TM8684 An Indeterminate Number 36×36 oil on panel
Numbers fascinate me – but in a visual way. Like the impact of quantity juxtaposed with uniqueness. I don’t intend to count the stones in this painting, but I have caressed each one with a brush countless times. First it was drawing each stone, placing it in position with great care for its context and neighbors. Then it was layers of glazing and scumbling with a badly split brush. Finally more glazes to add nuances of color – dark/light, warm/cool, rough/smooth. The last touch was “sprinkling” tiny leaves into the cracks, both to add color and diversity – and because they were there. As I worked on the individual stones they became personalities. I made sure to include some lucky stones. The painting is primarily inspired by visits to Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec, Maine. Detail below. Enjoy.
TM8684 An Indeterminate Numver – close-up from left of center showing stone textures
Note – my large stone paintings usually take years to finish (in between working on other paintings), so hallelujah!
TM8207 Watching the Fog Lift 12x12 oil on panel
The steep shoreline drops at low tide on the Bay of Fundy and a wealth of rock formations provide many places for tidal pools to collect. This view, from Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec, Maine also features the rich greens and seaweed orange/bronze colors that make a foggy gray day magnificent.
One of my favorite paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is a very small Albert Bierstadt painting of a ship going down. The painting is almost entirely neutral grays, but the vessel is bright yellow. When I first saw that painting, I had an aha moment – that’s what gray can do! The restraint Bierstadt employed in his palette gave added drama to the moment depicted. I had his painting in mind when I started work on Watching the Fog Lift. Enjoy!
TM8049 A Moment's Pause 36x36 oil on panel
Even though the shadows are lengthening, I’m still thinking about a certain morning I experienced in Lubec last May. It was an early morning walk with fog departing, and I found myself in a landscape of stones piled around the shoulders of ancient mountains. It felt so alien, stark, and yet powerfully serene. There was only the slightest touch of color leftover from sunrise, and it seemed to make the seaweed glow. A Moment’s Pause is the newest addition to the Lubec/Campobello Series.