Camel Skull

September 24, 2017

24″ x 36″ oil painting. I took photos of it as the painting progressed.



This was my annual birthday present to myself. Interestingly, the lower jaw was broken when I received the piece, so I took pictures and wrote the following email to the supplier:


I received my skull and while I am overall very pleased with it, I was disappointed to discover that the lower jaw was broken in transit (see attached photos). I repaired it with Crazy Glue, but you should be aware that there was a problem with packing/shipping. If you want to make it up to me, a free ostrich egg would assuage my feelings.


Marc Clamage

The seller wrote back,

What kind of ostrich egg are you referring to?

I answered,

Oh, you know, one of your 5-6 inch $15 ostrich eggs–can I guilt you into sending me one?

Two days later a package came in the mail. Result:


I should have asked for a stand.


September – Part 1

September 11, 2017

Thought I’d put this in now and, hopefully, remember to update it at the end of the month. That’s Hull, a lovely little town on an island in Boston Harbor, a view of the Neponset River in Foxborough, and yesterday’s painting, a meadow in Mendon, MA.


September 11, 2017

OK, the first painting is a still life I painted in grad school 30-odd years ago. I was showing it to someone on Facebook. The Dighton painting is a result of a little game I like to play, “Ask the Local.” I stopped a pedestrian and asked her where I should paint and she sent me to this beauty spot on the Berkley line. Westport is on the Massachusetts south shore, Third Beach is in Newport, and Squantum Point is in Boston 1000 yards from the big painted oil tank on 93. The airport is in the distance and I couldn’t resist including one of the jets that flew directly overhead at a disconcertingly low altitude regularly.


September 11, 2017

Landscape season in full bloom! A painting of my wife’s garden, a nameless pond near Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, one last gasp of Kate’s portrait session, which closed for the summer, my third visit to Slater Mill, and some additional exploration of Naragansett Bay in Rhode lsland.


September 11, 2017

More portraits from Kate’s portrait session, my second visit to Slater Mill, and a quick jaunt to Hingham, MA.


September 11, 2017

Another portrait done over an imprimatura. The nude was a little bit of goofing around, just because I didn’t want to end up with a tiny drawing of the standing figure in a pose that was, to be honest, not all that interesting.

After I painted Eugene, who looked like an Italian barber in his striped shirt and pomaded hair, I thought to myself, “He looks awfully familiar and when I checked I had done another portrait of him a few years ago, the exact same view except back then he had a scruffy beard and man bun.

I’ve been driving back and forth from Massachusetts to Connecticut on Route 95 for nearly 30 years and must have driven past the sign for Slater Mill a hundred times. I finally decided to check it out and, rockin’ views! You’ll see in the June posting that I went back there a couple of times, and there are still paintings I want to do there.


September 11, 2017

My first couple of forays painting outdoors. The Valentine painting was a little experiment with an imprimatura; it’s an approach I haven’t used since college. Chrissy was so buttoned down and prim in her little red blouse I seriously considered suggesting we ask her to pose nude; then I thought, “Nah, I don’t want to get arrested.” After painting her in the afternoon, I went to AS220 for figure drawing, and the model was… Chrissy.