Friday, February 15, 2019

Hadley Dike, Spring

Oil on linen panel, 9" x 12".
I started this last spring, recently revisited it and pulled it together to enter in the Friends of the Chicopee Public Library show.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Eggs Tempera

I did a couple of eggs tempera (that seems more mellifluous than "egg temperas" for some reason - like "surgeons general" or perhaps "eggs benedict") for a "Small Works" show at local frame shop/gallery Hope and Feathers. These are not 100% egg tempera - I haven't gone the whole hog of grinding my own dry pigments. I started with regular tube watercolors and added the egg yolk as a medium. The show stipulated dimensions of 5" x 7" or 6" X 6" so these are both 5" x 7."






























I did a bunch of thumbnails in preparation, first to decide what images I wanted to make - here are some that didn't make it:





For the first one, I did the preliminary pencil sketch right on the panel, then went over it in India ink for the grisaille underpainting:



Doing the first one brought home to me that for egg tempera, you really want to nail down the layout and values pretty well before painting - the medium isn't conducive to major surgery later on. So I did more thumbnails and a full size sketch for the second one.








Sunday, January 27, 2019

plein air kit for large paintings

Modeling my plein air kit for large paintings.






Takeiteasel and Bestbrella in improved carrier slung from shoulder:



Paintbox strapped to back:




Peg O’ My Art wet canvas carrier under right arm.



The whole kit and caboodle weighs about 45 lbs.



Peg ‘O My Art wet canvas carrier.



“Peg ‘O My Art” wet canvas carrier. Holds stretched canvas or panel with painted surface protected by pegboard.
Clamps are attached with thumbscrews and wing nuts through slots for adjustability.



Closeup of clamps holding canvas




Closeup of clamps holding panel




construction of clamp out of wood and luan plywood.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Artists Magazine contest winner!

My painting “Three Women" is one of ten winners of the Artists Magazine Over 60 Contest! Will be featured in the April 2019 issue.


Thursday, November 8, 2018


I had these four pieces accepted into the Agawam Public Library 10th Open Juried Art Show. The first one, Early Snow, won First Place in the Oil category!




River Valley, Pencil

 
Trees, Hadley Dike, Oil





 Mt. Toby from Mt Pollux with South Congregational Church, watercolor



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