Saturday, December 14, 2013

SAILS IN FRONT OF BARE HILL, CANANDAIGUA LAKE

SAILS IN FRONT OF BARE HILL, CANANDAIGUA LAKE
The view is looking south, probably from near Butler Road, with three boats in a long distance race on a threatening day.  This small, monochromatic piece is one of my personal favorites, possibly because I have absolutely no recollection of painting it.  It turned up in a pile of work one day that I was thumbing through and suddenly it charmed me.  The rough drybrush on the water contrasts with the fluid clouds.  It may be that as a painter it's necessary to put some space between one's self and the work before you can really see it. Watercolor, 6.25x9.25 in., gold frame 16x20. 

THENDARA BOATHOUSE, EARLY SPRING

THENDARA BOATHOUSE, EARLY SPRING
This intriguing structure (which is almost a cliche for painters on Canandaigua Lake) has had a long and interesting career, starting as the boathouse for an estate on the adjacent hill to the south, several incarnations as boat-in (is that a word?) restaurant for both casual and fancy dining, and most recently it appears to have been restored as a boathouse.  Watercolor, 10.5x14.5, gold frame 16x20 in.

IMAGINARY MOUNTAIN, IMAGINARY PINES

IMAGINARY MOUNTAIN, IMAGINARY PINES
This started as a simple exercise in color gradation and lighting.  To my surprise the addition of a couple of pine trees gave it new depth.  Watercolor, 8.5x12 in., wood framed 15x19.

JADE PLANT

JADE PLANT  
Painted from a small plant in the Rochester conservatory, picked at random for a subject.  This was the first painting I did where I learned about the power of painting wet into wet down at the level of details to make individual elements more rounded and naturalistic.  It was done in 2011 in my first class with Mrs. Jean Lindsay at Memorial Art Gallery, so it's not eligible for entry into any shows.  Watercolor, 9x12 in.