Monday, January 20, 2014

DEEP WINTER....Select Watercolor Landscapes


A First Friday Show
Rochester Arts Club Studio, 4th floor
Hungerford Building, corner of North Goodman and Main Street, Rochester, NY
Friday, February 7, 5pm – 9pm
A small selection of recent paintings, not for sale.

Monday, January 13, 2014

ISLA MUJERES WATERFRONT (Teaching Sketch)

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Sketch: Isla Mujeres Waterfront
I'm working out a minimalist approach that will make it possible to use this image to teach an introductory watercolor course at the Memorial Art Gallery's Creative Arts School this spring and summer.  I'd like to have several images which look colorful and pleasing but that can be produced using a limited palette and basic techniques (e.g., no masking, no scraping, no complicated perspective). 

My introduction in class will stress four concepts:
  • We're not here to make a painting, we're here to learn how to paint.
  • Paint as though your materials are free.
  • Simplify.
  • Let the watercolor do the work.


This is my work area right after finishing this sketch.  A photograph, a sketchbook, a pencil and kneaded rubber eraser, three simple brushes, a plate, and the M. Graham & Co. Basic Paints set of five colors.  What else do we need?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

SNOWFENCE

SNOWFENCE
It's kind of a funny idea, a snowfence.  Do you use it to corral a blizzard? Do 'snowboys' brand snowflakes in snow pastures surrounded by snowfences?  Actually, it was originally an ingenious form of irrigation that farmers used to put out in their fields to cause drift to form on top of their winter wheat.  The captured snow would melt and leave the ground moist for months.  Now, since we live on top of a hill, I use it to snag the wind driven snow before it can completely plug our driveway.  It was surprisingly pleasant to paint each slat in this fence, and melt the colors together to form a weathered grey.  Don't even ask how long it took... Watercolor, 14x16 in. approx.

Friday, January 10, 2014

CYC FLEETS, No. 4: J22 RIGGING FOR PRACTICE RUN

CYC FLEETS, No. 4: J22 RIGGING FOR PRACTICE RUN
The crew of this J22 race boat are completing the rigging before they cast off from the dock for a Saturday morning practice run.  It's a moment for paying careful attention that each line and fitting are properly attached; when the wind comes up there won't be time for correcting mistakes.  Except for a couple of accent colors, I painted this entire piece with one dark color I mixed from six different blacks and blues, which accounts for the unusual depth of the color.  Watercolor, full sheet 30x22 in., floating mat, blue metal frame.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

CYC FLEETS, No. 3: START OF 2012 ENSIGN NATIONAL


CYC FLEETS, No. 3: START OF 2012 ENSIGN NATIONAL
The committee boat is on the north end of the line in this view looking to the east, and the crash boat three quarters of the way down the line is preparing to set the mark for the start of racing on the second day of the Ensign National.  From the look of the water it will be a slow race unless the PRO calls a postponement.  A spectator boat is heading out of the CYC to watch such excitement as there may be.  Watercolor, full sheet 30x22 in., floating mat, blue metal frame.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

SMELT FISHERMEN LYING AT PORT DOVER, LAKE ERIE, 1975

SMELT FISHERMEN LYING AT PORT DOVER, LAKE ERIE, 1975
This is the finished full sheet painting of these wonderful old boats that we saw so many years ago.  I wonder if they are even still afloat or if they've been broken up for scrap.  Fishing quotas for the lake have been severely reduced and reports say the fleet is down to a third of its previous size.  In the right light, they were vessels of ghostly beauty.  Watercolor and gouache, full sheet, 30x22 in., floating mat, blue metal frame.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

CYC FLEETS, No. 2: SHARKS WAITING OUT THE NOON CALM, 2011 NATIONALS\

CYC FLEETS, No. 2: SHARKS WAITING OUT THE NOON CALM, 2011 NATIONALS
To most sailors it would look quite unusual--alarming even--to see a fleet of boats sitting at the dock with their sails up and nobody on board.  When there's a summer high pressure system locked in place, Canandaigua Lake can become dead calm a little after 10 am and remain flat until around 4 pm, when the wind will resume.  This national regatta was plagued by very light breezes, but the Sharks got in enough to qualify for their series.  Watercolor, full sheet 30x22 in., floating mat, blue metal frame. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

IRV FREDERICK HAS RETIRED

IRV FREDERICK HAS RETIRED
Irv worked in this little garage at the end of our driveway for many years, welding and repairing the farm machinery for all the the farmers in our part of Victor.  On winter mornings, we used to huddle next to his blazing coal stove while we waited for the school bus. He was there the entire time I was growing up but when I came home from college he had closed up shop.  Merit Prize, Fall 2012 Show, RAC.  A smaller version won a Jurors Award at the Bridge Gallery, University of Rochester.  Watercolor, full sheet, 30x22 in., floating mat in blue metal frame.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

SEEKING SHELTER AT PULTNEYVILLE

SEEKING SHELTER AT PULTNEYVILLE
Three sailboats head in from Lake Ontario for the shelter of the harbor at Pultneyville.  The harbor is on the left, and they need to make a sharp dogleg to come in through the channel outlined by rocks in the foreground.  Painted at a plein air workshop with Roland Stevens.  Watercolor, 12x16 in.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

THREE BIRDS INSPECT LAKE ONTARIO

THREE BIRDS INSPECT LAKE ONTARIO
These guys were spending hours just looking at the water.  They make it look like a full time job but it's hard to tell what they are looking for.  Done at a plein air workshop in Pultneyville with Roland Stevens.  Watercolor, 12x16 in.

Friday, January 3, 2014

ERIE CANAL NEAR FAIRPORT (Sketch)

ERIE CANAL NEAR FAIRPORT (Sketch)
A couple of boats tied alongside the canal were the inspiration for this quick sketch.  It's not a tight depiction of the actual scene...I was more interested in trying out several recently acquired colors.  Working with a limited palette appeals to me as a creative stimulus.  Watercolor, 8x11 in.



Thursday, January 2, 2014

CYC FLEETS, No. 1: VANGUARD REACHING FOR THE GYBE MARK

CYC FLEETS, No. 1:  VANGUARD REACHING FOR THE GYBE MARK
This one of a series of large paintings showing boats from the fleets at the Canandaigua Yacht Club.  The Vanguards are small racer/daysailers which are fast for their size but quite tender, so much so that their annual meets are called the Muddy Mast Regatta.  These guys are hustling to get around the last mark and head for the finish line so that they can get in before the rain coming up from the south drenches them.  They may not make it.  Watercolor, full sheet 32x40 in., deep blue metal frame, floating mat.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

SPECTATOR BOAT, ENSIGN NATIONALS AT CYC (Sketch)

SPECTATOR BOAT, ENSIGN NATIONALS AT CYC (Sketch)
The Ensign Nationals were held at Canandaigua Yacht Club in 2012.  This is a party boat heading out to watch the start.  It's a study for a section of a full sheet painting of the entire starting line on the far side of the lake.  Watercolor, 10.5x14.5 in.