Friday, June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
This time I painted from a small wooden bridge that spans the brook. Sections of the bridge planks are pitched at different angles and not level at all. Also early in the morning the planks are wet and slippery. This morning I noticed something new, large scratch marks, from a creature crossing the bridge with difficulty requiring the use of claws to maintain balance. The claw marks were as wide as my hand, so I suspect that a bear uses the same bridge, fortunately, at a different time of day.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Today after I saw the exhibition "Splendor; Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado," I climbed the hill behind the Clark, and yes, the cows were there eating that much nicer grass. Actually, it looks nicer too, full of flowers, not as high, and lighter in appearance, but I'm just guessing. I saw a beautifully lit tree, which I proceeded to draw as quickly as I could before the light changed too much.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Recently, I saw on FB a photo of painter Cynthia Rosen climbing over rocks in a stream in the Adirondacks to reach a better place to paint. I can do that, I thought, and not even leave home. So this morning I climbed down to some rocks in the middle of the Hitchcock Brook to paint. I had to build a small cairn to hold my umbrella. I dispersed the stones afterwards to keep the natural look. This is a place where the cows do roam, but none were in sight. Actually, the cows are the same that sometimes occupy the hill behind the Clark Art Institute. That's presumably where they are now.
Monday, June 20, 2016
This morning I visited a stream in a cow pasture. It was hot, and there were no cows. How lucky can you get? The farmer told me that the grass is too high now, and the cows won't eat it. There was a path of padded grass so I could get through easily. The cows were in a location where the grass was much nicer for eating.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
This is an 10x8 painting that I did this morning while gallery-sitting at Gallery 4. I discovered that time went by quickly as I concentrated on flowers in a vase and a small canvas panel. Next time I will paint again. There were several breaks when people came in, but that was ok. The light is fairly constant on an interior still life, and people were amused.
Friday, June 17, 2016
A couple weeks ago I scouted out Bog Pond in Savoy. I was able to visit again this morning with my paints. The 12x16 oil on panel is the result. I set up on an embankment that has a boat launch. A woman kayaker was exiting the pond when I arrived. She proceeded to dismantle her kayak, and fold it up into a small package which fit neatly into her hatchback. There are a few other good spots to paint from at Bog Pond, so I will return. The state literature indicates that Bog Pond is one of the best places to see a moose in the area. I haven't seen one yet.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
This morning I got out and painted at Haley Farm at the end of Hopper Road. This 9x12 oil on panel looks towards the woods at the base of a mountain which are fronted by a small tree and the foundation remains for a house or a barn. Plenty of activity at the farm this morning with mowing and haying happening all around me. I picked a corner where I wasn't in anybody's way. When I finished I was surprised that only an hour had elapsed.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
It's not possible to paint a picture of Venice and not having it look like something one might not want it to look like. I'm reminded of Andrew Wyeth's comment that he refused to travel to Europe because it was too picturesque for him. But sometimes, I want to have fun, push paint around on a canvas, see what happens, and besides any attempt to re-invent painting is out of my control.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
This truck has appealed to me from the first time I saw it, which I can't remember when that was. I've discovered that I'm not the only one who likes it. Anyway here's a new painting of it, 24x24 oil on canvas. It's an old farm truck, which has had parts removed to fix other trucks. Fortunately this one has been left in a good, approachable place, where it has become an icon for all who have seen it.