Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Latham Park, West Barrington

Oil painting, 8" x 10"

It always amazes me how windy it can be right beside the water, when half a mile inland there's barely a breeze. I had to hold on to my pochade box, and gusts of wind would blow my hand off course when trying to paint some details.

I find clouds difficult to paint-  they continually change shape and color. Shortly before sunset the ones over land picked up a really warm yellowy-brown shadow while over water the shadow was more bluish. Maybe I'll get it the next time...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunset in East Providence

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
Anytime I see a sky full of dramatic clouds I feel the urge to paint it. The bonus here was the sun showing up at the end, peeking through the tree- I didn't know that was going to happen.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Colt State Park Sketches

I spent a couple of hours at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI this morning, just enjoying drawing. I used gouache for this but thinned it down mostly to watercolor consistency. This building is the park office.

This is a lovely park to have a picnic, lots of trees and tables by the water. (I didn't draw the tables.)

A bridge over an inlet to a marsh, at the entrance to the park.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Art trip to North Haven Island

I had the good fortune to be invited to stay in an old farmhouse that's being renovated on North Haven Island in Maine for part of this past week. I ended up doing a fair amount of drawing, these sketches are done on Strathmore Toned Gray sketchbook, 5.5" x 8.5". I used pencil and white gouache on some of them, then decided to try just using ink. (I think I like the pencil/gouache better.)

My artist friends and I agreed that the place had a kind of Wyeth vibe to it, particularly with the views of the fields and barns out the windows.

Reading by the window.

Still lives by the window were appealing. (We were never without a few bottles of wine.)

An old barn next to the house. 

I tried doing a painting of this. I might post it soon, after a few more dabs.

Wicker with a view.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Garden by the garage

Oil, 12" x 9"
Nice when you look in the backyard and realize there's a painting there waiting to be done. This was my second try, getting the values of the greens and lavenders took some practice.

I did this little sketch with gouache to try to get a better feel for the blossoms. (It's about 3" square.) All those greens! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Oil, 20" x 24"
This painting will be in the South County Art Association show, opening this Thursday night, 7:30- 9PM. Stop by if you're in the area!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A few quick sketches from the New Bedford Folk Festival yesterday. A wonderful time!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Teapot and geranium

Oil, 11" x 14"
I'm going to be part of an invitational show at the South County Art Association, where I've taught some portrait painting classes. The opening reception is Thursday, July 10 from 7:30- 9:00 PM. I'll be showing some still lifes and portraits. Come by if you're in the area!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Barrington Bridge

Oil, 8" x 10"
The weather's been beautiful, I got out the other day to paint this little scene in Barrington, RI on the river. Just wanted to paint some puffy clouds!
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday morning street scene

Gouache on watercolor paper, approx. 6.5" x 7"
Got out this morning and did this little one while sitting in my car. There's something about going up or down hills that I love to paint.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tomatoes and green bowl

Oil, 18" x 24"
Working from photos can be really tiresome, and I've resolved that for the next few months, at least, I'll only work from life-- so much more interesting! I tried to keep this somewhat loose and not overwork it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sketching in color

                                      View of Providence, gouache, approx. 6" x 7"

Boatyard truck, gouache, approx. 5" x 6"

Got out today and did a couple of sketches in gouache. Both are on Arches watercolor paper.