Friday, August 29, 2008

"Summer Sunshine" oil on canvas, 11 x 14

"Summer Sunshine" 11 x 14, oil on canvas on board
575.00 unframed, plus shipping
As this blog progresses, one of my goals is to present paintings from time to time that are a stretch for me; a piece whereby artistically, possibly in color, brushwork, concept, anything that might be a bit out of the norm for me, I pushed a bit. This piece happens to be the case. It was a demonstration at a recent art festival and when I got it home, I liked elements but I was struck by an over abundance of "green." I let the piece dry up a bit and scumbled color over the piece not really trying to get a representative color, but rather cool color in the shadows, warms in the lights. Blue might not have been in the scene, but when I wanted to emphasize "shadow" I pushed the blue and so forth. I wanted to make this as impressionistic as I could muster. Who knows, maybe I will go down this road more often... the journey was pure fun.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

"Apple Shadows" oil on canvas, 5 x 7, unframed

"Apple Shadows"
oil on canvas on board, 5 x 7
100.00 unframed, plus shipping
We are heading into a favorite time of year here in Vermont, and especially so for me personally. I love the coolness of the night air, the dry days and the warm sun. Trees all over this area are beginning to make their transformation from the bight greens of summer to the autumnal yellows, russets and browns. This year it seems I have noticed more wild apple trees by the roadsides than ever before. These trees are often very heavily laden with fruit that sparkles in the autumn sun. I love the combination of reds and yellow greens of the apples along with the often ragged and scrappy leaves. I look forward to working with this subject until it will be time to work with the more familiar autumnal pumpkins and other gourds.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Majestic Maple in Summer" oil on canvas, 5 x 7

The association of the maple tree with New England and Vermont in particular, is a longstanding association. In winter, sap buckets can be seen in many areas of the state hanging off of the dormant, winter trees collecting precious sap to be processed into maple syrup; a sure sign spring is on the way. In the fall, these trees are a blaze with colors from bright yellows to brilliant reds, depending on the variety of the tree. In summer, the maple tree provides unparalleled shade and beauty to the variant fields of the countryside. This tree, not far from my home, begged to be painted. I tried in this small format to convey the feeling of the sheer magnitude of this beautiful tree so vital to our environment.
"Majestic Maple in Summer"
oil on canvas on board, 5 x 7
100.00, unframed, plus shipping

Thursday, August 21, 2008

"Afternoon in Washington County" oil on canvas, 5 x 7

"Afternoon in Washington County"
oil on canvas 5 x 7
sold, unframed, plus shipping

This is another of one of my small paintings. They have been quite challenging but great fun. I have wanted to include as much detail to make the painting readable as opposed to being a quick study slapped together. I have also striven for luminosity in the sky and in the shadows. This particular area is a favorite near my home, just over the NY border.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

"Afternoon by the Pond" oil on canvas, 5 x 7

"Afternoon by the Pond"

oil on canvas on board, 5 x 7

This is one of the small paintings I have been working on as of late. They have been a real joy to work with, even at their small size. This particular painting is a scene from a local orchard, Hicks Orchard. Its a great place to go blueberry picking in the summer and apple picking in the fall. The pond on the property is a wonderful spot to sit and rest after several hours of picking.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

"Late Afternoon Light, Ogunquit, Maine," oil on canvas, 5 x 7

"Late Afternoon Light, Ogunquit, Maine"

oil on canvas 5 x 7

100.00, unframed

Here is another small painting from the recent trip up the coast of New England. It is hard to express through paint and brushstrokes, the joy I felt in experiencing the beauty of this area. The light was incredibly rich and warm and the waves crashing against the rocks; truly an amazing scene. Maybe through these paintings the viewer might be able to sense my love of this area.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

"Crashing Waves, Ogunquit, Maine," oil on canvas, 5 x 7

"Crashing Waves, Ogunquit, Maine"
oil on canvas on board 5 x 7
As mentioned in a previous post, I had an opportunity to spend a little time on the coast of Maine, at Ogunquit. I was so impressed and inspired by the waves, the gorgeous rock formations and the late afternoon light, it did not take long for me to begin working on a few small pieces. This is the first of several I have completed. Its always a challenge to work in a small format with a subject so vast and awesome as the ocean. Possibly this winter I will begin some larger scale paintings of the sea; what better way to spend the cold winter days of Vermont than thinking and reflecting on the warm summer days by the sea.

Monday, August 4, 2008

"Wedding Treasures," oil on canvas, 20 x 24

"Wedding Treasures"
oil on canvas 20 x 24
This time of year in Vermont is a wonderful time. There are many outdoor festivals and events; every weekend seems to be crowded with events. Home gardens are brimming with all of the seasonal delights and late summer flowers begin putting on their show. Soon will be the time to think about harvest, putting the flowers beds to rest for the long winter ahead and settling in for cool crisp autumnal days.

The painting presented here shows a grouping of these late summer flowers. The sunflowers are the focus, but there are some white gladiolas playing a supporting role in the composition. These flowers were grown locally and were just sitting there at the farm stand saying they needed to be painted. They were leftovers from some wedding bouquets. Maybe the fact that they were leftovers made me want to put them in an arrangement where they are truly the stars of the show. Enjoy