Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On the easel.... a little boat, a little sunshine

Spur of the moment change of plans....  I was getting ready to paint something else when I spotted the thumbnail photo for this scene.  The simplicity of the light, shapes and colors made me throw a canvas on the easel and begin it. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sometimes an Island

16x12" Oil
on 2" gallery-wrapped canvas
I am thinking this little peninsula must turn into an "island" come high tide. Not only did I like the way the water and sand formed great lines to lead the viewer through the scene, but I also liked the way these scrappy pines huddled together on this craggy spot.  I'm sure these little pines have endured many a Maine storm. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

On the Easel.... Maine coast pines...

I got a good start on this scene today.  However, this is an oil; and, as usual with oil, I ended up with paint all over myself and on just about every space within 20 feet of my easel.  I also went through 13 paint brushes for some reason, so the sink was also a mess. 
The good part - oil is SO lovely for blending.
This scene is from a photo I took on a recent trip to mid-coast Maine. When I saw this small group of lonely pines on a tiny peninsula, I liked how the sand and water formed interesting lines and shapes to lead the eyes of the viewer around this rocky little place. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Autumn Night

8.5 x 10.5 Watercolor
Yesterday, I was in the mood to paint an autumn night sky, and the resulting painting was surprisingly rich in color and mood.  The sky was one of those painting experiences where I kept adding more and more paint, layer after layer, all the time wondering if I was over-working the surface and should throw it out and start over. Once I stepped back from the table and let it dry, I liked the results.
In this scene, the autumn wind blows over farmland, and throws leaves across a dramatic night sky.  This is New England, so of course I needed to include a stone wall with pumpkins glowing in the moonlight.  I like how the barn looks inviting - kind of like something out of a storybook - where you want to step into the scene and investigate.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Midcoast Maine Fishermen

12x12" acrylic on 2" gallery wrapped canvas
SOLD Sept 2018
 I spotted these mid coast Maine fishermen out in a sea of fog and buoys
on a beautiful morning just a few weeks ago.  I couldn't believe the amount of buoys floating in the harbor - they looked like tiny little lines as they receded into the distance.  I love the monochromatic look to this scene - the blue violet light is a quiet, calm element.
I'm not sure is I will stay with this title - still thinking about it....