My wife and I had arrived in Cape Cod with our daughter and her husband. We were on a trip to our ancestral home – Barnstable Massachusetts. We checked into the fabulous Ashley Manor, the best bed and breakfast in Cape Cod. We were so thrilled to be there . . . we felt the spirit of our ancestors so strongly!! The owner suggested we go to dinner at the Mattakese Wharf Restaurant. We did. We got there just as the sun was setting. The restaurant overlooked Barnstable Harbor. The view absolutely took my breath away! I had to paint that amazing scene!
I’ve tried to portray the feel of the air, the smell of the water and the glow of the sun. Note the complimentary colors of the orange sun and the blue shadows. There is a strong contrast with shadow and light. With these techniques I hope to have expressed the feelings we felt on that enchanted August night.