Friday, June 30, 2017

Finished May paintings

        Here are the paintings from May.  It's a hectic time, I'll be installing my Adirondack Lakes center for the arts show, in the beautiful  hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake, the opening on Saturday, July 8th 5-7, and hosting an open studio on the weekend of July 15 and 16!

 #989  Cemetery Ctr Cambridge Rd.         5-1-17         8x10


#990  E. Main St.       5-2-17        12x9 


 #991  S. Union St.        5-3017         8x10


 #992  Merrimac St. Boston, MA       5-8-17        10x8


#993  Blue Mountain Lake from trail        5-10-17        9x12


#994  Lake front, Blue Mtn. Lake        5-10-17       9x12


#995  Broad @ spring St.        5-11-17        8x10


 #996  Outback        5-11-17         8x10


#997  Rail Yard  Cambridge, NY.         5-12-17        16x18


#998  Mowry park      5-23-17       8x10


#999  Duel Hollow Rd.           5-17-17        7x10


 #1000  Delavan Rd.         5-19-17         11x14 


#1001  Lee's Crossing Rd.        5-20-17       12x16  


#1002  Main and Park        5-23-17        14x16 


#1003  Pearl St.        5-24-17        11x12 


 #1004  Rail car, Walloomsac, NY.        5-28-17         9x12


#1005  Phlox in whisky bottle         5-30-17        12x9


#1006  Wood Park, Hoosick Falls, NY.        5-31-17       14x16


Monday, June 26, 2017

The here and now, there and then.

 

       Some of the simplest things are the most difficult.  Getting to the place where I can actually focus on something to discover the essence of that thing, and to see and feel that essence without the noise of all the things that are not that essence, to get to that place, even for a moment is divine.  I will loose track of time, forget where I am and all the crap and scuzz of life, for just a few moments, I'm in the zone, the color, the sound, I don't feel my body, forget my pain, fall into the abyss.

       I've become addicted to this, my brain has. To feed this addiction, I go out and seek it. It is a process I know well. Find a place with a good view (or any view), compose a piece of it to image on my panel, mix some paint and put it on the panel.  It doesn't take long.  It doesn't need to be perfect, I let the scene tell me what to do and I do it.  Paint value and color like I see, but of course different, scene to eye, eye to pallet, pallet to panel, panel to scene, and on like that so I don't have to think too much.  It's uncanny, when I get to a point when the light and scene changes and the loop jars me out of the stupor.  It's a drug. A dream.  I wake and return to my life, go to the grocery, or pick up my kid or right home.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Open Studio Weekend, 1000 painting celebration!

          Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
138 West Main St. Cambridge, NY 12816 

     Join me in celebrating 1000 local plein-air paintings completed in the last 5 years!  

    Happening concurrently with the Open Studio Tour of Washington County, their link is here:
            https://studiotour.org/ 


     Please don't hesitate to comment or ask questions, Thank You! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Finished April Paintings

     These images are the product of  collaboration with a friend that has extensive experience in fine art photography, he also cropped and fine tuned the images, I think they look pretty good, so here on out I'll have better images of my paintings, I like that!


#974      R.R. Ave, Hoosick Falls, NY.               4-2-17              9x12

#975           W. Main @ Pearl                4-3-17              12x11

                              #976               Tillman Rd.                4-5-17                      16x12

                             #977                      Owlkill Creek                4-6-17                10x8

                          #978                Warren St. Glens Falls, NY.             4-8-17            14x11

          #979             Regent and Park, Saratoga Springs, NY.             4-9-17          12x16

           #980  Battenkill at Battenville.             4-10-17                14x16

                  #981 Cambridge Rail Station                4-11-17                16x18

                  #982                  Pearl St.               4-12-17                      9x12

                         #983               Turnpike Rd.                 4-23-17               11x14

                     #984               W. Main St.                   4-24-17                 11x14

                  #985                 View from Porch, S. Union St.               4-26-17                16x18

           #986         Aqueduct on Schoharie Creek           4-27-16          16x20

            #987         Yankee Hill          4-27-17         16x18

                     #988          Sunderland Rd. Shushan, NY.             4-30-17               9x12


Monday, June 5, 2017

The mundane and the profound, one day then the next.

  Last week:  Phlox in a whisky bottle, a small town park, scruffy buildings in Adirondack hamlets, an abandon gas station and the road in front of my house, all things in my passing in my peripheral vision.  But vision, and seeing is my trade, and how these things are depicted is my means, mundane or profound?  does it even matter? it is up to you, my dear reader!

I had early light yesterday morning and the weather report was moving to rain, so I dragged myself out the door, just out:

  
This is my driveway, looking east down West Main St. the view me and my family sees, often many times a day going out into the world and coming back home. 


The light was already wavering, bright, but not clear, and the shadows disappearing and returning once in a while. The first whites determine everything.


Dark and light greens make up a lion's share of the painting. These are put in broadly.


The telephone poles, mailbox and a few distant elements do not make up much of the painting, but carry a lot of weight, likewise they take a fair amount of time. 


#1010 W. Main st.   6-4-17  11x12

Friday I took Hope to her dance rehearsal, taking place in the Hoosick Falls High school, not far down S.R. 22 from this old gas station. I had just over an hour to find, set up. paint and return to pick her up. The day had been cloudy, so a little light made the white squareness of this building say "paint me" 


I've often said the set up and first few elements determine everything, in an hour, how much is not everything anyway?  


The challenge of this was to get the squareness of the subject, a challenge I consider still on, yeah it's alright, but just, and I'll have to go back and try again, a little off in the proportions and I just didn't get it.


#1009  Gas station S.R. 22 Hoosick Falls, NY.

I had a decent day on Thursday, so I made the trek to Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake, I wanted a few more fresh Adirondack paintings for my up coming show, these will have just enough to dry and get a coat of varnish for a July 2nd installation, but just.  

This is a scruffy old house on Main St S.R. 22 in Indian Lake, the late light bright on the side.


The light was also bright on my panel and was difficult to see, just part of the challenge! 



Here is how I set up, the sight-size method, measuring and comparing, so simple! 


By the time I took the money shot, the sun was off my panel, it may have been off the subject as well.




#1008  S.R.28, Indian Lake NY.    6-1-17    11x14 




The light on this little lake front house, right on the road at the edge of the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake made a perfect subject.


The composition was complicated for such a simple scene, my light getting stronger as the session wore on, but the shadows moved too.


I've learned how to work with dappled light on my panel, I hate umbrellas!


#1007 lake house, Blue Mountain Lake, NY.   6-1-17   12x16  


Wall of wet paintings from May. 




         Two themes for me at play here:  light and shadow on a large expanse of lawn and the "back lot" view, that is the view that is not presented in the front (which in this case is the memorial and the bandstand), while worthy this is the view that we all see and experience in our daily comings and goings. 


Probably more complicated than I bargained for.



#1006  Wood Park, Hoosick Falls, NY.    5-31-17  14x16

I had a stretch of rain, these Phlox are blooming all over, and my whisky bottle was empty. put these together and this is what I came up with, will pass judgement later.



#1005  Phlox in a whisky bottle    5-30-17   12x9  


    Well that wasn't a bad week, if the world wasn't so beautiful this time of year, with a new and different blooms and springtime growth I'd be able to go back to some industrial scenes, hopefully this week!  As always. thanks for reading my blog!