Saturday, May 11, 2024

Academic Artist Association 74th Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism.

Oil painting. Thick snow swirls amidst trees and play structure, simultaneously obscuring and defining the objects and the space between them.

 "Backyard Snow" has been juried into the Academic Artist Association 74th Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism. This exhibition always attracts top notch artists from New England and beyond, so it should be a great show.


Logo with palette and paintbrushes on a fancy shield with text: Academic Artists Association "The Enduring Triumph of Realism"


June 16 – July 14, 2024
Thursday - Sunday, 1 to 5 PM

Arts Center East
709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT ~ 860-871-8222

Opening Reception Sunday, June 16, 2024, 1 to 4 PM
Awards announced at 3 PM

https://www.academicartistsassociation.org/


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

New MontanaPolitanCroptic sketchbook

Time to make a new MontanaPolitanCroptic sketchbook. It's been ten years since I designed and built the first of these.  Also,  some pix from the old one, selected with an eye to repeated places and subjects.

Two handmade sketchbooks, one old and one new. They have different types and colors of paper and are covered with black cloth.

Bookshelf showing spines of handmade sketchbooks with dates going back to 2014

Ink sketch  of railroad crossing signals with road in background on white paper

Ink sketch  of railroad crossing signals on toned gray paper

Ink sketch  of railroad crossing signals on toned tan paper





Ink sketch of dense foliage with light filtering through leaves at top

Ink sketch on toned tan paper of path entering woods with large rock on left, dense foliage in background


Ink sketch on white paper of path leading into woods, light streaming through trees and foliage


Ink and white gouache sketch on toned tan paper of river view with power plant and railroad bridge



Watercolor sketch of river view with power plant and railroad bridge


Watercolor sketch of closer view of power plant with smokestacks and complex ductwork; trees and river on foreground.




Friday, May 3, 2024

 Backyard Snow

Oil on linen panel

9.5" x 12"

I started this back in January, during the only decent snowstorm of the winter. There's also a shot of the first pass, showing how I was trying to get the movement and feeling of the snow down first, filling the details later but always referring back to the initial sketch; and my snow painting setup, Artistic In Tent.

Oil painting. Thick snow swirls amidst trees and play structure, simultaneously obscuring and defining the objects and the space between them.


Underpainting sketch showing movement of snow


Pochade box with tent made of plastic bag on file folder frame to shelter palette and painting from snow

Thursday, May 2, 2024

MICAfest 2024

 Sunscreen and Three Women are up at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity as part of MICAfest 2024, Art for Change: The M/others’ View.


There's lots of other interesting artwork on display, connected to non-traditional conceptions of motherhood. Unfortunately the gallery is currently only open during other scheduled events and performances, so if you happen to be attending one of these during May be sure to traipse down the hall to the Peacock Gallery during intermission. There is a possibility of scheduling additional viewing times which I will announce if they pan out.

There is also a reception May 25, 2:00 - 4:00, which I won't be able to attend, but which should be fascinating. The reception is free, but please RSVP so they can plan accordingly.

https://experiencemica.org/event/mica-unveiled-art-reception-2/


May 1-31, 2024

Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity

130 Pine St, Northampton, MA 01062

experiencemica.org/micafest-2024-northampton-ma/


Peacock blue gallery wall with pastel painting of mother applying sunscreen to her daughter's nose as a large wave breaks in the background, and an oil painting of three women, a mother, daughter, and grandmother on a porch overlooking a town with a thundercloud on the horizon.



Pastel painting of mother applying sunscreen to her daughter's nose as a large wave breaks in the background.

Oil painting of three women, a mother, daughter, and grandmother on a porch overlooking a town with a thundercloud on the horizon.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Hartsbrook Farm pano

 Another favorite bike destination is this afternoon view of Hartsbrook Farm against the light. I've done it several times, but this time I decided to try a pano of the whole scene. 

Ink on toned paper pano view of farm with silo, barn, outbuildings, farmhouse

left side of pano, with trees and huge pile of old tires

right side of pano with bright light on metal roofs


Monday, April 22, 2024

Racor switch

 I sketched this endearing personage on a walk today. Subsequently learned that it is a Racor switch.

Ink and watercolor sketch of railroad switch mechanism incorporating a yellow handle and vertical shaft with a red arrow and green circle mounted at right angles.


Sunday, April 21, 2024

Power plant

 I've done this power plant a few times looking south from a ways up the river, but yesterday I found myself right opposite it, and did this watercolor sketch.

Watercolor sketch of old power plant with chimneys and ductwork by river in sunlight  against dark clouds