I am a pastel painter. I chose this medium because of its immediacy and lightness. Pastel allows you freedom to build a richness of color in a single sitting that I did not find in any other kind of painting. It is the purest pigment in a soft medium that can still give you hard edges while maintaining its beautiful fluidity of expression.
"A Cape Cod Boil"
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This painting was created for our weekly DPW challenge which is to paint snow. I rarely see a snow picture where the snow is actually white. It seems to pick up color from everything around it, especially the sky. This was at twilight a few weeks ago after a big snow. The tide had pushed large pieces of ice into Cotuit Bay and the snow on the beach had been sculpted by the water. The color was fantastic. Pink, blue and purple and the water was a dark bluegreen.
This is the second in a series of pieces I have been working on about motion and transparency and water. I did a series of studies for each of these paintings including a more finished study incorporating many fish and working out motion, flexibility and placement. I did several revisions before arriving at my finished work. I wanted to capture the drama of bluefish feeding on the smaller bait fish both above and below the surface. I hope I convey the sense of urgency and hunger to my viewer.
My last few posts have been studies for this painting. I have been thinking about it for quite a while. When the striper bass are feeding they push the smaller bait fish into shallow water or up onto the surface if they are deep. The great number of fish moving through the water creates a "boiling" effect. I had a couple of pictures taken from a boat looking out onto such a scene, but no real clear fish images. So I did several studies of individual fish and also a larger illustration of several in a group before attempting my finished work. I was really happy to have captured the splashing and focused drama of what the fisherman here call a "Cape Cod Boil."