Friday, October 1, 2010

More art from the North Shore of Boston

"Rockport Headlands"
14" x 11"
watercolor

"Sunrise on the Headlands"
Rockport, MA
Oil
by Joan Kendall


On a very windy, sunny September morning in Rockport, MA, my artist friend Joan Kendall and I walked down our small Cove Hill Lane and clambered over the rocky headland to find a sheltered place to paint. We huddled behind a large rock looking down on the impressive headlands. I had just had time to sketch the rocks onto my watercolor block when the wind shifted and we were too uncomfortable to continue. Later in the day, we painted indoors at "the barn" (our rental cottage's loving family name). I used granulating paints -- ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, and raw sienna, with some diazanon purple and alizarin crimson thrown in for variation -- to achieve the light patterns on the rocks. Last night with my Thursday night Southside Art Club, I added the roiling water. I'm going to study this one a few more days and may add more color into the water.

Our final evening in Rockport, we walked again on the headlands and watched a beautiful sunset. Both Joan and I took many pictures for future reference. Joan's oil painting is a combination of memory of past sunrises, artistic license, and love of the sea. She captured that moment early in the day when the rocks are very dark, the sky has a faint smudge of red-orange, and the water is a mixture of opaque and translucent passages. I just love this little piece.


9 comments:

PAMO said...

Your watercolor, Mary is beautiful! And Joan's oil is just lovely. WOW! To hang out in such an astounding setting with such good art friends sounds wonderful.

Mary Paquet said...

Pam, thanks so much. Joan and I have had a great time on our annual art vacations.

Marie Theron said...

A very lovely show the two of you put up here,Mary! Your watercolor has a lovely structure! A very pleasing painting.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Beautiful work, Mary. We drove up from Ogunquit to Rockport for a bit of shopping on Tuesday afternoon. It would have been so great to get to meet you!
Congratulations for getting so much painting done during your vacation...I was full of good intentions, but ended up painting in my head only and spending a lot of time looking at painting books:-)

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Mary, Your rocks are wonderful! I thought it was done! I like the strong shapes of the rocks contrasted with the suggestion of water and surf. Splendid! It will be interesting to see what you do with it.

Mary Paquet said...

Christiane, I've been to Rockport, Maine, but this time I was in the tiny town in Massachusetts, north of Boston. It would have been great fun to meet up with you. Last year, Joan and I stayed at Pemaquid Point, ME, and visited the museum in Ogunquit. Sounds like you had a lovely vacation.

Peggy, I have about decided to leave the rock painting as is. There is more blue in the water than is visible in this post, and my critique group said I should call it done.

Mary Paquet said...

Marie, thanks so much for your visit. I've always enjoyed doing the shape element. The rocks were a fun challenge.

Celeste Bergin said...

wow that watercolor is superb!

Mary Paquet said...

Celeste, thanks so much for visiting.