Martha's Vineyard 2020
I am happy to say this is my 7th year doing a painting every day for 30 days in the month of January.
I look forward to this challenge each year and I'm excited to share Martha's Vineyard with everyone. For the past 3 decades I have been lucky enough to travel to Martha's Vineyard regularly. If you haven't been, it's a small Island off the coast of Massachusetts. It's no easy task to get there for us. We drive cross country, usually with dogs in tow, a loaded car and lots of anticipation. When we reach the coast and find our way to the ferry in Woods Hole, the whole family is ready for some wonderful R & R on the Vineyard!
Each painting is offered during the month of January for the price of $225 plus $10 shipping/handling.
Day 1, "Bound for the Island" 12" x 12" Acrylic on Artist Board.
We look forward to driving our car on the ferry then heading up stairs and having a cup of chowder, sit back and enjoy the views!
Day 2, " The Black Dog Tavern" 11 x 14, Acrylic on canvas
One of the first restaurants we tried back in the late 80's and still a favorite stop. A treat to grab a muffin and watch the tall ships in the harbor. Hard to not buy one the Black Dog T'shirts to add to the collection.
Day 3 "Telegraph Hill" 11 x 14" Acrylic on canvas. The perfect spot, East Chop Lighthouse for an afternoon picnic overlooking Vineyard Sound. Ooh, I can't wait for summer on MV.
Day 4 of 30 Paintings /30 Days. "Dancing in the Field" 10 x 10 Acrylic on canvas. The Field Gallery is an essential visit when staying on the Vineyard. Who can resist dancing and posing with the ladies. I love this place. PM me for inquires or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 5 "Get Happi at Alley"s" 9 x 12 Acrylic on canvas. Alley's General Store established 1858. When you walk into Alley's you do Get Happi! so many quirky fun weird things to see and buy. Check it out on your way up island.
Day 6, "Entering Edgartown" 9 x 12 Acrylic on canvas. So glad to sharing Martha's Vineyard with everyone. These signs are all over the island welcoming you from one town to the next. Edgartown incorporated 1611! All work is for sale contact me at email@example.com
Day 7 "Culls for Dinner" 11 x 14 Acrylic on canvas. The perfect end to a Vineyard day is having lobster on the beach and watching the kids play and the sun set in Menemsha. Culls from Larsen's or one of the other fish markets is the way to go.
Day 8 of 30 Paintings, "Chappy Ferry" 9 x12, Acrylic on canvas. The Chappy ferry is a short 5 minute ride from Edgartown to Chappaquiddick. Chappaquiddick Island is connected to MV with the southern barrier beach between Katama and Wasque. People visit Chappy for the beaches, hiking, nature tours and birding, and MyToi Gardens.
9th Day!! "Flowers with Dinner" 11 x 14, Acrylic on canvas. Just about any drive on the Vineyard and you'll come across a gem of a farm or flower stand. Nothing makes an evening meal more inviting than a table with locally grown flowers! To all the gardeners on the Vineyard, thank you!
Wow, Day 10 and 1/3 of the way through! "So Long, Chillmark Chocolates" 8 x 8 Acrylic on artist board. Sadly Chillmark Chocolates has closed, but oh the memories. A favorite of mine was Tashmoo Truffles dark chocolate. Stopping after a day at the beach and picking up some to share after dinner was always a favorite treat.
Day 11 "Joy at Jaws Bridge" 11 x 14" Acrylic on canvas. Featured in the movie Jaws. Maybe one day I'll jump, but I don't think so.
Day 12, "Spooky Trees at Wasque Point" 8 x 8, Acrylic on canvas.
We fell in love with this area last summer. Fisherman, hikers, swimmers and beach lovers all find Wasque (way-skewee) fascinating. A spectacular landscape for nature lovers as it is ever changing with the sea levels rising and shifting sands creating new landscapes.
Day 13, "Katama Guard", 8 x 8 Acrylic on board. Thank you lifeguards for keeping us safe!
Day 14, "Rowboats by the Light", 9 x 12 Acrylic on canvas. This pretty spot by Edgartown Lighthouse has been a favorite place to fish. We've caught everything from scup, squid and sand sharks.
15 of 30 Paintings, halfway through whooho! " Captain Milton's Pagoda Tree" 8 x 8 Acrylic on artist board. Stroll down South Water Street in Edgartown and visit this big beautiful pagoda tree planted by Captain Milton in 1837. This tree survived a voyage from China, multiple hurricanes and people who want to chop it down! Long live the pagoda tree!
Day 16 of 30, "Lobster Buoys" 9 x 12, Acrylic on canvas. These colorful lobster buoys are everywhere on Martha's Vineyard. Even if you're not a fisherman you want some hanging from your house. If you can't have a buoy, how about a painting of one! All work is for sale. Contact me either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or PM me on Facebook. Follow me at Anne Raskopf - Fine Art and Murals.
Day 17! "Old Whaling Church" 10 x 10, Acrylic on artist board.
The Old Whaling Church was built by mariners in 1843. Six massive columns greet you as you enter the Greek Revival Church, look up and you'll see a Gothic Revival clock tower. A beautiful building inside and out! Go inside and see the gorgeous murals!
