The views of Great Island, Mayo Beach, Lieutenant Island and Wellfleet Harbor are spectacular. And The four cottages of Edward Hopper's famous watercolor "Cottages at Wellfleet" are just three houses down the beach (on the right above). These days, they are more traditional Cape Cod colors - weathered grey shingle and white.
I had a generous opportunity to paint many 6 x 10 plein air sketches.
|Great Island in the Fog|
|Great Island at Half Tide|
|Great Island Sunset|
|Lieutenant Island in the Fog|
|Mayo Beach Marsh|
|Mayo Beach Sunset|
|Mayo Beach Fog|
I also got a chance to try my hand at three larger plein air paintings. These are about 16" x 22".
|Great Island, Wellfleet|
|Hopper's Cottages, Mayo Beach|
|Mayo Beach and Great Island|
Somehow I knew the Hopper cottages were going to defeat me. But the weekend also included a pilgrimage up to South Truro seeking Hopper's cottage studio building, still visible from the beach. Took me a while - and a long walk south along Ryder Beach - to find it. But his small cottage with a massive north-facing window is easy to spot amongst the properties approaching McMansion size.
Good times, productive painting, good cheer, and mighty fine seafood with very good friends and their wonderfully creative kids made for one heck of a weekend. Twelve dozen raw oysters, five dozen clams for linguine, a massive amount of grilled swordfish and a goodly portion of smoked bluefish made for a heckuva lot of seafood feasting in just three days!