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Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach

A couple of years ago I felt the impulse to challenge myself by painting again and began doing small landscapes and still lifes. I soon discovered the daily painting movement where artists produce a small painting each day and post it on their website. While I never attempted to create seven paintings a week I did benefit from the discipline of painting on a frequent basis. By working small, I was able to take risks that I never would have taken with larger pieces. Likewise, it was easy to abandon a painting that just wasn’t working and move forward with a new one. My overarching goal has been to become a better craftsman without diminishing the poetry.

Lighthouse Beach
I never tire of visiting Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts. Not only does the beach change depending on the light but it also physically changes from year to year. One year a sandbar is clearly visible, the next it’s gone. This painting was an attempt to capture the mood of the beach at a specific time of day, in specific weather conditions. In addition to oil paint, a thick layer of wax (encaustic) gives the piece a physical presence.

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12.0" x 12.0"
Oil and acrylic on wood panel

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