Plein Air Studies
Cape Ann
Cape Cod


Summer / Fall 2022


Paintings are approx. 6x8" unframed
Acrylic on Cartón Board
$175 each + shipping

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Hesperus Rocks 1
Fort Hill Eastham_3
Fort Hill Eastham_1
Fort Hill Eastham MA 2
Bell's Neck Harwich_1
SOLD Bass Rocks 1

About Plein Air

The practice of painting "en plein air", or "in the open air" goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the invention of transportable paint tubes and the box easel, allowed artists the freedom to leave the four walls of the studio. 

The next logical step from sketching on site, plein air presents different challenges, including sun, rain, and slippery rocks. This summer was one of discovery, capturing the changing light and colors while trying to maintain my balance. I was unsuccessful in the latter, which led my companions to name my new travel easel "The Hesperus" after Longfellow's poem.

The "Wreck of the Hesperus"
The "Wreck of the Hesperus"