A Long Reach

TM9335 A Long Reach 36×60 oil on panel

The waves reach us in many ways – from distance, from imagination, through time….and become part of us emotionally, psychologically, and physically. I suspect that is why so many of us respond so strongly to their pull. The salt water draws us in, recognizes that we too are mostly salt water, full of rhythms and tides, part of a larger greatness. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9335 A Long Reach – close-up of curling wave

TM9335 A Long Reach – detail of lapping water

Each Day Begins Again

TM9329 Each Day Begins Again 36×54 oil on panel

Is it a too simple, or is it stating a fact? Every day does begin again and again, and again. Yet they are never the same. Like waves, the variations are endless and unique. I try to welcome them all. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9329 Each Day Begins Again – close-up

TM9329 Each Day Begins Again – detail

 

The Minutes Masquerade As Hours

TM9324 The Minutes masquerade as Hours 36×60 oil on panel

On first look, The Minutes Masquerade As Hours seems to be about observations – distant rain or a storm clearing off, the way swells roll in, the spreading patterns of salty lace on the beach. But is that all? As I worked on it, I sensed that it was more about the way we experience time. The moments as contrasted with hours, or even now as opposed to all that went before and might yet happen. Being able to deeply focus on work, in this case painting, offers a taste of non-time, of being outside time, even if it’s an illusion. It is delicious. Details below.

TM9324 The Minutes Masquerade as Hours – detail with breaking wave

TM9324 The Minutes Masquerade as Hours – detail

Up on Bass Rocks

TM9322 Up on Bass ROcks 36×48 oil on panel

There’s a time for drama and a time when quiet is most appreciated. Up on Bass Rocks seems to be a meditative, peaceful morning, with a view out to sea and a retreating fog bank. But in truth, if you love geology, the thrill of touching such an ancient mountain is fantastic. In some ways, the painting is about time – long, stretched out time. The ancient granite, bruised by glaciers and pummeled by the sea, is alive with crystals and abstracted by fractures. To paint it, one’s own sense of time has to slow down as well. The layers of paint and texture can’t be rushed; the tantalizing forms need to reveal themselves. Enjoy.

TM9322 Up on Bass Rocks – close-up of granite with bands of quartz crystals and yellow lichens

Technical painting notes: The painting was built in layers. The first layer of paint, applied with a soft roller and crumpled (re-used) plastic film, was rough, streaky and transparent. I spattered mineral solvents on the paint and re-rolled the surface repeatedly to achieve grainy textures. I also spattered paint in places, for more depth. The opaque dots of paint contrast nicely with the open spots where the mineral spirits has left deficits of paint. When the first layer was dry, I layered transparent glazes, then painted into the wet glazes with soft brushes and more transparent color. Occasionally I applied paint with the roller, to get more interesting “accidents.” Additional layers of glaze and stippling refined the color and textures.

 

 

Morning at Minot Beach

TM9320 Morning at Minot Beach 36×44 oil on panel

Am I becoming redundant? Maybe, but I do love the morning hours best. Maybe it’s the softer light and the sense of a fresh start. Or it could be the quiet……only the sound of water lapping the shore. This location was suggested by one of my students, and she was right – it has that morning magic. Detail below. Enjoy.

TM9320 Morning at Minot Beach – close-up of ancient headland

 

New England Coastline #4

TM9319 New England Coastline #4 7×7 oil on paper

One more vigorous day out on Bass Rocks in Gloucester. It’s fun to see what one’s imagination can do interacting with reality. This little fellow was painted on prepared rough watercolor paper, which lends its texture, and a sense of roughness, to the rocks.

New England Coastlines

TM9316 New England Coastline #1 7×7 oil on paper

It was inevitable. Each time I start one of these “little babies” I’m transported to a place with fresh air and (sometimes) thundering surf, and I find myself wanting to do it again, and again, and again…….so I do. I learn something new every time, whether its about paint application, paint viscosity, color, layering, and especially taking chances. More to follow! Enjoy.