I'm working on a series based on this view from a great camp in the High Peaks. It's become quite a challenge since there is so much information to deal with. I'm trying to simplify and bring out the beautiful blues of the river. 16x24 pastel
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
the Bell On the Keene Valley firehouse 18x18 oil
White Pines in the Fog 24x14 pastel
Ausable River from Stebbins' Porch 16x24 pastel
The school year doesn't allow me to do much painting but things slow down in winter and I can hunker down and work when its dark and cold outside. I've had some time off for Christmas and was able to get into the studio.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Over the years my students have been curious about" how I became an artist" and other questions. Here are some answers :
I was in 4th grade when I knew I wanted to be an artist. Mrs. Donohue, My 4th grade teacher let be draw through a math class once. I also assisted an experienced teacher in a summer program when I was in High School. I didn't know at the time she was the Art Supervisor for Anne Arundel Co. Schools.
I prefer to paint landscapes. in oil and pastel. I enjoy being outside , in the woods or along rivers. I feel close to nature and find spiritual sustenance there. I try to capture the effects of light in the early morning and evenings, the “golden hour.” But mostly I am attracted to colors and how they change when they travel in and out of shadow.
I have had many mentors, living and dead. Artists are constantly learning from other artists. Andrew Wyeth and Vincent Van Gogh were very early inspirations. Later, in adulthood, I fell in love with American Impressionism and the painters of the early 20th cen. Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, and the paintings of Fairfield Porter and the Canadian Tom Thompson. Those guys still paint better and fresher than many artists working today. Living mentors were my teachers, Frank Kelly, Duane Sabiston, John Sauers, Eugene Leake, Robert Stark, and many others . My wife has always supported me emotionally in producing art. She has always encouraged my art making.
When I met gallery owner Martha Corscaden in New York, who wanted to show my work, I was really inspired to produce. I have had annual shows since 2009.
I always liked teaching. In Boy Scouts I used to give "lectures" on stuff. I then became an Arts and Crafts camp counselor in high school through college. I learned a lot on my own. I found teaching something was the best way to learn something. I always enjoyed sharing what I had learned. I studied art teaching in college and got a job right out of school based on all my experience with kids in my summer programs. I”ve been teaching high school art since 1974.Advice? Paint what gives you joy. Paintings are more than just the objects you draw. In my case they are about light, or color. And Don't be afraid to take risks.There are no mistakes in art, only adjustments and discovery. When you face your fear you find your art
Monday, August 31, 2015
My last painting in Keene Valley this summer on Johns Brook. The day started out sunny and hot and when I finally got all my gear together and set up my palette it began to rain. I'm glad oil and water don't mix. I was able to get most of this down under an umbrella. 6x12in oil
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
This is the view of Marcy Field and Baxter Mt. looking West from the parking lot. Not the view most people see as they travel east from Keene. In painting this pastel I used 3 or four blues to create the sky and then blended the pigments with water and brush to create a new , sharp color that seems to have less moisture (hence less cerulean ) art geekness aside, I really respond to the clear crystalline blues of High Peak skies.Pastel 11x14in
Saturday, July 11, 2015
WESTPORT -Spotted this chair outside of the Dartbrook Inn sitting along side the road. Fit right into my favorite theme of " Big shot of cadmium red in a green landscape" that began with my paintings of the Keene Valley fire engine. The Westport chair is a purely American ADK design originating from the town of Westport along Lake Champlain. 10x10in oil
HAPPY CHAIR This little chair I spotted outside the Birch Store in Keene Valley. Even though in was leaning next to the house I placed it in a field of green to contrast with the bright red. It just made me happy to look at it so that's why I titled it so. 8x8in oil
Keene Valley Days. This painting is where the theme of "Bright color in the landscape" originated. 10x10in oil
Thursday, July 9, 2015
The banks of Chapel Pond are as beautiful as the cliff face. On hot days we sit on the bank and swim out into the cold water. Chapel Pond is one of our favorite places where we reconnect with Nature. B Miller calls in his "spiritual home" and I have to agree. oil 10x10in.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Based on my own photo studies I edit and scratch, suggest and smear soft pastel into a toned sandy surface. I try to stay accurate as to skylines (it's not Everest) but take lots of liberties as to how I apply the pigment. The sites of these two scenes are only a couple of miles apart. Chapel Pond is at the base of Giant. What is in the foreground is a golf course at the Ausable Club.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
I drove through Loch Raven reservoir last tues. just as the sun was setting. It was below freezing temp but since the day was clear there was incredible light raking from behind. This piece is unfinished. What I want to show was the bright yellow light cast on the opposite shore. 16x20in pastel
Monday, January 12, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
I had Christmas Eve dinner with the family at the Severn Inn on the river just below the Naval Academy Bridge in Annapolis. I remember eating crabs there as a boy many years ago. what's left of the old marina is in the foreground. I was bowled over by the lights shining through the fog. I took a few shots and from them did a large charcoal, 22x30in.
I started with a toned charcoal surface and used an eraser to create the whites and tones. I blended with fingers , rubbed out and redrew many times.
It was accepted in the MfA Gallery show in Annapolis and is hanging there now till the 24th .