On the way to Rye Harbor


Well it has been quite some time since my last post.  We have been in the midst of a kitchen renovation and it is finally winding down.  We moved to our house in Rye because we were also taking the opportunity to refinish our floors and we had to pack and move all of our belongings.  We’ve moved back over a week ago and are dealing with the remaining punch list items before we reclaim our house once and for all.  It has been a pretty great experience although I will be happy when the dumpster and the portable toilet are removed from my driveway.  Soon though!

I had a limited amount of art supplies with me but still managed to paint on the go. The ocean kept me company as I drove back and  forth from the beach to check on our renovation.  You can see through my paintings what I was seeing and feeling over the last 7 weeks.  Ocean views and breezy roadside stops were cheap fodder for this artist.  I would get home and try to quickly get to work translating what caught my eye as I scurried to and fro.

Above is “On the Way to Rye Harbor”.  It is a view that I took for granted until one sunny day spilled across the marshland and caught my eye and breath.  I stopped to take a quick pic so I wouldn’t forget what I was seeing and decided to create my version of what this ribbon of road looks like to me.

On the Way to Rye Harbor is 8×16 acrylics on stretched linen canvas



This is “Roadside” and was a cold, sunny day that my husband and I decided to get out of the house and have a little picnic in the car.  We ordered some lobster rolls from Petey’s, a local lobster shack and bar and sat in the car roadside to take in the beautiful view.  It was way too cold to sit outside but we pretended our way to warmer weather.  I took a picture of the dried leftover weeds and  flowers swaying at the side of the road and when I got home to paint, I decided to add in the wild mustard that grows along these dunes and roads as a nod to wishful thinking of the warm breezes and light layers to come.

Roadside is 22×30 acrylics on water color paper


Gone Fishing


This is “Gone Fishing” and is the way that I felt being away from home for such an extended period of time.  I think I should have painted this first and hung this on my studio door at home to explain that I had checked out from my daily life at least for a little bit of time.  I’m back now and looking forward to getting into a regular groove in the studio.  First I have to figure out how to organize my kitchen and finally stake my claim.  Then I’ll take some photos to post the amazing work of our builder and kitchen designer.  I have so many new ideas of things to paint that I can’t wait to sink my paint brush into a few jars of paint so stay tuned for more …

Gone Fishing is 22×30 acrylics on water color paper


See you soon,



10 thoughts on “back in the studio with new work …

    • Ellen McHale says:

      Thank You Ann! I love “Gone Fishing” too – it is the last piece that I created before we moved back in but should have been the first piece in retrospect. Next time you are over – come see it in the studio. xo

    • Ellen McHale says:

      Thank you dear sister. Next time you are in town – I’ll make you dinner in the new kitchen and you can see some of the new work that I’m creating. xo

  1. Valerie says:

    Love this post, Ellen and all of your beautiful work. Can’t wait to see pictures of your kitchen reno. That is really exciting!

    • Ellen McHale says:

      Thank you Val. It feels good to create a post again and to have some new work to show for it. I’ll post some pics soon of the renovation or you can come for coffee and see it live and in person. xo

  2. Wendy McHale says:

    I feel your pain with renovating homes. Hard to think ahead about what you’re undertaking until the sledgehammer makes its way through the designated areas of destruction. You’re incredibly fortunate to have a beautiful area to live away from demolition central.
    Your works are fine indicators. Well done! Now, pictures of your new floors and kitchen please

    • Ellen McHale says:

      I’m on it Wendy. Next post will be about the kitchen reno or at least a peek into it. I just need to get that punch list completed then the kitchen is all mine for photos. xo

    • Ellen McHale says:

      Oh Anne Marie that is so lovely – thank you. I miss you in Rye, every time I drive onto our street or whenever we are out beach-combing, I think of you all. xo

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