Friday, December 13, 2013

ERIE CANAL AT BUSHNELLS BASIN, LOOKING EAST (Sketch)

ERIE CANAL AT BUSHNELLS BASIN, LOOKING EAST (Sketch)
Early autumn, and though the trees have not started to change color yet, the morning fog catches in the trees and leaves have already started to fall in the water.  In a few weeks the Erie Canal Authority will drain the ditch for the winter.  Occasionally a car crosses the hatched iron bridge in the distance and the sound carries clearly because of all the moisture.  Watercolor, 9x 12 in.

DAYSAILER IN HARBOR, CYC (Sketch)

DAYSAILER IN HARBOR, CYC (Sketch)
Just a quick impression of a slightly weathered Daysailer hanging on its line next to the dock. Nothing special but I do like the treatment of the companionway hatch.  Watercolor, 9x12 in.

LOOKING SOUTH TOWARD BARE HILL, CANANDAIGUA LAKE


LOOKING SOUTH TOWARD BARE HILL, CANANDAIGUA LAKE
Bare Hill is the second point on the left, and was a place of legendary significance to the Seneca Indians.  It's distinctive profile is one most memorable features of the Canandaigua landscape.  Late in the year, the sun has migrated to the south at sunset.  This view is from Middle Cheshire, approximately half the way down the lake.  Watercolor, 12.5x19 in., framed 20x24.

ONTARIO CENTRAL LINE (Sketch)

ONTARIO CENTRAL LINE, VICTOR, NY (Sketch)
Looking the east, the old Erie tracks stretch into the morning haze.  This is a preliminary sketch for a painting which I have not yet been able to complete despite repeated attempts....but I love the feeling these tracks evoke in me of the 'lonesome sound of the outward bound.'  On hot summer nights as a boy I used to listen to the distant whistle of the train on these tracks, the rumble of the wheels and then the final clatter of the caboose.  Watercolor, 9x12 in. approx.



ENSIGN ON MOORING, CYC


ENSIGN ON MOORING, CANANDAIGUA YACHT CLUB
Just before haul out in the autumn, an Ensign class boat lies at its mooring.  In a few days it will be up on the hard and stowed away for winter.  An empty mooring ball belongs to a neighbor who has already been taken out of the water.  Watercolor, 9x12 in., framed 16x20 in.  Hung in the 2013 RAC Fall Show.

MODEL STUDY, ROCHESTER ART CLUB LIVE MODEL SESSION

MODEL STUDY, ROCHESTER ART CLUB LIVE MODEL SESSION.  
This drawing was executed from life at a modeling session in the RAC studios at the Hungerford Building.  I came across it again in looking through some files and liked it somewhat better than I did at the time I completed it. Figures and portraits have always seemed very challenging, but there is an interesting pressure for excellence when working in the presence of other artists which makes me think that there is a lot of benefit to be derived from taking classes, workshops and perhaps even working in contest environments, though I've always rather disliked them.  Another thing I discovered in doing this was the surprising power of being able to add in a white.  Graphite and conte pencils, gray paper, 11x14 inches.