Several years ago, I planted three Peony bushes outside of my art gallery for somebody that I deeply cared about at the time. The relationship with the person hasn’t lasted but the Peonies have. Every spring I look forward to their magnificent blooms in varying shades of fuchsia that are a signal of the coming summer season. They are short-lived but lovely while they last, a synonym of sorts that applies to both peonies and many times, the people in your life.
Original oil painting and Cape Cod Prints of the renowned Woods Hole Golf Club available at O'Malley-Keyes Fine Art. Please visit our Cape Cod Art Gallery soon!
Woods Hole Golf Club is a true Cape Cod classic. From its stunning new clubhouse and pro shop to the perfectly manicured greens, this private golf club is a hidden gem on the back road to Woods Hole. The 17th hole is their signature hole, as well it should be. Overlooking Buzzards Bay and "The Knob" at the entrance to Quissett Harbor, it is a stunning view on any day but especially as shown in this painting, of a perfect sunny Cape Cod afternoon.
There is nothing that is more fun when you visit Cape Cod than a day trip to Provincetown. The village is known for its diverse population and beautiful views. Bring your bicycle and take a ride on the bike path through the dunes; it's a delightful way to spend an afternoon. Five-star restaurants and unique shops abound. In the late 19th century Portuguese fishermen started to settle in the village, along with a sizable community of artists who still live and paint there. I know that you will enjoy the many art galleries that feature all genres of art.
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez plays host to some of the most beautiful yachts from both the era of elegance and the modern day . First run twenty-six years ago as La Nioulargue, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez gathers together modern sailboats alongside traditional yachts during the first week of October. Racers and sailing enthusiasts come from all over Europe to do battle in the bay of Saint Tropez.
On a warm day this summer, I received a call early in the morning from my dear friend Alan. Alan and I frequently take boat rides out into Nantucket Sound, traveling to the islands and visiting harbors and other areas that you can only reach by sailing or motoring out to them. The inspiration for this painting came from the peaceful scene of two classic sailboats anchored side-by-side awaiting their masters to take the helm and once again sail the waves of Nantucket Sound.
Quissett Harbor the perfect place to create a Cape Cod Painting! Classic wooden yachts bunk side by side with newer vessels of equal beauty. But the real jewels in the crown of this local treasure are the perfectly balanced Herreshoffs anchored there. Quissett Harbor is one of my favorite places to go in the early morning while both locals and visitors alike are still tucked in their beds. The harbor water at this time of day is like glass with just a faint indication of the tides that roam in and out. The absolute peace of this setting is a creative balm that I regularly use to start my day on just the right note.
As much as I love the ocean, sailing and the Northeast coast, I'm also drawn to figurative painting, more precisely dance. The two young dancers that you see in this painting are best friends and have been dancing together since they were toddlers. They are both working hard towards a career with national ballet companies in the future. The inspiration and idea for the composition of this painting was apparent while I was visiting this particular ballet company and saw these two young dancers, one with her hand on the other's shoulder and quietly talking together.
Classic yachts sailing on an azure sea is the visual highlight and sailor's delight of the Mediterranean sailing season between Cannes and St. Tropez.
Undoubtedly one of the most important events, if not the most important. The history of “Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez” has been told many times. Two yachts, "Pride” and “Ikra”, challenged each other for a bet one day in September 1981. The coastal route selected left from the Portalet tower (Saint-Tropez) to race to Club 55 (a private beach in Pampelonne Bay), where Patrice de Colmont presented the winner with a hastily improvised prize called the “Club 55 Cup”.
During this time in history as in Thoreau’s description of his deep feelings of intimacy with Cape Cod, there is still nothing more peaceful than the great Outer Beach described by him in the 1800s. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species that are protected within the National Seashore. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. As it has for generations, the Outer Beach captures a feeling of enchantment and the profound peace that is so necessary to the creative soul of a painter.
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