Monday, February 24, 2014

View From the Cockpit

"View From the Cockpit (BVI)", 6 x 8, oil on carton board

This is the view from the cockpit of the boat in our marina in Tortola.  The islands in the background are St. John.  Sorry to rub it in to all you snowbound people up North!  This is a quick oil sketch done on carton board which is a substrate that the European Impressionists used for their studies.  It is ultra absorbent and a little scratchy which makes it a little challenging to paint quickly.  I like the warm undertones that show throughout the sketch.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

After the Rain

"After the Rain" (Road Town, BVI) 9 x 12, oil on panel

I had a fairly unproductive month due to the fractured foot incident but things are on the mend!  I have been working on some small pieces while laid up on the boat.  This is one of a few paintings currently in progress though this one is pretty close to finished.  There may be a scumble here or a glaze there before it is all done but I am leaving it for now.  I will post the remaining few pieces as they get closer. . .

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Rain On Broadway

Rain on Broadway, 9 x 12, oil on panel

Forgive the bad photo here.  I only have my iPhone and it really does not seem to take decent pictures of artwork for some reason.  It feels a little strange to be painting cold, rainy street scenes when I am sitting in 85 degree heat in the Caribbean!  Unfortunately, my plans to paint some tropical townscapes have been postponed due to a sailing accident.  I missed a step and fractured my foot!  So, no plein air for a while.  It has been 10 days so far and I am able to walk short distances but am otherwise boat bound at the dock.  So, for now I am working from sketches and references I have of both New York and Saratoga.  Some of the Saratoga paintings will be included in my two person show in Albany later in the Spring.  More details to follow. . .