Monday, September 17, 2007

September at the Snack Shack, Oil, 11x14

Today I painted at Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA. There were litereally less than a dozen people there, although it was a gorgeous day. It seems so barren and forlorn, with the empty parking lot and the deserted snack and changing area. I loved all the picnic tables piled up against the back of the Snack Shack, and the pay phone. While I was painting I thought... geez, it seems everyone has a cell phone today, I wonder if they really need that.... and just as I was packing up a woman rode up to it on her bike and made a bunch of phone calls.... although WHERE she was riding from, and how she knew there'd be a phone there is kind of mysterious.... Anyway this was painted on pastel board - what do I know? I thought it would just be a lovely ground, but the board sucked up all the liquid from the paint as soon as it touched - made for VERY tough painting! It was wrestling the whole time, and between that and my two tubes of dried out Permalba White Paint... well, it made me question the joy of Oil Painting quite a number of times.... Off to Utrecht tomorrow, I promise myself!

4 comments:

Debbie Miller said...

Hey Kelley, hows the studio hunt going??

Kelley MacDonald said...

Hey, Debbie! Hmmm... not so great - every place is more expensive than the last - to the point where we're thinking of the 'backyard studio' thing - for the price of one year's rent I could OWN my own studio. So it's a matter of a tiny yard, and the Coastal Resources People saying 'yes'....
And we should do a Fall Briggs painting...

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I haven't been to Horseneck since I was a teenager :( Would love to plan a painting day with you and Debbie.
I love the sky in this. Good job.

conor said...

I love it! looks like its ready to sail out to sea. you should do more of these!