Monday, March 24, 2014

Think Green

"Spring Greens", 12 x 12, oil on panel

I don't usually post works in progress but I felt we needed a little break from the rain and snow!  This painting is based on several sketches and some photo references of one of my favorite spots in Ridgefield, CT.  It has some great trees.  This was a misty morning in late spring/early summer.  This is an example of the indirect painting process I am using in some of my landscapes now.  It has several layers of glazes, scumbles and opaque and translucent passages.  At this point it is a matter of adjusting the values of the rocks and emphasizing the misty quality of the atmosphere which I will do with more glazes and probably some opaque areas to tone down the bright green areas down a bit.  As I've said before, it is a time consuming process!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Annapolis Rain

"Annapolis Rain", 9 x 12, oil on linen panel

I've been working on several rainy day scenes and cityscapes over the past few weeks.   I haven't been able to post anything because they have all been in different stages of development.  This process just takes a lot longer than direct alla prima painting.  I am trying to create a mood with these paintings rather than just presenting a scene.  I like all the different textures of a rainy day in the city:  reflections, wet pavement, misty atmosphere and the patina of old buildings.  It's a struggle to suggest all these different textures but that is part of the process.  So I guess these paintings are as much about the process as the actual subject matter.  Hopefully there will be a couple more paintings ready to show by the end of the week.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Beach Dune Study

Beach Dune Study, 6 x 8, oil on panel

This is a quick study for a larger painting that I am planning when I get back to my studio in Saratoga.  It is based on sketches and photos of the dunes in Cape Cod.  They are really very soft and gray in color when you look at them closely.  I will do a larger pastel version and then decide how much bigger I want to go with the final painting.  A larger version will require some refinement to the composition particularly in the foreground area so I have some work to do before I attack this project!  I'll keep you posted.