Sunday, October 5, 2008

"Port Clyde Boat House"

One of my favorite things about getting together and painting with a group of artists is when a bunch of us paint the same subject. This boat house was painted by at least six of us on a couple of different days. Below is my version.
I really like the sky in this one and how it describes the light on that particular day.

"Port Clyde Boat House", 14" x 18" oil on linen, Frank Gardner © 2008
$1,300. Framed. Available at Galeria Gardner


Anonymous said...'s been a long, long day - just got home and clicked on your page....haven't read yet what you wrote, but, oh, that sky! I looked at the up-close............oh, that sky!!!
: )
...i turned my head right to see the ocean view - there IS an ocean view, i assume...........well, to ME there is an ocean view, because I can smell it.
and i went to get a big sweater.

okay, now i'll read what you wrote.

i'm tired - did i remember to say, OH THAT SKY!!!!???

Anonymous said...

yup. it describes the light, for SURE!

helped by those long shadows and the green, green grass.

i want to go there.
my balcony will have to do for now.

Anonymous said...

I really feel the weight of that old building after decades of sinking itself into the hillside.
You captured so well, the creakiness of the old wood and a structure weathered by the sea.

Some days I feel as though my hands can paint, but my eyes can't see.
And if they do, they're mad at my hand and not talking to it!

Looks like that never happens to you, Frank.

OH, yes, and that sky- those two little streaks of turquoise squeezing between the clouds- perfect.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Solveg. Thanks for the kind words, I am glad I got new something posted.
Yes, there is an ocean/ harbor view. see a painting from two years ago here:

So glad that you liked the sky - even before reading what I had written about it.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Bonnie. The little house sure has a lot of character. I may have pushed the creakiness just a bit.

I feel that way too sometimes, I just don't show you those.

The sky really did open up like that just a bit, so I grabbed it.

Thanks for looking!

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

i've never seen little boat houses like this before, then again i've never been north of PA. i'm always taken by how much of the ground you allow to show through, each brushstroke very deliberate looking in it's placement. there are a lot of cool colors in this that balance so nicely with that ground, and it all looks so bright. you do make it look so much easier than it truly is.

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Ok... here I go again... this is one of my favorite of yours Frank!! LOL! Geeze.. you make it so hard!

I really absolutely love this. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! said...

There is a lot of information in that sky.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Christine. I rubbed this panel with a warm tone and allowed some of it to show through so the finished painting would not seem too cool.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Christine. I rubbed this panel with a warm tone and allowed some of it to show through so the finished painting would not seem too cool.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Alicia, You made me laugh.
Well, that is something that I am always up for hearing, so thanks.

Frank Gardner said...

Glad you think so Bill.
It's gotta be Bill, right?

Dean H. said...

Great composition, Frank. I really like that dynamic, green, hillside.


Jennifer Thermes said...

Ooh, I really like that sky, too. I can just smell that crisp salt air. :-)

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Dean!

Thanks Jennifer!

Anonymous said...

Very nice, Frank! Here's a thought... an exhibition with your fellow Maine trip artists! I think it would be spectacular!!!

Anonymous said...

The lighting in that sky is great for sure. Love the boathouse,too; it's full of character.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Takeyce.
The exhibit is at the AddisonArtGallery (opening reception Saturday, February 16 from 5:30 to 7:30).
That is in Orleans, Ma. On Cape Cod.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Alexandre!

craigstephens said...

Nice one Frank!
I agree, the sky is very cool in this one. The rocks in your previous post are fantastic as well.

Mike said...

This is "Mr. Jealous" writing to you after a long absence . . . .

Between France and getting ready for my annual open studio, I have been missing in action. Am starting to surface now as the OS preps are pretty much done. Then I went to your blog . . . .MAINE???? With J. Lipking and other guys? I can see the green monster reflecting off my walls! I'm actually nausious!

Man! Whaadddda coooool trip that had to be!!! Being around all that gang and painting like fiends!! Whew!! It had to have been (literally) awsome ! Nice work, too!

Marian Fortunati said...

I am always awed by the different visions that different artists bring to the same subject. There are any number of books showing a scene that the original impressionist painters created... All lovely and all an expression of that particular artist!

Beautiful as always.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Craig. It is good to hear from you again!

Hi Mr. "J" Bailey. I have been a little lax on visiting friend's blogs too. Very busy right now.
Yeah, Port Clyde was pretty much fun, and a little warmer than the last trip up there :-)

Hi Marian, I agree. I hope that some of us show the paintings of similar subjects in the show. It would be cool to see them framed up and side by side.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I finally had a chance to sit down and look at that jeremy lipking video and look up this painting you linked, here. I LOVE seeing the view I was picturing in my mind's eye from your blog-posted boat house painting, here! Great difference in focus and mood between the the minimized boat house compared to the pier/dock....and SO interesting: the vastness implied in this painting, and then the vastness rendered in the other one.

Thanks for the link(s)!!!!

Hope you're enjoying being back home! - i'm sure you are!

here, there's the smell of burning leaves (lingering in the night air after an afternoon and evening of people's yard-raking), and it's also gently raining - that unique sound of gentle rain dropping upon fallen leaves..........a lovely quiet sensory experience for my nose and ears, while my eyes have your paintings entrancing them!!! all together, a very beautiful moment in the midst of all the world chaos going on.
thank you!!!

Elizabeth said...

Amazing painting of the rocks and also the little cabin at night.
Sorry I haven't commented for a bit - have been in England.
I really do admire your paintings very much.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks for taking the time to watch Jeremy's video Solveg. Did you see me? About 1.5 seconds worth?

I always appreciate your comments on my paintings.
I AM enjoying being home, but I miss painting with the guys.

It is pretty fall like here too.
You have a way with words.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Elizabeth. Thanks.
I totally understand. You may have noticed that I have not been around on the blogs that much lately either.
I hope that your trip to England was enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the "words" compliment. very kind.
wish i knew what to do with that "way".............

have been looking at the array of your paintings in the American group on your site - so many beautiful paintings, and so many that have been deep eye-food comfort for me over the past many months.....nice to look at them all in one place every now and then!
: )

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Solveg. Thanks for visiting my web site often to check out those paintings. I'll update with some new stuff before too long.
A bunch of these will be going into our shows, and I want to be sure of where they will be available before I load them up.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love this one. Great colors and structure.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Mary!