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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Honey Crisp"

"Honey Crisp"
6"x8" oil on linen panel

This is my final painting for Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I've painted 30 and shown you 28 of them (2 failed quality assurance!). I want to thank you all for your patience and perseverance, and for all the wonderful comments. I do have a question, for a potential next time. Were there too many posts? Would fewer posts per week with more than one painting in each make for better viewing? Thanks so much for your help.

The 6"x6" and 5"x7" paintings done in September will be priced at $100 through October 1st, and on the 2nd, will go up to the normal $150 price.

Monday, September 29, 2014

"Fall is in the Air"

 "Fall is in the Air"
6"x8" oil on linen panel
SOLD

Today I painted with the Plein Air Painters of Maine on the grounds of Hamilton House in South Berwick, ME. As the afternoon worse on it got colder and more overcast, but we could still see the rich fall colors.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Waiting for the Lobsterman"

"Waiting for the Lobsterman"
6"x6" oil on Raymar panel

I've painted this beautiful classic dinghy before. It belongs to a local lobsterman.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cozy Harbor Inlet in Process

Cozy Harbor inlet after the second plein air session
11"X14" oil on linen panel

I got back to Cozy Harbor on Wednesday. It was tough trying to decide exactly how much light to have on the fronts of the white buildings. I think I like the two on the right best. Still some work to do, but it will have to be from home. The place I was parking turns out to be someone's driveway.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Fish Beach Monhegan"

"Fish Beach Monhegan"
8"x10" oil on linen panel

Fish Beach after the plein air session

I worked again today on this painting of Fish Beach on Monhegan. The bottom image shows the painting at the end of a couple of hours on site and some edits in charcoal. What do you think about the revised version (image at top)? Which version do you like better?



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Broad Cove Sunset"

"Broad Cove Sunset"
5.5"x4.5" pastel on paper
$75

My first effort at a plein air pastel sunset.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cozy Harbor Inlet Vlaue Underpainting

Cozy Harbor Inlet Value Underpainting
11"x14" oil on linen panel

While the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast were visiting Maine a couple of weeks ago, I learned about a beautiful spot on Southport Island where I hadn't painted before. I went back today and did a value underpainting, which hopefully I can complete tomorrow.

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Janette Lamson in Fog"

"Janette Lamson in Fog"
7"x8.5" pastel on paper

The Janette Lamson lives in Camden, Maine. We were moored near her on our recent trip. It was very foggy when I took the photo for this painting.

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

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

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

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!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Cloudy Day at Ocean Point"

"Cloudy Day at Ocean Point"
6"x8" oil on Canvas Panel
$150

Today the Plein Air Painters of Maine had our OPA Paint Out at Ocean Park in East Boothbay. It was fun even though the overcast morning sky gave way to fog in the afternoon.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tree Study Process

Tree Study
8"x10" oil on canvas panel
NFS

Tree Study: shapes within shapes

Tree Study - color block in

Tree Study: values

Today I worked on a tree study using the method we learned last week from Anne Blair Brown. I am missing the initial step in these posts, which is a set of four small value studies in my sketchbook in pen or marker. I did them, but just keep forgetting to take a photo.

I got a question on yesterday's post on this approach, which was "how do you keep from picking up the underlying burnt sienna?" There are several factors involved: using enough paint, lightness of touch in going over the value study, and consistency of the paint. Initially I thought it was all about the consistency of the second layer, but I now think that the first two are more important. Anne had us mix pools of paint for the color block in, with an emphasis on making big pools. Try this: Paint a stripe of dark burnt sienna (add a little ultramarine blue to darken it), and then with a good bit of paint and a light touch, paint a stripe over it of another color. Try medium or gamsol to vary the consistency of the upper layer, and I think you'll find a way to make this work.

Monday, September 8, 2014

"Churchy At LowTide"

"Churchy At Low Tide"
8"x8" oil on Raymar panel
plein air

Color block-in

Value Underpainting

This week I've been taking a walk to our family cottage in the afternoons to see where the tide has deposited each of the rowboats. Every day it's different. Today, Churchy was in a nice position to paint her from the rocks. I wanted to use what I learned last week with Anne Blair Brown, so I did a value study in burnt sienna, then a color block in, and finally looked for shapes within the shapes (this last is the hardest part for me). I think I am starting to get it.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Waiting For The Tide"

"Waiting For The Tide"
5"x7" oil on linen panel, plein air

This little pram is called Ariella, once the tender to a beautiful Herreshoff ketch called Ariel, owned by our Uncle Dave. She has a new life now as a children's rowboat.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Little Blue Boat"

"Little Blue Boat"
5"x7" oil on linen panel
SOLD

This little blue rowboat belongs to a neighbor, but since I've given her a new paint job I won't say who. Maybe we'll see her again later.

FYI, to celebrate the 30 paintings in 30 days event, I'm pricing these little boat pictures at $100 for the month of September. At the end of the month they go back to $150 unframed/$200 framed.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"Grimes Cove"

"Grimes Cove"
11"x14" oil on linen panel
NFS

This was our second and final day in the workshop with Anne Blair Brown. If you get a chance, study with Anne. She had us all out of our comfort zones, and into expressive brushwork. I'm looking forward to spending some time practicing this.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Ocean Point Rocks"

"Ocean Point Rocks"
8"x10" oil on linen panel
NFS

I'm off my boat theme today and tomorrow, since I'm in a workshop with Anne Blair Brown. I could watch her paint for hours! My day 1 painting is above. We started with four composition sketches, from which one was chosen for the painting. Then a value block-in, followed by a little tuning of each of the student paintings by Ann. Then we did it again and proceeded with color.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Green Rowboat"

"Green Rowboat"
5"x7" oil on linen panel

I snapped a photo of this rowboat from the Hardy III as we came in to New Harbor from Monhegan. It must belong to a lobsterman who took the oars with him.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Sailing in the Harbor"

"Sailing in the Harbor"
5"x7" oil on linen panel

I did a few sketches of this sweet little blue sailboat skimming around the harbor in Christmas Cove, and then put a couple of them together for this painting. It's so calm in the very protected harbor there, I was able to paint on the boat.

Monday, September 1, 2014

"Churchy"

"Churchy"
6"x6" oil on canvas panel

Churchy is one of the dinghies owned by our extended family in Maine. She's a great rowboat, and many children have learned to row in her. This the first of 30 paintings in 30 days that I plan to do this month, along with about 700 other artists for Leslie's Saeta's challenge. We've all chosen a theme, and you won't be surprised that mine is boats. Since we are out on our boat, my next couple may be watercolors, things are rolling around out here a bit much for oils, though I did finish this one on the trip. To see everyone's paintings each day, take a look here.