|Cut River View from Pearl Street|
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
|Harbor Park - Stage One|
|Harbor Park - Stage Two|
|Harbor Park from Pier|
|Duxbury Beach Day|
The Duxbury Art Association is celebrating their 100th birthday this year. The organization has a number of commemorative activities in motion, one of which is a travelling exhibit of donated 10x10" works of art. The painting in this post is my donation to the event, so it may appear in a local venue sometime soon. The scene is a long view of Duxbury Beach Reservation from the end of the beachhouses. On this day there were dozens of people along the shoreline, their colorful beach attire and umbrellas illuminated in the bright July sunshine.
Friday, August 25, 2017
My favorite feature of Peacefield is the 18th-century style formal garden. Thousands of plantings, colorful perennials and annuals to enjoy line the gardens. As I mentioned in the previous Peacefield blog, a rose bush planted by First Lady Abigail Adams in 1788 continues to stand guard; it leans on a large trellis to the south of the larger garden. To think that I was walking upon the same soil enriched by the hands of such historical icons was truly inspiring.
|Peacefield in Full Bloom|
Finally, I was ready for the best part, the colorful blooms. The sun illuminated the bright and vibrant petals - "oil-paint-right-out-of-the-tube" bright. I liked how the rows of flowers and hedges led into the library and residence. This is not a great photo because of the wet paint glare. I'll make some studio fixes and put on the website soon because this painting is my entry to the "Best of Quincy" Arts Fest next weekend.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The shadows were first and the most important shadow color of the whole painting, I think, was the "dark white" of the shaded cosmos petals (radiant violet, permanent green, and pink). Achieving the shadow color of the starring flower - the primary center of interest - would give the painting credibility, even if the rest of the painting was executed with wild abandon. I always hope for wild abandon, but seldom can resist bringing it back under control. :))
The shadow mass on the dark table was roughed in next with a darker indigo color. The "non-shadow" background was a light value made from the same pinks, greens, blues and yellows embedded in the flowers. Finally, the reward...applying the bright clear petal colors. Wherever possible, I tried to paint a single petal with a single brushstroke that fully overlapped its background. It's funny how applying a single effective stroke is more difficult than fussing over an area with many strokes. It really is a mindset. Plan, then one and done! In other words, t
he more spontaneous it looks, the more calculated it was - for me anyway.
Friday, August 11, 2017
|Green Harbor Yacht Club - Stage One|
|Green Harbor Yacht Club - Stage Two|
This modest building is home to the Green Harbor Yacht Club. It started out as a gray day, which is fine for paintings with architectural elements. While working on the building rendering, the lines and angles of the roof lines and windows are more easily captured. Once the sun broke out, I was ready to apply the sunny lights with my palette knife.