Friday, October 20, 2017

Two new paintings

This year I have completed a number of paintings for the Louisa Gould Gallery on Martha's Vineyard and sales have been good. There are so many iconic Vineyard scenes.
In these two pieces I wanted to take a different look at two places.

The first is Menemsha - a quaint fishing village up-island. Rather than focusing on the boats and buildings, I thought putting a cormorant in the foreground would further illustrate the good location for fishing. These birds are often seen on the pilings waiting for the incoming tide teaming with fish.

Fishing Village
Original Oil
8" X 10"

The second painting showcases Martha's Vineyard's sailing history. Vineyard Haven harbor has provided sailing vessels a safe respite for centuries. The background of this painting is Owen Park which is just outside the harbor breakwater. We were sailing when I got the idea for this piece so it seemed appropriate to paint it from the water's side.

Good Harbor
Original Oil
8" X 10" 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Silent Skies

"Silent Skies" is an international collaborative super-mural mosaic featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world. The installation forms the artistic centerpiece of the 27th International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver in 2018. The original mural will go on international tour to select cultural and scientific venues and a limited number of canvas giclee editions of each will be available for sale. Proceeds will support bird conservation and environmental education.
          - from the Artist for Conservation Web site

Each original piece is 8" X 8". I chose the Chatham Island Shag, endemic to the Chatham Islands of New Zealand.

Chatham Island Shag
Original Oil
8" X 8"