As a full time painter I travel prepared for almost any kind of weather. I was in Nahant, Massachusetts last Tuesday and though the location was ideal the sun was popping in and out of clouds. I knew the variation in brightness on my canvas was going to get distracting. Waiting for the light to … More Set Up for Changing Light
29 new paintings are up on the walls and ready for Thursday’s opening reception at 6:30 at the Marblehead Arts Association. This is the first time we are doing an evening reception and I am grateful to Director Betsy Hundahl for helping to make it possible. The show is called “On the Road” and it … More The Show is Open
Time to clean out and consolidate my drawers full of paint. Michael Harding Paints are the highest quality in my opinion and I’m steadily making the change over. Some other brands collected over the years are quite good and I will continue to use them until they are gone: Sennelier and Williamsburg are excellent, for example. Rembrandt and Gamblin are pretty good and worth … More Spring Cleaning in the Studio
The Copley Society on Newbury Street in Boston will be opening a show in July called “At Sea.” It will be curated by the great John Stobart. The curator’s job is to pick which paintings get into a show. Last night was the deadline and I remembered just in time. I offered “North Shore Vista” a scene of natural light … More Deadlines
A finished and signed painting looks naked until it is in a frame. It needs to get dressed. I have a short stack of naked paintings and I am hoping my framer comes through for me on Saturday so I can get these properly attired. Some will be in black others in gold.
While wandering an abandoned beach in Franklin County, Florida last month I spotted this trawler stuck high and dry near Carabelle. It looked beaten up from hard work and hard weather and was a compelling subject for a painting. So I set myself up on the side of the road with an umbrella to keep the sun off … More Blue on Blue
Some good folks in Franklin County invited me to be the artist in residence this year and so I spent the first week of February 2017 there to learn, observe and to paint. It was a special trip full of surprises and mysteries: hot tin roofs, piles of oyster shells and miles of beautiful empty beaches. There were stories … More Mysteries of Franklin County, Florida
Last year I was asked by my art dealer to explore Newport, Rhode Island and see if I could make a painting for one of her clients. I had no idea what might work or whether she might buy anything. My commission policy has been to take no money up front – I find it ties … More A Newport Gamble
This painting from the highway to Carabelle from Apalachicola needed a bit more work today. It was painted from a plein air study done in early February 2017. I brightened the foliage with some golden green and red and brought in some light to make the fronds more transparent in the palm trees. It was a smokey … More A Finishing Touches – “Road to Carabelle”
It was a great honor being Artist in Residence on the Forgotten Coast of Florida in February. I’ll be returning to this lovely and historic part of the country to share my paintings and adventures with the community during the Forgotten Coast Plein Air events from May 4 to May 14. I’ll be sharing some updates very soon.
Enjoyed a fun day of painting in the Boston Public Garden on Thursday with some fellow members of the Guild of Boston Artists. It was called “Paint with the Guild,” a free, informal workshop where an easel was provided for anyone who wanted to try Plein Air Painting. At one point we had a quite a waiting list! It was … More Free Lessons in Boston Yesterday
The primary colors are red, yellow and blue. They are present in almost every scene and they belong in almost every painting. When painting outside in nature the blues, yellows and greens often overwhelm us. It is a good practice to look for the warm colors – especially reds. They are often more subtle.