Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Olympic Peninsula- sketches



We just got back from an 8-day trip to Seattle and Olympic National Park. A long time ago I gave up bringing paints with me on vacation, as we always seem to be on the move. I'm finding that working with pencil and white paint on gray paper is more feasible- they're easy to carry and and quick to do. These are the best of what I got done- the top is Port Angeles, where we spent 4 nights while going to the park; the second is seastacks at La Push, Second Beach, part of the National Park on the Pacific coast; and the third is Point Wilson Lighthouse in Port Townsend.
Sketching the lighthouse.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Path to the beach- sold

Oil on panel, 6" x 14"
Everyone and their dog was at Tillinghast Farm in Barrington RI last night to take a walk. There was a photographer shooting pictures and walking on the dunes that had signs saying please don't walk on the newly restored dunes. And then there was me, painting. I decided to try a long narrow format for a change.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunset, Washington Bridge

Oil, 8" x 10"
I started painting about a half hour before sunset, and 10 minutes later scraped it off because I realized I wanted to paint the big cloud that had just built up over the bridge. Then I painted as fast as possible until about 20 minutes after sunset when the light was gone and the gnats made it impossible to stay. For such little things, they can really bite. I imagine them as teeth with wings.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Yellow house

Painted this morning in Little Compton, RI at Peckham's Greenhouse. Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sunset at Tillinghast Farm




Oil, 8" x 10"
It was beautiful last night at Tillinghast, aka the RISD Beach in Barrington RI.
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Sketches

A few sketches finished this morning in Providence. I didn't realize that the pen I was using didn't have waterproof ink- must check that in the future.



 And then, of course, a stop at the Coffee Exchange, and a few quickies there...


Thursday, August 7, 2014

More puffy clouds


Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
My fascination with puffy clouds continues, especially late in the day when everything takes on a warm glow. (Truth in advertising- the orange reeds aren't quite so bright in the painting, but I couldn't tone them down any more without losing warmth in the rest of the painting.) This was painted along Route 6 in Rehoboth, MA. Fun fact: Route 6 is the longest transcontinental highway in the U.S., going from Cape Cod to California.

And a quiz: When do no-see-ums become visible?
A: When they get stuck in wet oil paint. I pulled several off this painting when I was done.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cathy's camp...



...in Maine is a wonderful place. Mountain views, fresh air, hummingbirds. We went for a short visit and I came away with these sketches.

These antique fishing drop lines were fun to do, I just ended up wishing I did them in color. Maybe next time. These were done on Strathmore toned paper with pencil and gouache for the white accents. (The top sketch was done with a fine line Sharpie pen.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Latham Park, West Barrington- sold

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...




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.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Art trip to North Haven Island


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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.

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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.