Monday, July 18, 2016

Peabody Essex Museum "Summer Breeze" July 21, 2016 6-9 pm

Good things have been happening for the Newburyport Ten Plein Air Painters.

This year the group has been invited to show some plein air paintings during an evening reception at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA called Summer Breeze. This will be Thursday evening July 21, 2016 from 6 - 9 pm. There will be Reggae music, food and drinks. The Newburyport Ten Plein Air Painters will bring special easels and painting equipment for painting out doors. We'll be there to answer questions and to tell how our group has painted together since 2000.

What a fun evening we expect to have. Here is the painting I will be bringing with me to the PEM.

Apple Tree Crane Estate

"Au Naturel" Paintings by the Newburyport Ten Plein Air PAinters

Each year the painting group known as the Newburyport Ten Plein Air Painters has a show at the Newburyport Art Association. This year our show will be from July 19-31, 2016. Friday July 22, 6-8 pm will be the artist's reception at the Newburyport Art Association.

On view and for sale at the Newburyport Art Association see a few of my paintings below.
Maudslay Dogwood

View From The Chain Bridge
Hay Field

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Art In The Barn - Greenbelt Essex, MA

Today was painting hanging day for the Art In The Barn show at Greenbelt (Essex County's Land Trust) 82 Eastern Ave Essex, Ma 01929. With about 3 paintings for each of the 120 artists the morning was very busy and by 1:00 PM the walls of 2 barns were filled with beautiful paintings. Benches are cleverly used to show all bin work. Of course that meant it was time for the crafts, sculpture, pottery and jewelry to be arranged on tables.
Free admission and all purchases help support Greenbelt.

Exhibit times include
June 10, 2016 12-4 PM
June 10 2016, Friday Public opening reception 6:00-8:30 PM (band and food)
June 11, 2016 Saturday 10-5 PM
June 12, 2016 Sunday 10-5 PM

All artists must submit paintings for acceptance into this show.

One of my paintings in this show is "Sailors Delight"

The Gloucester Schooners painting is on the back wall of the large barn.

Evening Marsh was hanging in the small barn.

Hope you will be able to get to this art show and enjoy it. Support Greenbelt and continue to enjoy the beautiful open land they support. 


Friday, March 25, 2016

New Paintings

I'm looking forward to Spring so I will be able to paint outdoors without freezing. The winter has been busy working in my studio and completing the paintings I designed during the warmer weather.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

12th Annual Crane Estate Art Show & Sale November 7-8, 2015

One of my favorite art shows is this weekend on Castle Hill at the Crane Estate 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. This year the show has been expanded to include paintings in a new gallery on the 2nd floor. They will be showing more than 250 pieces of original artwork including sculptures. 

This wonderful show will be open to the public free of charge Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8 at 10AM-4PM. 

I am lucky enough to have 5 paintings on display, 2 paintings 12" x 24" and three paintings 5" x 7".

Autumn Mist sold

 Passing Storm 5" x 7" oil sold

 Marsh Sunrise 5" x 7" oil sold

 Back To The Marsh 5" x 7" oil sold

Remember it is always possible to see more of my paintings at my studio in Newburyport, MA. Just send me an email

Friday, July 10, 2015

New painting of Plum Island tree near outlook tower

The weather has been perfect for visiting Plum Island which is two miles down the street from my Joppa studio in Newburyport, MA. Warm temperatures and just enough of a breeze to keep the bugs away. Here is one painting from just such a day.

As a contrast, here is a tree from a path at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, MA. Notice the difference between the sunny day and the more cloudy, hazy day.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Art Show with my friends

Coming soon for a short time the paintings of Marjet Lesk, Susan Spellman, Janet Sutherland and Susan Luca at the Newburyport Art Association. Contact me if you plan to visit the show and if possible I will meet you there.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Winter Is Here in New England

I'm looking out the kitchen window at snow drifting up over the fence. There are so many drifts that the snow looks like the waves at Plum Island beach just a few miles down the road. By the way, our road is so narrow from snow piled edges that it's a slow ride and then trying to anticipate cars turning the corner is very difficult. By the way, the bridge to Plum Island has been closed because of too much snow and heavy winds.

As they keep telling me "this is New England" and yes, I remember lots of snow storms in winter; strong cold winds, constant snow, slippery ice and then blinding sunshine on the white covering. Skiing, skating, snow balls, snow angels and then a fire in the fireplace to warm up. Almost forgot the cup of hot chocolate.

Here are two of my winter paintings. Hopefully you can see some of the beauty left after a winter snow storm here in New England. Let me know how you feel about the paintings and how your winter is going.

This is a view of the marshes along Hampton, NH done in oil paints on stretched linen canvas.

The beautiful Merrimac River has lots of inlet areas similar to the painting below. This scene happens to be in Amesbury, MA about a mile or two down the road from Lowell's Boat Shop. It's painted with oil paints on a stretched linen canvas. 

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Painting trip to Woodsom Farm Amesbury, MA

The past few weeks I've taken some time to explore and paint at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, MA. Woodsom Farm is an Essex national Heritage area and is owned by the town of Amesbury. A beautiful place with open fields and rolling hills. A long path to to the Powow River which is a favorite for dog walkers.

Here are a few scenes rendered as grisialles at Woodsom Farm. After doing the first scene it was easy to see more possible painting designs in the landscape. It's a wonderful day of painting outdoors when new ideas for paintings keep appearing before the painter.

The first scene is looking down the hill as the path curves gently by an arrangement of trees and bushes.

Next a quick turn in about 90 degrees left shows these 2 trees up the sloping field. I remember the tree on the left when it was covered with green leaves. Now it's completely leafless in mid summer except for the flock of black bird which rested there. 

On the way back to the parking area is a wonderful view of the back of the barn plus other storage buildings. The tall trees on the right look very majestic and all the summer greenery hugs the buildings. This type of scene is repeated all over New England landscapes. 

I'm hoping to return to Woodsom Farm and do more exploring and capturing the scenes there.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In The Studio

A quick update to let you know what is happening in my studio.

Small painting (9"x12") recently finished and hanging in the studio. Contact me if you are interested in visiting my studio in Newburyport, MA.

I'm currently working on a large Schooner painting and really enjoying the process. Below is a picture of the grisaille or under painting. The schooner is being escorted by the smaller boat to the Gloucester harbor the evening before the schooner races. 

Another grisaille done from the Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge is a small painting of trees and rocks jutting out from Deer Island.

 Back to the studio now but tomorrow I will be back outdoors in the morning ready to capture a painting of the weeping willow trees at the Mall park in Newburtport.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Castle Inn at Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA

This morning I delivered a large painting to Castle Inn at Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA. Castle Inn has been displaying and selling my paintings since 2011. The work I do fits well into the beautiful Castle Inn as I hope you will agree. Below are a few photographs showing the painting Spring Morning which is 30" x 48" unframed. The painting is from a scene of the marsh in Rowley, MA along route 1A which is on my way to Crane Estate.

The living room at the inn was being redecorated and Camilla, the Inn Keeper, wanted a large painting over the antique settee used as an accent piece. I offered to paint this piece for them and was given the freedom to choose the design and colors of the painting after discussing the plans for the redecorating of the room. See what you think of how it fits into the room. The painting is for sale and if sold I guess I would go back to the drawing board and start doing another painting.

Here are two photographs of the painting in the newly decorated living room at Castle Inn.

The wall to the left of Spring Morning has two of my other paintings plus my painting in the front entry.

Check the  Castle Inn at Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA. if you ware coming to this area. There are beautiful views from Crane Estate and a wonderful beach down the road.