Friday, July 20, 2018
Here's a recent Sheep Hill painting that I made on site (in Williamstown, MA) where I painted the patterns offered by the trees, mountains, and clouds. It's an oil on panel, only 8x10, but the effect is dramatic, maybe because it's constrained by its small size.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Since the clouds are up in the sky, I went up the mountain yesterday afternoon to get closer to the clouds to paint them. Most of the way up Mount Greylock, near the top, there's the Fitch View offering this view of the Petersburg pass through the Taconics. That's it, that little dip in the middle of the range, and the triangular wedge below it is Sheep Hill, which looks pretty flat from this height. This painting is 12x16, oil on panel.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
This boat out of water I painted fairly quickly trying to keep a fresh sense of the bright sunlight. She's called the Margaret Louise, and she was located at the entrance to the Gloucester Marine Railways shipyard at Rocky Neck, when I encountered her. Is a painting of a boat still a seascape when there's no water visible? The painting is 18x24 oil on panel.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Sunday, July 15, 2018
A painting done at Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA on Friday. I was halfway up the hill path looking back towards the farm buildings. I was trying to make green work once more. A 9x12 oil on panel.
Friday, July 13, 2018
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Painting in a series can be exciting for an artist, because one discovers something that generates the next painting, and then the one after that, and on and on. I'm thinking of Monet's haystacks and cathedrals, but also of Morandi's tin cans and jars, which he kept re-arranging all is life, and which express the deepest sensibility and human pathos. It's that process that any artist can tap into. This painting is 9x12 oil on linen.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
What I like about this boat series is the opportunity to paint recognizable images, and also be quite abstract and loose with my approach to laying on paint at the same time. This boat is the "Melanie Jean" from Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine, but its image is also a means of using a different combination of colors applied variously. The additional mixture of something 'hard' like a boat, with something 'soft' like water is also appealing to me. The painting is a 9x12 oil on linen.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Friday, July 6, 2018
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
This long painting I conceived as if it were sheet music to be displayed on a piano, for a project supporting the Berkshire Music School. Uncleverly, I call it "The Hills (of Williamstown) Are Alive...". It's a grand view of the mountains and hills from the top of Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA. I always feel like singing when I am up there. The painting is 12 x 40 inches, oil on panel.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
The paint factory at Rocky Neck in Gloucester MA offers many opportunities to compose an interesting painting. Here, I was intrigued by the contrast of the front building on the left with the water on the right, which occupies almost the same amount of picture real estate but represents something going back into the distance. I also like the softer 'v' at the bottom with the more severe opposite 'v' of the factory roof. This painting is a 22 x 28 inch oil on panel.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
This morning I did something unheard of. I didn't paint in my backyard. That's been done. Instead, I painted in my front yard, near my front door, where my wife has placed a hanging pot of geraniums. This one is 8x10 oil on panel.