Monday, October 26, 2015

Winter Harbor, Maine

Fall Color Week Continues....

Buoy Connections 9 x 12 oil on board
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We had seen this adorable small building while heading to a painting location
and it was love at first sight. So the next time we had a sunny 
morning I headed over with a couple of friends,

The colorful buoys added charm and their shadows held them together in a 
shape.  This picturesque landmark was closed for the season but it also doubled as
the Winter Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
It was so much fun to paint.

Current exhibitions:
Oil Painters of America National Salon Show at
the Beverly McNeil Gallery, 
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I was very honored to have this painting accepted:

Buried Treasure 12 x 12 oil on board
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Also I am happy to be one of the 25 finalists in the Artists of Texas Fall Show.
Opening is November 6th, 
at the Uptown Downtown Gallery
Rockwall, Texas
Below is the accepted painting;

Tough Love 16 x 20 oil on board

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Not just a fair weather painter....

Lobster Shack
9x12 oil sold

We had some beautiful weather in Maine at Fall Color Week.  They were
expecting snow the following week so we got out just in time.
It's highly likely that most of the 100 painters that attended will return next year.

I've never been to an event like it before and found it extremely helpful and was able to learn
alot , maybe even more that in a workshop!
The best part was being able to focus completely on painting for a week.

This was painted at one of my favorite spots, Corea, Maine, a little fishing village that 
had everything I could possibly want to paint.

When I paint plein air I don't necessarily try to create a finished painting, although if
that happens great.  My goal is to just react to how the scene effects me emotionally.
This one was started with colorful darks, a colorist approach, and I
continued to use color intuitively, using warm and cool combinations
within the value planes, with the focal being the colorful buoys on the fence.

And some of our weather was not so nice....
This is actual proof that I'm not just a fair weather painter!

The painting I did was interrupted before I was able to finish and I chose not to try to finish it later.
I had plans to make the lower half of the painting very abstract with expressive brush strokes.
But those plans got washed away, literally.
It started raining so hard that I couldn't get anything to stick and called it quits and joined my friends in the car.
What I took away from the experience is that there are some things that I like about the painting.
Those being: I do like the soft combination of muted orange and green, the atmosphere and mood,
and the richness of color that shows up on a very gray day.

Slippery Slope 12 x 16 oil

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall Color Week and Beyond

Fall Color Week

I had the good fortune to attend Fall Color Week in the Adirondacks of Maine
with one hundred other painters.  A big thank you goes out to Eric Rhoads
for organizing this wonderful event.

The scenery was spectacular and unlike any place I've ever painted before.
We were on the Schoodic peninsula and had very little cell coverage. 
It was a wonderful experience to unplug, focus on painting, and 
make new friends.  I was totally inspired by everyone's generosity and creativity.

I'd like to share my experience with you step by step. 
I don't usually paint alot of landscapes but I found this area intriguing.
So I got off to a rocky start on day one with this painting:
Rocky Coastline  9 x 12 oil on board
The morning was fairly warm and sunny so it made up for the breeze
threatening to carry my paper towels out to sea.

Other news:

Current exhibitions:
Oil Painters of America Salon 2015, Beverly McNeil Gallery, till Nov. 5th

Show of HeArt, Artists of Texas, Top 25, at the Uptown Downtown Gallery, Rockwall, Tx.

Plein Air Austin, Corridor of Arts, 700 Lavaca St., Austin, Tx.

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