Thursday, March 1, 2012

Colors and Patterns at the Blythewold dock

These paintings were made from the dock at Blythewold, an early 20th century mansion, open to the public here in Rhode Island.  I loved the rich and stippled patters combined with the tumbled geometry of the stonework. Rough textures and surfaces like this always seem to yield wonderful color. I especially enjoyed painting a peach colored sky for the dock painting.

Blythewold beach stairs digital landscape

Blythwold dock digital landscape

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Abstract Animals

At Coggeshell Farm in Rhode Island, a working 1800's era farm, I found these animals in their fabulous environs in such different light conditions. I really enjoyed the way they broke up into abstract shapes and forms in this painting process.

Cow in misty field

Sow in pig heaven

Ewe and Lamb in shadows of the barn

Friday, December 30, 2011

The water's edge

Pin ItNot far from my home here is a beautiful little park right on the bay called Colt State Park. Below are some of the paintings of the waters edge and it's many moods. I love the contrast of the bathers on the rocks in all it's summer color and the kayaker at dusk in the fog.

Colt rock bathers

Colt Kayak at foggy dusk

Colt boulder low tide

Colt shore tussock

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Pin ItWater. It is the single greatest force for shaping nature and landscapes. Humans funnel it, try to capture it, but it still is a wild thing constantly on the move changing our world. I have been interested in those places where mans efforts to direct it's movements meet the moment that it is free again.  I did a series of paintings of culverts that have an interesting mix of visual structure and quiet fluid reflection. Culverts.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The colors and architecture of the Grand Canyon

Pin ItI have always been completely in awe of the grand canyon and the many paintings that have been done by the great landscape masters and many others there. Though I didn't take the reference photographs myself, there are almost unlimited views to find the landscape there is so visited. I wanted to explore some very saturated color and banded forms in these two paintings. The heavy speckling I painted in gave me the opportunity to capture some of that shimmering and unreal sense of color that the canyon can have in certain light where it seems to almost blister and bubble with colors that are more than could actually be there.

Grand Canyon at dusk

The Lily Pond

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Not far from where I live is an old mansion with grounds that are open to the public.  It is called Blythewold and I go there often to find subjects for my work. One of the more enchanting places on the grounds is the lily pond. It seems to constantly offer opportunities for looking at it in new ways.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The many moods of rocky shores

One of my favorite subjects is the rock and ledge that lives at the line between land and sea.  There is a lot of it up and down the east coast here and it has so many moods. I love the madly varied colors and stepped, cracked surfaces so deeply etched by the perpetual waves.
Bar Harbor Thunder hole

Northern Maine morning tidal pools

Barrington Beach sea grass after storm

Vancouver seaweed low tide

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pine brooms

Pin ItIn a small park near my home called Hanes Park, there are several older pine trees with intensely dense growths on them called "Pine Brooms."  These growths presented such opportunity to bring out the static chaos and gestures that the more oderly trees without these sematic mutations lacked.  I am personally attracted to the beauty of asymmetry and imperfection.  I also love the oily, pitch-created kaleidoscope of colors that can be pulled out of the tessellated pine bark.  For me, they become almost jewel toned and act as wonderful moments of contrast to the colors in the broom.

Hanes pine broom #1

Hanes pine broom #2

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dusk understory

Pin ItI have always been fascinated by the complexities of criss crossing branches and how they carve up space. What better time to push those forms to their graphic base then dusk just when the light is fading fast and colors compress to a narrow band on the color wheel. This is a painting from along the Barrington River in winter near my home. I really felt the tiny puzzle shapes of color scattered throughout the images and loved pushing to deep indigos and cyans.  the abstract of the colors capture between the slashing branch shapes was fun finding the right mix of related shades.

Barrington River dusk understory

Monday, April 18, 2011


I did a series of paintings looking upwards into tree canopies during winter. the trees were bare of leaves here on the east coast and the branches cut the sky into beautiful shapes like a stained glass window.
Blythewold old oak panorama
Blythewold beach canopy
Blythewold Larch

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


On Mount Desert Isle there are wonderful paths that roam all through the park.  They serve as ways to get places and as destinations from which to view some of the park's greatest vistas and features.  I became fascinated by the paths themselves with their deeply compacted earth worn bald of grasses and plants from years of nature pilgrims shuffling along them.  Each turn became its own destination with sea smells and sounds of rustling leaves cooly intruding on my concentration for guiding my steps.  Each of these three path paintings had a different story and promise of old secrets if I'd just continue a little further.  Each explores atmosphere, light and color differently because the narrative asked me to.  I am especially drawn to the struggle between the roots and the granite bedrock polished and exposed only by the passing of human feet.

Bar Harbor cliffside path

Bar Harbor approaching the stairs
Bar Harbor slanted stone path

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Coggeshell coop

Behind one of the barn buildings at Coggeshell farm is this marvelous old coop or pen,  I could have worked with this in so many ways but the structure of it and the "not quite four-square" nature of everything just wanted to be seen straight on so that it could tell you about its quirks and warps.  Those wonderfully interrupted angular shadows take you right around the corner to the field and tree disappearing in the moisture thickened air.

Coggeshell Farm coop