“Change in Weather” and “Cloud Waves:” Soft pastel on boards, 6x8 and 6x10.

Two 20-minute studies based on photos I took at Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA and Nauset Beach on Cape Cod, MA. 

Both of these pieces are for sale on my Etsy page: ELMstudioFineArt. You can also see more of my stuff on my Instagram: elm_studio. 

So I’m staying at a friend’s house in Boston

And in their guest room is a door.

And my first thought was closet. Just an ordinary, tiny, New England closet.

But no!

There are STAIRS in that closet!

Now where do those stairs go, you may ask?

Up to the black void attic of course.

But you know, it doesn’t seem to end there.

Because for reasons no one seems to know, this door deadbolts from inside. There’s nothing but a black void up there. Why must it lock on that side of it???

Of course, it was then that I spotted something else.

Why yes, those ARE scratch marks on the inside of the door. Which, one might think dog because they’re so low on the door (only a third of the way up).

But you know, this wouldn’t be fun if that was all there was.

That deadbolt has scratches all around it too.


Because guess what.

That deadbolt is five feet off the ground. And there is no dog in this house tall enough to reach it.

Pretty sure I just entered a horror film.