Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Spring Paintings

A couple of of things to bring in spring. This is the Norwottuck Rail Trail bridge for cyclists and pedestrians across the Connecticut River, which I've done from other points of view before. This one is from the Calvin Coolidge bridge, which runs parallel to it and is for cars mainly, with a bit of sidewalk for walking on the side. As I stood on the bridge sketching this idyllic scene there was a perpetual traffic jam behind me, with horns, exhaust fumes, etc.


watercolor 4" x 6"



 This is an oil painting of farmland with vernal puddles in the tractor ruts. I started it on site and finished in the studio.



  Oil 8" x 10"

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Yet another snow painting

This one I started back in February. I got the background and main shapes, lines, and color notes blocked in while I was out and got around to adding in the snow flakes later. I continued with the idea of painting the flakes as translucent and reflective, picking up the colors around them.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Another snow painting

We had a significant snowstorm March 14. My work was closed so I got to go out and paint in it. I'm wearing my new snowshoes. So far, I haven't ventured far from home to paint in a snowstorm - to drive would be foolhardy, and I'm still a beginner on the snowshoes. But in near whiteout conditions, one place looks pretty much like another, so it's all good.



I noticed that the falling snow picked up the colors of the surrounding scene, giving a slight color cast to the flakes in different parts of the scene. I tried to convey that with paint, varying the warmth and coolness of the colors. I'm using a very limited palette of venetian red, phthalo blue, and white. As I painted I sang "Snowy, snowy day, paint your palette blue and gray..."



Painting in the snow - more flakes!

The thing about snowstorms is - there are a lot of snowflakes involved! I decided the previously posted version of this painting didn't do the subject justice, so I added more flakes.



Monday, February 20, 2017

painting in the snow



We had a couple of good snowstorms last weekend. I tested out my latest invention, "Artistic-In-Tent," a portable shelter to cover my pochade box. It's made from an old file folder hanger and a large plastic bag with a hole cut out and clipped to the hanger frame.
The frame is secured to the box with C-clamps.



Here's a video of my first foray into the flakes:



It worked fairly well but still let snow in through the access hole, (you can see me blowing it away in the video) so I added an umbrella and an adjustable plastic valence over the top.



Here is a painting done using this setup.



Monday, January 16, 2017

Early Snow


We finally got a respectable snow the other day so I went out back and tried to get the falling snow against the trees and the layers of landscape behind.  



landscape with falling snow against dark trees in foreground, fields, houses, and trees in background.

Here's the paintbox in situ. The thing hovering over the the palette area is a roof I made out of an old canvas stretcher and a piece of plexiglass to protect the paint from getting totally buried in snow.


Pochade box on tripod in snowstorm with painting in progress. Palette area partially sheltered from snow by wood and plexiglass panel clamped above it.