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Stormy Weather: On Clouds and Painting

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Stormy Weather: On Clouds and Painting

It’s easy to admire a perfectly cloudless day on a mountain summit. It means we rarely consider our fears about coldness, damp, or the possibility of getting lost. In summer daylight runs long. There’s a swimming hole down the trail once we’re back in the hot, humid air of the trees. Perhaps there’s a cold beer at day’s end. We love these days because they are uncomplicated. Climbing the mountain was made less strenuous by the absence of clouds. Though I love this type of day, especially when traversing a long, exposed range of mountains; in my paintings I gravitate...

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Summer Adventures and New Work

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Summer Adventures and New Work

Although I like to think I'm an artist every hour of every day, there are a lot of other things going on in my life this time of year. I've still had plenty of time to work on a bunch of little watercolors and one great, big oil painting, but in other news... Among the crazy things I got myself into for spring was the North Face Endurance Challenge Series races at Mount Wachusett over the weekend of June 10th and 11th. I signed up for a trail half marathon (13.1 miles) without even examining the course map first. Turns...

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The latest large scale oil on canvas painting from my studio. Watch me paint!

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The latest large scale oil on canvas painting from my studio. Watch me paint!

Here's what I've been up to in the studio for the last few months! Watch an amazing cloudscape come together in this timelapse of my oil on canvas painting "Osgood Trail, Mount Madison, N.H." painted between February and April 2017. This is over twenty hours of painting time condensed into about a minute and half!    

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What's Happening? A Springtime Art Studio Update

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What's Happening? A Springtime Art Studio Update

Welcome to Spring (sort of!) We’ve had some crazy weather over the last week here in Boston. There were several balmy days in the upper 60s, melting virtually all the snow we got earlier in February. But temps dropped over the weekend and Saturday night saw furious rain and wind lashing at our windows in the dark. It pounded loudly against the sides of our greenhouse, which had reach 92 degrees inside just a day before. Now it’s chilly again. In the studio I’ve been catching up on varnishing oil paintings long since dried and cured. It is very satisfying...

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The Story Behind the Painting: Crawford Path on Mount Washington

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The Story Behind the Painting: Crawford Path on Mount Washington

At first the day seems chilly. Clouds envelope the hut where I stayed the night before all through the early morning as I carefully repack my pack for the day’s hike. At breakfast the fog begins to lift under the force of shifting winds and a few cups of coffee. Views of the valley appear and vanish, to small gasps of other guests as they catch a flash of green and blue behind the white veil. Eventually the clouds drop below us, revealing the blue dome above. A frenzy of activity ensues as we hikers rush to get out on...

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