08 July 2008

Motif #1

Motif #1, 5x7", oil on panel. Sold.

This is a famous landmark in Rockport, Massachusetts and has been painted many, many times by people over the years. I tried to come up with a composition that was a little more interesting than just the snapshot of the shack in Rockport Harbor. The name of the building is evidently a nickname given by a French artist who summered in Rockport and taught students there. After seeing the billionth student sketch of this little fish house, he exclaimed, "What? Motif #1 again?" According to legend, the name stuck.

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