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I love to do harbor scenes.  In the past they have always been in England, but I decided to see what they’re like on the New England coast.  I drove by all of the towns along the water.  There were a lot of very quaint hamlets and I loved them all, but I was especially intrigued by Rockport, Massachusetts.  The harbor was beautiful.  The sky was clear and the water was deep blue.  Somehow the boats seemed more colorful than normal.  I loved it.  I’ll go back some day.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love to paddle my canoe. There’s nothing like gliding across a lake, listening to the ripples caused by my boat and watching the water drip from my paddles.  This painting is my attempt to portray the atmosphere I feel when I’m out there.  Two things that add to the painting — complimentary color: the red canoe versus the green lake.  Also atmospheric perspective.  The person on the left is painted larger than the one on the right, giving the illusion that she’s closer.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a little town called Rockport along the Massachussets coast.  It’s really close to New Hampshire.  It has a great harbor full of colorful boats.  If you look down into the water from the harbor wall, there are rowboats tied to the dock.    This painting is that very view.  I like their shapes, angles and colors.

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I love to paint boats and harbors, especially from England. I wanted to go back there to get more pictures, but my wife told me I should concentrate on the boats in the eastern United States. This painting is from the experience I had sailing on the “Madeline” from Newport, Rhode Island. I tried to portray the sunset light on the person standing near the sail.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeople scurry to work.  The lady puts on her sunglasses.  One man carries yogurt and a banana.  The others are carrying bags or carry-on luggage.  They don’t look at each other, they’re just trying to get where they’re going.

The woman has back-lit hair.  The others have highlights on the edge of their heads and clothes.  With those effects and the direction of the shadows it is apparent where the sunlight is coming from.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAElen Costa absolutely loves Portugal.  I’ve been enthralled by her descriptions of the life, the scenery, the architecture and culture of her home.  I’ve been so blessed to have her as an art student. It seems to me that she portrays her art with a Portuguese attitude.  What a wonderful woman she is!  I’m so happy to know her.