Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mega snowstorm, mega blog, 9 paintings over 11 days!

    Today we are having a major blizzard with snow, cold and high winds, but I got a good fire going in the studio, and found a lemon to paint,  I wanted to have the snowstorm outside the window.

 Here is my still life for the day, it took me quite a while to put this together, not just the objects, but their arrangement

Here I got the lights and scratched in the bottle,

#965  Still life with lemon       3-14-17      8x10

Yesterday, I didn't get out as early as I wanted, and missed the morning sun, but I wandered around and found myself in a place I've been, it was the same spot but very different. It was pretty cold, probably 20 or so degrees, but there was no wind, and in an an exposed location like this it's unusual not to have any wind, so I took that as a very good thing.

This was May 22, 2015, 

#964 King Rd.      3-13-17         9x12

Saturday was also a bitter cold day, but it was also windy and cloudy. I made a trip to Glens Falls to drop off some paintings, the sun came out  and I found this scene, well protected from the wind in a residential neighborhood with a view of the paper mill. 

This was finished in the studio, a practice I've just started, and just might keep.

#963 Oak St, Glens Falls, NY        3-11-17         8x10

These are called the "5 combines"  which are essentially 5 locks in a row, of course they are the ruins of the original feeder canal, and haven't been used in a long time.

This spot seemed to call me to it. 

The sun even came out for a short while.

Then a little touch up in the studio, why not?

#962 The 5 Combines  Hudson Falls, NY             3-10-17          12x16

This is a spot along the Black Creek in Salem.  While I was painting this I kept thinking that I was putting color in, at least enough, then I step back and I see there is a lot less color as compared to the scene, I guess that's just my eye's filter.

#961 Black Creek, Salem, NY             3-8-17           12x16

This is obviously the studio, I had a lot of trouble with the drawing on this, which I think I was able to fix, but the values never seemed to recover, I also had trouble with the reds.

#960 Amaryllis            3-7-17

Here is the block in for a studio version of a plein air painting of a combine on Brownell corners rd.

One thing I wanted was to widen the whole scene a little. The first one was squished, probably because of the format, and I did peak at the photo, but just to get the drawing in a few places.

#959 Brownell Corners Rd,             3-6-17                   16x20

#958Burton Rd. Easton, NY       3-6-17

Once you start looking for a particular thing you start to see them everywhere, or at least I do, and these I found at the Cargil plant on S.R. 29 in Salem, but there are more, a lot more.

#957 Cargil Graineries, S.R. 29 Salem, NY        3-4-17          11x14

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