Autumn’s End

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“One sunny day, we sat on the grass across the road and made black pencil studies of the cherry tree. Shadows took on new meaning for Emma that day. When I finally painted the tree in the winter, my pencil study became the basis for this oil painting.”—Meredith d’Ambrosio

The Disappearing Land

By Meredith d’Ambrosio

Meredith d'AmbrosioDUXBURY Massachusetts—(Weekly Hubris)—1/6/2014—

Cape Cod Cherry,” Oil on Canvas, 24” X 36” (2005).

“Cape Cod Cherry,” Oil on Canvas, 24” X 36” (2005).

In the summertime, when my granddaughter Emma came to visit, we would venture off Daniels Island to walk to Popponesset Spit—the tail end of Popponesset Beach. On the way, we would marvel at the old cherry tree as we came around the bend on our shortcut to the spit. One sunny day, we sat on the grass across the road and made black pencil studies of the cherry tree. Shadows took on new meaning for Emma that day. When I finally painted the tree in the winter, my pencil study became the basis for this oil painting.

“First Snow,” Oil on Canvas, 30” X 40” (2008).

“First Snow,” Oil on Canvas, 30” X 40” (2008).

My companion and I traveled by car to Bar Harbor, Maine, and drove aboard the Blue Nose for an overnight cruise over a choppy sea. The next morning, we arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where we disembarked and drove off the boat to begin our trek all along the coast, eventually finding our way to Peggy’s Cove. If we’d blinked while driving through the tiny, rustic fishing village, we would have missed most of it. The winding hills and dales of the main road drew me into the scene, but what really caught my eye was the oddly shaped lighthouse.

“Verbier Path,” Oil on Canvas, 24” X 18” (2009).

“Verbier Path,” Oil on Canvas, 24” X 18” (2009).

After a concert tour in France, I found my way by train to my sister Elaine’s alpine home among the clouds in Verbier, Switzerland. The next day, we took her Italian Spitz, Theo, for a walk in the snow on a narrow pathway. I learned that, in the far distance, beyond the peaks of Swiss Alps, the farthest range one could see was the French Alps. Suddenly, Theo was distracted by a scent. He bolted over the ridge of the path to explore the remains of a dead animal at the bottom of the steep hillside. We stayed there a long time, trying to coax him away with our calls, but finally gave up and returned home. After realizing that we’d abandoned him, Theo was home three minutes after we arrived.

About Meredith d'Ambrosio

Boston-born Meredith d’Ambrosio, a Renaissance woman whose creative work crosses many genres, has successfully combined careers in the musical and visual arts. In 1958, in Boston, d’Ambrosio began singing with small bands, accompanied by Roger Kellaway on piano. Although she has worked primarily as a jazz singer-pianist, she is also known internationally as a calligrapher, watercolorist, creator of eggshell mosaics, composer, lyricist, recording artist, and teacher. D’Ambrosio branched out into New York City in 1981 and, since then, has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, performing with such musicians as Harold Danko, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Fred Hersch, Eddie Higgins, Dick Hyman, Hank Jones, Lee Musiker, Mike Renzi, Richard Wyands, Milt Hinton, Major Holley, Jay Leonhart, Michael Moore, George Mraz, Rufus Reid, Leroy Vinnegar, Buddy DeFranco, Harry Allen, Lee Konitz, Ken Peplowski, Phil Woods, Jack Sheldon, Al Grey, Johnny Frigo, Gene Bertoncini, Kevin Eubanks, Joe Ascione, Terry Clarke, Keith Copeland, Jake Hanna, Butch Miles and Ben Riley (view d’Ambrosio’s complete discography at www.meredithdambrosio.com). Currently working primarily in oils on canvas, d’Ambrosio is preparing for a major solo exhibition, November 2015 through February 2016, at the Art Complex Museum of Duxbury, Massachusetts. “Landscapes Of The North Countries” will comprise oils on canvas and linen, as well as watercolors, and include scenes from France, Italy, Switzerland, North America, and Canada, as well as new oils of Duxbury, commissioned by the museum. D’Ambrosio’s paintings, both watercolors and oils, may be viewed through www.meredithdambrosio.com, her multifaceted website, which covers her work as a musician, painter, and writer.
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17 Responses to Autumn’s End

  1. Anne says:

    Meredith, is a world class artist.

  2. Cat Conner says:

    How does Meredith do it…her paintings make me feel cold & chilly and yet warm and cosy all at the same time! What a master!

  3. Thank you, Cat. I think your right about feeling opposite temperatures at the same time.

  4. Dear Anne,
    You’re much too kind.
    Many thanks.
    m

  5. Dick Lieb says:

    Thanks for your email and the opportunity to view your lovely paintings.
    Happy and health New Year to you.

    Best,

    Dick Lieb

  6. Artist in music painting siinging composing arranging cooking and taking care
    of her dog Gypsy.
    A woman of many talents
    Proud to be her friend

  7. To Dick Lieb,
    Thank you for your kind words. Your sheet music to The Peacocks is being paid attention to and will be recorded. Many thanks to you for making me aware of the lyric!
    Happy New Year!
    Meredith

  8. Melodious,
    Thank you. Proud to be your friend also. I’ll recite your words to Gypsy.
    xox
    m

  9. Roger Schore says:

    Whenever I view a painting by Meredith, I am enchanted
    and drawn into the world that she’s created. Her use of
    colors, shadows and light is magical!

  10. Meredith is the perfect New England painter. No matter the season ,she draws the observer into the scene wholly and completely. The feeling of the season, temperature, weather and mood are but to be breathed in and known. The experience is sensual.

  11. Pat Lin says:

    Beautiful new work! The luminosity is extraordinary! Thanks for sharing.
    xxx, Pat

  12. Thank you so much Pat Lin (wonderful playwright).
    Your comments encourage me to keep painting!
    Love,
    Meredith

  13. Rebecca P.,
    I’m overwhelmed by your very kind comments!
    And I should encourage you to never stop making people happy with your great music!
    Love,
    Meredith

  14. Joyce Braverman says:

    I have loved your art since my first encounter with your egg shell mosaics, 30 + years ago. I am blessed to enjoy your evolution as you continue to reinvent yourself. Thank you for capturing the timeless beauty of the world and sharing with us.

  15. Dearest Joyce,
    Thanks so much for your sweet words, my lovely cousin!
    Be well.
    Much love,
    Meredith

  16. Karen Shane says:

    I like your comment to Dick Lieb about the sheet music for The Peacocks.

    Love you,
    K.

  17. Thank you, Karen.
    I neglected to add, in my note to Dick Lieb, that the important and original lyric by Judith Spence to The Peacocks will be recorded by you (Karen Shane) soon!
    Much love,
    Meredith

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