After my studio was rendered uninhabitable, I took to
painting outdoors. More specifically, I have been exploring the beaches along
the narrow strip of land that juts out into the ocean at the very tip of Cape
Cod. The light there is uniquely spectacular, reflecting back and forth off the
water, creating jewel like skies and highlighting the contrast between rugged variegated
green vegetation and the muted ochers and purples of smooth sand.
Throughout the year, with the turn of seasons the color of
the sky and landscape changes, making painting at the same locations
interesting. Weathering the elements and changing light creates its own
challenges. I am forced to paint much faster and make decisions more quickly
than when I am in the studio. The materials I use in the outdoors has also been
influenced by the elements. Panels are less likely to blow off the easel and
skim the surface of the ground than a lighter weight canvas. While waiting for
my new studio, I have been fortunate to paint plein air year round in this wonderful environment, creating a
large body of small works.