Return to Bass Rocks

TM9109 A Day at Bass Rocks #48 7×7 oil on paper

TM9110 A Day at Bass Rocks #49 7×7 oil on paper

Bass Rocks, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, is a favorite subject for many artists. Not only is it strikingly rugged, but it’s easy to get to. Setting up to paint on those jagged rocks is a problem. Many artists manage it quite nicely, but for me, I’d rather stand there and imagine painting it, then take lots of photos. Back at the studio, I paint – no wind, rain, or sunburn. These two studies from low tide show the fissures and abrasion caused by the relentless seas. Stubborn rocks, stubborn sea, and I guess stubborn me. I love figuring out these little paintings. Enjoy.

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