18th of 30, "Campground Cottages", 11 x 14" Acrylic on canvas.
If walking through the Methodist Campgrounds doesn't make you smile, well then I don't know what will. It really was a campground at one time and now the colorful cottages are homes to summer residents. A favorite event for me is the summer Illumination Night where all the cottages are lit up with Chinese lanterns and fun lights. Follow me on FB Anne Raskopf Fine Arts and Murals.
Day 19, "Flying Horses Carousel" 10 x 10 Acrylic on artist board.
Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs is the nations oldest platform carousel. This carousel started out in Coney Island, New York in 1876 and moved to Oak Bluffs in 1884. Don't miss the "brass ring" challenge! A MV tradition!
Yay, for day 20! 2/3 done! "Chappy Beach Club" 9 x 12" Acrylic on canvas. These cozy beach cabanas look so inviting. It's a private club for swimming and summer fun. I guess I'll only admire it from afar.
Day 21 of 30, "Chili Dog behind Larsen's" 11 x 14 Acrylic on canvas.
It's kinda fun looking at all the names of the fishing boats on the Vineyard. Some are clever, some are funny, and some are fancy. The green boat is called "Little Lady" the red boat is called "Chili Dog". What would you name your boat? If you can't have a boat how about a painting of one?
Day 22, "The Cliffs of Gay Head", 9 x 12 Acrylic on canvas. Getting a little sad that it's winding down, but happy to share one of the most beautiful spots on the island. Now called Aquinnah, the cliffs were designated a National Natural Landmark in 1965. The cliffs are know for the colorful clay and quiet natural serenity. At the foot of the cliffs is Moshup's Beach, named after a great Aquinnah Wampanoag. Truly a breathtaking place.
Day 23, "The Bite" 10 x 10 Acrylic on artist board. As you wind down the road to Menemsha, off to the right you'll find The Bite. An island institution and some of the best fried clams and chowder around. It's been kinda our mission each year to find the best chowder (we like a little bit of sherry in ours) and The Bite has never disappointed us. Love these little food shacks!
Day 24 or 30, "Plenty of Butter" 8 x 8 Acrylic on artist board. We certainly get our fill of lobster on the island. Lobster bisque, lobster rolls (lots of those) and steamed whole lobster, so fresh and sweet. Going to Larsen's or the Net Result at dinner time to choose our fresh dinner choice is a wonderful treat!
Day 25, since I was snowed in I had time for two paintings so I chose the same subject.
"Shenandoah" 9 x 11 Acrylic on canvas and "Aloft" 10 x 10 Acrylic on Artist board.
Both paintings are Tall Ships owned by the Black Dog. The highlight of our last visit was a sunset cruise aboard "Alabama", a beautiful way to see the island and experience the ocean. Don't forget to stop for a splitter of wine and some tasty treats before boarding on your sunset cruise.
Happy day 26 of 30! "Scottish Bakehouse" 8 x 10 Acrylic on artist board.
My tummy rumbles when we turn into the driveway of the Scottish Bakehouse. Stop in if you love traditionally made a Scottish shortbread and shortbread pies. Delicious baked goods and locally sourced fresh yummy stuff for breakfast, lunch and supper and everything in between.
Day 27 "Meadow by the Sea" 8 x 10 Acrylic on Artist Board
The Allen Sheep Farm established 1762 is one of the oldest historic farms on the island. We passed the sign to the farm many times never stopping in. Last year we passed by and turned around at the request of our nature loving son. Lovely farm with spectacular views. Another MV treasure.
Day 28, "The Net Result" 8 x 10 Acrylic on artist board.
The very best sea scallops that we've found on the island. Quick fried and offered in small, medium and large in Chinese containers. So sweeet and they melt in your mouth. Mulitple meals enjoyed here! Check out all the paintings!
29 of 30, "Lucy Vincent Beach" 9 x 11 Acrylic on canvas. All I can say is google her, there's a great article http://www.mvmagazine.com/news/2017/08/01/what-did-lucy-think Lucy was one of the islands leading residents, librarian, and the first women to get a shellfish license and apparently a beach was named after her. The beach had a wild reputation in the 60's and 70's, now during the summer season only residents, renters and guests are permitted. Somehow I'm going to visit this beach! Follow my paintings on my FB page Anne Raskopf - Fine Arts and Murals. Thanks!
Day 30 and the end of my January 2020 challenge. Thanks to all who purchased and followed my progress. "Three Boys Headed to Moshup", 10 x 10, Acrylic on artist board. Sometimes there's a long walk to the beach and lots of stuff to carry. The boys always pitch in carrying water, snacks, towels and beach toys. Always worth the hot walk on hot sand to see the beautiful ocean. I'll probably paint another bonus one for day 31 and I'll always come back to MV as a subject because of our long history and it's beautiful scenery.
Bonus Day 31, Bonus painting of "Sailing Old Glory" 8 x 10. Acrylic on Artist Board. I took this picture many times as I've seen this sailboat crisscrossing Edgartown Harbor all summer long.