John Clayton, 'Mudhead"
Arthur signing finished painting
John Clayton sketching in
Arthur Egeli and his Portrait Study
It was an honor to be painted on the beach in the Provincetown tradition of backlit "Mudheads" while vacationing in Cape Cod. I met artist and gallery owner, Arthur Egeli at our designated location in the East End at 9:30 AM. We were joined by artist John Clayton... While I enjoyed the view, both Arthur and John quickly captured my character along the mood, lighting, and colors of the morning.
The Mudhead tradition began in Provincetown by artist and teacher Charles Hawthorn between 1899 & 1930. They began as an effort to teach his students to see forms as a spot of color, as studies, in the brilliance of the Provincetown light.