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Nocturne Paintings From the Summer of 2016

Wiscassett Bay Nocturne, 11 x 14,'oil

Wiscassett, ME. Bay Nocturne, 11 x 14,’oil

The last few years I’ve started painting many nocturne paintings from life. Which of course means staying up late! Sometimes till 1 or 2 in the morning. These are all paintings from 2016.

The Warmth of Home, 10 x 11″, oil. This painting won 2nd Place Peoples choice award at the Boothbay Stroke of Art Plein Air Event in 2016.

It’s actually a nice time to paint. Usually very quite. And of course the light doesn’t change!

Rockport, MA., Noctiurne, 14x 11," oil.

Rockport, MA., Noctiurne, 14x 11,” oil. This painting won “Best Nocturne” at the Cape Anne Plein Air Event, 2016.

“Nocturne: Queechee Falls,” 9×12 in., oil. This won “Best Nocturne” at the Vermont Institute of Science Plein air event in 2016

Often I go back the next morning to the scene to refine the drawing and colors.

“South Thomaston, Maine Moonrise,”10 x 11 in., oil

I’ve figured our how to do it better now, but they are incredibly hard to photograph. All of these sold right away at various plein air events, and so many of the photos have a lot of glare on them because of the dark colors. Recently, I’ve had some luck taking a photo at an angle to avoid the glare, and then using image editing software to pull the perspective flat.


 

 

 

Castine, Maine Outdoor Painting Event

The Monomoys, 11 x 14 in. Oil on linen. (This is the name of this kind of boat)

The Monomoys, 11 x 14 in. Oil on linen. (This is the name of this kind of boat).

Here is an overdue post.  But perhaps with spring only 3 weeks away, thoughts of summer are now  becoming more realistic. This was a wonderful painting event that I did in July of 2014,  in a gorgeous town just a few hour drive from my home in Rockland, Maine.

Castine from Fort George, by Fritz Henry Lane.

Castine from Fort George, by Fritz Henry Lane. A nice 1850’s view of the bones of the town. Of course now there are a lot more buildings and trees.

Castine is quite an interesting place from a historic point of view. It’s actually one of the oldest towns in New England, predating the Plymouth Colony by seven years. Its Post Office, opened in 1814, is the oldest in continuous operation in the United States. There is a lot of history here, a lot of fighting, and the town has gone through control  by the French, Dutch, and English (and of course Native Americans before them all), before becoming part of the U.S. I joked when I was there, though, that nothing had really happened here since the war of 1812. It’s also home to the Maine Maritime Academy. Now it’s a lovely vacation spot. The towns Wikipedia page gives a nice overview.

View of castine Harbor, 6 x 6 in. oil on linen.

View of Castine Harbor, 6 x 6 in. oil on linen.

The plein air event was well-organized and I had absolutely wonderful host  housing with the
Benjamin family. Unfortunately there wasn’t any substantial prize money, which as a full-time artist is always encouraging. I sold one painting, which was more than many of the artists, although a few people did well. It is a nice place to paint, as is the whole Blue Hill Peninsula, so I may apply again this year.

Antique Anti Aircraft Gun, Maine Marintime Academy, 8 x 10 in. Oil

Antique Anti Aircraft Gun, Maine Maritime Academy, 8 x 10 in. Oil on linen

 

Chiesa di Santa Brigida, Oil, 8×10 in.(Sold)

Chiesa di Santa Brigida, Roma (St. Bridget's Church), 8 x 10 in. oil on linen,

Chiesa di Santa Brigida, Roma (St. Bridget’s Church), 8 x 10 in. oil on linen,

This painting was done on a cool March night on the Piazza Farnese. My biggest audience were the waiters running back and forth to their storeroom and murmuring words of encouragement: “bella, bella!”

This is the Chiesa di Santa Brigida, a small Swedish church dedicated to Saint Bridget of Sweden, who travelled to Rome in 1350 where she started a new order. The Farnese Palace would be to my left.

Near the Teatro di Marcello, Rome,10 x 8 in. (Sold)

Near The Teatro-Marcello,Rome, 10 x 8 in. oil on linen

Near The Teatro-Marcello,Rome, 10 x 8 in. oil on linen

These columns are just to the right of the Theatre of Marcellus ( Teatro di Marcello) which  is an ancient open-air theatre in Rome, Italy, built in the closing years of the Roman Republic. At the theatre, locals and visitors alike were able to watch performances of drama and song. It was completed in 13 BC and formally inaugurated in 12 BC by Augustus. In front of the columns was the ancient fish market, located here because the Tiber river is only a short distance away. Lots of Italian schoolchildren shared my day here!

Bayside Garden, Portland, 8 x 10 in. Oil on Board

More Maine Paintings

Casco Bay, 9 x 12 in. Oil on Board

Casco Bay, 9 x 12 in. Oil on Board

Bayside Garden, Portland, 8 x 10 in. Oil on Board

Bayside Garden, Portland, 8 x 10 in. Oil on Board

Maine MedicalCenter, Portland, 11 x 14 in., Oil on Linen
Maine MedicalCenter, Portland, 11 x 14 in., Oil on Linen
Harpswell Lobster Shack, 9x12 in. , Oil on Board

Harpswell Lobster Shack, 9×12 in. , Oil on Board

School Playground, 8 x 10 in. Oil on Board

School Playground, 8 x 10 in. Oil on Board