Sunday, September 23, 2012

Light of a Summer's Day, oil on panel, 16 x 24

Summer has come to a close in Vermont...and what a summer it has been! This painting was one of the pieces I completed earlier this summer and was part of a show at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT. It is probably one of my favorite all time painting locations on the Mettawee River just at North Granville, NY. I thought it would be a good piece for the show as many times when I am down there sketching there are folks doing some fishing. At times, there are even some cattle that are in the makes for a beautiful scene no matter the season. Now that the leaves are changing, I am going to have to make it over there to see the variation of color. I think I have just created tomorrow's assignment. Light of a Summer's Day Oil on panel 16 x 24 sold

Monday, March 12, 2012

Raging Rapids, oil on panel, 16 x 24

This painting was both challenging and exciting create. I really enjoyed the contrast between light and dark tones in the water not to mention painting the rocks and the trees. The challenge was in trying to replicated the intensity of light on the scene which I felt when I saw this area in early autumn last year. Additionally, I wanted the viewer to almost feel the spray of the rushing water over the rocks. It took several weeks to complete and I think the time was worth my effort. In fact, I am finding that the more time I take on each painting, I not only enjoy the process but feel that I am completing paintings which more complete in their overall impact. The key is in balancing the spontaneity of the beginning, the labor of the process and the excitement of heading towards the finish.