When in Rome

Painting my little corner of the world is a rather new adventure. Harbors and boats, beaches and marshes are all around me. I’ve only delved into such scenes a few times but now it’s going to be the norm, at least for a while. And, generally speaking, that is what people are looking for when they come into my gallery. I have a boatload (yes, I said that) of photos I’ve taken the last few months so I have plenty of material for when I’m manning the gallery. I’ve just completed two such paintings with another one in process on the easel.

Harbor Fish Market, 16" x 20", watercolor

Harbor Fish Market, 16″ x 20″, watercolor

The first is of the Harbor Fish Market in Portland, Maine. It’s a very cool fish market with a huge variety of fresh fish. The back of the building is right on the harbor so the boats can pull right up behind. Personally, I found the backside of the building more interesting than the front, which was very cool too. There’s something about those lobster boats and all the gear that goes along with them. I’m learning all about such things these days which maybe I can share once I actually do get that painting done. Once I finish the one on the easel, my next oil painting in the studio will be of Portland Harbor, behind the market. Can you tell how anxious I am to get to all my new subjects?

Newburyport Piper, 16" x 20", watercolor

Newburyport Piper, 16″ x 20″, watercolor

Besides the coastal scenes there are also the local towns which are wonderfully picturesque, not to mention very historical as well. One such town is Newburyport, Massachusetts. It was first settled in 1635 and the downtown area is all brick sidewalks and old houses with great shops. On a recent visit, going on the art walk to all the different galleries there was a street musician playing. His music was beautiful and he had a very interesting look about him. So, yes, I got out my iPhone and took a couple of pictures. The result is this watercolor. I think it captures the essence of both the town and the piper.

I have plan for paintings of Portsmouth, N.H. as well, there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

2 thoughts on “When in Rome

  1. Kathy and Pat Grady

    What fun it must be to discover all new sources for your painting. A friend just moved to Newburyport and loves it. Your house was all aglow last week with white tents and lovely music as our neighbors hosted a gala event for the MCH Physicians. They are a fun family and we’ve enjoyed seeing them. Your new paintings are great. Hope to see you sometime this summer.


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