Friday, July 3, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
A 12x24 oil on panel depicting the end of Hopper Road, Haley Farm and the Hopper, which I completed yesterday. I used the Emile Gruppe palette, consisting of a warm and cool blue, red and yellow. Gruppe also added cadmium orange and used flake white. I'll probably stick with titanium white for now.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Yesterday afternoon I stood in a cow pasture to do this 9x12 oil on panel painting. Fourteen cows slowly munched their way towards me until I was surrounded, but I didn't pack up and leave because of them. The clouds gave way to a steady mist, and my panel started dripping, so it was time to leave. The cows were quite curious about my painting equipment, but they let me go.
Monday, June 29, 2015
This is a painting that I've wanted to do for a while. It's a large 24x24 oil on canvas of the Haley Farm truck, familiar to anyone to has hiked from Haley Farm on the Greylock trails. This painting actually is composed of four 12x12 panels. It's a sort of 'panel' truck.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
For a change of pace another drawing of the old Dodge truck, this time in pen & ink with wash and two touches of pastel. I find old, broken, deteriorating trucks more attractive than any new ones. They only drive your imagination.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Yesterday morning, Wednesday, I first did the drawing on site to familiarize myself with the scene, and then started the painting, which I completed in the studio. It's apparently an old pear tree, with some life (not seen) at the top only. The tree screens the Hopper, along with another row of trees in the middle ground, and assists in countering green. The light kept changing all the time so I had to remember what I originally liked about this view yesterday to complete the painting. I took a couple digital photos during the session, which were helpful.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
One of the best ways to deal with green is to find a red truck in the woods. Oh, look. I just happened to find one. This is a quick 8x10 oil sketch of an abandoned red Dodge truck in the woods. I'll have more trucks soon.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
This morning I painted in the face of the Hopper, but used a fruit tree to partially block the Hopper. It's too daunting to paint the Hopper directly. On my Facebook page I posted a couple of photographs kindly sent to me by photographer John Kirby, who photographed me while working. Actually I had already completed the painting, and was cleaning my brushes, but I do look busy. The painting shows an earlier sunlight situation than appears in the photographs.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Another in the recent series of large Brooklyns that I am doing, this one a 24x24 oil on canvas of the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Douglass Street. It's a companion piece to the previous painting of Washington Avenue with the cyclist, with a similar but different composition, which I posted on May 29th.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Quite recently I discovered a truck graveyard. I did this quick charcoal drawing yesterday afternoon of one of the trucks. I plan on doing more drawings and paintings. There's something poignant and humbling about discarded or abandoned items that used to be 'important' to humans in a location where nature asserts herself.