Thursday, April 29, 2010

Back to the Wavy Barn

Okay. Time to get back to the wavy barn. Running out of time so only a charcoal sketch this evening. One of the things I noticed when working on this is that the dark area inside the light area repeats the shape of one of the openings in the barn.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Top of Blair Road View

Just a minor break from red barns. The sky is above the top edge of the painting.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Reworked Barn and Landscape

I could not keep from reworking this barn. I also did a sketch for a landscape in black and white for tomorrow's work.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The two drawings show the hidden moon side of the wavy barn. The roof is that bumpy. I am trying to get the same kind of effect with the pastels as I have done with the drawings. It's a bit harder to do. More dimensions to deal with.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Still Busy

I have been absent for the last couple days, but not far from the wavy barn. These drawings and painting represent either early morning or late afternoon sun. The painting I did as quickly as possible; just attacking it, to see what would happen. More to come.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More Wavy Barn

Oh, wavy barn, how do I love thee.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wavy Barn in Color

This is the wavy barn, not in black and white.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Still at Wavy Barn

Will be there for a while. Only time tonight for a drawing.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wavy Barn

This barn in near the five corners. It has a wavy roof that is like the contour of the mountains in the background.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Red Barn and Pole

This red barn with its barber's pole with Christmas lights has always intrigued me. Like a little touch of Venice on Route 43 in Hancock. Mitchell Albala in his excellent book Landscape Painting writes that one can get luminosity by using mid-values together, which is what I tried to do here. I also tried to keep the abstract quality. The pastel is 11 x 14 on uart paper, and the charcoal drawing is 5x7 on standard sketching paper.

PS. I revised the painting a day later.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Barns without Red

Preparing to do more barns. Probably will do the top one tomorrow in pastel since today it appears to be the better composition. These are 8x10 charcoal on smooth Bristol paper for something different.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


This is one of those barns that gets put up very quickly, but hopefully will withstand the ages, or collapse tomorrow. Or get reworked. We'll see.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Beyond the Abyss

Maybe I am being overdramatic.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Looking into the Quarry-Late Afternoon

I made one more visit to the quarry this weekend, but late in the day when the sun was in a different part of the sky. Coming home I passed two large quarries in northern New Jersey. Half a mountain has been removed in both quarries, which makes the older, abandoned quarry in Vermont look quaint and intimate.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Back in New England

I am back in New England, and revisiting the Hancock barns and the Pownal quarry. These are preparatory drawings for coming pastels. You can revisit a familiar site many times, if you select a different time of the day when the sun is in a different location, or not shining at all. But the weather has been great despite the forecasts.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

More Bending of Brook

The earlier, as in earlier in the morning, version of the bend in the brook.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bend in Brook in Color

Another version of this may be coming, when the sun hasn't quite come over the hill on the right. The hill is not visible in the painting.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bend in Brook

Only have time for the drawing. Rest to come tomorrow.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Early Morning Brook

I remember passing by the brooks last year and wondering if I could ever paint them. My neighbor told me this morning that they are known as branches of Steele Run. I like that name.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I went walking in the woods following the stream. Actually there are several streams that meet up and flow into the Delaware. This is a great time to walk in the woods. The leaf canopy hasn't yet appeared, the trails are starting to dry out, and the forest floor is bursting with green.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


I was standing on the little bridge crossing the stream this morning, and I had to get out of the way, while a dozen mountain bikers went by. At least they were polite. In the morning, a stream is like the sky rushing through the earth. Mountain bikers break the reverie.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Brook in Woods

Not simple enough. There's tomorrow.

Morning's Work

After making this drawing, I am not sure if I will make a color version in pastel. If I do, it will be simpler. Later today.