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Joan McCracken Thomas / Uncategorized

Summer in my Backyard

I love summer in this area & the vivid colors, shimmering heat, & intense light, and shadows! This is my latest oil painting, “Summer in my Backyard,” 20x24 inches. There’s so much beauty everywhere I look, & sometimes you don’t need to look farther than...

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It was exciting & affirming to sell this oil painting, “Verona Park Bridge,” to a buyer who saw it recently in a show. I wanted to play up the reflections & shadows in the water, & the texture of the stone bridge & make the...

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Ocean Sunset

I’m almost finished with this oil painting & waiting for it to tell me what it still needs. I wanted to recreate the feel & taste of the salty breeze, the rhythm of the waves & the technicolor sunset! It’s based on memories of living...

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The Gift

I’m looking back on this pastel painting I completed in December as a gift for my daughter & son-in-law.  They had a very memorable destination/beach wedding & I created the painting so they’d smile every time they glance at the wall. In reality, it was...

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Abandoned Giant

I like old, abandoned structures & this one really touched me & so I painted it! It's in the middle of nowhere (yes, a very rural area of NJ!) & you hear birds chirping & cows mooing & see the wild vegetation taking over. This is the...

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Final Approach

I felt very honored to receive an award for this oil painting at a recent Art Assoc. of Roxbury show! I wanted to convey the tension of coming in to land at Aeroflex (Andover, NJ), where the runway starts just where the lake ends!  ...

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My Calendar Art

My painting was selected to appear on the November page of an NJ calendar! This is Grace Lord Park in Boonton, NJ & I wanted to capture the late autumn hues, ribbons of water flowing over the dam & flecks of light dancing across the...

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