Sunday, August 2, 2015

Old Foundation and a Potential Hazard

Friday afternoon,  I went back to Haley Farm into the pasture where I had started this 11x14 oil on panel the previous week.  However, this time the cows were present though out of sight.  After I got started a big cow discovered me, and came to within a couple feet.  The cow had horns and was snorting and drooling and covered with flies down its snout but its eyes only revealed curiosity.  I could easily imagine my puny easel pushed to the ground.   But the cow decided I wasn't so interesting after all and left to munch grass nearby.  I went into the pasture to begin with because of this view of the partially hidden house with the stone foundations of another  long gone structure.

Saturday, August 1, 2015


The other day I asked a friend if I could paint in their backyard.  This quiet painting I did yesterday morning standing in a shady spot in the backyard.

Friday, July 31, 2015


A second 9x12 painting from my morning in Petersburg, N.Y. with plein air painter Walt Pasko: Edges of trees, house, road, roofs, barns, weeds, and bushes.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Humid, Hay and Hazy

The fields are being mowed again, so I went up to one of my favorite spots in the shade at the corner of a now accessible large field before the Hopper.  The weather has been so humid that the hay is not drying well, so I was told.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Petersburg and Little Hoosic

I did this quick oil sketch while painting alongside plein-air painter Walter Pasko, who introduced me to Petersburg, New York yesterday morning.  We were on Dayfoot Road where it crosses the Little Hoosic River.  There are lots of interesting, colorful houses just around the corner past this bridge.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Artist Sketches

A couple of sketches of the two other artists, Ann Kremers and Michael Rousseau, at the Clark family day event.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Clark Hill and Clark Chair

These are two paintings, both 9x12, that I did at the Clark Art Institute's family day event yesterday.   I was there with artists Ann Kremers and Michael Rousseau.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pond Electric

A 9x12 oil on panel of the pond at Field Farm, which I did a couple days ago in the afternoon.  Lush and electric.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tunnel Vision

This view shows the entrance to the tree-lined tunnel path that serves to lead hikers to the trails at Haley Farm at the end of Hopper Road.  I set up in front of a tractor to paint it yesterday in the morning  I was so close to the tractor that I backed up into it at least once.  You can't see the tree-line tunnel path.  It's on the right.  I've been trying to figure out how to paint it.   It's always dark in there, and has piled up stone walls on both sides beside the trees.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Brilliant Morning

This a view,  on a 12x12 oil on panel, of Hemlock Brook as it meanders through a pasture on a brilliantly sunny morning, yesterday morning.  The cows are responsible for the eroding bank on the right, but that bank, in conjunction with the stream, is what attracted me to this location.  Fortunately, the cows were busy elsewhere.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Under the Bridge

Yesterday morning, I was down under the bridge over the Green River on Route 43 near Five Corners.  I wanted to add a little structure to my small 8x10 painting, so I painted the bridge from the farthest point that I could go.  On the unseen side of the underbridge, there's plenty of room to stand and paint looking out on either side.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Branch Instead of a Tree

This 9x12 painting is another variation on the theme of the Hopper behind a screen of trees, except this time it's a branch.  It's also a variation on the zig-zag composition.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Painting Bear

To paint this picture, I set up yesterday afternoon outside of the tree-lined path at Haley Farm.  I'm facing west toward the Taconics with the Hopper at my back.  Hikers and walkers went by in the path, and amazingly they never saw me even though I was clearly visible.  I could have been a bear, a painting bear.  There must be a lot of things we never see.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Figure Drawing

Two selected drawings from a life drawing session of a few weeks ago.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Time Passing

Yesterday,  I lugged my stuff around Field Farm until I saw these trees (and a conveniently placed shady area, which was probably the determining factor), and painted away for an hour or so.  When painting, one doesn't notice time passing.  In the distance I could hear the nearby farmers baling hay.  I've talked to a couple farmers who have told me how much they love to hay.   Maybe it's a similar experience to painting outdoors.    This painting is actually another variation on the Hopper screened by trees.  It's located in the background on the right.