Saturday, August 29, 2009

Edge of the Marsh #2

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This is my second painting from our wonderful day on the farm, done between 5 and 7 pm when the light is best. If you wonder why I didn't paint the actual animals or the buildings it's because I wanted to concentrate on a simple composition with atmospheric perspective. Besides, the animals move ;)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Edge of the Marsh

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I spent yesterday painting at Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouth. This fabulous little farm is open to the public and has a collection of farm animals including goats, sheep, two of the sweetest little donkeys, chickens, and a couple of Scottish Highlander cows named Scotty and Fiona. I painted two views of this tree and had a great time with my friends. Kelley and I stayed late and had the thrill of seeing a red tailed hawk up close as he hunted for his supper.

Monday, August 24, 2009

In the Spotlight

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I love painting peppers and there are more where these came from. I have a whole basket of produce ready to go. Come back tomorrow and see who the new model is.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Storm Swarm

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Perhaps it has something to do with Hurricane Bill which is bringing us stormy seas and humid breezes, but my reference for this painting was nothing like what turned out here. I added the birds, placing them in my initial sketch so that they would show through the sky later on and keep their nice edges. The focus is on the light, momentarily breaking through a cloud striking the side of the lighthouse. The birds give it motion. I actually like it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wipe Out

I had so much paint left on my palette that I tried to get a little floral painting done. Not. Values are not right and it could be drawn better. So I wiped it, but, there's a lesson in each one. I like the highlights around the daisies and some of the tones in the flowers. Charles Sovek said "don't make anything too precious." He was right.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Onion Shadows

I was trying to for a tonal effect here, but the color found its way in anyway. Neutral seems to elude me. Next vegetable on the model stand..... come back and see.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tomato Trio

Finally, some local tomatoes! I made sure the lights were far enough away that they'd still be edible! Also, a few weeks ago my good friend and painting pal, Kelley MacDonald, gave me a Bella Award which I'm supposed to pass on. I started collecting links during my blog travels and have collected about TWENTY seriously good candidates. So. My first pick is Versatile in many media, she uses bold saturated color, harmoniously, creating space and mood in her paintings of scenery in her Vermont town.

Monday, August 17, 2009

It's About the Journey

Sometimes you have to remember that it's about the journey and the lessons you learn. This is the type of study that sells well in my Open Studio $35 bin. Email me if you are interested in this one.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Two Up

I picked up this fabulous glass pot at the Duxbury Dump cast off pile. It's one of a pair. After a trip through the dishwasher, they were ready for prime time. This was not as easy as it looks. Yeah, right!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Don't Call me Yellow 6x6

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These cherry tomatoes were bright yellow until they spent so much time under the lights. I THOUGHT I was losing a bit of their yellow-ness and when I turned off the light, I saw that they had, indeed, turned orange.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Partridge Island

I really have been at the beach and working in the yard and revamping my 'home' studio. We are finally having some summer weather here, which is cause for celebration. My favorite place to go is the seawall about a mile from my house, where I can sit and watch the world go by and of course, my car is right there so if I need anything ...... This watercolor was done in Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Wendell WC and Ink

Wendell was modeling Sunday evening (his main job) and while I was scribbling away with a non art pen on my nice watercolor block, I was thinking,"why am I wasting this nice paper with this bad pen?" But, yesterday, in a nothing to lose kind of way, I added some watercolor and Voila! I kinda like it. Perfect beach weather is keeping me from painting. It's a very small window ;) I included a close up of his eyelashes, which are adorable ;)

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Mystic River Bridge WIP

This is a 12x12 I plan to include in my November Show at Tishman Speyer Properties. I don't always draw the image onto the board but for something as complicated as the bridge, I gridded my photo and my board. I will also use a print out of this stage to work out the trusses as they need a bit more work, but not TOO much. For now, I'm going to the beach at the end of my street because the SUN is out here!
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