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Provincetown Dunes

30×30 | Oil on Board | CJK

Claire J. Kendrick has been awarded through the Provincetown Community Compact, a residency in the Peaked Hill Bars National Register Historic District.She will be residing in one of the 19 well-known Dune Shacks. The Shack is tucked away from civilization, but it has lodged several famous artists and authors throughout time who have been in search of seclusion in which to work.

This is a plein air painting done on location during her residency at the Dune Shack.

Claire J KendrickSeascape SeriesJune 20, 20160 comments
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Artist Residency (Part 1/4) – Awarded through the Provincetown Community Compact

Claire J. Kendrick has been awarded through the Provincetown Community Compact, a residency in the Peaked Hill Bars National Register Historic District, MA. Kendrick’s residency in Provincetown will be primitive only allowing for basic essentials in an effort to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cape reflected in her paintings. She will be residing in one of the 19 well-known Dune Shacks; where there is no electricity or indoor plumbing, no refrigerator and little connection with the outside world.

Artist Residency (Video 1)

Touch the earth, love the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas; rest your spirit in her solitary places. For the gifts of life are the earth’s and they are given to all, and they are the songs of birds at daybreak, Orion and the Bear, and the dawn seen over the ocean from the beach.  – Henry Beston, The Outermost House.

The peninsula of Cape Cod stands farther out to sea than any other portion of the Atlantic coast of the United States; it is the outermost of outer shores.   – Henry Beston, The Outermost House.

As I look out across the ocean I think of my homeland in the North West of Ireland, the northern outpost of Europe. I feel to truly be at home here on the Cape it must be in your blood — that somehow you inherit it. My time here reminded me of my native home – Ireland. Few survive the hard winter’s and barren conditions here on the Cape, yet it is supremely magnificent. I feel that I have graduated into a select group of Dune Dwellers for it is something you have to live and experience to understand.

Claire J KendrickArt Residency, Art Residency Cape Cod, landscape, MA, Oil Painting, Publicity, Seascape, VideoJune 11, 20160 comments
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The East Coast Draw for Artist C. J. Kendrick – Retracing the steps of artists from the early 1900’s visiting two of the east coast’s artist colonies.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a popular summer retreat where locals and visitors marvel at the natural breathtaking scenery of the dunes and beaches. When on vacation on the Cape most enjoy luxurious accommodations; however, artist Claire Kendrick will be experiencing the preserved natural landscape in a much less lavish but connected way. Kendrick has been awarded through the Provincetown Community Compact, an opportunity artists around the world dream of, a residency in the Peaked Hill Bars National Register Historic District. Kendrick’s residency in Provincetown will be primitive only allowing for basic essentials in an effort to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cape reflected in her paintings. She will be residing in one of the 19 well-known Dune Shacks; where there is no electricity or indoor plumbing, and little connection with the outside world. The Shack is tucked away from civilization, but it has lodged several famous artists and authors throughout time who have been in search of seclusion in which to work.

Claire Kendrick is an accomplished and celebrated artist of the St. Augustine, Florida art community. She is an active member of the St. Augustine Art Association, one of the oldest non-profit art organizations in Florida with deep ties to its Northeastern counterparts.

During the mid-1900s, St. Augustine was the winter home of many artists from the Provincetown and Rockport art colonies. Acclaimed artists Ross Moffett, Tod Lindenmuth and his wife E.B. Warren and William and Lucy L’Engle of Provincetown, along with Anthony Thieme of Rockport and others were instrumental in growing the St. Augustine Art Association and establishing the historic Florida city as a premier art destination.  Art historian Robert Torcia referred to these artists as “the lost colony” in his book “The Lost Colony: The Artists of St. Augustine 1930s-1950s.”

 

“Claire is an extremely talented artist who is constantly perfecting her craft and seeking new and inspired forms of expression,” said Elyse Brady, Executive Director of the St. Augustine Art Association. “Her Artist Residency in Provincetown revives the tradition of traveling to far-flung artist havens to capture the essence of the coastal landscape,” she added.

Kendrick has received numerous awards…. Most recently she earned a top award in the National Parks Centennial Find Your Park Plein Air painting event at the Fort Matanzas and Castillo de San Marcos national monuments in St. Augustine. Her work has been exhibited on historic Aviles Street–the oldest street in America–where the studios of “the lost colony” artists flourish today as art galleries.

