Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Plein Air Painting in Annapolis

"Annapolis Sail", 6 x 8, oil on linen panel

On the move again!  I am in the Annapolis MD area for the next couple of weeks getting the boat ready to leave for the Caribbean.  I'll be back up North for the Fall.  I'm looking forward to some solid studio time for the next couple of months.  We are anchored off the Naval Academy here in Annapolis harbor.  Lots of military boats practicing their maneuvers sail past us all day.  We can also hear the morning calisthenic drill team at reveille!  I was able to quickly sketch a non-military boat this morning for this little study.  I like the soft colors and simplified composition in this.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Misty Paintings and Limited Palette

"Hauling in the Fog" study, 6 x 6, oil on panel

I am continuing with the lobster boat series while I am still in the New England area.  Once I get to the Caribbean I shift to more tropical themes!  I have several references and sketches that I have been playing with over the past couple of weeks.  I am exploring different ways to communicate a misty, moody atmosphere.  Both these studies use a limited palette of three colors to create neutral greys with just a couple spots of pure color.  The looser brushwork in the painting below also helps to create the misty quality of the painting.