I painted the mortar mostly simple light colors to pull out the rich watercolor-like tones of the old slate and shale used in the construction.
The overgrowth of the brambles create russet whips that look like they are weaving this old building back into the land itself. It's late fall and the leaves have dropped giving the scene that quiet and expectant pause that you get here in New England. I wanted to capture the thin blue sense of late afternoon light near the shore and to be able to smell the salt marsh and brisk breeze that carries the hint of dry leaves and hay bundles.
Here again I find the hard edges shapes this painting process brings out to be simply thrilling and so full of discovery.
|Coggeshell Farm Stone Shed|