"Afternoon Warmth" is a painting in soft pastel of the seashore at Nauset Beach in Orleans on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from Gallery 31 Fine Art. Nauset's waves are part of the Atlantic Ocean, and the beach itself goes on for miles and miles of nature's beauty. Pastel artist Jeanne Rosier Smith caught the warmth and light of a warm day in the summer sand, its dunes, and the nearby ocean. The palette of complementary colors enriches the depth of the scene, and her sun struck beach grasses bring us to memories of walks at the shore.
Four wheel beaching in this impressionistic painting at Nauset Beach looking to the Atlantic in Orleans on Cape Cod. Rich color, warm sand, getting away from it all for a day at the shore by Bosotn-based artist Arnie Casavant.
This painting by Richard McKinley is featured in his book, "The Selected Paintings of Richard McKinley." McKinley is the 2010 Honoree into the Hall of Fame of the Pastel Society of America. He says about this work: " One of the greatest tools a landscape painter can employ to heighten the appearance of depth in a painting is the effect of atmospheric perspective, also known as aerial perspective." He masterfully accomplishes the sense of distance and water vapor in the atmosphere here. McKinley's work is represented on Cape Cod exclusively by Gallery 31 Fine Art in Orleans, MA.
Richard McKinley's pastels of the landscape are unique and captivating. In this painting Richard adds dimension by texturing his painting surface ebfore applying pastel. The reeds at the water's edge and trees in the distance are enhanced by this unique technique of McKinley. It's rather like applying impasto paint in an oil painting -- but to enhance the landscape painted with soft pastel. Beautiful!
Otis Redding sang: "Sitting on the dock of the bay, wasting time!" Deb Quinn-Munson's unique composition of tenders at the dock shows masterful work in oil done with a palette knife. Subtleties in color and temperature changes enrich the dynamic juxtaposition of the boats and the dock. Absolutley luscious, timeless: a classic!
Rosier-Smith is a master at capturing the essence of the sea and shore. The luminosity and transparency she depicts at the crest of the breaking wave is phenomenal. The rich colors, up close perspective, and variations in paint application set her work apart.
"Evening Aglow" demonstrates McKinley's technique of texturizing the paper surface with his composition in mind before applying paint. The effect is increased richness in representing the subtleties in the scene — the tapestry of the landscape, the beauty in the mundane.
Evening Aglow" captures a beautiful luminescence of light on the water with the design of the painting leading the viewer's attention to the subtle, yet present moon rising in the sky above. Changing the temperature and color of pastel in a given area while maintaining the same value of lightness or darkness adds to the depth and richness overall. Simply stunning.
British artist Tony Allain captures the essence of a bowl of cherries with his dramatic color and bold markmaking. Allain's work is represented in the US at Gallery 31 Fine Art in Orleans on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Look at that signature bold mark making by Quinn-Munson! Limited color choices with temperature and value variations do the work in this stunning composition.
New England Seas
Jeanne Rosier Smith
20 x 40 inches (L x W)
This painting in soft pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith captures the essence of the choppy sea by one of the premiere pastelists on the art scene today. Represented by Gallery 31 Fine Art exclusively on Cape Cod, Rosier Smith's paintings of the sea, shore, and sky are timeless beauty. She lays down basic compositional factors in soft pastel masses, paints them with an alcohol wash, and then paints details with soft pastel on top, masterfully. Jeanne puts the frosting on the cake in this painting with applications of glimmering, iridescent pastel in key sparkling areas for dramatic effect. Smith is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and holds Master Artist status at the Copley Society of Art in Boston.
Freshly cut peonies arrive in June on Cape Cod. Painted from life in oil with a brush and palette knife, Sherry Rhyno captured the lacey edges and casual, fleeting arrangement with finesse. Rhyno owns Gallery 31 Fine Art and also paints in oil and pastel. "Peonies in Bloom" is a fresh, warm, and cheerful painting.
Quinn-Munson highlights just enough in the close value range of cool chroma in the water at the marsh's edge: pinks, lavenders, blues, greys... She works with a brush for her set up, then with a palette knife, a cut "bondo" edge, an old credit card -- whatever gives her a straight line for a reflection. This is an oil painting on board.
McKinley is a master at capturing the beauty and essence of quiet places in the landscape. His compositions, color and value choices, and patient application of paint create fine art to be enjoyed today and for generations to come. Look at that moon! Just the right touch for this painting with added texture by adding an impasto effect to his painting surface before adding the soft pastel on top. Wow!