Over the course of Kendrick’s career she has produced a fabulous series of seascape and dune paintings. During her residency she will explore and paint the landscape that inspire her. This will not be her first time capturing the North East’s coast. In 2011 she accepted an invitation from renowned landscape artist Anne Packard to paint at her home in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Anne Packard outside the Packard Gallery Provincetown, Cape Cod. MA

Anne Packard outside the Packard Gallery Provincetown, Cape Cod. MA

Artist Claire Kendrick is thrilled yet apprehensive to embark on such a rare artistic opportunity that will take place in such a historically rich natural atmosphere. She states “It’s both marvelous and frightening, life will be stripped of the unnecessary—no cell phone or computer—only the essentials, paint supplies, a gas ring to cook on and gas light to read with at night, perched in the dunes with uninterrupted views, this is escapism and a chance to observe and emotionally connect to nature in its raw and finest moments. This is the thrill of the plein air painter.” Kendrick will be taking in every second of her Dune Shack experience and transferring it onto canvas, creating brilliant works of art which will reflect the magnificence of the Cape. Follow her blog at www.cjk-studio.com.

By Claire Kolodziejczak

 

If you are interested in any of the paintings featured in this blog they are available via

Grace Hopkins
Manager

Berta Walker Gallery
208 Bradford Street
Provincetown, MA  02657
(508) 487-6411
bertawalker@bertawalkergallery.com

Thanks to

Elyse Brady, Executive Director of the St. Augustine Art Association.

&

Jim Zimmerman at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum who shared files from the archives on Lucy and William L’Engle he also introduced me to “Art in Narrow Streets” by Ross Moffett outlining the first thirty three years of the Provincetown Art Association 1914-1947.

Claire J KendrickExhibition, Oil Painting, Plein Air, SeascapeJune 10, 20160 comments
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Artist in Residence Program – Dune Shack, Cape Cod National Seashore

The Provincetown Community Compact, Inc. (The Compact) have awarded me a residency at the C-Scape Dune Shack located in Cape Cod. MA.

Crossing the Dunes | 30x40 | Oil on Canvas | C.J. Kendrick

Crossing the Dunes | 30×40 | Oil on Canvas | C.J. Kendrick

C-Scape Dune Shack
C-Scape is one of 19 shacks located within the Peaked Hill Bars National Register Historic District. The primitive nature of the structure—no electricity, indoor plumbing, or telephone—and its physical isolation allows for uninterrupted solitude and refuge. The dwelling is a 1 1/2 story, three- room structure, including a studio and wood stove. It has a propane cooking stove and small refrigerator, and a composting toilet.

Artist Notes
“The thought of working in isolation is both wondrous and frightening, I consider granting myself total immersion a great gift away from the commitments of everyday life. As a painter I know the importance of solitude and the roll it has in developing ones creativity. Some would say this seems like an extreme length to go in the pursuit of time alone — but an idea or inspiration born of such a commitment has attracted a long list of notable artists and writers in American history. They have gravitated to this wondrous, beautiful place seeking time in Nature to be surrounded by it and leave the distractions of daily life behind.” – CJK

Dune Pathway | 36x36 | Oil on Canvas | C.J. Kendrick

Dune Pathway | 36×36 | Oil on Canvas | C.J. Kendrick

The Who’s Who of Dune Dwellers
The dune shacks are mentioned by Henry David Thoreau in his book Cape Cod published in 1865. The famous playwright Eugene O’Neill, who purchased one and spent many summers there with his second wife, Agnes Boulton. O’Neill penned Anna Christie (1920) and The Hairy Ape (1921) while living in his shack, and in doing so gave the whole collection of dune shacks something of an arty cachet.” Other artists and writers lived in the primitive dune shacks, including Harry Kemp who proclaimed himself “the Poet of the Dunes,” Jack Kerouac, e. e. cummings, Norman Mailer, and Jackson Pollock. Writers who wrote about the dune shacks, besides Thoreau, included Henry Beston, whose The Outermost House chronicles a season spent living in the dune shacks, and Hazel Hawthorne-Werner, who wrote Salt House about her year in 1929 in the dunes.
Today there are 19 dune shacks in the historic district, 18 of which are owned by the National Park Service. Private individuals are able to enter a lottery for an opportunity to reside for a period of time in the shacks. – Wikipedia.org.

The Provincetown Community Compact, Inc.
The Compact was established in 1993 by Jay Critchley as a community-building and philanthropic organization to support living artists and the vitality of the arts community. The mission of The Compact is to advance the health and cultural wellbeing of Provincetown, its people, and the natural environment of the Lower Cape. The Compact also acts as an incubator (think-ubator) for social, environmental and artistic projects.
The Compact has envisioned Provincetown as a Cultural Sanctuary.

