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Friday, March 22, 2013

Late Afternoon in Lubec


"Late Afternoon Lubec", oil on panel, 8 x 10

This was the view from the backyard of a house I rented in Lubec Maine a few summers ago.  I painted this study mainly from memory and pencil sketches.  My photo reference was quite dark and blurry so I  used it solely as a starting point.  I am trying to do more complete drawings and studies in pencil, pen or charcoal on location so that I can use as them as references instead of photos.  Drawing takes much longer than painting and really requires you to focus on what aspect of the scene you want to capture.  I think you end up retaining more visual memory of a location because it takes so much more time and concentration to render something in pencil and paper than with a brush and paint.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Moody Marsh


"Moody Marsh", oil on panel, 8 x 8

I have done several paintings of the marshes around the Thimble Islands in Connecticut.  There are so many design possibilities with marshes because of the serpentine nature of the water winding its way through the islands.  I have revisited this particular design a few times and am still refining it.   I wanted to avoid leading the near edge of the river directly into the corner but I think I created a perspective problem.  I will adjust it when it is dry.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Edgar Payne Study

Wow! I can't believe it has been almost a month since the last post! I am still in the Caribbean and we have been very busy with guests the last four weeks so I have not had much time to paint or post. I have been able to get some work done between charters for my Deborah Paris online classes which I will talk about at a later date. The painting below is a copy of an Edgar Payne painting that I did for a recent class on painting water and reflections. I would normally spend more time on something like this but I ran out of time . . . As usual!