Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jamestown Rocks, 6x8 Inches, Plein Air Oil Painting

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This week's Safari (Thursday) was held on a day that was billed to be a disaster in terms of weather.  3 of us boldly went ahead and re-visited the rocks at Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown.  We were steeled for blistering heat.  What we got was FOG, and, man it was chilly!!!  The lighthouse itself had fog drifting around it, so my first inclination was thwarted, as I wanted to take a run at the white stucco walls and red roofs.
But Carole pointed out the gorgeous sea-green spot in the water among the crashing waves - ah!  That's what I had to paint.  Strangely enough what I enjoyed MOST about this painting was the rocks - they seemed to take form on their own, and the lovely colors showed through.
One of those days when life give you lemons.... and you make lemonade!
*Oh, yes, my new easel withstood whipping wind without blowing over the cliffs this time (yup, rocks in the trash bag, and the backpack clipped onto it as an anchor!).  I foolishly tucked about 50 business cards in a baggie under my turp container... nowhere to be found when I returned from checking out my students' work...  Moby Dick, if you see them, you can drop them at my house!
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15 comments:

  1. A wonderful painting and so is your sense of humor.

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  2. Beautiful painting, so much movement.

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  3. Love this color palette and exploration of different temperatures in this delightful setting. How fun for you! Happy Friday! xoxo

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  4. Wonderful color in every aspect, Kelley. I can almost smell the ocean (and I do remember that smell since I grew up in New Bedford, MA)

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  5. I just love it when a day exceeds expectations!-and a great painting to show for it.-amazing colors

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  6. Sounds like fun! I love the way you painted the rocks,Beautiful!

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  7. This looks so inviting Kelley. Sitting here in Provincetown in the scorching heat, I feel like taking a dip in the FREEZING cold water.
    Enjoy that Air Conditioner!!

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  8. Such an inviting painting with lovely composition leading the eye into the cool water.. Sitting here in the scorching heat in Provincetown I'd like to dive right into that ICE COLD water.
    I hope you're sitting next to that air conditioner today.

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  9. I've been enjoying catching up on your recent works! Love the color in this! and I guess I've missed it if you've mentioned it already- what's the new easel you have that stood up so well to the wind?? :-)

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  10. Even w/ a cool palette this is an inviting piece. That can at times be a challenge, but not for you!

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  11. Love this painting and I want to go on a safari with y'all. What a fun time! Yay for you to make lemonade. Wonderful colors and those rocks-rock!!

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  12. REally beautiful, I can see why you like the way your rocks turned out. I think you were really in the flow. The color of the water is perfect. Bravo

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  13. Lovely painting, Ms. Kelley. I love that little wave on top crashing against the rocks!

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  14. this is stunning kelley.
    Luminous!

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  15. Really nice..love the colors and handling of the foreground rocks. Not to be believed kelley,..about 16 cards of yours washed up in Vineyard Haven lagoon today!

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