Monday, May 25, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Today was a three painting day at the end of Hopper Road at Haley Farm. This is the first painting, a 9x12 oil on panel of the small house. Even though the parking lot was full of cars from the hikers, it was still a quiet location for painting. I spent about an hour on each painting.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
There was a brief improvement in the weather this afternoon, so I went to Haley Farm at the end of Hopper Road. There's a small unoccupied house there with a trellis nearby. The place was quiet, sunny (with shady spots for painters), and only an occasional "moo" from the cows broke the silence. I painted for about an hour on a 9x12 panel.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
When wandering through Red Hook recently I saw this truck on Van Dyke Street. I can't quite make out the name of the company on the truck. Zowie Enterprises? Who knows? Anyway, the result is an 18x24 oil on canvas.
This is one of the pen and ink Brooklyn drawings that I completed a while back. There's snow on the sidewalks. But I'm posting it now since not much happened yesterday. It's a view down Franklin Avenue.
Monday, May 18, 2015
This is an 18x24 oil on canvas view of the 'boardwalk' at Jordan Pond at Acadia National Park. I've wanted to do a large version of this painting for a while. I did a small oil sketch last year. Examine the negative space and the tree trunks and the planks. They set up a triangular pie wedge going back into space, even though some of the 'space' is hidden by foliage and trees. There are other things happening also, but enough for now.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
This Sunday afternoon I visited the Cold River again. It has shrunk in volume, and though I didn't put my feet in, it probably isn't as cold as when I visited it last month. The Mohawk Trail has visually exciting high steep peaks and deep ravines (keep your eye on the road!), and no place to park on the narrow, S-curved road. So I have to confine my painting to the less exciting park area. This 9x12 oil on panel I did while set up under the bridge that connects Route 2 to the park. At least there are a lot of shady spots from which to paint the sunlight.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
A couple days ago I wrote that I would try both country plein air and city studio. Here's a view down Richards Street in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, an 8x10 pen and ink drawing, and an 18x24 oil on canvas.
As I wandered around Red Hook this past weekend, I happened to look down a street and saw an amazing sight. Closer examination revealed the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, which had just arrived.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Today was a nice day, but not very sunny, not so perfect, but still good nevertheless. I painted the same barn, a profile view this time. As you can see, it's quite a long and narrow barn, and in pretty good shape compared to its neighbors. I used prussian blue instead of ultramarine today. I love the way the roof cuts into the background mountain.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The morning's weather was perfect, and I painted this 9x12 oil on panel while seated in front of this barn. Actually I was interested in the sunlight striking the small tree in front of the darker barn. The location was as bright as the painting suggests, and I had to use my umbrella to shield my panel, palette, and self.
I'm going to try alternating between country and city for a while. The above is Brooklyn drawing number 67, done a while ago, showing the Botanical Garden. I plan on doing a series of larger Brooklyn paintings, while continuing the plein air work.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
This is the view looking back from the u-shaped 'courtyard' created by the positions of three barns. You can make out the corner of one barn at the right. It looks like a park except it isn't. I did this 9x12 oil on panel this morning. It was so hot, and the sun so bright, I set up my umbrella. A big truck loaded with stone drove by. I waved but couldn't see into the cab. I have no idea what the driver might have been thinking when he saw me. Mary Poppins crash-landing.