|New England Clam Chowder|
oil on canvas 18 x 24 inch
Last year in the month of August my husand and I took a wonderful trip to Cape Cod. It was a getaway trip so that we could recharge ourselves and discuss what is now our reality...living in Colorado. I felt so inspired everywhere we went on the Cape...the beach...the pier walks...the walks in town...and of course the sand dunes. It is truly a wonderful place of rest and peace. I felt especially connected to it because my parents lived there in the first year of their marriage in 1954 and I remember stories of Old Cape Cod told over and over by my mother. She loved it there. The entire trip I found myself imagining my young parents just starting their lives together...my mother a Kansas girl who had never been away from home really, and my father a handsome young man in the Air Force. What a time it must have been for them. And then there we were, Vic and I, middled aged, empty nest, talking about beginning our own new adventure.
I took a multitude of photographs while there and started a painting last year with the intention of painting a series inspired by our time on the Cape. I did finish the painting below last October, just before packing for our move. I do not paint beach scenes often, so it was a challenge to paint the ocean. The sunsets were a sight on the Cape...so pastel and a soft light you could almost touch.
|What They Do At Nauset|
oil on canvas 16 x 20 inch
If you are not on Instagram or Facebook I posted a short studio clip video of New England Clam Chowder in the making that you can watch below.
I am continuing to work on this series of Cape Cod-inspired stories and it feels so good to be settled and focused again.
And here's a little video in honor of my parents and especially my late mother who loved this song so much.
Until next time!