saranac Lake gave me the fleeting chance to capture my brother & his wife, Bruce and Kim, hanging out at the swim hole. This is a two hour sketch en plein air.
Kim and Bruce, oil on linen, 16x16
good harbor waves
It was one of those perfect beach days: clear air, hot sun, big waves. I sat in the sand, under the umbrella. It was a good day to gouache.
gouache, (c) 2009
crow and gull
Finally finished Crow and Gull, I think. I wrestled with it for some time. It took me a few years to notice the dynamic between the crow and gull at the beach. Although the crow may be half the size it is usually able to steal an easy meal, a crab or perhaps a quahog.
Crow and Gull
Finished up Skimboarding. Compare to the first sitting a few posts back. I have it hanging over the mantle right now, but may take it back to the studio window soon, or not.
Skimboarding, oil on linen, 24x30
cape hedge beach
We have moved in to our Rockport home and are settling in. We took a break for a couple hours at the beach down the street, and I brought the gouache along.
Nap at Cape Hedge
in the adirondacks
Was opening the family camp over Memorial Day weekend, up in Saranac Lake. On this rocky point across the river we saw this couple working their dog with a serious game of Fetch.
Fetch oil on linen 12″x12″
painting in progress
Started this one last weekend at the Studio.
next step is to get in the water.
northeast prize show
My painting ‘May Fog’ was accepted into the Cambridge Art Association’s ‘Northeast Prize Show’ juried by William Stover, Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The show will be up from May 14 – June 25, 2009 at the University Place Gallery in Cambridge, MA (near Harvard Square). The opening reception is Friday, May 29, 6 – 8 pm. I hope to be at the reception and would love to see you. Map To Gallery.