Wednesday, July 23, 2014

daily painting in Maine - Schoodic waves

I often play a lot of music while I paint in the studio.  For seascapes I paint to Vienna waltzes,  Cape Breton fiddle or  Celtic fiddle. I'm not sure why but they remind me of the sea.

Here's the development so far of my latest seascape. (16x20)


First,  rough in the forms.


Next, develop the darks or shadows.

Now add color. I'm paying more attention to values and  color temperature at this point. Lots of color notes get  dotted in to see how they will work.

Not much  progress here. This might be where the fiddle music comes in... I'm starting to fiddle with  the wave too much. Time to step back and organize my approach for the next phase.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daily painting in Maine -Fields and streams

I will be  painting in the Castine Plein Air Festival this week, in Castine, Maine. Three days of  painting sunup until sundown.  This is my first time painting in a multi-day event so I expect to learn a lot. I'll be sure to take plenty of photos and post about it next week .

Last week I changed it up a bit. Instead of painting a coastal scene, I switched to painting some fields and streams.... rather,  streams then fields.

Reflecting Summer
8x10
I hacked my way through some brush and painted this standing  on one foot on a rather steep slippery bank.  Imagined myself painting in France with Monet a hundred and twenty years ago.

Country Roads
8x10

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Daily Painting in Maine - Rockland Breakwater

Touched up  and completed  in the studio this  morning.
Summer Light
8x10
oil on canvas panel
There were a bunch of summer campers swimming in this cove  just after I painted here. A few sat around me while I was painting.  One little girl sitting behind me  was very interested in the process. 
"I don't see the orange." she said.
" I added it to make it look warmer."
"oh." she said and thought about it a while then  said. "I like it anyway."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Daily Painting in Maine - By the beautiful Sea

Last week I drove over to  the Rockland Breakwater Light to see the parade of windjammers. I got there a little early so I would get a parking space close by. While I waited for the ships to arrive I did a small plein  air painting at the beginning of the breakwater.

Summer near the breakwater
 9x12
 The breakwater is almost a mile long and ending at the lighthouse.
 The  ships passed within yards of  us, so I was able to get a bunch of good reference shots.  Of course 80% will be deleted.





When I got back to the studio did I begin a new painting of the ships? Of course not,   instead I fell back into the sea. 
  Ahhhh.... painting in Maine is so full of difficult choices.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Daily Painting in Maine - Sunset at Cadillac Mountain

A few weeks ago a friend and I painted the sunset fro the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. while we waited  for the sun to set on the western side we had time too do a plein air painting from the eastern side looking down on the Porcupine Islands. ( Bar Harbor is off to the left)

View of the Porcupine Islands
9x12
The sunset was beautiful. However, a painting of a sunset reveals much more than the nanosecond captured by a photo. A painting is more like a poem, put together over time. You begin painting before the brilliant color arrives and finish after it has gone.
   More than a Moment
8x10