Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
A 12x9 graphite pencil drawing of the low canal from the Church Street bridge. Almost all my work has been horizontal, as if you hadn't notice, but I will try a few verticals. This is the preparatory drawing for the pastel painting.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Years ago I worked in the Art Museum at Princeton University which owns an Inness "Home of the Heron" painting. I used to view it frequently, and could not help but notice that Inness, in this painting and the more famous one in the Art Institute of Chicago, despite the title, or maybe because of the title, obscures the heron. Well, I could not miss this heron. Since the canal has sunk so low, the herons are less skittish, and don't fly away if you stand there looking at them. They just look back, or keep going about their business. I saw a heron recently that speared a fish, tossed it up, and swallowed it in one, flowing movement. Since it was a large fish, I could see the lump move down it's thin neck.
This is a 9x12 pastel on pastelmat paper. I focused on some areas, and left others fairly sketchy.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
For some time I have wanted to paint some canal scenes that depict what it looks at the moment, a big, long ditch. It's ugly but visual interesting at the same time. I did the charcoal drawing to organize the above image before starting the painting. It shows the bridge from which I have done several paintings in the past. This morning the heron was indeed there. Several herons and egrets have been fishing out this section of the canal.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Not much happening here, except some corn stalks, a muddy track where the tractors went, and sunlight. It's actually behind the abandoned farm house and barn. Not quite abandoned when one encounters the signs of harvesting.
This is an 8x10 on uart paper, which I roughed in with pastel, brush and water, let dry, and then added more pastel.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
This weekend I made a large number of these 'rehearsals' with Art Stix. Above is a small selection. I hope to turn them into more serious performances.
I love to walk. My wife dropped me off at Five Corners, and I walked back along Route 43. There isn't much of a shoulder, but many things to see that are not visible just driving by in a car. I saw a painter with his French easel in a field near a stream. I thought I would hop the fence like he did, and see how he was doing. Probably the last thing he would expect is a curious gawker in that location. But, I put myself in his place, and decided not to, though I would have loved to talk to him about painting landscapes.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Sometimes it's good to do some non-natural images. This is a side street in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, a small town in Provence. I was there in June. I think I will do a series of these views. 9x12 pastel on colourfix suede.