Artist Notes
“I have been selected to stay for one week – early spring 2016. It will be a week of solitude and plein air painting – fingers crossed for some mild weather. “C-Scape,” like the other dune shacks, is a simple structure. It has three small rooms, the oldest of which dates back to the 1940’s. It is without electricity, indoor plumbing or telephone service, this modest style of living, combined with the isolation in the Province Lands, offers residency winners a rare solitude. Now I have also read they are mice infested but let’s not rain on the parade just yet!!! I am pleased to be selected in this highly competitive program and in the second year of motherhood this is a rare and special treat and one I intend to embrace.” – CJK

Artist Notes on Creativity and Isolation
“This is not an experience for everyone and nor should it be, but I think the roll of the artist is to bring an experience and emotion to the work. Something always unexpected happens when working en plein air it is never as you would paint in the comfort of the studio. Away from distractions, constant interruptions it is my commitment to this experience and desire that creativity will flow, I am not intending to put my feet up and wait for it. I understand it will take a little grit and determination. I fear that there may be a feeling of having too many hours in the day, a fear that the nights will be long, I’m not thrilled about sharing my temporary dwelling with furry friends!! I know that these irrational temporary fears will subside. I tell myself we all have these fears when stretching our wings or trying something new. The inner critic with cautionary tales can sabotage even the best laid plans if you let them. To actively choose this way of life, to go off grid is living diversely I feel is a strength and a resilience.” – CJK

Bring me to the Shore | 48x72 | Oil on Canvas

Bring me to the Shore | 48×72 | Oil on Canvas | C.J.Kendrick

“It’s a purifying experience and purifying experiences allow you to focus” …..“I can imagine in some way there must be an experience you have in a little house like this – and what it must be like being in a Space ship orbiting earth, where your horizons are both cramped and vast. This in a way is a Capsule and we are in this enormous space – it’s both a small space and a big space because short of going to the Midwest you can’t get a larger horizon.”
– The Dune Shacks described by Sculptor, Romolo Del Deo – in the Kirsten Dirken video “Dune shacks: taste of Cape Cods’ Floating & well-aged homes. A Must See!!!

Floating on Silence 48" x 72" | Oil

Floating on Silence 48″ x 72″ | Oil | C.J. Kendrick

The Kennedy’s

The Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS), created on August 7, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy,[3][4] encompasses 43,607 acres (68.1 sq mi; 176.5 km2)[1] on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. It includes ponds, woods and beachfront of the Atlantic coastal pine barrens ecoregion. The CCNS includes nearly 40 miles (64 km) of seashore along the Atlantic-facing eastern shore of Cape Cod, in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans and Chatham. It is administered by the National Park Service.

Artist Claire Kendrick’s Connection to the Cape

Originally from Northern Ireland – Europe’s North West outpost – Kendrick came across the pond to the United States in 2006. Kendrick travels the road less traveled, with the phrase “Less is more” from her friend and mentor Anne Packard who introduced her to life on the Cape. The two met in St Augustine and admired each others work and Claire was invited to paint at Packard’s coastal home in Provincetown 2011. It was a surprising invitation to those who know the infamous painter who is extremely private & reclusive – even to the professional galleries who represent her work.

Kendrick is returning to see her mentor but also to stay and paint at one of the National Seashores famous Dune Shack’s. “I am in anticipation, life will be striped of the superfluous – no cell phone or computer – the essentials, paint supplies, a gas ring to cook on and gas light to read with at night, alone for a week perched on the dunes with uninterrupted views and huge open vistas looking out to sea, this is escapism and a chance to observe and emotionally connect to nature in its raw and finest moments. This is the thrill of the plein air painter.” – CJK

Photos of Kendrick’s last trip painting plein air in Cape Cod with Anne Packard and her daughter Cynthia Packard back in 2012. It was a trip that marked tremendous growth in her work.

“It was my first time visiting Cape Cod and the 10 day painting visit gave me an understanding of why this beautiful place is such a haven for artists.”  – CJK

To read about her 2012 experience Painting with the Packard’s click on this link.

 

Click  – To learn more or apply for a Residency Programs – Dune Shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District.

