“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)

“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)

“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)

“I Drive Alone” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "I Drive Alone" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “I Drive Alone” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

One full moon  night in July I decided to paint en plein air.  This is the view outside my studio, looking south from my backyard.  For light while painting, I used a flashlight and the light of the moon.  It wasn’t easy, but it was fun.  I hope to do this again.

While I was painting, a single car drove past.  I began to wonder about the driver and why  he or she would be out driving at 2 AM  (perhaps the driver wondered what I was doing as well!)  My dog Jonny accompanied me, and I know he was definitely confused by what was going on!  Throughout the process, he happily hopped in and out of the studio while I worked, enjoying this change to his normal nightly routine.  The song title is from a lyric from a song by Them Crooked Vultures.  (Painted 2014)

“…Provincetown Ferry” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "Change in the Weather on the Provincetown Ferry" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “Change in the Weather on the Provincetown Ferry” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

It was a perfectly beautiful sunny day at sea.  We had just departed from Provincetown, MA on the ferry to Boston when, suddenly,  the billowing white clouds began to change to a purpley-blue grey and the water took on a greenish cast, as the sea breeze became a wind.  I wanted to depict the exact moment when this sudden change in the weather occurred as a metaphor for the abrupt changeability of emotions. (Painted 2014.)

“Pink Dawn…” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "Pink Dawn at Blue Mountain" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “Pink Dawn at Blue Mountain” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

I painted this image in two hours, after setting that challenge for myself. It is an image of a nearby mountain that appeared  blue in the cool shade of passing night, as the sun began to clear the horizon, turning the sky an orange-pink.  I liked the slashing diagonals of the mountain slopes.  (Painted 2014)