Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hurricane Bill

I just returned from Marblehead to see the effects of the hurricane. The water around the Castle Rock area (top photo) was completely white with foam- I've never seen it like that. The waves at Devereaux Beach (middle photo) were tossing rocks and seaweed everywhere, including the road. Both sites were busy with observers. I spotted a few surfers, but none were in the water.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rocky Neck sunset

Last evening's view of Gloucester Harbor from Rocky Neck. I tried to paint in all the little rocks on the shore but it looked too busy. After a short break, the tide had come in quite a bit and all the rocks were covered. Some pretty little ripples were happening so I repainted the bottom half. The light was changing so rapidly! I need to go back to this area and do a night painting- it's beautiful. I saw a band at the MadFish Grille after it got dark.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fogland Beach

I spent almost the entire weekend in Tiverton, RI. escaping the heat. It's a great place for kayaking, painting, swimming and hiking. I did a little of each. Gerry and I fell in love with the area yesterday and decided that we would head back there today. This scene is looking northwest from the beach.
We stopped at a farm stand and the next time I am in the area, I would like to try and get the nerve up to ask if I can paint there. There's a dirt road that leads towards the water and I suspect a great view at the end of it.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Halibut Point

After departing Thatcher Island, I still had some energy left and thought I should take advantage of being on Cape Ann. I ended up at Halibut Point. The park was quite busy and there were even a few other artists at work. The sky was a little more threatening by this time with a band of dark grey clouds, but still no rain.
I find this view of the large quarry with the ocean behind it fascinating every time I see it.

Thatcher Island

Yesterday I participated in the Thatcher Island paint out. I only heard about it on Sat. from an artist friend of a friend but luckily there was a cancellation and I was able to take the last seat on the boat. I've seen this island only from my kayak and it was delightful to spend five hours exploring it. In between paintings, I climbed one of the lighthouses and was enthralled at the dramatic view.
We were all amazed at the amount of gull activity on the island. The screeching was non-stop! I tried not to disturb them, as the parents are busy tending their young. While painting the waves, there was a major gull dispute going on, but I couldn't follow it. It was certainly distracting.
For this paint out, there is usually a show and sale afterwards, but this year there was no venue for it.