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
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
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
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.
About 15 years ago I went through a phase where I painted people at the beach in very tight compositions. I think it was an important exercise because I was still learning how to understand natural color and the effects of light in the real world. Illustrators often take liberties with color and light for the purpose of telling a story – that … More A Look Back #1
Two quick oil studies of a mountain in Oro Valley, Arizona. One is from late in the day, picking up full sun. The other is from a nearby hotel courtyard earlier in the morning with some palm trees.
Here’s a quick little study of the mountains and some red roofs in Oro Valley, Arizona (6×8). Good paintings are more about the major shapes not the little details.
That’s me in the wide brim hat conducting an impromptu art lesson in the Arizona desert. The artist farthest away from me down the road on the far right is Curt Walters the great painter of the Grand Canyon. (Photo is by Gina Ward)
I was in Tucson, Arizona last week painting the desert as part of the Plein Air Convention and Expo. It was a great opportunity to experience an unfamiliar territory and I really liked it. I hope to return soon to do it again. It was hot and I wanted to cover a lot of ground … More Painting the Desert in Arizona