Artist at Work: No Rest for the Weary

I met a friend for a bite to eat and a couple of drinks at Stone’s last night and headed back out into the cold to head home at 9:30.  The chill was just leaving my car as I turned off of Broadway and onto South Street in Rockport to climb the hill towards home.

There, on the side walk, was an artist at work.  My clock read 9:42 and my temperature gauge read a mere 36 degrees, but he was happily painting away.

I drove past him and hemmed and hawed a bit about whether to continue towards home or turn around and capture the moment…with no camera, but at least, my phone.  I saw him painting on that same corner last week and was mad at myself for not stopping.  I didn’t want to make the same mistake twice.

I’m glad I turned around.

Chris Coyne, of Coyne Fine Art, was in the midst of an already gorgeous painting…surely to be all that more stunning upon completion.  This evening he was painting The First Baptist Church of Rockport. Last week he was painting one of my favorite things about the holiday season, the Dock Square Christmas Tree. He was kind enough to show me the completed painting of our beautiful town tree. Nothing short of stunning!

I’ve always had an appreciation for Chris Coyne’s art, but after seeing him out in the cold late at night to capture the perfect moment in time…I have an entirely new appreciation.

Do yourself a favor and browse his work at Coyne Fine Art or on his Facebook Page

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6 thoughts on “Artist at Work: No Rest for the Weary

  1. So glad you turned around! What a joy it was to see the works in progress and the gorgeous end results of that and the other works by Mr. Coyne. The colors are so true to both season and location, and the changing light from one painting to another is brilliant and perfectly captures the absurdly beautiful light so special to Cape Ann! Thank so much to you Nicole, and to Mr. Coyne, for sharing!


  2. Nicole I am so glad you stopped – we all benefit as a result – the artist that way are a hearty lot and go through great deal once they settle upon a picture or scene. I remember us kids were always amazed we be heading out at sunrise to swim in the or mess around on the rocks from Lanesville to halibut point and return to lanes cove only to see them still there as it was becoming dusk. We had sack lunch mom made us usually (PBJ, Bag of wise potato chips, and (Learners yellow root beer label) SP(?) or Coke) with something to drink had to remember can opener in those days no pop-tops.

    🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂


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