David Philip Curtis


Spring into Summer!

Spring Tides, 9 x 12, oil on canvas, David P. Curtis - POR (Price on request)


"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." (Sonnet XCVIII) William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets

Plein Air Saturday continues with spring and summer classes, every Saturday, weather permitting. Meet at the Allyn Cox Reservation, Essex County Greenbelt Headquarters, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA   Hours: 9.30 am - through 4.30 pm. Tuition: $20.00 No sign up necessary.

From Route 128: Take Exit 15 "School Street" 3.0 miles north. School Street becomes Southern Avenue and leads into Essex center at the intersection of Southern Avenue and Eastern Avenue. Turn right onto Eastern Avenue, Route 133. From the intersection of Southern Avenue and Eastern Avenue, proceed east on Eastern Avenue, Route 133, toward Gloucester 0.5 mile. You will pass the South Essex Center mall on the right, and then make an immediate left turn into our driveway, which is marked by a Greenbelt sign. If you reach Farnham's Clams you have gone to far.

Follow the driveway over a small bit of marsh, bear right when the driveway forks, and park in the lot between the barns.

Muralist Allyn Cox, whose work adorns the US Capitol Building and Grant’s Tomb, purchased the property as a summer home and used the barn as his studio.  Mr. Cox donated the property to Greenbelt in 1974.

Its situation on the Essex Bay estuary makes the Cox Reservation a challenging and rewarding location for the outdoor artist. The mud flats at Clamhouse Landing support a plethora of shorebirds while herons, egrets and kingfishers find much to sustain them on the salt marshes. Old hayfields surround the house and barns, while ancient orchards offer gnarled pear and apple trees for your composition. Recently cleared old stone walls will add texture and interesting lines of perspective to your design. Come join us, and give it a try.


2016 OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP with David P. Curtis

June 15 - 17  Plein Air Painting - Kittery Art Association, Kittery Point, Maine - 3 days

June 20 - 24  Composition - a Cape Ann Summer Workshop - 5 days

July 5 - 7   Plein Air Landscape Painting - Gibson House, Haverhill, NH - 3 days

July 11  - 15  Boats and Buildings - a Cape Ann Summer Workshop - 5 days

Aug. 22 - 26  Plein Air Landscape in Oils - Coastal Maine Art Workshops, Rockland, ME - 5 days

Sept. 19 - 23  Late Light - a Cape Ann Summer Workshop - 5 days

Check out the workshop page for further details.