Friday, July 27, 2012

Boston Skyline

Boston Skyline 8x8 Watercolor
This painting is from a photo I took from the roof of the MFA Garage one late summer day. The view from there is glorious as you can see. 
This summer I'm enjoying doing paintings that are a bit different from my usual work. I just completed another painting which needs to be kept under wraps for now, because it is my entry for North River Arts, Outside the Box show. The point of this show is for the artists to do something that won't be recognized as their work. Can't post it until after the silent auction which ends in early September.
I think I'm flying under the radar on this one ;)
FYI, my recent watercolors are in my DPW gallery and I will include a custom mat with each one.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Evening Shadows

Evening Shadows
4x4 Watercolor, pen and Ink
I love the afternoon light, particularly in the late Fall, when the sun sets early giving a brief golden glow to all it touches. The contrast with the deep shadows in the foreground is the hook. The three deckers are yellow and it's a great place to use the yellow/violet color harmony. This is an Urban scene in the Lithuanian Village area of Brockton. I'll work from this sketch to do this in oils where I think I can achieve more subtlety in the shadow area. Despite the heat we are enjoying an onshore sea breeze today and the tide is right to head to the beach with my book. Stay cool everyone!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Winter Light

"Winter Light" watercolor
It's not winter but that isn't relevant to this sketch done from a photo I took of my street late in December. Love the golden light on the phone poles and the deep shadows in the foreground.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Waiting for The Muse

"Joan 'n Tom" 6x8 Watercolor 
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I read a fabulous book called "My Name is Asher Lev" and was transfixed by both the excellent writing (Chaim Potok) and by the depth of the book which is the story of a young boy who is unable to suppress his innate 'gift' to draw in spite of his father's belief that he is wasting his time and that his "gift" quite possibly could come not from The Master of the Universe, but from the devil. It was a great story on many levels and it prompted me to want to do some pen and ink watercolors. This scene from MacMillan wharf in Provincetown is as familiar to me as my own hand. The boat on the left is named Joan and Tom. It's been there for as long as I can remember. I'm a bit rusty so I'll go back to the drawing board as the expression goes. 
Thanks for all your encouraging comments and support. I'm enjoying summer and thinking about what I should paint next. No pressure.
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