Sunday, May 26, 2024

Horseshoe Crab

 On our last morning at the Cape I found this recently deceased horseshoe crab on the beach. It was studded with little white shells.

Pen and ink drawing of dead horseshoe crab, upside down, with small white shells attached near its tail.


Pen, ink wash, white ink on toned paper

4" x 6"

Monday, May 20, 2024

Atlantic Spice Company Pallets

 Atlantic Spice Company Pallets


Ink drawing on toned paper of pallets stacked up in bright sunlight by wooden retaining wall


Pen, ink wash, and white pen on toned paper

4" x 6"

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Long Point Lighthouse from Truro, MA

 Long Point Lighthouse from Truro, MA


Watercolor sketch of calm. slightly ruffled bay with sandy spit of land and squat white lighthouse on horizon beneath white and purple clouds.

Watercolor
4" x 6"

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Truro Breakwater sketch

 First 2024 Cape sketch as well as first sketch in new Montanapolitancroptic sketchbook. I've done this breakwater many times before, but this time I was trying to work methodically with the reality of the constantly changing tide. The problem is that there is no stable baseline to use as a reference, and the overall visible size of the subject is changing, making it hard to judge proportions. I knew that the tide was going out, and that I had about an hour and a half before it reached low tide, so I made sure to use the parts that were visible and that would remain constant as my reference points, and gradually added to the drawing as more of the subject was revealed by the receding waters.

The gull showed about about halfway through, and I was of two minds whether to include it. Would it make the image too hokey? However, the way it stayed there posing for so long made me think it really wanted me to put it in the picture, so I did. I think it provides a nice accent.


Pencil drawing of breakwater with basic outlines and shapes


Pencil drawing of breakwater with details filled in

Ink drawing of breakwater at low tide with seagull perched on top

Ink drawing of breakwater at low tide with darkened water, sand texture, and highlights




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