Kayaking Campsite and Nort's House
posted: May 21, 2007
A few tents, boats and various vehicles, notice the truck all the way to the right. Where are all the people? They wouldn't stay still . . . constantly milling about. ...
I spent a lot of time looking for a good painting spot this Saturday. I pondered a covered bridge—no, the river bank—no, a little tidal pool—no/ Nothing seemed to feel right. Time was ticking and I wasn't sure how long the rain would hold off. I came across a camp site of kayakers, who were set up for a weekend of racing down the Housatonic River. What an interesting group of people, vehicles and equipment. I quickly found a spot within the campsite, far enough away so I could get an overall view of the whole scene. As I was setting up, this car pulled up and sat itself right in the middle of my composition. I knew it wouldn't stay to long, so I flew into the painting. As soon as I got the car stated on the canvas, the owner had finished unpacking it and drove the god damn thing away. Leaving the car as the center of interest I worked on developing the rest of the scene. The other painting is of a friend's house—Nort. I've known and loved this little house since I was about 11 years old. I have fond memories of eating burgers on that porch and riding my bike out front on the road. Its such a quiet place and Nort is a one of a kind man.
Mike Moran May 21, 2007
The love for the house sure comes out in the painting, Peter. These are really super.
Nancy Stahl May 21, 2007
These and your other "Summer Paintings" are the essence of Cusack, in my opinion. Beautiful..!
Leo Espinosa May 21, 2007
Pedro, you hit the spot, man. I saw the Hopper show a couple of days ago at the MFA and I've been craving this kind of solid yet fluid brush strokes. Bravo!
Rob Dunlavey May 21, 2007
Nice to see this work. I'm glad the car is in there; just part of the scenery. Real life. When I was in New York last week I saw your transit poster (and poem). Brought a smile to my face.
Dale Stephanos May 21, 2007
Beautiful Peter. What great luck, having the car plop itself into your lap like that. I admire the brushstrokes as well. It makes me want to stop trying to blend everything.
WAM May 21, 2007
Very nice. What are the dimensions? on masonite?
Zina Saunders May 22, 2007
Beautiful, Peter. I love your blocky brushstrokes.
Peter Cusack May 22, 2007
Thanks for stopping by and commenting Drawgerites. Im glad you like them. MIKE—Thanks NANCY your right. And thanks. There is something very natural for me in doing these. I still use all the same tools but have less time to fuss and feel less nervous about the outcome. Back in the day they called these types of paintings Premiere Coup, First Strike. LEO— I've been reading about the Hopper show. The Whitney had a wonderful show of his last summer. I'm planning on driving up to see the Boston show. His work and painting-life is so inspiring. In the Whitney show they had a whole gallery of his sea-side paintings. I think they were done in Maine . . . rocky shore lines. AHHHH!! Rob Dunns—REAL LIFE!!! Thanks for mentioning my poster. DALE—I couldn't have parked it in a better position either; 3 quarter angle. The whole scene was like a stage set. "Queue the Honda". I appreciate you stopping by. Thanks. WAM—whom ever you are;) In general, 16x20 and they're on stretched canvas. I've been trying to work larger and larger and my goal is to start tackling larger sizes—22x28 ZINA—Thanks. I'll let my brushes know too. They do all that type of work. Hope to see you soon around the hood.
Peter Hermann May 22, 2007
WOW. One with bright colors and the other with more subtle colors and you pull them both of like a master. Love the new header too. The way you did the picket fence is pure genius.
Donald Kilpatrick May 22, 2007
LOVE THESE! I admire the fact that you continued to paint the house regardless of whether the car was there or not. Trips like this are golden. Love the new summer painting gallery.
Peter Cusack May 22, 2007
Peter! Thanks. You noticed the header! That's a very small painting I did 8 years ago. Its a self portrait. Its about 4x6 inches and I modeled it after a Rembrant self Portrait. I found it about a year ago in a box with other small color studies. Don—we need to do this year's pilgrimage and paint...
Christoph Hitz May 22, 2007
Peter, These are great, the good thing is summer hasn't even started. Keep em coming.
Peter Cusack May 22, 2007
Chris—Oh Im getting a jump on things. Im not letting this summer go by! Thanks for stopping in and leaving a note . . . means a lot.
Michael Sloan May 24, 2007
Peter - The painting of the house looks just like a cottage we used to rent in the Hudson Valley, NY. I really admire great outdoor paintings like these.
Peter May 25, 2007
Thanks Michael. Summers in a little cottage . . . nothing better.
Secret admirer June 26, 2007
Really nice paintings, displaying your obvious affection for the places you depict. Only thing is, they don't look like summer paintings; they seem more like autumn or early winter settings. That car really works well to unify the painting and focus the viewer's eye. Nice.
Peter Cusack June 27, 2007
Secret Admirer! Reveal yourself! (add Shakespearean accent) Well the truth is that they weren't summer paintings at all. They were done in the spring, which can look like winter. And I guess it still is in some ways. Some trees haven't budded yet. And the the whole setting can look gray . . . especially when its overcast or like in the kayaking painting, rainy.