On location oil painting “Cape Meares” by Toledo, Oregon artist Ivan Kelly juried into American Society of Marine Artists National Museum Exhibit Tour
Tour Exhibition Schedule:
Chase Center on the Riverfront, Willimington, Delaware: May – July, 2008.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Oxford, Maryland: July – October, 2008
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York: March – May, 2009
New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachuetts: June – September, 2009
It’s a balmy late November afternoon under the lee of Oregon’s Cape Meares and I have my easel on a cobblestone beach littered with massive chunks of tangled driftwood.
The glare of the sun reduces the subject to simple grey shapes. Easy I thought, but not so fast because the Cape’s subtle atmospheric greys are constantly changing, giving rise to doubts as to whether I can get it. Nevertheless, I persevere.
Back in the studio, I critically look at my impressions. A few slight adjustments and I’ve got something I like. Best of all, I got to spend a glorious afternoon doing what I have come to love best.