Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Even in Winter

This oil painting has the same proportions as yesterday's, but is larger, 18x24 inches.  It also displays a new location for me, Constitution Hill in Lanesborough, MA.  This view is at the bottom of the hill.  The landscape painter Neil Welliver commented once how the woods are a "mess".  He was able to bring some order to the woods in his paintings, but to me the "mess" is inherent to the woods.  One can be standing in the woods, and looking, and looking, and still not be able to see clearly.  Even in winter the woods are a mess, but the ground, if snow covered, at least is much simpler.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wintry Mix

This 9x12 oil on canvas is a view of the stream cut in the opposite direction of the winter painting that I posted under "Wintry Blues".  There's a narrow foot bridge partway down the embankment that spans the gully.  This year the bridge as well as both sides of the bank are covered with snow and ice, making the crossing a bit treacherous.  I used cerulean blue, lemon yellow, and quinacridone red.  In the "Wintry Blues" painting I used cobalt blue, cadmium yellow, and quinacridone red.  For each winter painting, I've been selecting different blues, yellows and reds.  I also use titanium white.  It's fun to see what one can do with just a few colors.   

Monday, March 2, 2015

Large Abstract Shape

The sun also rises to meet the wall of a large warehouse at the end of Richards Street near Seabring Street in Brooklyn's Red Hook section.  This is one of those streets that one might drive through quickly without paying attention to get to the expressway.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Appearance of Warmth

Back in Red Hook with a view of Seabring Street going towards Van Brunt Street.  The early morning sun illuminates the wall of a large warehouse.  Yes, that is a stretch limo that is parked there.  Even though the temperature is about zero and the wind is blowing, the sun makes the scene appear warmer.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Panel Drawing

Walking down Bedford Avenue not far from Eastern Parkway, I came across this truck.  It demonstrates another reason why they are called panel trucks.  I've probably done an injustice to the graffiti.

Friday, February 27, 2015

One Way Wander

We are still wandering the streets of Red Hook, here at the corner of Delavan and Van Brunt.  The signs vehemently tell you that there's one way to go.  It's early in the morning, too cold for anyone to be about.  This drawing is number 50.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Winter Street

A view of Van Brunt Street in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn is the subject of this 8x10 pen and ink drawing, number 49 in the series.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Red Hook

In our return to Brooklyn with this 8x10 pen and ink drawing, we are looking down Delavan Street towards Richards Street in the section known as Red Hook.  It's early in the morning, and quite cold, but at least the sun is shining.  The name "Red Hook" comes from the Dutch for the point ("hoek") of land with red soil extending into the sea.  I don't think the original red hook is still there.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sloan Slope

This 12x12 oil on canvas is the last winter painting until I make some more.  It's a view from the bottom of Sloan Road looking west toward the Taconics.   Up the hill on Sloan Road is the vantage point where one can see the Hopper and Mount Greylock when turned around looking east.  The building on the left is the farmhouse of Ridgeview Farm.   Back to Brooklyn drawings tomorrow.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Another Winter Snow Scene

This morning it is not snowing.  It's just cold.  This 12x12 oil on canvas I did a couple weeks ago, showing a gully off Stratton Road, where I walk frequently.  There's a veil of vertical trees intersected by a zig-zag of creases in the ground, and a convenient arch formed by branches (it's really there),  a simple and effective composition, not to mention that it's another winter snow scene.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wintry Blues

An 11x14 oil on canvas view of a hidden stream at Field Farm north. The stream is just peeking out of the snow at the lower left, and its location is given away by the slope of the ground.  Most of the streams in the area are now hidden under a blanket of snow and ice.  The blue in the painting is grayer than it appears in the photo, at least on imac monitor that I'm using at the moment.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Big Cold Rock

Another cold blast moves into the Northeast.  I might be wrong but I sense some Brooklyn fatigue.  I don't have it, but I will continue with the pen and inks next week.  The above is an 11x14 oil on canvas of an erratic on the north side of Field Farm.  I painted it quickly with a limited palette.  In my series of snowy woods paintings, I try using a slightly different limited palette for each painting.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Tree in the Snowy Woods

I've been working on winter paintings, from my snowshoe walks in the woods where there are only sleeping trees and tons of snow.  This 12x12 oil on canvas is a view of another pine tree located at Field Farm south.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Connections at Forty-Seven

The forty-seventh pen and ink drawing displays the corner of Franklin Avenue and President Street in Brooklyn.  The bent sign post is also present in the street level Google map photo from October, 2104.  It adds some drama to the drawing.  That is snow on the sidewalk.

I'm reading the book Spirit of Place: Contemporary Landscape Painting & The American Tradition by John Arthur.  He quotes the painter Elmer Bischoff, who said, "The more one brings in terms of depth and diversity of art experience to whatever the art one looks at, the more one will gain from it.  To put this more pointedly, I would argue that a person who responds positively to African sculpture, for example, will find vital qualities in Rembrandt that will escape a person who is blind to the merits of African sculpture.  There is an aesthetic level at which all art forms from all times and all places start to connect."   As you might suppose, Arthur is more inclusive than some of the dogmas in art world would allow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Forty Six in Red Hook

There's a screw loose in pen and ink drawing number 46, of the corner of Delavan and Dwight Streets in Brooklyn, early in the morning.  This area is known as Red Hook, an area that I want to explore further.  When I looked at the street level Google maps, taken last year, for this corner, the stop sign was still securely fastened.  That is snow on the sidewalk.  Google maps didn't have any snow.