Finalist - Outstanding Acrylic
June 2010

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Winter Morning in South Berwick

This acrylic on panel is 8 x 10" and is currently showing at the Wright Gallery in Cape
Porpoise, ME. It won a finalist award in acrylics for the November contest by Fine Art Studio On Line.
Just click on the link to see the winners.
It is my second award for an acrylic painting in the contest. I won in Sept. for "Winter at Perkins Cove".

A Sunny Winter Morning

This is an acrylic painting 5 x 7" of Essex, MA near Gloucester where I grew up.
This is not today's weather that's for sure. It is a soggy rainy day here today in North Berwick and it is washing away most of the snow. I don't like that. Might be a snow storm next weekend though so that will fix things. As most of you know I love to paint snow! Like most Cape Ann artists, it is my favorite season!
Today I will accept email offers on this one. Just send me an email at
I used to list some of these smaller works on Ebay from time to time. I won't be doing that anymore. There is such a large amount of really bad art on there and it is very difficult to find work there. Many of my collectors have told me this. I tried a search myself and I had titled several of my listings with "New England" in the title.They did not show up at all!
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Friday, December 25, 2009

Frozen Cove at Stonington, ME

Here is a small 6 x 6" acrylic on panel. You can bid on this one at auction here.
There are a few other small paintings also listed some with donations for charity for the Christmas season.
Happy Holidays to all.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sunny morning in December

Here is the painting as it looks now back in the studio. I haven't really done much to it except to refine some of the shadows and redesign the sky back to where it was in the early stages. I had been tempted to change the sky on location, but it would have meant a different mood for the painting and it would have been "chasing the light". Not a good idea.

Clouds move in

In this photo the clouds have really moved in and changed everything about the scene.
In the early stages it had been sunny and the snow covered roofs had been a darker value than the sky. Now it was the opposite and it was time to pack it up. I didn't want to repaint the whole scene with that mood. It would have changed my whole original concept.

The middle stages

This is about half way through the session and the cloud cover was beginning to move in now.
I started to indicate that in the sky and found myself caught up in that mood.
This location is on the Morrill Mills Road in North Berwick, Maine.

The block in

Well here is a painting I did on Sunday morning. The sun was out to start the painting, and I focused on the shadows as you can see along with the frozen small pond in the foreground. This was a warm grey tone which was in harmony with the reflected light on the houses and barns.
This oil is 30 x 30" square .

Monday, December 07, 2009

First Snow at Doughty Falls

The painting is the largest I have done on that location, 26 x 32", and I have always wanted to work larger there. It was exciting to be out on the first day of snow this season. I had really been looking forward to it. It was a pretty warm morning too and I was a bit overdressed with my coveralls suit , hat and boots that are good to 30 below.
I had to remind myself to take the photos as I worked so I could show the stages. First time I have thought of doing this.
Just a few minor adjustments and it will be off to the gallery.

Painting and the scene

Well here it is set up on the easel before I packed up and headed home. It was about noon when I finished working. The painting is 26 x 32" in oils on canvas.
It will be on exhibit at the Wright Gallery in Cape Porpoise, Maine later this week.

Middle Stage of the painting

This is the painting about half way through. You can glimpse the falls behind the canvas.
In the next shot I will show both the scene and the painting on my easel.

First Snow at Doughty Falls - the block in

This is the first block in of shapes on my painting yesterday morning at the Doughty Falls in North Berwick. It was a bright sunny day after the snow storm of the day before. I have always wanted to do a large canvas at the Falls.