“Monson NH” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "Monson NH" | Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “Monson NH” | Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This is a landscape of the main trail into the abandoned Pre-Revolutionary War village of Monson in the town of Milford, New Hampshire.  This scene depicts the last remaining house in the village and the lovely gardens planted and maintained by the unofficial caretaker of the property.  There are many cellar holes on the property dating from the 18th century, with plaques indicating their locations and the biographical information of the original residents.  This land was rescued from residential development through the effort of  local citizens. It now has many open fields  and hiking trails; as well as a beaver pond with a blue heron rookery.   It is a favorite walking trail for my husband and our dog and me.  This is an earlier work.  (Painted 2009)

“…the Windowsill” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title:   "Blinking at the Windowsill"    Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “Blinking at the Windowsill” Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This is a still-life of flowers from my gardens, in various vases on my kitchen windowsill, on a blinding summer morning in late July.  The sunlight streaming in was so bright that day!  I wanted to capture the appearance of the light and its reflections through the glass vases.  (Painted 2011)

“La Pelirroja” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "La Pelirroja" | Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “La Pelirroja” | Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This is a portrait of a red-haired woman bartender with a wistful look.  This scene reminded me of Hopper’s “Night Owls”, so it is my homage to Hopper!  I really liked the contrast between the bright light streaming through the window and the dark shadowy interior of the bar, as well as the strong diagonal design element of the shiny bar-counter.  I also loved the look of the bartender’s green hair scarf against  her red hair.  I tried to channel Impressionism with choppy brush strokes, especially on her hand to suggest movement.  { “La Pelirroja” means red-haired woman in Spanish. }   (Painted 2012)

“Walk Through the Reeds” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "Walk Through the Reeds" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “Walk Through the Reeds” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This is a landscape of a weathered wooden boardwalk, winding through a forest of salt marsh reeds.  I was inspired by beaches in Maine where similar tall salt marsh reeds grow.  I have fond memories of such a beach in the South Portland, ME  area: Scarborough State Park.  That is where my children first experienced the ocean.  (Painted 2014)

“Sly Eye” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "Sly Eye" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “Sly Eye” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This is a pet portrait of my dog, Jonny Rocket, on his favorite rug in the house.  I really liked the diagonal design his body made, and how his white legs contrasted with the brick red rug.  Jonny’s pink skin shines through the white fur on his nose, chest and legs. Jonny has very emotive eyes, and sometimes gives me  that sideways sly look when he is considering mischief. In this image his back legs are poised so he can spring up in a second.  {Jonny appears in another painting in this portfolio: “Max Montana and JawKnee RawKet”.}  (Painted 2015)

“Fire box” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "Firebox" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “Firebox” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This is a still life of the fire in my wood stove during a past winter.  I love to sit by the fire and gaze at the flames.  I become lost in their dancing.  In this work, I tried to depict the different types of flames I noticed  in the fire.  Some were orange with flickering tips of blue.  They reminded me of Tibetan imagery of flames.  Other flames were bright white-yellow, exploding out from beneath a burning log, and bursting with orange sparks.   The coals consuming the logs burned blue-hot.  (I usually associate blue with coolness, but not in this fire. )  I also liked the high contrast of the dark background of the firebox with the brightness of the flames.  I find that it is a challenge to paint fire, but it is fun.  (Painted 2011)

“NC Salt Marsh” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "NC Salt Marsh" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “NC Salt Marsh” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This is a landscape of a salt marsh in North Carolina on a sultry summer day.  The salt marsh is fed by the salty waters of an inter coastal waterway, wich you can see on the horizon, just beyond the marsh . I love the look of NC salt marshes:  the bright green marsh grass contrasting with the darker green hedges.  On this day, the clouds were billowing and growing immensely tall: it was the birth of a thunderstorm. This is a  very early work.  (Painted 2007)

“Maine Salt Marsh” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "Maine Salt Marsh" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “Maine Salt Marsh” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This is a landscape of a salt marsh I saw while driving in Maine.  This is also one of my earliest acrylic works.  I tried to channel Impressionism with this work:  quick brush strokes, suggestions of shapes through color,  a brief impression of a fleeting moment in time.  (Painted 2001)

“La casita playera” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title "La casita playera" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title:  “La casita playera” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

I have very fond memories of this landscape of dunes and a peach-colored beach house in North Carolina.  I have spent many wonderful vacations at this beach.  This beach house was next to ours and I admired it greatly.  It looked particularly lovely in the long slant of the late afternoon sun.  This is an earlier work.  { “Casita Playera”  means beach house in Spanish. } (Painted 2010)

“My Dark Cloud” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "My Dark Cloud" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH Denise Clark

Title: “My Dark Cloud” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This landscape / skyscape originally was meant  as a visual joke about the changeable weather during a particular summer.  It seemed that every time my husband and I made it outside to enjoy the summer sunshine, dark clouds would emerge from seemingly nowhere, and engulf the sun and the lovely day.

Then, as I painted it, the work took on another meaning:  a meditation on depression.  I thought about how even the best times of your life can become overshadowered by dark feelings.  The hawk wheeling through the valley  became a symbol of hopefulness trying to rise above the sadness.  (Painted 2014)