Tuesday, August 28, 2012

08.28.2012 ~ of eastern shores: cape cod, i

cape cod, i ~ the hopper house ~ oil on panel ~ 12 x 24 inches ~ by dawn chandler ~ copyright 2012 dawn chandler


My first painting of the Cape, based on my sojourn there in early July. Here, a view of Edward Hopper's charming house, up on the Truro dunes. The sea air sunlight was nearly blinding, silhouetting the house and dunes against the refractive sky. The moment I saw this view it took my breath away. No wonder Hopper spent so many summers here.

If you're unsure who Edward Hopper is, he's the painter of such iconic American scenes as these:

Nighthawks ~ oil on canvas ~ c.1942 ~ by Edward Hopper

The Lighthouse at Two Lights ~ oil on canvas ~ c.1929 ~ by Edward Hopper


[There's a cool article in the New York Times about this house and Hopper's painting of the Cape.]

We spent a week on the Cape, My Good Man and I, visiting beloved friends and taking in the captivating beauty of the arm of New England. A week wasn't nearly long enough. I want to go back and bury myself in the sand, throw myself out to sea, be dazzled by sea light reflection, get lost in the winding pathways among oak and water, immerse myself in art and food and gracious friends and community.... What a glorious landscape, what a delightful community. 

Below, some details of my painting. If you look carefully, you'll see the ghost of my underwriting/scribing. [Read more about that technique here.] 




This painting was fun to do in its simplicity of scene and palette. Fun to wield my brush and palette knife through buttery globs of white and grey.


cape cod, i ~ the hopper house ~ oil on panel ~ 12 x 24 inches ~ by dawn chandler ~ copyright 2012 dawn chandler

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