Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Kennebunkport" - 6 x 6 - oil on canvas - SOLD

Last week I vacationed in Kennebunkport, Maine with my family. We enjoyed a few lazy days of hanging at the beach, reading, skipping stones, combing the beach for interesting rocks and sea glass, playing games, and fishing. I was able to get in a few hours of plein air painting in a shady spot overlooking this grassy field that leads to the beach. I’m quite pleased with the outcome and love how the initial wash of pink over the canvas still shines through and helps to unify the painting.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Shipley Circle" - 16 x 16 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

I recently finished painting this house portrait of 8 Shipley Circle, Westford, MA. Apparently, the family who owns this house is moving to Bermuda for a couple years and their house is up for sale. A group of friends are giving this painting as a farewell gift to the family. I hope it brings back fond memories of their time living in Westford.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Boston Road Rooftops" - 12 x 12 - Oil on canvas - SOLD

This is the view that welcomes me as I get off the highway and head up Boston Road to the center of Westford. Whenever I see the Museum's cupola, I know I'm almost home.

I had a request to show a painting in progress so I took some pictures along the way.

First, I put a light wash of Alizarin Crimson over the canvas but lift off the color to leave the sky area a very light pint color. I then sketch in my guidelines using a wash of Yellow Ochre. I transfer the image from my reference photo using a grid method - I had divided my canvas into nine squares and you can see my guidelines below.

I usually work from back to front so I started by filling in the sky area and the green tree on the right. I modify the cupola's shape as I get into more detail and study this area.

Next, I start working on the reddish tree on the left. I'm careful to leave some open areas so that the trees don't become solid masses of color. (I had a painting instructor that said the birds need space to fly through).

I wasn't happy with the dome shape of the green tree so I add more leaves on either side to modify the shape. I then start working on the cupola.

I continue to work forward as I paint in the house on the left and a large bush in the foreground. I also lay in the roof of the house on the right.

At this point, the house in the foreground is all that is left. Below is the finished painting once again. I've lightened the left center panel of the cupola as I realized it was too dark. I also changed the shape of the reddish tree on the left to make it more pleasing. I continue to make minor modifications to some shapes and values. Finally, when I'm happy, I paint in my signature and put down my brush. Sometimes, it is hard to know when you are finished!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Pat's Gift" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

I needed some serious motivation to clean my house so I invited a few friends over. (Oh, and I also thought it might be fun). In any case, my friend Pat arrived with these beautiful hydrangeas that she had cut from her yard. Since I don’t own a vase, we ended up putting them in a plastic container for holding scraps for the compost pile. Well, that wouldn’t have made a very nice painting so I found a clear plastic tube that held bungee cords. (I just love bungee cords). I had to cut it down a bit as it was too tall but now it makes a rather nice vase.