Friday, August 13, 2010

First Parish Church United on the Common Westford, Massachusetts

This painting is of the First Parish Church United which is on the Common in Westford, Massachusetts.  A beautiful building with a great deal of historical significance since it served as Westford's Meeting House for over 100 years.  The early records of this wonderful rural town are still housed among the church records. The painting is an 8 X 10 oil on canvas board.  I am pleased with the results I achieved.  This painting is the second of a series of paintings that I intend to do of sites around Westford.  In an earlier post I showed a view of the Gazebo on Mill Pond in Graniteville, one of the villages of Westford, which I painted in the Spring of 2010.  The painting is available and is copyrighted 2010 Joe Lapiana..  I am looking forward to the cooler weather of September and October to do more plein air paintings and to working at my studio at #326 on the third floor of the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA.

Mountain Hideaway

It's been a lomg hot summer and I have only been painting once a week, primarily with an Open Studio Group that meets on Mondays at the Cameron Center in Westford. The room we use has been beautifully renovated and best of all air conditioned on these dog days.  With the heat I was thinking of cooler places and so I was inspired to paint this scene reminding me of an area in Estes Park, Colorado.  I am fairly happy with the depth that I was able to achieve and how the tones create a distinction using lights and darks.  This painting, an 8 X 10" oil on canvas board, is copyrighted 2010 Joe Lapiana and is available for purchase.