47. Belleisle Grenada

Michele & I traveled to the island of Grenada in January 2019. We stayed in the home of our friend Chase, in the rural village of Belleisle. Chase’s house sits at the top of a ridge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Strong, pounding waves boomed against the cliffs most days. I’d set out from here on my morning runs high into the rainforest interior of the island, climbing the steep, rural roads through groves of nutmeg, cacao and grapefruit trees. By mid-afternoon, strong sea breezes would whistle through the trees. The hour before sunset brought on the “airshow” – falcons and owls on the hunt.

Chase helped me set-up my art studio in the apartment. I promised him to send him a painting of his island paradise home.  Chase, here you go.  Thanks for all the great memories of our time on Grenada: our Sunday afternoon outings to Rocky’s on BBC Beach; Diego’s birthday party; but most of all, those peaceful late afternoons in Belleisle.

In this piece, I continue to experiment with the palette knife on oil pastels, using it to blend colors, create strong lines and textures. There are lots of verticals here, the sky textures, the foreground grasses and foliage.

Original Art Specifications

  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Arches Huile oil paper, 300gm
  • Dimensions 8″ x 10″, mounted with double-matte (off-white & gold, as shown), 11″ x 14″, unframed, cello-bagged

~ by Delfino on 2019/12/13.

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