Thursday, July 18, 2013

We celebrated Guillemot Day on Hog Island and here is how I saw them from the boat trip to Eastern Egg Rock Island. They were mixed in with Common Eiders. The colors I used were Veridian and Pthalo Blue. Lavenders were mixed with Rose and create the shaded ares in the surf a classic impressionistic technique.I have a Maritime Painting Weekend at Pt Reyes in October. Come join me!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

"Eastern Egg Rock Island Atlantic Puffins" oil 24"x 36" $2200

Look hard because the Puffins are hard to see! There are three puffins in /over the water and three pairs of nesting Common Eiders(at the tide line) and three kinds of terns in the background. And are you sea sick yet? The day I observed the island we had 4 foot swells. I was hoping to incorporate all this in the habitat of the reintroduced Atlantic Puffins.It is composed and painted swiftly but thoughtfully. The brushwork exudes the energy we all felt so close to nature's core. On to the Guillemot Painting.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Green Mountain Wildflowers oil $350

I am back in the Green Mountains and the wildflowers are out in force. Some are non-native and they mow them down-hopefully after the bobolinks nest and young fledge!
Painting the green mountains is a study in distance and warm and cool colors. They are only green if I stand under their canopy or look at the forest from close up. Otherwise the blues paint them best.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Tongue Canyon oil 12"x 16"

The wildflowers are out in force in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. This morning I found this scene and embellished the color.
Should I leave the orange in the foreground? Or lighten the sky? Either one of these ideas will tone it down. Should I tone it down? These are all valid questions and each artist answers them differently. Sometimes I don't decide but I take feedback from viewer's who comment.  I'll keep you posted, if I change it.