Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
With seven other artists, I am exhibiting thirty-one paintings in a group show at a pop up gallery, Gallery 4, at 4 Water Street in Williamstown, MA. Here's my hanging wall, done salon style. The gallery opens June 1st, with an official opening on Friday, June 3rd, 5-7 PM. The gallery will be open June, July and August.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Yesterday I made my daily tree drawing at a nearby farm field off Luce Road in Williamstown. This is a quick small drawing done with a grease pencil. I was scouting the location out for plein air painting. I'll be coming back here too.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
A view from the ramparts of Carcassonne, a walled city that is older than Disney World, but "phoney" according to some because of the questionable restorations of Viollet-le-Duc in the nineteenth century. At least it's in France on the original site.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
This morning, while on a short hike, I noticed this view through the trees to the barn in the distance across the hay field. I decided to return to make a drawing, since I had fallen behind in my regimen of a tree a day. The drawing is approximately 9x12, with charcoal and pastel. I will probably go back to this location to make a painting.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
A 12x16 oil on canvas of a rooftop view of Saint-Emilion, which is built on hillsides, presumably land that was ill-suited to vineyards; just a guess. At the entrance to the town, which is flat, vines are planted around the remains of an old church, including what would have been the area within the church.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
This morning I found my tree for the day on the hill behind the Clark Art Institute. I added some pastel to suggest what I wanted to frame with the tree trunk, the new grass in the cow field and the new leaves in the distant bank of trees.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Finally, I had a chance to get out today. I drew a tree. Trees don't move (much), but the sun moves a lot and quickly. So I drew with charcoal to try to capture this particular tree. I'll try it again tomorrow. A tree a day keeps the ... whatever.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Another French painting, a view of a main avenue in Bordeaux in the early evening as the lowering sunlight streaks across the city, creating deep shadows. No rain. This is a 12x12 oil on canvas with an essentially limited palette of raw umber, prussian blue, and Naples yellow.
Friday, May 6, 2016
A rainy evening in Bordeaux, this time as a 12x12 oil on canvas for a change of shape. I also used predominantly three colors: Prussian blue, raw umber, and Naples yellow, plus titanium white. Everyone is looking for some place to eat, or strolling after eating.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
This time I set up a less typical composition: this 9x12 oil on canvas painting is like a cubist painting with depth. Down the stony incline, and beyond the buildings to the distant fields, we go. It's another view of Saint-Emilion, where everything sings on a sunny, blue sky day, even the dark stony walls.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Even in France, a day of sun can be followed by a day of rain. This 9x12 oil on canvas represents the plaza in front of the Opera House in Bordeaux. Wet marble reflects the light and passers-by (well, one) are bundled up against the cold. I've been wanting to try my hand at painting a rainy day painting. I tried to keep it simple again. The colors were limited to burnt sienna, yellow ochre and ultramarine blue, plus white. I like the way this composition works, an "H" in the middle, with balancing variations. It's a "found" composition in that it was there and I took it.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Today I opted to keep the painting simple: it's a 9x12 oil on canvas of an alleyway in Saint-Emilion. I suppose the residents keep the houses cool by using the shutters which fit exactly in the window and door openings. Or maybe nobody's home.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
This looks like a simple painting, but it was difficult to do. I painted it quickly, but I had to dream about it before applying any paint. What's an Illiers-Combray? The painting is a view of the intersection of Rue Saint-Hilaire and Rue des Trois Maries in the small town of Illiers-Combray. The tree seen in the back at right is in the garden of Aunt Leonie's house. Young Marcel's family would exit the gate here to walk the "Guermantes Way." The town of Illiers added Proust's fictional name for the town "Combray" in 1971 hoping to attract tourists who wanted to search for lost time.