Wednesday, January 27, 2021

From Atop


 Bee Hill Road from atop Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA.  12x16 inches, oil on panel.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Sunny Cold Hillside


 A sunny cold hillside with gully, trees and shadows at Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA.  9x12 inches, oil on panel.  



Friday, January 22, 2021

Wintry Weather


Wintry weather on Bee Hill Road doesn't offer much color, so I used a limited palette.  The dirt road is like another tree branch.  9x12 inches, oil on panel.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Figural Trees




In the days of the plague the only figures I can draw are trees.  At least they don't move much.  Over the last five days I visited this one tree at Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA to draw it.  While working on the last two drawings it sleeted or snowed, so I had to draw on wet paper held vertically.  9x12 inches, charcoal pencil on paper.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Sloping Sheep Hill


Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA has many views with steep angles.  Here's Bee Hill Road on the left and a sloping Sheep Hill on the right facing north into Vermont. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Landscape Drama



 
A view of Bee Hill Road on the right and Sheep Hill on the left in Williamstown, MA.  I've had a flair for dramatic paintings lately.  9x12 inches, oil on panel.


Saturday, January 16, 2021

Due North, More Abstract

Here's looking in the same direction as my previous post, due north into Vermont, from Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA in winter.  This painting is more abstract, no snow. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Sheep Hill


 Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA.  9x12 inches, oil on panel.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

By Light And Geometry


This spot, the corner of a pasture on Luce Road in Williamstown, MA, I pass by frequently, and sometimes something will be different enough to startle my awareness.  It's often caused by light and geometry.  8x10 inches, oil on panel.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Wild-Looking

When I saw this wild-looking landscape the other day, it reminded me of a Jacob van Ruisdael painting.  I had to paint it. 8x10 inches, oil on panel.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

More Like Me Than I Am


 The great Irish poet Seamus Heaney said, upon seeing a portrait of himself, "It's more like me than I am."  This might be the case of most of my self-portraits, which nevertheless continue as a useful exercise in the time of the plague.  Painting the same landscape under different circumstances, like Monet's grain stacks, can a be beneficial for the artist.  The same goes for a head or a face.  For this portrait, I took my inspiration from Bonnard's self-portraits where he seems to be looking into a bathroom mirror, though whether he actually painted them in the bathroom, is unknown.  He tended to paint from imagination most of the time.  This one I painted in front of the bathroom mirror.  12x9 inches, oil on linen.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Time For Drawing


 


Time for three drawings done at Field Farm in Williamstown, MA.  9x12 inches, charcoal pencil on paper.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Incidental Landscape



If you walk the western path going North at Field Farm in Williamstown, MA. you will encounter this double tree.  It wasn't a sunshiny day when I last visited it recently.  8x10 inches, oil on panel.

Monday, January 4, 2021

The Better To See You With


One can use eyeglasses, not only to see with, but as a grid to assist in painting a face.  This painting is based upon the Rembrandt self-portrait in the National Gallery in London.  I've read that Rembrandt wasn't really so introspective as we might think despite all his self-portraits.  That's our modern sensibility being read back into the paintings.  Most of the self-portraits were more like a calling card, saying: "See this. I can paint portraits too.  Hire me."  8x10 inches, oil on panel.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Chameleon-Like


Not able to leave this one alone, I kept adding paint. But I'm done with it.  I based it upon the Sargent self-portrait, which only makes me appreciate Sargent even more.  Our faces are chameleon-like.  One can identify a Rembrandt self-portrait, but they are all different.