A View of a Salt Marsh

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Oil on 6 x 6″ canvas panel board. $40.00

The salt marshes at the Bass Hole Boardwalk (Gray’s Beach) are magical little ecosystems.  For this painting, I experimented with using a palette knife instead of brushes.  The process of creating texture this new (to me!) way is very satisfying.

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Quiet Tide Pool

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Oil on 6 x 6″ canvas panel board. $40.00

I went for a quiet walk alone on Skaket Beach at low tide.  It was a little cloudy, and I was looking in the tide pools for seashells and other beach treasures.  When I looked up, I saw that the clouds were starting to burn off, and there were sailboats way out in the distance, peeking through the clouds and mist.

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Tide Pool at Skaket Beach

Oil on canvas panel board.  (Not for Sale)

Low tide at Skaket Beach in Orleans, MA is amazing because the tide goes waaaaaaaaay out, leaving delightful tide pools as far as the eye can see.  I painted this during our recent family vacation to the Cape.  After a day of catching hermit crabs, my son released his crab friends into this tide pool, where they could climb up into the sea grass and mud if they didn’t feel like going for a swim.

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Clouds in a Bright Blue Sky (Cloud Study 4)

Oil on 6″x6″ gessoboard. (SOLD!)

I’ve been spending some time cloud watching this summer, and learning how to paint clouds.  Having grown up in the Midwest, I’ve always loved watching cloud formations evolve as they move across the sky.  I’m trying to recreate a feeling of unpredictable movement in my cloud paintings — like, where will the clouds go from here? what will they do next?

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Rosemary on a Rainy Day

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Oil on canvas panel board. $40.00

One of my favorite things about springtime is going to the garden center to choose new herbs, like this rosemary, for my outdoor veggie gardens and back porch/summer art studio.  Yesterday was a rainy, gray day, and I felt lucky to have such a lovely potted rosemary plant to paint, right on my back porch!

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Tree Peony

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Oil on gessoboard. $45.00

The other day, a friend gave me this tree peony blossom from her yard.  At the time, it was a small, closed bud.  But by the next morning, it had opened up into this gorgeous, dramatically huge flower.  I loved the way the sunlight was hitting the edges, and I had to paint it!  Using the lightest values around the top edge of the flower so that it almost disappears reminded me of my Gears! painting that I did for the Daily Paintworks Exposure Challenge a couple weeks ago.  I feel like I’m learning something valuable and transferrable with each painting.

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