Friday, December 19, 2014

Painting Maine Seascapes - Winter Water

What's on my Easel?

Progress being made on my latest seascape. I really enjoy the process I go through when creating these. The sea has so much movement.  It is  fun to discover ways to capture that feeling. 

 Recently I started trying to condense my values. In this one I did just that. I then added the brilliant warm white near the focal point. I think it works  well. It definitely draws your eye to the center of interest.
Winter Water 
 work in progress

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Painting Maine Seascape

What's Off my easel  this Wednesday?

Yesterday I decided to start a new tradition of completing all of my unfinished work before the new year begins. So starting at 6:30 Am in the studio I got busy.  There are about  20  paintings I need to  complete. Some  large  like this one and some small (5x7) .

First one. Finally completed.
Clair de Lune
oil on canvas
available through my website

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Painting in Maine - progress of a Seascape

Another edition of :
 What's on my easel Wednesday.

Work in Progress

Someone on Facebook asked me what colors I used in the rocks of this painting, so I thought I would re-post the early sequence again and go through some of the detail and bring you all up to date.

Here's some of the colors I had on my palette during the process.
Titanium White,
Ultra- Marine Blue, Colbalt Blue, Cerulean Blue,
Viridian Green, 
Naples Yellow, Cadmium Lemon, Yellow Ochre,
Indian Red, Permanent Madder Deep,
Dioxazine Purple
Burnt Umber,  Burnt Sienna
 I started with an under-painting using Indian Red and Burnt Sienna
 Some Viridian Green and White.
 Ultra- Marine Blue under the warmer foreground water.

 There's some Cobalt Blue in the mix now also some yellows.
 At this stage I remember thinking this was a foggy day scene and I was messing around with the idea of adding some angry seagull screaming into the wind...
 Then I added a sun behind the fog... which became a moon.... which cools the water color and darkens the rocks....
So, this painting has been hanging around the studio for over a year getting worked on  when I am in the mood for a challenge. And now I am almost there.... some detail in the foreground and.... of course, I still need a title.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Daily Painting Maine - Flower painting - Yellow Dahlia

Another Composition Study-

Composition Study - Yellow Dahlias
gouache on watercolor paper

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Daily Painting Maine - What's on my easel Wednesday - Mt. Katahdin

What's on my easel Wednesday?
 work in progress

Last month was my first trip to Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park.  What a place to paint!!! I did several plein air pieces that day and took a bunch of photos. The morning started so foggy we could not see the mountains but as the clouds and mist lifted and the sky opened up, this is the view I witnessed.