Thursday, September 30, 2010
This piece was done the same day as the little landscape two posts ago. Can you tell what it is? I try really hard to "tweak" my personal vision when I look at a particular set-up...going for a slightly unique approach, close-up, vertical, color etc.. just different enough to break away from the "norm" or "obvious" interpretation of the subject. (hopefully:)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Aha...a landscape I did this summer overlooking Lake Champlain from Basin Harbor. Really tried to make the clouds dark (which they were), but I think we err on the side of caution because they are clouds and we want them to be white and fluffy...another myth shattered!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Okay time to veer away from vacation thoughts and onto the next...this was done from a photo of a friend of mine while having dinner. I tried to abstract it a bit and used some "tricks", like bubble wrap pushed into wet washes of pigment...has some potential. (22"x15")
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I'm baaaaaack...took a couple days off from blogging...to run around and deliver artwork, finish up matting prints and tons of other stuff...but all is done now, well at least whatever is done that needed to get done..now it's on to the new things that need doing...phew. A little sketch from my Maine journal..and yes the water there looked gray/green..
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Back to the weekly figure sessions...the brush does get rusty when it comes to another, not so familiar, subject. It's all about the measuring and comparing when you draw the figure...I need to do more to get better or at least not end up with super long limbs and other out of proportion features. This one seems to work.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I spent the weekend in the Eastern part of the state and had a chance to photograph some new inspiration at the farm across the road from where my art show was. Lots of feathered friends and a very impressive Tom Turkey...boy was he vocal and fluffing up his impressive plumage..so maybe a turkey painting sometime...
Monday, September 13, 2010
One more from the Maine sketchbook. This was the view from a small restaurant across the harbor in Stonington. I left out quite a bit and just did a quick sketch of a few lobster boats and the pilings next to the dock house. Simplify is the name of the game.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Here is another sketch from the Maine journal..a little crabapple tree loaded with fruit. The fruit was also ginormous (is that a word?)...maybe the salt air does something to them! Off to Corinth to hang the show. Anyone out there stopping by this weekend? Opening reception tomorrow from 4-6 p.m. Come say hi.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I made an accordion fold journal for a recent trip to Maine. I used my favorite Fabriano watercolor paper. You can make these books any shape or size and if you make a dedicated journal for a particular trip or occasion you are more apt to fill it up or suffer the "empty" page syndrome. Found the little crab on the beach and put him on a rock in the sun (he was unfortunately already swimming the big ocean in the sky) and captured the strong shadows beneath him.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day..I did end up laboring by making some cards and doing various other things to get ready for this weekend's show in Corinth. Today it's off to my last VT Watercolor Society board meeting. We are getting ready for our Fall "business" meeting where we will vote in new officers and board members. (22"x15")
Friday, September 3, 2010
On this last day of the heat wave I'm posting an appropriate image...by the pool is the place to be when it gets so hot! A different subject for me...but I have been painting the figure at the drop in open life drawing sessions for several years now. Those will start up again in a couple weeks...looking forward to it
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The heat wave continues..we are breaking records up here in the North...but I'm not complaining since the cooler weather is around the corner, but it does make one sluggish and I have tons to do. Weekend show coming up next Saturday and Sunday in Corinth, VT. Check out Towle Hill Studio for info.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I missed yesterday, but will post the demos of my workshop from last week soon. Had a lovely 3 days in Southern Vermont with a great group of ladies. Beautiful setting, fresh flowers, a bunch of watercolor exercises, some new approaches with great results. Thanks everyone...you know who you are :)