Saturday, January 6, 2018
Yeah snow days! .Record low temps for Maryland . No school today so I could go through some summer memories and revisit the warm days of August. There is a small house on Marcy Field in Keene Valley. . I've painted it many times from a distance. Never close up. One evening there was a concert of local musicians and, sitting on the ground listening, I Iooked up at the magnificent pine tree and knew I would have to paint it someday. pastel 18x9in
Sunday, July 23, 2017
THURSDAY AUGUST 10, 2017
4:30 TO 7:00
HOURS : SUN, MON, TUE 11-4 P.M.
And by Appointment 58 BEERS BRIDGE WAY (RT. 73) look for Art Barn signs KEENE VALLEY, NY
BEATRICE BARDIN, STEPHANIE DEMANUELLE, MICHAEL GAUDREAU,
WILLIAM HALL, GARRETT JEWETT, BARBARA KAUFMAN, BEAR MILLER.
THROUGH LABOR DAY
In the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, nestled between two mountains, Round and Giant, there lies a small glacier-made body of water known as Chapel Pond. It’s easy to find, being right on the road that leads into Keene Valley, but once there one can look up at sheer mountain cliffs and experience the beauty and majesty of the Adirondacks, as well as get a great swim in before dinner. It’s a place I love to paint for many reasons, the light especially. I like to go out at dawn to watch (and paint) the sunlight descending slowly down the mountainside like fiery curtain. You get a sense of peace there even when the beach is full of families wading and swimming in the cold, cold water. It really can feel like a Chapel (especially if you are quiet!). Most of my paintings this year focus on Chapel Pond and my woodland discoveries around it. I paint places that give me peace, quiet places that make me forget I live in the city. I hope my paintings convey that for you, as well. I’ll be showing these pieces as well as paintings of Keene Valley in August at Martha Corscaden’s Art Barn Gallery. You’ll find her sign on the old iron bridge on the way into Keene Valley. You can’t miss it. It’s just past Chapel Pond.
Big Daddy 12x12 oil
Big Sky at Chapel Pond 11x17 pastel
Blaze 12 x28 oil
Cairn on Mt. Jay. 12x12 oil
Dawn in the Valley oil 12x28
Roaring Brook Falls in April 11x17 pastel
Foggy Mt Breakdown (Giant) 12x12 pastel
Follow the Arrow(Ambersand mt) 8x10 pastel
Forest Brother 12x12 oil
Gale force 8x10 pastel
Morning Chores oil 6x6in
Naiads 10x10. Oil
rocky path to Bede Brook 12x18 oil
In the Sacristy 18x18 oil
spring thaw 18x28 pastel
Summer Heat 8x10 pastel
Young Studs 30x40in charcoal/pastel
Monday, May 22, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
I had the good fortune to visit Keene Valley just after Easter and and experienced the landscape under foggy, rainy conditions.While flowers were blooming in Baltimore I sat in the cold drizzle in the High Peaks watching the fog drift over the landscape like a Japanese painting. There was still a bit of snow on the ground from the blizzard that left 12ft+ drifts. The colors were muted so I took both under and over exposed pictures for references. My goal was to pick out all my grays and purple neutrals and try to capture the landscape emerging through the haze.
You also get a glimpse of the reddish hue of the upper branches of the birch trees that you don't see in the Summer.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Oil paint on a black ground ( a technique inspired from Bear Millers work). I have done many pastel paintings on black paper but never oil paint and it was perfect to achieve that darkness found in the deep woods. The locale of the painting is right behind Chapel Pond down a dirt path to some campsites that I recently discovered. The paint is loose and thick and larger than most of my work.
oil on birch panel 18x18in .