Join my mailing list –  CJK-Studio.com – Follow my Residency at the Dune Shack on Cape Cod. – (Posting mid June 2016)

Short 20 min Film on the Dune Shacks

The Dune Shacks described by Sculptor, Romolo Del Deo – in the Kirsten Dirken video

“Dune shacks: taste of Cape Cods’ Floating & well-aged homes. –  A Must See!!!

Claire J KendrickOil Painting, Plein Air, SeascapeApril 5, 20162 comments
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Anne Packard, American Contemporary Artist, mentors artist, Claire J. Kendrick

Anne Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

 

Anne Packard and I first met in the historic streets of St. Augustine in 2011.  She was exhibiting her one-woman show at the Cutter and Cutter Brilliance in Color Gallery.  We had an immediate rapport because we have one thing in common—-painting…….and it consumes our lives!  This year Anne invited me to her home in Provincetown, Cape Cod, to stay with her and paint for ten days.  While there I also studied with her daughter, Cynthia Packard, which was a huge learning and high energy experience.  It has been a gift to be mentored by Anne.  She also knew that Cynthia could push me and help me grow as an artist.  I was blown away by the experience!  This year marks tremendous growth in my work and I credit this growth to the time spent with Anne and Cynthia.

Cynthia Packard points to painting by Raoul Dufy, Claudine vue de dos ou nu au fauteuil vert 1906.

Cynthia Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

Cynthia was passionate about paying attention to the four edges of the canvas, strong composition,  and considering the whole painting.  This concept was taught to her by her mentor, the late Fritz Bulman, American Abstract Expressionist.

 

 

Anne Packard outside the Packard Gallery, Provincetown, Cape Cod. MA 2012

Anne brings to her work an instinct and skill drawn from a deep family well of American and European painters.  A third-generation Provincetown painter, her grandfather, Max Bohm, was a leading turn-of-the-century impressionist painter.    Max came to Provincetown in 1916 with many other European and American artists.  Her grandmother, great aunt, uncle and mother were also respected painters.  An artistic vein runs strongly in her family and continues with her children.  Finding artists whose work you admire and respect is everything…..finding that they will work with you is overwhelming!

Anne complimented some of my paintings that were hanging in the Worley Faver Gallery in 2011.  It is a huge honor for any artist when your painting speaks or evokes a reaction……it’s a confirmation and validation that something’s there———–a spark to ignite!  Working with Anne in 2012 was essential as experienced eyes can see faults and weaknesses in our painting.  The key to learning is to stay open, to hear the suggested fix.  I was prepared to roll up my sleeves and work from the gut….face the grit, have thick skin and be prepared to hear the truth!  Oh, by the way, they can be a dynamic duo and hard task masters!  The pearls of wisdom only happen if you’re prepared to put up with a little grit in the shell.  The life of an artist is a solitary profession.  Once in a while you find another artist who will help and encourage you.  Who will offer advice?  That advice is only useful if you truly respect the work of the artist who offers it.

Anne Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

 

Over the ten day stay, too many books to read were thrust in my direction…….”read this, “oh, you will love this”, “when you get time have a look at this”!  The “must try” product list was growing by the day.  A savvy i-Pad user, Anne quickly types in a name…..have you ever seen such plagiarism!  Entertaining and heated topics such as marketing, galleries, travel, and new paint products, famous artists both living and deceased were debated every evening.  Life, love,  and  art, talked and stories shared……..this has been a special experience and one I treasure.  Painting is a lifelong quest and at 80 years of age Anne is passionate and dedicated.  I was struck and impressed that her daily quest is to improve her craft as an artist.

Painting can be one of the most heartbreaking and rewarding professions.  Anne and Cynthia taught me that “the struggle” is a natural part of the process for a painter.  They also taught me about  stamina, discipline and fearlessness……the importance of bringing emotion, depth and passion into your work……….and that every brush mark helps define your creative style and helps you find you voice as an artist.

 

Selected Review  by Anne Packard, 2012 

“All the senses seem to be wide open in Claire’s paintings…………she is a talented and committed painter and clearly has her own voice…..a painter’s painter.  I would place my bets on Claire now and in the future.”

Photo 1 – Anne Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

Photo 2 – Cynthia Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

Photo 3 – Cynthia Packard points to painting by Raoul Dufy, Claudine vue de dos ou nu au fauteuil vert 1906.

Photo 4 – Anne Packard outside the Packard Gallery, Provincetown, Cape Cod. MA 2012

Photo 5 – Anne Packard in her studio, Cape Cod. MA 2012

 

Claire J KendrickExhibition, Interview, Oil PaintingOctober 31, 20120 comments
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