Sunday, February 15, 2009


     I am writing this blog to join in on the world of internet dialog about painting. Many friends of mine have been spending much of their free time on the internet, instead of painting with me. I have become isolated, and therefore, decided to join them in exchanging ideas and conversations about art, painting, and the daily highs and lows of being a professional artist via the computer, just like Pissarro and Cezanne.
     This seems as good a time as any to jump in on the blogging fun. Although it is the middle of one of the most wintery months of the year on Cape Cod, there has been a flurry of excitement here this week. The Addison Art Gallery has hosted two openings to showcase the work of eleven painters and me from a September painting trip to Maine. 
     All but three made it out to the Cape for the show. It was great to see the guys again. Right away the laughter and camaraderie picked up as if we were back in Nanatuck, our rented house in Port Clyde.  
     We got a couple of great articles in American Art Collector Magazine, and Cape Cod View, which helped drum up a lot of excitement and crowded openings at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and at the Addison Art Gallery. Well done Helen and Domonic for putting on such successful openings in February! (They sold a lot of our work in the first two days!).
     The best part of the weekend was getting back outside to paint. We had unusually high temperatures this week, and we took full advantage. Jerome Greene and I took Frank Gardner, Colin Page, and Dan Corey painting in the Provincetown Dunes. 
     Bad idea.
     Warm for February doesn't mean warm by any stretch of the imagination. The wind was brutal, and we had to tuck down into a stand of trees to avoid being sandblasted. Even dressed for a winter painting session, my fingers went numb. The laughter, however, was worth it.
     Saturday, Colin, Frank, Eric Merrell, Jerome Green and I went back up to Provincetown to paint. This time, shielded from the wind in town. We came out with some pretty good sketches. Paul Schulenberg and Jeff Bonasia came along too, but didn't paint. Two cold for those guys I guess.  
      Check out the gallery's web site to see the paintings, and the American Art Collector articles, as well as photos and a video made from our trip at Addisonart Gallery

          Gull Rock, 16X20, oil/linen copyright 2008
          completed in the studio using the study, and 
          photos for references. 


  1. Your painting is natural and isolated. I like the dreaminess of it. THere is probably an art term for the way you did it. I tend to paint pictures with words. Keep on blogging.

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere, Peter. The "Gull Rock Study" is very impressive, and I particularly like the white sea foam. Take care.

  3. Thank you Rose. I can't believe how quickly this got up and running!

  4. What an interesting blog! I'm looking forward to hearing more of your inner thoughts and feelings.

  5. Thank you Logan. I appreciate the compliments.

  6. Way to go on the blog Pete!!!
    I like the combo of art, writing and a bit of humor. I look forward to more. If you need any help or pointers just ask.
    The dunes were a bit chilly for my Mexican.....

  7. Great to see you join the blog world, those dunes were crazy cold it took about 1/2 hour to feel my feet again! I only snapped a few photos and one is of you up on the dune painting it really puts the size of the dunes in perspective, let me know if you want me to send a copy.

  8. Hey man,

    Welcome to our world!!!How'd you get so many readers on your first day?

    It seems like just this morning that you were looking for a smart ass name for this blog... oh yeah that was just this morning.

  9. nice blog peter, i will be checking for updates!

  10. Hi Pete! Glad to see your blog up and running! Hope to get up there and do some painting with you guys soon. Logan Hagege

  11. Hey Pete, glad we could make it out for the first "flurry" of activity, looks like we narrowly missed the real flurry. We'll have to commit to some more time over there for the next round of "Paintapalooza: P-Town," now that we know the area.

    Wasn't Cezanne the Father of the Internet?

  12. Good to see another wonderful artist join the blogosphere. I've learned so much from so many great artists through their blogs. I'm sure this one will satisfy the same need.

    I like the studio painting, but really like the warmth of the rocks in the PA study.

  13. Hi Peter, welcome to the blogosphere (it's a small world)! I saw the article in Art Collector about the big plein air trip to the Cape and just imagined how much fun it must have been. All of you are so talented, I am not surprised that the show was successful.

    The study has such bold confident brushwork, I like that it doesn't look fussed with. The studio painting has lots of added color in the broken brushwork that I imagine works better for a painting of that size. I like the composition in both and the way you've lead me into the painting.

    I can't wait to see more of your work!

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    We even have a little 'chit chat' room. It's rightfully called Dante's Pub. But when your enter BEWARE! You are entering the abyss of the artist mind! You may not find your way out.

    You're welcome to watch from afar while drinking your brew or pull up a chair and join us for a little chat. Be sure and register and then log in. After all, this is a very private club. We don't allow just any wanderer in our midst.

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    Farewell...until we hear from you,
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  16. love your work; we were fortunate enough to meet your entire group (your cottage was down from ours in port clyde) on the last night... got to see the wonderful paintings... it was like a dream come true, ha ha... brought articles of the paintapalooza group back to charleston, sc and took to some of our favorite galleries, they were inspired to say the least! great work!

  17. Great work Pete! Can't wait for your next post!