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!  

Monday, May 29, 2017

Flowering tree or industrial site?, door number one or door number two?

       Sometimes life is just so random, things happen or they don't and be damned to do anything about it.  I'm just a painter struggling to find the holy grail of transcendence and imbued enigma.  First world problems, I can muse about this, I have this luxury,   The last couple of weeks we have seen more flowering trees, trees that bloom for a few days, then are gone, possibly not to return for years. This year they were spectacular, a gift, and spending time in their presence is good for the soul, it's rejuvenating.   But the soul is fickle, it wants a flowering tree one minute, an industrial machine or a busy road the next, and why not? life can't be grand vistas and singing angels all the time, we've got to fill up the gas tank go shopping, walk on asphalt expanses that separate our cars, houses, jobs, shops, school, and there is a lot of that.  There is life on line, paying bills, figuring out college payment schedules, social media, shopping.  Is there no grace in these things and these places as well?  I spend a lot of time and thought on how to avoid sentimentality in my painting (and life for that matter) and as much as I try I'm still right up there against it, so I'll just throw my hands up in the air and know that life (and painting) is random, and that things happen or they don't but just maybe, we can be damned to do anything about it.

Yesterday, I knew I wanted to come to this place, an old factory along the Walloomsac River in Walloomsac, (Hoosick) NY.   I found a rail car mostly full of scrap metal and a blue crane.


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

  
There is a factory, now used for a scrap metal concern, and of course a river running through.  Behind me was this marker. 


This was last Wednesday. 


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

I had the light like this for just a few minutes. 


The day before I had a beautiful weekday afternoon in the center of town. 


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



One of my favorite themes is the pattern of light and shade on a large expanse of summer lawn. 


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


I mostly loved the light off the roof, and the stuff, but overall too much detail to stumble over, and too conventional of a composition.


Here is my thousandth painting!  



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


 A new batch of panels!


This is Duel Hollow Rd, and a favorite spot.


I like this!  




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

Mowry Park, Greenwich.


This is pretty soon after I set up and dive in, much of the challenge is to set he stage for the subject.




#998  Mowry Park, Greenwich, NY.   5-16-17  8x10  

So that's it for tonight, as always thanks for reading my blog, don't hesitate to comment or ask questions, Thanks!