Tuesday, July 31, 2007

View from The Codman 8x10

I'm suffering serious Codman withdrawal thus the huge gap in posting. Luckily some of my dearest friends and fellow sufferers understand and have given a shoulder to cry on and really, that's all you need isn't it? Then you're fine. I didn't get this painting in a moment too soon. They started removing the siding a day later. All the windows were covered in plastic. I hope this fabulous chimney is part of the new design. I love it.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Cordage Park 5x7

Here's the finish.
While on my mission over there, I collected some of the broken window glass, which is purple. I've loved those windows and have been skulking around this place for years in all seasons but never got a successful painting. Something about the scale is intimidating. These buildings were quite something in their day. I hope when they go condo, they'll be able to save the brick buildings. Sorry about the crappy photo. I'm shooting these at home when the studio would be better. Uh oh. I had to edit this because I chose the wrong photo and published, so I think my subscribers are going to get the same picture I last published. I don't know if when you edit the post and republish, it sends it out again. Sorry about that ;)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

View from The Codman Study 8x10

This is almost finished. You can see that I meant to include the window mullions but now think that it adds nothing and could in fact, detract. Any advice? There are no words to describe how I feel when I'm in this building. I'm doing a bit of a painting documentary on this space that I'll soon have to leave. When I came to the first Open Studios they had here in 1994, I felt a good vibe. It was my hubby that suggested that I get myself a space. Our studios validate us in a way that nothing else does. When we are here. We're artists.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Cordage Park 5x7

I got this little sketch done while waiting for the security patrol to come and let me out after I trespassed (Yes, I KNOW) out in back of the old cordage buildings, taking pictures. While I was there photographing blissfully, ever the artistic explorer, someone locked the gate, Oh Crap :(
Luckily, and I do mean luckily, there is a new Marina down there where it used to be pretty much desolate. I got the attention of one of the workers and he called the Security guy to come and spring me. While I was waiting I thought I should paint. I'll finish this up and post the final. I was a little embarrassed in a 'curiosity killed the cat' kind of way. These beautiful old mill buildings are right on the water where they used to ship the rope from. Good thing I got my fill of pictures 'cause I can't go back!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Study at Two Islands

I've held this post back hoping to get a better photo but since Monday, July 2nd, when I arrived at my studio to find that 16 studios, including mine had been broken into, their doors pried open with a crow bar, I've been scrambling to visit several possible new studio sites. Our building was recently sold and zoned for condos, so the writing, as 'they' say, was on the wall. Nothing was missing or damaged that I can detect but it was upsetting to find my lock repaired, as best it could be. The building has never been completely secure, but we've had no real trouble and I've never been afraid there. Most of our intruders were homeless cats and kittens which ended up being taken in by group members, and neighborhood kids skateboarding in the hallways at night. So, this is the photo I'm going with. I will say that any painting I ever saw in with my own eyes, looked better than the best photo of it.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Island Street Marsh 8x8"

I travel far and wide to paint quaint fishing villages and lobster boats in harbors but all of that is right here in Marshfield, in my 'own back yard', as the saying goes. Aside from being hideously over crowded now, Marshfield is still a beautiful place to live. Quickly disappearing quaint cottages and old fishing sheds can still be found and the harbor has a working lobster and fishing fleet.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Two Islands Farm

This abandoned farm is a typical sight around the Parrsboro area. At one time, this entire region was a bustling ship building and fishing site. Many famous vessels got their start here and coal was brought from Springhill and exported by ship and rail. At one time the only road to Truro and the lower peninsula was through Parrsboro but this has been replaced by the Trans Canada Highway which bypasses it. It's a great place to paint and really get away.
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