I just returned from my C-Scape Beach shack artist residency on the National Seashore of Cape Cod in Provincetown. It was a fantastic three weeks of beach walking, seal and whale scouting, sunset viewing, art making, and relaxing. Here are 12, 11″ x 14″ watercolor collage pieces I finished.
It was incredibly beautiful on the the Cape. I took these photos on my last night while on a 9 mile beach walk to visit two lighthouses. It was a great way to finish out my time.
Thank you to John who graciously transported me and my stuff through the soft sand to the shack, and Jay Critchley and Tom Boland of The Compact. for this incredible opportunity.
This past weekend I had the great pleasure of having Lisa B. a friend and hiking buddy from Santa Fe, NM come visiting. She had been volunteering at a kids camp on the Cape and stayed with me for two nights at C-Scape.
On her second day we walked from the shack to the visitors center, down the bike trail past Race Beach, past Herring Cover to the jetty at Pilgrim’s First Landing Park . It is just over 5 miles from the beach shack, not terribly far, but the heat index was 101 and two of those miles are in soft sand. The sand was blazing hot and we were pretty cranky by the time we got to the jetty, but as planned we got there at low tide. After walking out the jetty, we climbed down the rocks and looked for critters, specifically starfish.
There were loads of starfish almost immediately. I was really happy. At first I thought our trip was a bust and hated the idea of walking the 5 miles back in that terrible heat. We found starfish, crabs, loads of neat stuff I really did not know what it was. Wading through the low tidal pools, while very stinky was a nice feeling on my beaten up feet.
We walked back via Commercial Street and stopped to get iced lattes. That was a nice invigorator for the walk back. By the time we got home, we were only gone 5 hours, but walked almost 12 miles and we were hot, sunburn, blistered and exhausted. I barely remember going to bed.
I finished eight drawings. I made two drawings of this seaweed. I forgot the name of it and could not find it on-line so if you know it, please post it in the comments. Otherwise I will find out the name the next time I meet up with the ranger. I could draw this stuff all day as it is really interesting and fun to do.
It was delightful to return to the C-Scape Dune Shack on Provincetown’s National Seashore after almost 8 years. It is hard to believe it was that long ago that I spend 6 fascinating winter weeks here. Now it is summer I will be here three weeks and I have the grey seals to watch.
There have been great improvements in the shack, there is now a propane refrigerator and stove. There is a new outdoor composting toilet and a solar shower. The single layer walls have interior slats of wood, and one of the windows and frame have been replaced along with a beautiful cabinet in the living room. It is still very much a shack bur far more cozy. If you followed me in 2007/08, I am writing this post in the place I wrote then, the Cape Air Airport. It is a little over a 45:00 walk down the beach from the shack. And to much of my surprise and pleasure I am still all alone and completely secluded from the public. I will keep you updated about my adventures. I am here until August 27th.
C-Scape Dune Shack, Provinetown, MA
The view from my beach on the night I arrived.
Working from the kitchen of the shack on some watercolors, while looking out onto the dunes.
A drawing in progress influences by the Provincetown National Seashore.
Two completed drawings from the C-Scape Beach Shack.
One of my many grey seal buddies who come out every night at dusk.
A cool looking toad outside my shack.
I just landed on Cape Cod in Provincetown, MA for a three-week artist residency at the C-Scape Dune Shack. This is the delightful place I spent 6 weeks in 2007/08 at. It is buried in the dunes and absolutely primitive. I have no wifi or electricity for that matter, but once a week I will try to make a post.
After completing my LMCC artist residency, driving out to Norther New Mexico and back within one month, now out at the Cape, I am beat, really beat. But I am completing the work on my installation for the Brooklyn Bridge Park out here. Since I am completely alone without any distractions I am sure I will get plenty of rest and work done while floating in the salty Atlantic Ocean.
Have a wonderful summer.
PS if you are interested in learning about the last time I was here, I blogged about it at https://adventureartist.wordpress.com/tag/c-scape-beach-shack/