Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Inside and Out

Today at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, I did one painting inside in the large piano room, this time looking out the double doors towards the mountains.  That sunlight reflection didn't last very long.  I relied on a sketch that I made prior to the painting.

The other painting I did outside in the early afternoon.  It depicts the front door of Yester House, and as you can see from the accompanying photo of my setup,  I had to work in the sun to get this particular angle.

Both panels are 16x12 oils.

At the Origin

The paintings I did yesterday at the Southern Vermont Arts Center are on display at the locations in Yester House where I painted them.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SVAC Interiors

This week from today through Friday, I am working/painting at the Southern Vermont Arts Center as the artist in residence.  This means that I get to paint inside and outside the SVAC Yester House, which is currently holding a very fine members show.

These are the two paintings I did today, both 12x16 oil on panel.  The first painting is a view of the hallway on the second floor where some offices are located.  People suggested it reminded them of Van Gogh's bedroom.  Imagine that.  The second painting is the large gallery on the first floor where the piano is situated.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Early Sunday Morning in Brooklyn

Here's a painted view of the building at the corner of Bergen and Washington Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, from early last Sunday morning.  As you can see, a tree grows in Brooklyn at this corner.  Behind the closed roll-up gates is a bar, not open at the time of day I was there.  This is a 12x16 oil on panel.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Call It A Day

You may remember that I mentioned that the farmers were working in the 4th of July making hay.  I was able to return this afternoon and I worked in the middle of the hay field at the line separating it from the corn field. The nice round hay bales are now and still on display.  And it's Friday afternoon, so when I started painting the door to the large metal barn in the background was open, but when I took the photo late in the afternoon after completing the painting, I noticed that the door was closed.  Time to call it a day.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Pond in a Field

The corn field had a small pond filling the rows.  Since I was facing west when painting this view, the mountains flowing north in the background are the Taconics.  Besides this 'pond' in the field, there are many large puddles in the dirt roadways that wind through the fields.  The puddles reflect the sky like an eye.  This is a 9x12 oil on panel.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Hay Doesn't Know

This 9x12 oil on panel shows the passage between the hay and corn fields and 'The Spruces.'  I set up in another shady spot on the dirt road, as you can see from the photo. It was interesting to see that there's a lot of traffic, dog walkers, bicyclists, people with tubes looking for access to the river.  Nearby to my right the farmers were haying even though it was July 4th.  The hay doesn't know.  I may have to set up in the sunny field with my umbrella for some future paintings.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Spruces

Yesterday I went exploring again going beyond the corn fields to an area that used to contain a mobile home park.  Known as 'The Spruces,' it was destroyed by hurricane Irene.  The spruces are the only things that remain, besides tall grass and dirt lanes.  But it's a landscape painters paradise.  I painted this 11x14 oil on panel in the afternoon.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Including the Mountains

Yesterday afternoon, another opportunity to paint outdoors: it was hot so I set up in the shade near where I was earlier last week but farther back.  I wanted to include the mountains in the painting with the tree on the right enclosed by the mountain form, and the bush on the left breaking the horizon line.  This is a 12x16 oil on panel.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

In the Jungle, In the Plains

This morning I had a chance to visit the plains again and make this 9x12 oil on panel.  The nearby garden area had some deep, large footprints going across it, which I would guess were moose prints.  A walker came by and reminded me that the tall asparagus like plants would destroy my flesh if I touched them.  I thanked her and told her I had no intention of getting off the dirt roadway.  For being so close to town, I felt like I was in a jungle.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Between Corn Fields

Wednesday morning this week I did get out to paint though I didn't have the time to photograph the results.  This 9x12 oil on panel I painted standing in the dirt road that separates two corn fields.  There are puddles in the tire paths, and at one moment of forgetfulness, I stepped back right into one.  Paintings outdoors does make one concentrate,  and forgetful at the same time.  The mountains that appeared in my previous painting, Mt. Prospect and Williams squeezed together, are to my back in this painting and therefore not visible.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hard to See

Since it was threatening to rain, I worked quickly on this small 8x10 oil sketch.  Right now the corn measures only a foot or less, but later this summer this place will have changed dramatically when the stalks are eight feet high.  However, the trees and mountains will still be the same.  What I especially like about the place are the dirt "roads" used by the tractors and trucks that wind their way through the fields.  There's also an expanse of sky to the left of the mountains usually with great cloud formations.  Somebody has installed a garden, visible at the lower right.  It's hard to believe that this place is actually almost in the center of town, but easy to not see or know it's there.  After forty minutes it started to rain, so this panel received a nice coating of droplets.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Scouting for Places to Paint

Yesterday afternoon I went scouting for new places to paint.  I visited flat cornfields nearby and also the top of Greylock looking for vistas.  I have found a couple spots that I will return to, both up in the air and down below.  In the meantime, as in yesterday morning, I went to Haley Farm at the end of Hopper Road.  I was able to paint this 9x12 oil on panel view because the field I stood in has been mowed for hay recently.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Watch Your Step

This tree is located at the top of the hill behind the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.  The hill is an active cow pasture, and the cows were there yesterday morning when I went to paint.  The cows stayed out of the way, but one still has to be very careful walking around, if you get my drift.  The trees at the top of the hill have suffered a lot in the last couple years,  presumably due to age and winter storms.  This tree is in better condition than most of them up there.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Looking at the Mountains

This afternoon I had a couple of brief hours, not the regular one hour hours, and so I went up to Sheep Hill to paint and look at the mountains.  The result I kept short and simple,  oil on a 9x12 panel.  The accompanying photo is to show that this place really exists.  In the distance is a view of Mount Greylock with the Hopper.  Somebody asked me once, "Did you just make that up or does it really exist?"