Out of Doors

Meredith d'Ambrosio

Meredith d’Ambrosio

“After settling in the lovely town of Duxbury, I was invited to mount a four-month solo exhibition at the Art Complex Museum of Duxbury, for which event the curator also asked me to paint some Duxbury scenes.”—Meredith d’Ambrosio

The Disappearing Land

By Meredith d’Ambrosio

Meredith d'AmbrosioDUXBURY Massachusetts—(Weekly Hubris)—6/8/2015—

Duxbury Morning, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 36″ (2015).

Duxbury Morning, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 36″ (2015).

When we first moved to Duxbury, my Black and Tan Coonhound puppy Gypsy and I explored various places where we could walk safely, far from traffic. I soon discovered that my property was surrounded by two enormous cranberry bogs, flanked by woods and water. At first, Gypsy and I chose to walk around the East Street Duxbury Bogs, on the other side of my land. One day, we veered away from our normal route, keeping to our right a swampy pond where nesting swans, cranes, geese, and ducks exist in all seasons, despite the cold. We walked up a hill which led to a path lined with birch trees and English maples. Route 3 could be seen beyond the swamp, the same scruffy waterway I would observe as a youngster on the way to Cape Cod in my father’s station wagon. I imagined back then that there must have been a forest fire which had left dead tree trunks sticking up from the water. Most of the dead trees have now been cleared from the shallow pond. Each time we found ourselves on this path, I was captivated by the birches. When I finally began painting this scene, the path in the painting drew me in as if it were welcoming me into an enchanted wonderland.

Neighbor's Geese, Watercolor, 22" x 15" (1995)

Neighbor’s Geese, Watercolor, 22″ x 15″ (1995).

During our sojourn in the quaint, historic village of Auvers-sur-Oise, my late husband Eddie and I stayed with Hervé Czak. Our room was in the attic of the house beyond the geese. From our window, we could see a steep hill stretching far below us, reaching down to the Oise River, where stately poplars lined the long path beside the waterway. The stationary concert barge, Bateau Daphné, was docked there and waiting for us to perform on its stage that evening.

Duxbury Copper Beech, Oil on Canvas, 36" x 36" (2013).

Duxbury Copper Beech, Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 36″ (2013).

After settling in the lovely town of Duxbury, I was invited to mount a four-month solo exhibition at the Art Complex Museum of Duxbury, for which event the curator also asked me to paint some Duxbury scenes. The exhibit was scheduled for November of 2015, three years after the invitation, giving me time to search for places to portray. My first plan was to find the most unique copper beech in town, and I did. It is a giant ancient copper beech visible only in winter, when nearby trees hiding it with their full summer foliage drop their leaves. I stopped short driving home one day on Route 3A upon noticing the beech for the first time. Initially, I painted the tree in its naked, wintry state. But when spring finally arrived, and the tree was suddenly in full bloom, I realized the beech had even more character and charm than I had thought possible. It was truly majestic, and I could not resist painting it in its full regalia. Still, I was relieved that the skeleton of the tree could still be glimpsed through its leaves when the second painting was completed.

Meredith d'Ambrosio

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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6 Responses to Out of Doors

  1. Avatar Roger Schore says:

    Meredith’s Duxbury Copper Beech oil painting is a stunning work!
    I can’t imagine someone viewing it and not having a revelation in
    the form of an awakening of the senses. I look at it and I can smell
    the clean and clear New England air. I am transported back to
    springtime; the effect is dazzling!

  2. Dear Roger,
    Your poetic words bring tears and give me added encouragement to the on-going goal of completing one more oil before the opening reception of the museum exhibition!
    Many thanks.
    Meredith

  3. Avatar Marla Kleman says:

    November is sneaking up on us. Can’t wait to join you at the Art Complex Museum of Deluxebury!

    xo
    Marla

  4. Avatar Francois Zalacain says:

    What a talent!

  5. Dear Marla,
    Many thanks for your humorous comments. Looking forward to seeing you at the museum!
    Much love,
    Meredith

  6. Dear Francois,
    Much appreciation for your kind words and for allowing my music and paintings to be viewed around the jazz world through my CDs. I am fortunate to know you!
    Kisses,
    Meredith

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