I spent four days painting around Pemaquid Point, Maine. The weather and the surroundings were spectacular! Most of these paintings are in the 16×20, to 14×18 size and all are oil. They all need finishing touches that I will work on back in my studio at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell Massachusetts.
I had a great day working on this painting in downtown Portsmouth NH. This painting still needs work and I will come back on a future sunny morning and finish it on location. The West Bank of this town was settled by English colonist in 1630 and named Strawberry Banke, after the abundance of wild strawberries growing there. The town was incorporated in 1653, and named Portsmouth In honor of the colony’s founder, John Mason. He had been captain of the port of Portsmouth, in the county of Portsmouth England. Although Paul Revere is best known for his famous ride through Concord and Lexington to warn that the ” British are coming”, he also made a ride to Portsmouth! According to Wikipedia in 1774, in the lead-up to the revolution, Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth warning that the British were coming, with warships to subdue the port.
I had a great day painting Saturday at the Chelmsford Historical Society’s annual Farm Fair event at the historic Barrett Byam Homestead. I will apply some finishing touches to this painting in my studio at the Whistler House Museum.
I spent a few days painting on North Haven Island at Wooster Farm. Wooster Farm was the summer home of the famous American Impressionist Frank Benson (1862-1951). The Island is about 12 miles off the coast of Rockland Maine.
Although I have been PLEIN Air painting most mornings I must admit that the recent stretch of heat and humidity has driven me inside my air conditioned studio at the Whistler House Museum of Art. Here are some images of recent studio work. I reworked the sky and water on this 36 x18 oil after it hung on my wall for several days. After viewing it for days I noticed areas I could improve on so I ripped it off the wall and made some corrections. The other image is the start of a 36 x 24 painting of the Lowell sky line. I am for the first time finding a rhythm between PLEIN Air painting and studio painting. Each comes with its own distinct challenges and exciting opportunities!
I am placing the finishing touches on this 14×18 oil painting of an English style chapel built in 1909 located within the West Parish Garden Cemetery in Andover Massachusetts. This beautiful non denomination cemetery consist of 50 acres of cobblestone walkways, wooded paths, a stone bridge and reflecting ponds. It is listed on the National Registry of Historical places. I may be submitting this piece to a juried art show taking place at the Andover Historical Society in the early fall of art work depicting scenes from the cemetery.
I painted this 9×12 oil of the Boott Mills clock tower in Lowell. The mills were built in 1835 by Kirk Boott and they were part of an extensive group of cotton mills along the Merrimack River. Today the complex houses condos, apartments, offices and part of the National Parks Museums of Lowell.
I headed to Gloucester a day early to get ready for the North Shore Arts Association PLEIN air event. I stayed on Rocky Neck at a great little place called “Accommodations at Rocky Neck”. I did this quick 6×8 sketch from my deck overlooking the harbor.
It was a fun two days in downtown Lowell’s “Summer Kickoff” weekend. We had several Lowell PLEIN air artist along the closed off Palmer Street. I managed to get these two 9×12 sketches near done amongst the great conversations and goings on along Middle and Palmer Streets.
It was a fantastic ARTUP launch party the other night at the Lowell Community Health Center. Thanks to all who attended and to everyone who helped make it a special night for the Health Center and the Lowell Arts Community. My painting “Lowell Community Heath Center” was purchased and then donated by the Health Centers former head of developement, Maura Smith. The painting will hang with a special plaque designating the painting as the first painting purchased and donated along with Maura as the donor and myself as the artist. Maura is next to me and to my right are CEO Dorcas Grigg-Saito and attorney Michael Gallagher. Michael is the creative innovator of the the ARTUP program that is projected to continue at various phases over the next five years to eventually fill the “mile” of wall space in the six story converted mill building. The Health Center will eventually serve as an Art Gallery with art tours in addition to a Health Center.