Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cut Back Tree

In the coming weeks I plan on painting more Brooklyn street scenes.  In the meantime this 8x10 oil on panel is my most recent plein air done on Wednesday  while standing in a hay field looking up Stratton  Road, a dirt road separating the hay field from a corn field.  The electric company has heavily pruned the tree on one side.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Dean and Grand

This 9x12 oil on canvas depicts the corner of Dean and Grand in Brooklyn.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Little Brooklyn

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's a little Brooklyn: a 9x12 oil on canvas of the corner of Third Avenue at Carroll Street.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Toward the Sunlight

This is a small 5x7 oil on panel that I did a few days ago on top of Sheep Hill in the early afternoon looking toward the sunlight.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Shrinking Sunlight

Yesterday afternoon I went to the top of Sheep Hill again.  The daylight hours are shrinking.  I painted from two to three when the sunlight started to disappear on the other side of the hill.  The valley areas were still lit up but that didn't help me near the top.   I should mention that the actual top of the hill is covered with trees so I can't actually see the other side where the sun vanishes.

Monday, November 23, 2015


A 12x9 studio pastel of another cliff at Raven's Nest on the Schoodic Peninsula at Acadia National Park.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Light at the Top of the Hill

Another painting done at the top of Sheep Hill.  I started it the day I did two at once, since I had so much time, and repainted it the next day trying to catch the bright light.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Two of Two at Once

This is the second painting done simultaneously with another at the top of Sheep Hill yesterday.  This view looks east-southeast, with Greylock in the upper left, and the foreground hill sloping from right to left.

Friday, November 20, 2015

One of Two at Once

Earlier today I went to the top of Sheep Hill next to Bee Hill Road.  I painted two 9x12 panels at the same time.  This is the one on the left side of the easel with the hill sloping down from left to right.  The view is facing north-north east.   I'll post the second painting tomorrow.   Somebody asked me why I am painting two pictures at once.  Don't I already have enough?  I couldn't answer that question.  I certainly have to paint twice as fast, which is an experience worth trying now and then.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Return to Drawing

While I was sitting behind the old white farmhouse at Haley Farm yesterday morning, planning to do another drawing, I looked at the old fruit tree (a pear tree?) located there, and started to draw.  The tree appears on the right side of the previously posted drawing.

I return to drawing in times of transition, trying to decipher where to proceed, hoping maybe this time the tree would tell me.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Clapboard Brilliance

This drawing depicts the little farmhouse at Haley Farm at the end of Hopper Road.  I thought that I could draw it faster than I could paint it.   The afternoon sun seems to move more quickly now that the day light hours are fewer.  I've been told that the farmhouse will be torn down at some point.  There's a big hole in the roof suggesting the end is near.  But it still has a clapboard brilliance in the sunlight.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What Was Behind Me

So there I was, in the middle of the pasture, on the edge of the woods.  It was quiet, warm in the sun despite the chill in the air.  What am I going to paint?  Should I just give up, go somewhere else, or find something here where I'm standing?  Why am I here?  So I placed my easel facing towards the sun to keep the light off the panel, and painted what was behind me.

Monday, November 16, 2015


Another view from the Schoodic Peninsula facing east.  I tried to keep this one simpler, an 8x10 pastel.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


A 12x9 pastel of one of the precipitous views at Raven's Nest at Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Inlet Outlet

An inlet off the Schoodic Loop Road on the west side of the peninsula just before reaching the right turn for Schoodic Point.  The tide is out.  8x10 pastel.