Paintings of New England Scenes
Painted over the course of two mornings, this watercolor of Nantucket’s Unitarian Universalist Church captures the iconic profile of its golden domed steeple and clock.
The low scale character of Nantucket’s Siasconset village & houses, together with a well-known ’57 vintage red Jeep – seen everywhere during the season – made for a representative vignette of another of the island’s special places.
This plein-air watercolor of Nantucket’s historic windmill was painted mid-morning, capturing a dynamic foreground of the vermillion vane pole and enormous wagon wheel that control the wooden gear train for positioning the vanes toward the wind.
A fun view of children and parent bathers enjoying the sun in different ways at Surfside’s vigorous shoreline. The upturned umbrella happened in an instant, and with the suggestive splashing of the surf, added a dimension of motion to an impression painted quickly without linework.
A local and tourist fixture of this seaside village, it is an iconic rest stop over the harbor inlet of this Maine village. The contrast of blue and yellow set the approach to the color scheme.
The connecting upper level bridge between the two wings of the Yale Art school houses this enormous time piece befitting the Gothic style architecture of the University. The glancing afternoon light reflected in the centuries old stone facade and details of this section of the venerable university immediately suggested the palette for the work.
A spring’s morning sun inspired this backlit view of display tents for an artists’ festival, with a bird carver’s work as the secondary subject of the watercolor. The play of cooler shadow and warmer light on the tents set the approach for suggesting the transluency of the temporary tent displays.
An archetypal vista for many seacoast towns glimpsed during an evening’s overcast weather, this small Cape lighthouse was captured with various granulating blue hues, contrasted by the warm colors of the beacon’s diffused light and the tell-tale red ring at the top.
A low angle street side view depicts an old family-working farm, owned by its matriarch Gladys, 99 years old and blind, but still living on the property and cared for by extended family and neighbors.
An outbuilding on an expansive estate, this simple structure with its adjacent outdoor work area, framed by thin and thick trees, was highlighted by a bright afternoon sun. Its decorative trim accents provided an interest beyond its utilitarian shape.
With a topography fashioned by its surrounding ocean waters, the character of this remote outcrop of an island has been a favorite haunt of artists for centuries. The quiet solitude and simple living on Monhegan is conveyed in an overview of houses and yards and open spaces, toward the indistinct horizon of a foggy ocean.
Pickin’ Up Lunch- Powers Market – en plein air watercolor landscape building painting by Frank Costantino
On an overcast, intermittently drizzly day, with a practical need to protect the watercolor from rain, I happened on an adjacent picnic table under a maple tree, which offered an unusual low eye-level as well as a protective canopy.
Powers Market in late evening presented an intriguing subject for a nocturne watercolor, with its warmly illuminated porches, interior lights of the bay windows and side entrance, and the subdued light of the 3rd floor apartment; contrasted by the pallid, cool cast on the building’s exterior and surrounds.
Saturday’s Shadow- Centre Pharmacy – en plein air watercolor landscape building painting by Frank Costantino
An everyday pedestrian view of this small Centre’s iconic buildings, I was struck by this dynamic composition through the narrow frame of storefront columns. The forced perspective along the façades provided a strong rectangular exposure of the planes of the building’s shapes and cupola.
Hingham, MA An almost totally backlit from a low sun during the last days of winter, this vignette of Old Ship Church's stately steeple and bell ringer were enough to convey a sense of its prominence in the center of town. The minimal highlights on the...
Ocean Park, Maine As the invited Juror Of Selection for the Ocean Park Plein Air Festival (ME), I visited this unique Chautauqua community and spent a number of days with the painters and event staff. Struck by this nostalgic piece of Americana, the...
Marblehead, MA A simple rolling lawn in morning light on an early spring day - tall new-leafing trees with suggested houses are the backdrop for the lushly greening groundscape at the harbor's edge of the Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead. The work was...
Thayer Academy The refined geometry and proportions of Thayer Academy’s iconic main building suggested this angular composition of roof lines, projecting dormers and arched windows. The symmetry and order of the feature façade elements, in dynamic angles...