Saturday, July 23, 2016

After the Rain

This tree is at the ice pond on the trail to Roostercomb Mt. After a rain storm the sun came out and illuminated this pinetree from behind and just lit it up like a green spear 8x10in pastel 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Vapor Trail

I've painted these white houses many times . I am drawn back to them because the morning light ccasts such cool shadows. The houses are like monopoly pieces set down on a gameboard. It was a hot  clear morning in Keene Valley,NY. these houses are next to the school and behind the firehouse. I left the vapor trail in the sky because I thought it leads the eye down into the pines. It also suggests this 21st cen presence of life in a limeless landscape. 12x16in

Monday, July 4, 2016

Two More for Keene Valley

Cold Frosty Morning - Marcy field 
We usually see Marcy field green with grass but This morning there was a silver frost on the grass that disappeared as soon as the sun came up. The footprints were mine. 10x10in oil 

Noonmark Mt 
I tried to be a little flatter with my paints. Painting a landscape should be like assembling puzzzle pieces. 10x22in oil 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"Old Mountain" Phelps

Orson Schofield (Old Mountain) Phelps (May 6, 1817 - April 14, 1905) was an early Adirondack guide from Keene ValleyPhelps named many of the Adirondack High Peaks, and cut the first trail up Mount Marcy.[4] Phelps Mountain is named in his honor.Phelps' image was made famous in paintings by Winslow Homer, and photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard. . (Wikipedia
 Fellow artist and exhibitor,George Ludlow, came up with an interesting challenge. Last year when we were discussing some paintings he did of Old Mountain Phelps,he thought it would be fun if everyone in our next  show would produce a painting of Phelps. I couldn't stop thinking about it, especially when i saw the tangle of his beard. It reminded me of a topographical map. 
In a departure from  my usual techniques of oil and pastel  i created a collage  from a 1907 map of the high peaks (no actual map was harmed in this process) The pack he is carrying IS an contemporary map I used in hiking and was in tatters.   In his beard I included all the places Phelps might have been familiar with. After that I had to figure out what to make his shirt out of. I used actual birch bark. The vest and background are pieces of hand made paper. The face I drew with a quill pen. I framed it with an actual Victorian frame from his era.This project was a lot of fun and a real welcome break from my usual landscape painting. 11x14 Mixed media collage in Victorian frame.           

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Johns Brook Sketch

In the shade the white water looked quite blue
11x17in pastel  

Wash Day

Just outside of Keene. I enjoyed the play of light and shadow. 9x12in oil  

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dawn on Chapel Pond

The first light of the morning as the Sun comes up over Giant Mt. 18x18in pastel