Monday, December 5, 2016

Beaver Brook Winter

Beaver Brook Winter
8"x10" oil on canvas panel

We had our first snow of the season today. And to prepare for it, I painted this a couple of weeks ago in my class with Robert Abele. A bunch of us were trying out a limited palette of yellow ochre, cadmium red, black, and white. The gray mixtures turn almost blue with this approach. Perhaps this year I'll be able to paint in the snow at Beaver Brook. Looking forward to that, maybe there will even be a little blue sky.

Monday, November 28, 2016

American Cancer Society Holiday Sale

Most of us know someone who has had cancer. Or maybe we've even had it ourselves. I'm in that last group.  I'm often asked to donate paintings to shows that support a cause, and usually I do that, happy to support something that's near and dear to one of my friends. This holiday season I'd like to support a cause that's near and dear to my heart, and that's cancer research. Maybe it's near and dear to you as well.

I've put 90 paintings on my website for a sale to benefit the American Cancer Society and their work in research, education, and care of cancer patients. Shipping within the continental US is free, and 50% of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Please help me support their work!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Buoy #8

Buoy #8 White and Green
6"x6"oil on Raymar panel

This is the last buoy, at least for a while. I particularly like how the water looks like puddles, which happens when it's relatively calm.

The eight buoys will be part of the holiday show at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery this year. The opening is on Saturday, November 26th from 4-7PM. I'm very pleased that one of the buoys was chosen for the advertisement! Check it out below with the others.

Buoy #4

Buoy #1

Buoy #2

Buoy #3

Buoy #5

Buoy #6

Buoy #7

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Buoy #7

Buoy #7 Pink ad Yellow Flag
6"x6" oil on Raymar panel

Here's another buoy with a flag, pink is apparently a popular color for buoy flags. Sometimes I change the color of the buoys (always risky, because it's easy to miss how the water impacts the various reflections), but this time I loved all the colors the lobsterman choose, and have tried to show you his palette.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cove Road Mud

Cove Road Mud
5"x7" oil on linen panel

I was back at Cove Road in South Freeport last month, grappling with the mud at low tide. And I had plenty of company, with the clammers out in force. I think what they were doing was harder than what I was doing.

 A clammer, it's hard work! And a long slog back to the grass.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Lobster Buoy 6

 Lobster Buoy 6 Pink and Green
6"x6" oil on Raymar panel

This summer we saw several lobster buoys with a flags on their sticks, which certainly makes them easier to see. I particularly liked this one because of the colors.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Jedi I
8"x8" oil on Raymar panel

Jedi II
8"x8" oil on Raymar panel 

Above are two versions of a painting I've done as a gift for some friends. The first one is the value under painting with lots of burnt sienna (transparent) and white canvas. In the second version, opaque paint has been used over all. I'd love your opinion on the two, email or comment please! (And try to ignore the higher quality photograph on the first one.)

I'm even further behind on posting, so you'll see a few more over the next week.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkin and Friends

Pumpkin and Friends
5"x7" oil on linen panel

I'm getting behind on posting, due to forgetting to photograph the paintings. This one is from last Thursday and introduces my new favorite apple, the Autumn Gala. I hope they still have some when I get to the farm stand tomorrow, because I've eaten all of mine!

If anyone has any tips for photographing paintings with very dark backgrounds, I'd love to hear them. I'll try retaking the photo once the painting is dry.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cloud Study I

 Cloud Study Final
8"x10" oil on canvas panel

A teacher once said to me, a sky without clouds is a missed opportunity. They can be a great device for composition, and are beautiful in themselves. Here's a sky study done from a photo (through a spray spattered windshield on a windy day).

The process I used is recommended by my teacher Rob Abele. Tone the canvas, do a quick sketch, and then do a first pass in thin paint as fast as you can. Lightly scrape that, to remove any high points (which contain solvent). Repaint, paying attention to your reference. This is where I have a tendency to fall down, and just fill in the ghost. I get a much better result if I go back to the reference. Finally, in this case, I used my finger to blend the transitions between the different colors and values (top image).

Apologies for the different colors. Each pass was photographed with a different light source, and I couldn't bring them all to the same place in Photoshop. The top image was taken outside and so is probably the best.
First pass

After scraping the first pass, and painting over it, except blue sky is still at the scraped stage

 Reference Photo

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Buoy #5

Buoy #5, Purple and Yellow
6"x6" oil on Raymar panel

I decided to go with a complementary color scheme for this buoy. It has a wonderful reflection in the photo, which I couldn't resist. I've still got a few more of these to finish, and I'll intersperse them with other subjects and whatever plein air painting the weather permits.