Sunday, September 21, 2014

Picaroon

Picaroon
6"x4" watercolor and gouache on paper

A little sketch for a future woodcut. This dinghy lives in Rockport, Maine. The double o in the name was actually the two eyes of a skull and cross bones, but I couldn't make that work. I'll post a better picture tomorrow, when I can take one in natural light.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Martha-Gayle

The Martha-Gayle
4"x5" watercolor on paper
NFS

The Martha-Gayle is a lobster boat from Port Clyde, Maine, which we saw on our recent boat trip. Painted using the Jo MacKenzie approach.

Friday, September 19, 2014

White House Monhegan

White House Monhegan
4"x5" watercolor on paper
NFS

Just a quick small watercolor of the white house on the east side of Main Street on Monhegan.

This is my 501st post. Thank you all for your support over the last five plus years!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Red House Monhegan"

"Red House Monhegan"
8"x10" oil on linen panel
NFS

Red House Value underpainting

Red House photo in ValueViewer

Red Houses

Today, our last day on Monhegan, I tackled the famous Red House. I used ValueViewer on the levels setting to show me the scene in 3 values with a 4x4 grid. I don't measure the grid on the panel, but just estimate it by dividing each side of the panel in two, and then in two again. I used the grid to place the most important corners, then estimated the rest of the drawing from that. The value block in came next, and then the color on top of that. I can see posting this that I was chasing the light at the end. I might use the photo of the value painting and the Value View to fix things a bit, but I was happy with what I did. Especially after yesterday afternoon, when I had trouble on Fish Beach. But not as much trouble as the lobsterman who had beached his boat and was then worried about it tipping over as the tide came back in. You can learn a lot plein air painting!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monhegan Dock

Monhegan Dock
8"x10" oil on linen panel
NFS

I'm on Monhegan with Mary Sheehan Winn, such fun! Yesterday was gray and sprinkling when we arrived and I didn't post my lackluster effort, but today was bright, sunny, and warm. I stood near the dock for three ferry arrivals and captured the trucks as they came and went.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Red Sailboat Watercolor

Red Sailboat Watercolor
4"x4"

Red Sailboat darks only

Red Sailboat darks and midtones

Palette, sketchbook, and brush

One of the fun things about Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, is checking out the other paintings and painters. I've really enjoyed the watercolors by Jo MacKenzie, and reading about her process, which is to paint dark to light, the way we do in oil painting. So I bought her book, and above is my first attempt at using her process. I like it!



Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Red Sailboat Boothbay II"

"Red Sailboat Boothbay II"
6"x6" oil on canvas panel
$!00

Red Sailboat Boothbay II in process

I wasn't totally satisfied with the first Red Sailboat Boothbay, and so went back to my Anne Blair Brown notes. Anne had told us to "think like turtle, paint like rabbit". I decided to think more about this one, and to let each brush stroke lay, rather than to paint over it. I forgot to take a photo of the value study underneath, but here's one of the painting after the color block-in.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Red Sailboat Boothbay"

Red Sailboat Boothbay
5"x7" oil on linen panel
$100

Red Sailboat Boothbay value sketch

This is the red sailboat in Boothbay that I had so much fun drawing when we visited on our boat. I did the value sketch yesterday and added the color today.

I wanted to let you know that I have a show opening next Saturday, Sept. 20, at Gallery111, at 111 Thoreau St., in Concord, MA. I'd be very pleased if you can join us. Your invite is below.



Friday, September 12, 2014

"Hendricks Head"

Hendricks Head
8"x10" oil on linen panel
$200

This last week the Plein Air Painters of Maine have been hosting the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast in Boothbay. Lots of paintings were created, and it was great fun. I painted three of the days, this painting is from Hendricks Head on Southport Island. Visit Pamela B Padgett Studio on Facebook to see PAPSE member, Pam Padgett's, version.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Green Island Studies

Green Island, burnt sienna block in
8"x10" oil on canvas panel

Green Island, block in on yellow underpainting
6"x8" oil on canvas panel

In Anne Blair Brown's class last week our first exercise was a plein air burnt sienna block in, which Anne adjusted for each student. On mine she added the dark sideways "V" in the left foreground to balance the island in the upper right. Yesterday I did a quick block in of the same subject over yellow, thinking that would work nicely with the fog that had been descending since morning, but I'd hardly gotten started when the fog completely obscured the island!