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I never get sick of taking shots of the island while I drive to and from meetings. I hope you don’t get sick of seeing them. #hayesdesignstudios #marthasvineyardliving
I live on the island of Martha’s Vineyard and primarily paint here and on neighboring Nantucket Island. I only paint outside, working directly from what is in front of me. I have to work quickly; the light only stays consistent for an hour and a half at most, so the way the land and sky appear are always changing. Plus on any one day it can be too hot, too cold, too windy, too something.
When I go out to photograph I drive around, searching for isolated scenes that contain an unknown light source or have some other mysterious quality. Of course there are times when I don’t find anything. What fascinates me about this process is that there is so much surprise that it seems almost magical. Since the night is in control of setting the stage, I never know where I will wind up. It reminds me so much of life.
I continue to depict the Vineyard in 2 disparate styles-one graphic and stylized, and the other painterly and fluid-sometimes combining the two. Metallic acrylics, as well as subtle and sometimes vibrant color combinations, are interwoven throughout my work to enhance the imagery and capture the light. It is the serenity and the beauty of this island that continues to captivate and inspire me.
Breaking the canvas square down into a grid provides a platform from which strong symmetries, shifting patterns and whimsical icons emerge. The strength of the image projects easily, whether there is much or little contrast in the coloration, although I almost always opt for bold. Why not?
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