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Beach Life

48 x 48 x 2.5 Oil Gallery Wrap Canvas by Claire J Kendrick

Symbolically the ocean is a sign of power and strength, due to its immensity. Observing and painting the great power of the ocean and its weather fronts is much like having a front row seat at the theater. As a plein air painter there is an urgency and need to capture the essence of your vista – it’s sparked by emotion and energy. Then the atmosphere and weather of the outdoors adds to the paintings aliveness. All this –- the vigor of life is to be conveyed onto a canvas. It is a love, and a challenge.

Claire J KendrickSeascape SeriesMay 15, 20180 comments
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Clouds of Light

48x48x2.5 on Oil Gallery Wrapped Canvas by Claire J Kendrick

Symbolically the ocean is a sign of power and strength, due to its immensity. Observing and painting the great power of the ocean and its weather fronts is much like having a front row seat at the theater. As a plein air painter there is an urgency and need to capture the essence of your vista – it’s sparked by emotion and energy. Then the atmosphere and weather of the outdoors adds to the paintings aliveness. All this –- the vigor of life is to be conveyed onto a canvas. It is a love, and a challenge.

Claire J KendrickSeascape SeriesMay 15, 20180 comments
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Artist Residency (Part 3/4) – Awarded through the Provincetown Community Compact

Artist Residency (Video 3)

C-scape Dune Dwellers

This place has a mystical baroness. One has to live in, to experience it. I am honored to join a long list of talented artistic people whose creative journeys have brought them here. I feel I have graduated into a special tribe of Dune Dwellers by staying in one of the historic Dune Shack’s.

The solitude struck me, and I worked prolifically to fill the void. My wish coming here was to have more studio time it was my intention to paint. I was compelled to use every moment painting feverishly – greedily grabbing every moment waking at 5am – the days were long. I just can’t believe how long the felt. It was as if one day became two. Amazing how much can be done without distraction or interruption!

When weary from work I walked the beach, finding humor in the items washed ashore. Washed up items formed a narrative and it was fun to observe.

Thank you C-Scape – Jay, Tom and John. We are all custodians but you have maintained a special place allowing artists an opportunity to self-care, develop, thrive and to be inspired.

Thank you.

CJK

 

 

Top Tips for Dune Shack Travelers

  • If you need a rollicking laugh out loud moment read T.S.Eliot – Hysteria (book of short poem’s 1909 – 1935 on the bookshelf)
  • Find the correct beach path to avoid finding yourself at the top of a two story dune cliff.
  • One artist in residence writes “I slept like a princess beneath the mosquito netting….” – this was NOT my first thought but I was grateful for the tip and positive sprit of this resident!
  • You build a stamina for beach walking – Dune Legs quickly develop (ignore the burning). I was thankful for the walking stick idea, for getting up a very steep dune..it really helps!!
Photo taken by CJK at C-Scape Dune Shack

Photo taken by CJK at C-Scape Dune Shack

  • Good traction on low tide – lightweight walking shoes! Spring tide high tides makes soft sand slow going.
  • Don’t give bugs or critters a chance to dine with you. I scraped every scrap of leftover food into a Ziploc bag and kept it in the freezer. Dump at the end of your stay.
  • Beach combing – I found a lucky green one dollar bill. LOL
  • I feel valued as an artist to have this opportunity. Gratitude fills your heart during this experience.
  • Seals become your lookout friends.
  • It took me a long time to unwind and I really enjoyed this place for what it is. I hope you find that space with ease.
  • Making tea/coffee becomes a ritual take time to enjoy the labor involved.
  • In Ireland there is an expression used frequently when describing a distinct personality. “They are the salt of the Earth” – I feel connected to this part of my being. I have a hankering for my homeland.
  • C-yourself @ C-scape – O.K a bit corny but observe your lesser and finer traits and acknowledge them.
  • Fear, Necessity & Creativity have a wonderful time playing together here! I mostly use fear to propel me to work! I worked a-lot.
  • Always keep one set of clean dry clothes to sleep in. –Sleep is important.
  • Time allows us to Fine Tune!!!
  • Outdoor Shower – the dune shack is on the flight path of low flying planes! LOL
Photos by CJK on an aritst in residence visit to C-Scape Dune Shack. MA

Photos by CJK on an aritst in residence visit to C-Scape Dune Shack. MA

  • Don’t miss the light show at Sunrise and Sunset.
  • Exercise is a good answer to restless sleep.
  • Weather on the hour – 104.7Ocean.
  • Lemons for water and cleaning the water stains off the sink.
  • Viewfinder a good tool for editing a scene it’s easy to try to put in too much.
  • Beauport Easel has been great for oversized work. Easy-L for smaller plein air work.

 

Claire J KendrickArt Residency, Art Residency Cape Cod, Exhibition, Oil Painting, Plein Air, Seascape, VideoJune 18, 20161 comment
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Commissioned Dune & Seascape Oil Painting – “Belonging”

36 x 84 | Oil Encaustic

Artist Notes

This very large scale seascape painting was commissioned by the client, it is to be a statement piece above a long sectional sofa in their great room. A stunning selection of fabrics was sent to me to give a feel for the furnishings in the room a soft palette of sand green, and blue hues. Working with interior designers and architects is second nature to me and I love having a feel for the space when painting a large piece as it helps create the “wow” factor, a painting is often the final touch in a room — sometimes pulling a scheme together but I am always striving for the work of art, to be be timeless with a sense of place beyond the here and now. I sense of drama is so important even in a calm painting. This magnificent large scale dune painting is going to a home in South Florida.

Claire J KendrickOil Painting, SeascapeNovember 30, 20150 comments
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Two Part Harmony

Two Part Harmony | 30″ x 60″ | Oil

 

Recent Painting of surf, two panels hung as a diptych. Oil and wax paintings on Ampersand Panels. (30″ x 30″) (30″ x 30″)

Below more paintings from the Seascape Series –

 

 

Claire J KendrickOil PaintingNovember 4, 20130 comments
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Coastal Paintings

The Featured Paintings is a Large Triptych in work in the studio.

View New Paintings inspired by life at the Coast.

 

 

Large Triptych Seascape | 48″ x 120″ | Oil on Canvas

Kendrick-Seascape-Triptych-web

A selection of small paintings beautifully framed in double linen liner and brushed metallic frames at Fairfax Gallery, Jacksonville.

 

Mini studies, painted on location “en plein air”.

This painting is an oil encaustic technique with lots of texture and drama. I use a blow torch to melt a wax medium used during the painting process.

Beach Watch 48x48 tmb

Beach Watch | 48 ” x 48″ | Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples

Thank you for viewing!

Claire J KendrickExhibition, Oil Painting, Plein AirOctober 21, 20130 comments
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