Monday, October 1, 2018

New England Clam Chowder

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 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 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 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!
♥ Lisa


  1. Wonderful to see the video. I also love Cape Cod (and clam
    chowder). We have a rich vein of family to inspire us all if we
    explore it.

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS whole post, Lisa. The story - the paintings and the video.
    You will have these memories and post forever!

  3. Dear Lisa - your art is wonderful as always. I enjoyed seeing your short clip and adored hearing Patti Page's song. Thanks for a charming post. Hope your visit with Julie is wonderful.

  4. I poped in from Julie's blog. Lovely post! I like the cottagy-like look to your painting. Great memories of the Cape and your parents. My husband and I have that song on a CD and always play it when we get to the Cape.

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