Daffodil Chorus

From a photo that I took, a snip from hundreds of daffodils that were planted along the property line of a generous Montclair native. I paint daffs almost every year, and I think that I am getting better at them. The most important part is to keep the white of the paper as much as possible. This piece is about 12 x 16. NA

Brookdale Park Melting

From a photo I took in March, when we had tons of snow. This piece also done in March…using watercolor pencil and conventional watercolor. There was a peculiar light coming through the trees when I took the photo, which I exaggerated.  NA

Receding Tide and Desert Storm, Experiments with watercolor pencils

Sorry that I have been away for so long ! Life has gotten in the way, but I am back and painting and trying to catch up with a few posts.

I experimented with watercolor pencils this past winter. The pencils look just like regular color pencils, and you can draw as you would normally. But then, you can add water to your drawing, almost like a “Paint by Number”…remember those ? The first piece is a fantasy from my memory of Maine.

The second is more vivid, and I think this is where watercolor pencils shine. Bright colors in non blended areas. This is called “Desert Storm”.

 

 

Hadley Point

web2016_hadleypoint_smOur stay in Hadley Point on Mt. Desert Island in Maine was unique in that I had not previously seen all of the submerged boulders at low tide that reside in Frenchman’s Bay nearing the Narrows. You don’t see them at high tide, but suddenly they become exposed and their numbers grow as the tide recedes. They appear as the backs of hippopotamus or water buffalo …but really, I think they are glacial erratics. A fun scene, which I will be painting again !

Rockland, Maine Sunrise

web2016_rockportsunriseThis small plein air watercolor was finished by 8:30 in the morning, from the balcony of our motel room. How convenient to have this view, which I have painted before, and unhappily lost the painting. (See October 2014 post).The sunrise was quite vivid before I began, and as if faded, I tried to quickly catch up before it disappeared entirely !

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Bay at Dusk

web2016_bayatdusk_smA 9 x 12 watercolor done in Maine at Hadley Point on a very calm and heady night filled with undulating reflections and the call of loons across the water. It is very similar to a lithograph that I did in college, and if I can ever find it, I will try to post it !

Sewell House Portrait

web72_orionwawebyThis painting was done as a surprise gift for a high school classmate. Note the addition of a cat and a dog and three girls playing on the lawn, all adding both  meaning and visual interest to the subject. NA

What a Fine Mess

2016_whatafinemessThis 14 x 18 watercolor has taken me a long time to complete, but it is soooo hot outside, it is good to have an excuse to stay inside in the AC. I referred here to a photo that I took at the Mohonk Barn Museum, of a bunch of rusted and dusty artifacts from the resort’s “Iron Age”.  It is all true to color except the hand truck in the foreground, which was also a dusty burnt siena like the rest of the items in the composition. To make it pop, I decided to paint it red, as it really is the “ironic” balance for the rest of the painting: it looks like it is posed to begin hauling away the accumulation, and it is not certain that it is up to the task !

This is my typical palette for one of these complex compositions, a balance of burnt siena and cobalt blue with a bit of raw umber thrown in, and in this case, some alizarin crimson and vermilion to enhance the rust.

Rock Versus Tree

2016web_rockversustreeA 9 x 12 watercolor from a photo that I took on the trail at Mohonk Mountain House, approaching Cope’s Lookout. I thought I might title it “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”, but I will keep that one in mind for another painting ! What is most interesting in this painting is the cool darks in the foreground, leading to an appealingly bright background in the distance.

Sunset Over the Catskills

2016web_sunsetovercatsThis is a small painting, really a study for something larger that I think should actually be an acrylic. It was a fantastic evening as the sun set after a storm had passed a couple weeks ago at Mohonk Mountain House. This from a photo,