Thursday, December 18, 2014

Glens Falls: more dam water.

34  F  cloudy with 1/2 minute of sun.
I went to Glens Falls today to drop some paintings off, then to Lake George to see the paintings of my friend, Liz Coyne.

#451 Hudson River @ Glens Falls

7 x 10

I came to this spot because the paper mill by the falls is pretty awesome, I'm along the "feeder canal trail".

I hadn't painted for a while, but my pallet was still wet! (sort of) shows just how lazy.....anyway, here I started by putting down the warm lights, and I did use the Gamblin paint.  (I had forgotten my brushes, so I walked back ten minutes to my van which I scoured and found one stray brush)

 Cool whites  (well blue)

 Having one brush, a #8 flat which I don't use, was a bit of a handicap, but it was the only one so I was happy to have it.

This feels so crude to me.

The day's brush.

Here is where I ended up. I've been doing a lot of "other things" Which I keep off the blog, but it's been cloudy and rainy and who wants paintings of cloudy days or rain, I don't even want them! so I move appliances and do the recycling, bla bla bla.....

I almost caught the moment a bit of sun raked over the bridge.....

Sight-size shot.  I wanted to do a video today, but after the brush debacle.......

I first found this on the map. the official parking area is off a side street, but the trail crosses the main road  10 minutes trudging in over snow, (and the subject bridge) which is State Route 9.

 Dear reader;
Thanks for persevering through this blog, please feel free to comment and tell me what you like and what you don't.



  1. Matt, it is amazing you you succeed in making something magic out of such a "ugly" (at the first sight) landscape. It is good work despite of having one single brush.

    1. Thanks Chani, I love scenes like that, and I chose it because of the super dark of the water under the bridge, with it being so cloudy, there are fewer contrasts to be had.

  2. When I first saw this painting I was really impressed! What a dramatic painting! You captured the essence of the scene and made a very interesting painting out of an otherwise blah scene! BRAVO! then I read how you painted this with one lone brush! Even more amazed! Awesome painting Matt! Love it! Great feeling for the atmosphere! <3

    1. Thank you Corinne, I appreciate your comment. I do love industrial works when there near equally awesome natural places, sublime.....