long beach cottages

Long Beach Cottages,  20 x 30, oil on linen, © 2015 Rob Diebboll
Long Beach Cottages, 20 x 30, oil on linen, © 2015 Rob Diebboll

The long row of cottages at Long Beach, Rockport, sit on sand held up by a tall, concrete wall. How long will it last?

brothers

Brothers, 28 x 42, oil on linen, © 2015 Rob Diebboll
Brothers, 28 x 42, oil on linen, © 2015 Rob Diebboll

At high tide Cape Hedge Beach is pretty much under water. At low tide it widens to reveal a different landscape to rediscover every day. This is a large, complex piece developed over July and August.

cape ann coast

Cape Ann Coast, 22 x 32, oil on linen
Cape Ann Coast, 22 x 32, oil on linen

It's a hazy, summer day, standing on the popple dune at Cape Hedge, everything picking up a little gold from the afternoon sun.

open studio tour update

 studio and gardens

studio and gardens

It was a great turnout for day #1 of the open studio tour Saturday, and a beautiful day it was. The gardens got as many complements as the art did and Kim gave several tours outside. It's rainy today with the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill relieving the drought, but I know it's not going to deter the diehards.

Thacher and Long

Thacher and Long, 20 x 28, oil on linen, © 2015
Thacher and Long, 20 x 28, oil on linen, © 2015

Rockport's Thacher Island, home of many a wreck, keeps a view over Long Beach where visitors find solace.

Walking Long Beach

 Walking Long Beach, 20 x 30, oil on linen

Walking Long Beach, 20 x 30, oil on linen

A late spring day, the water has warmed up into the low 50's, and despite a little fog the sun is warming the sand. The new foliage of the blueberry and poison ivy on Cape Hedge's rocky point is red with patches of green and a little shiny, brushed by the passing fog.

East Breeze

 East Breeze, 28 x 42, oil on linen

East Breeze, 28 x 42, oil on linen

When the East Breeze picks up around 1:00 off the Atlantic its cooling relief can be welcome on a hot day at Good Harbor Beach. On a cool day though it can be bone-chilling, but dogs don't seem to notice the difference.

Lifeguards

 Lifeguards, 24 x 36, oil on linen

Lifeguards, 24 x 36, oil on linen

Every summer morning at Good Harbor Beach the lifeguards arrive by 9:00 and warm up with their beach run. It's also a signal to the surfers to pull out until after 5:00. The fishermen can continue to hang out though. Lifeguards has been accepted to the annual seARTS at Bass Rocks show, Gloucester. It'll be an appropriate location, looking out over Good Harbor Beach, the purview of these lifeguards.

New Year's Swim

 New Year's Swim, oil on linen, 24 x 36

New Year's Swim, oil on linen, 24 x 36

January sun on the sand does little to warm the daring youths on Good Harbor Beach. Nevertheless, they take their time enjoying their burning skin and lungs heated by fast hearts. You can see the initial sketch on my facebook page.

Parsons Beach

 Parsons Beach, 28x42, oil on linen,

Parsons Beach, 28x42, oil on linen,

On a windy, midsummer day at the mouth of the Mousam River, the locals escape to Parsons Beach, Maine. Some have first stopped at Bennett's Store to fill their coolers with sandwiches, beer, and cookies. Others come to fish on the shifting banks of the river, or jump into the rippling current with their tube or boogie board. The umbrellas are dug in deep fighting the wind and shading the sun. They may not realize that these are unforgettable days.

This large work evolved over months. It started with sketches and studies from various perspectives, settling on this angle with the sun high and slightly behind. A thin cloud dims the light on the distant point of land and trees, making it recede further and at the same time acting as a foil for the flat, hazy surrounding colors.

silver dog

 Silver Dog, 12 x 16, oil on linen

Silver Dog, 12 x 16, oil on linen

What heaven is this, a boy with his red shovel and dog? A moment at Cape Hedge Beach, done plein air. Silver Dog, 12 x 16, oil on linen

watercolors

 Cape Hedge Swimming, 7.5 x 11, watercolor

Cape Hedge Swimming, 7.5 x 11, watercolor

 Boats, 7.5 x 11, watercolor

Boats, 7.5 x 11, watercolor

 Cape Hedge Walk, 11 x 15, watercolor

Cape Hedge Walk, 11 x 15, watercolor

 Three Chairs, 11 x 15, watercolor

Three Chairs, 11 x 15, watercolor

 Cape Hedge, 11 x 15, watercolor

Cape Hedge, 11 x 15, watercolor

Cape Hedge beach has a sandy cove mixed with rock ledge at its southern end.

pebble beach dream

 Pebble Beach Dream, 22 x 40, oil on linen

Pebble Beach Dream, 22 x 40, oil on linen

One end of Pebble Beach is sand, the other popples, stones rounded smooth by the ocean's incessant tumbling, the sound of bowling balls in the distance. This can create Rip Van Winkle moments while lying on the sand, where you forget where you are or how long you've been there.

cape hedge september

 Cape Hedge September, 16 x 16, oil

Cape Hedge September, 16 x 16, oil

September colors are so bright and clear, and the water is still warm. Nothing like spending a day in paradise and painting the natives.