Saturday, May 26, 2018

Scrape Off Any Knobs

In his book, A Light Touch, David Curtis writes that "[a]n 'unsuccessful' painting can be the basis of a new painting.  Simply scrape off any 'knobs' of colour, turn the old painting upside down ... and carry on."  So yesterday I scraped off the knobs on this 9x12 oil on panel, turned it upside down, and carried on.  The result is the mountain pond that I painted several times last year.  It's a beautiful, quiet spot, with some interruptions by passing hikers, since it's on the AT trail.  One early 'thru-hiker' apparently hadn't talked to anyone all day, so we chatted for about a half hour.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Constantly Looking in Napoli

You might be walking on a main boulevard in Naples, and constantly looking into every little side alleyway that you pass because that's where all the people are coming from or going, and there's so much noise and activity there in those narrow lanes.  Banners are hanging.  Signboards are all over the place.  All kinds of stuff is for sale.  This drawing is an 8x10 pen and ink, with ink wash, and pastel.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Napoli Painting

A Napoli painting showing a narrow street shared by vehicles and people: a 12x12 oil on panel.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"Creative Flow"

This photo by Gillian Jones appeared on the front page of the Berkshire Eagle this morning. It shows me painting at the Hoosic River in North Adams last week.


Two views of the same spot on the Hoosic River, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, both 9x12 oil on panel.  These two are kind of abstract since they are all edges and reflections, edges of a stream and reflections of a water surface.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Have A Good Day

A quick painting from this afternoon by the side of the Hoosic River at a spot across from the entrance to the dump.  The dump is behind me, not across the river.  Surprisingly three fishermen in a small pontoon boat went by, the lines from their poles dangling in the river.  There was hardly enough room for two, never mind three.  We all wished each other well and a good day.   9x12 oil on panel.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Exhibition Announcement

This painting, A Brooklyn Skyline, will be in the juried theme exhibition "The Sky's The Limit" at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, VT.  The exhibition dates are June 28 - September 3.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

From The Other Side

The Hoosic River again, this time from the opposite bank, and in Williamstown, MA, near the dump.  I had not been to this spot before, which has expansive views of the river.  Fortunately, the river is shallow at the moment, since I was standing on a sandy spot that would usually be covered in water.  This a 12x16 oil on panel.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Afternoon Light

A second painting from Field Farm in Williamstown, MA from two days ago, a 12x9 oil on panel.  This one was done quickly to capture the spring afternoon light.  My palette was already set up from the previous painting, so I just had to paint and not think too much.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

It Says Spring

This painting says "spring".  I went to Field Farm in Williamstown, MA where there's a long view of the Hopper and Mount Greylock across fields of grass and dandelions.  The only things I could hear were birds and the occasional very distant droning of mowers.  The sun was only hinting at its presence.  I used a 12x16 inch colourfix panel made primarily for pastel, though the panel literature claims it accepts oil.   It does, but not as efficiently.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Completed River Painting

Yesterday morning  my work on this painting was cut short because it started to rain.  Fortunately light conditions were the same this morning (without the rain), so I went back to complete the painting by the side of the Hoosic River in North Adams, MA.  It's a 9x12 oil on panel.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Constantly Changing

Here's the Hoosic River coming around the bend, a 9x12 oil on panel.  It's amazing to me how the water surface is constantly changing everywhere, and doesn't keep still for a few minutes.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Water Was Shallow and Moving Quickly

Yesterday afternoon, after completing one painting, I moved up the river to the edge of a grassy spot that would in the center of the river when the water is higher.  I painted this 9x12 oil on panel.  The water was shallow and moving quickly.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Back to The Hoosic

This afternoon I went back to the water of the Hoosic River in North Adams, MA to paint this 12x16 oil on panel.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

By The Side of The Hoosic River

An afternoon spent painting by the side of the Hoosic River in North Adams, MA.: a 9x12 oil on panel.