Monday, September 28, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Plein Air

about half actual size oil on wood panel
It's a struggle, when painting as slowly as I do, to capture the light when it's changing all the time. Also a struggle, apparently, to depict what this actually is: foliage against a chain link fence, the back yard next door, and their gray fence on the far side of their yard.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Day What of WHAT!?

I haven't been doing nothing--far from it--but I haven't been making a painting every day. I won't go into the stupid reason for my early disillusion with the 30 Day Painting Challenge, but disillusioned as I was, I still tried to keep up, and I produced a few nice paintings! Life does get in the way though, doesn't it?

Here's a crazy Big-Brush-Devil-May-Care landscape that's realistic and abstract all together.
 For some reason, I'm always attracted to square formats.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Day 16 of 30, Zombie in New York

One more try, head-on-dead-on.
Easier to return to the same pose between dabs of paint,
but quite unsettling.

I am so done looking at me.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Most days, painting time makes me happy...

...and then there are days when I attempt a self-portrait.

I must now take a walk down the street to 
drown my sorrows at the local watering hole.
painting size 6" x 8" ish, oil 

Self-portraiture brings more things to the table 
than the painting of any other subject. 


Monday, September 14, 2015


6" x 8"
Let's hope that it's just that I'm lousy at capturing a likeness.

Also, the second school tax bill came today.

Thirteen Going on Thirty

Day 12. Day 12. A wonderful day of art immersion as Chelsea and Silas showed us around Burlington, Vermont. 
A day when I was surrounded by art...that...I didn't do.
Guess I failed the 30 Day Challenge.

Here's a little painting from Day 13, 
done upon our return to Greenwich.
5" x 8", in watercolor sketchbook
Silas sent us home with boatloads of beautiful, fresh vegetables.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11th

and Day 11 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge, 
among other things.
6" x 8" oil on masonite

This still life stuff is turning out to be fun.
Tomorrow, I'm going to try to be less fussy with it. BIG brushes. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Plein Air Eight

From the back yard of Cassidy's apartment building in Canton, looking north toward a pasture, toward Ogdensburg, toward Canada...
6" x 9" oil on masonite

I'll resist the urge to pick it apart and focus on what I like about it, namely, the background trees and the three trees on the left. 

Every painting is a learning experience.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Seven is a Sketch

6 1/2" x 10" oil on masonite
This weekend, I visited Cassidy up in Canton, New York, and for the first time ever, set up my pochade box out in the village green, where people might see me painting! It was not as terrifying as all that, in the end, because once I was focused on getting the shapes and angles right, I lost sight of those other distractions and worries.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Day 6 of Thirty

9" x 12" watercolor
The Beast
I have no more to say.

...except, maybe...
1860's hairstyles left much to be desired. 

30 Day Challenge, Day 5, Acrylic Angst

I've stated before that I'm not fond of painting with acrylic paints. They dry on the way to the painting surface, they take on a plastic-y sheen when dry, the colors are garish, ugh. Then yesterday, I had some fun with them. I guess they have their place, and especially, if you use the right  (re: good quality) paints and surfaces.

Their place wasn't today!
4" x 6" acrylic on masonite
Yesterday, I used old tubes of Liquitex Artist series. Today, I set out to experiment with the Golden Open acrylic mini set of six I'd bought earlier this year. I have nothing to show for that. I still do not like the colors or the viscosity or the sheen. Maybe with different colors and a different day?

This blue woman, above, was painted with another experimental  set: The Atelier Interactive duo that Atelier has offered as a free sample. Not as frustrating as the Goldens, but still...meh.

I want to like acrylics! No smell, water cleanup, and the Golden Company is practically a neighbor. (Buy Local!)

Friday, September 4, 2015

30 Day Challenge--please don't laugh!

...or throw tomatoes.
acrylic 11" x 14" "tribute"
In preparation for a "Paint 'n' Sip" style team building event art party with the Veterinary Department at SUNY Delhi, I painted this Van Gogh knock-off. I've never appreciated acrylic paints, but I did have some fun with this.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Many Picture Post!

oil on hardcover book 
Mutiny on the Bounty, with my re-imagined cover painting. 

The Thirty Days of September Painting Challenge! 
Today is the...4th of September?!

My brain's been a day behind. So...

plein air oil on masonite
that would make THIS one be the painting for the 1st;

plein air oil on masonite
and THIS one be the painting for the 2nd;
(I need to cut some of these scraps that Ron found into more standard proportions)

oil paint on textured matboard
with yesterday's color chart extravaganza 
as the painting for the 3rd. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Painting Day One, of...Thirty?

So. I signed up for this painting challenge, in which the idea is to paint a new, original work each day throughout September; upload a photo of it to my blog and the challenger's blog; and see all the 780+ paintings done each day, all together.

Not surprisingly, I cannot figure out how to upload to her site and join my brethren painters. 

I'll be posting my daily paintings here, instead.  First up, yesterdays' plein air from behind our home at the farm in Delhi. I wish I'd remembered to photograph this on the "easel" (pochade box,), but I did remember by the time I was carrying it up the hill, so I photographed it on the driveway. Second photo was taken indoors, under a light bulb. I suppose the outdoor light is "truer," but I like the warmer look of the indoor photo. I'll try to use this knew knowledge in the future.