Castle Hill Lighthouse

As a nocturne we see the red warning beacon of the Castle Hill Lighthouse, and being situated so close to the water, it's easy to imagine violent waves and tough weather.

This small pastel is available through the Sheldon Fine Art Gallery at Bowen's Wharf in Newport. 

Newport Harbor Light for Christmas

This is the Newport Harbor Lighthouse on Goat Island in Newport, Rhode Island. It's actually decorated like this for Christmas but I've added the internal red glow. 

This 8x10 pastel is available through the Sheldon Fine Art Gallery at Bowen's Wharf in Newport. 

Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church

It was a good day! The weather has been perfect. Easy completion tomorrow morning for all three. I'm beat!

Second Pass

Taking a break, pretty happy with this. Final touches and signature tomorrow.

Back In My Parking Place

I'm back in town, and lucky to have my same parking spot. This is coming along nicely, I'm getting a good response. Most people like this old inn and would love to have it preserved.

St Matthews Start

Lots to do here, but I'm happy with my day and this last underpainting. Four new starts today (see below). More to come on all these tomorrow.

Nash Hooper House 1772

I'm having a blast today! This is my third start of the day, a 16x20 oil on linen of a beautiful home and property from 1772. Imagine how many occupants have lived there. 

I'm seeing it as a nocturne touched by a full moon. It will be dry enough to almost finish it tomorrow. All three fresh oils will be turned in by 2 on Friday for judging and the reveal at 6 PM.

First Stage / Underpainting

OK! I'm stopping, I'll let this dry and hit it again tomorrow morning. I'm pleased, but much will have to change. I'm getting good reactions of the view I choose and the treatment of it as a nocturne.

Not Snow!

I'm scrubbing in color to serve as a base underpainting and to sketch the scene as I've imagined it now for this 20x16. Unlike the previous nocturne below, painted on a black canvas, this one on white linen won't be quite so dark. Wagons and horses are planned, too. 

Finished Study

That's good, now on to another view and a little different, smaller building, with a bit more sky, then room for the Colonial Inn sign.

Straightening Things Up

Moving along! Nice to have an enthusiastic reaction from those passing by. Off to a fun start.

First Sketch

I've checked in at The Arts Council and already started my first painting. It's a nocturne, of course, soon to add candle and lantern lights inside and out of the old Colonial Inn, which dates to 1759. 

This is a 14x11 canvas study, and next I'll sketch in a larger 20x16, covering the entire piece of linen and aligning all the elements. Stay tuned! And please share the link.