Saturday, September 24, 2011

Provincetown Portrait Studies

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.

Painting In Provincetown 2011

Painting the dunes in Truro

Low Tide, Moors
6x8, Oil/Canvas Panel

Truro Dunes
6x8, Oil/ Canvas Panel

Dune Road, Provincelands
6x8, Oil/ Canvas Panel

It was a great week vacationing and painting in Provincetown once again. Spectacular weather, good traveling companions, food, & art.. what could be better? Traveled with a small Pochade and limited palette this year.. and did these small paintings (plus 1 wiper!)... was good to be painting plein air after a long absence.....especially in Cape Cod!