I enjoyed an extended tour of Europe this past summer. Of the many places visited, Venice and Switzerland promise to have the greatest effect on my art. I can envision a large piece displaying the views from Mt Pilatus in Switzerland. I am also contemplating a large painting to explore the intricate patterns and structures in Venice. In spite of the wealth of inspiration from Europe, my drive to paint the coast and forests in NE America is as strong as ever. I recently completed a large (36x72) surf study entitled “rejuvenation”, as well as two smaller pieces. These will be exhibited at an exhibition in Mystic Ct. this coming weekend.
My painting progress this past spring has been slow, but I have completed a few large seascapes. Currently, two more are underway. I am also continuing work on two stream landscapes as well as a study of an old birch trunk with summer leaves. Shown in the pictures below is the new addition at Sheldon Fine Art in Newport Rhode Island. One of my recent wave paintings can be seen centered on the wall.
This year has provided many days of snowfall inspiring a wide range of winter scenes. I now have one snow-scene nearing completion and have just begun another. I have three additional snow paintings planned out and am hoping to begin one of them before the end of the month. I’m very excited by the opportunity to get out into snow-filled forests and spend time on the ski slopes! The paintings are an end result of such excursions.
In addition, I have been working on two large surf paintings (36x72). One of which is nearly complete. Spending time in Newport a few weeks ago provided more ideas. Breaking skies along the south shore of Rhode Island displayed dramatic views of misty surf …… more inspiration!. Before the holidays, I completed a large dawn seascape (48x72) for a gallery in Newport. This work reminded me of how much I enjoy working on large canvases. I have many more large pieces planned out and hope to complete a few before summer. Pictured below is the dawn piece I completed before Christmas, shown against the car for scale.
With the onset of autumn, my painting has begun to explore the wonders of October forests. Although I am continuing to work on 3 seascapes, I have started a couple smaller studies of autumn trees. I hope to complete and exhibit one of these this coming weekend at an art show in Bethesda Maryland.
The weather and response was very good from my past two shows, Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, and an exhibition in Armonk, NY, so I look forward to this weekend.
This is a difficult season, since I am torn between my usual artistic studies of surf, and new drive from the changing seasons. There is certainly room for both in a never ending torrent of inspiration from the natural world.
Throughout this past month, I’ve completed a number of new seascapes, many of which are now on exhibit at Sheldon Fine Art in Newport RI. In addition, I finally completed "Peace at Dawn", now shown on my "New Pieces" page. Another very long project completed in August is the painting "November Light". After two years, and letting the piece sit for long periods while working through other paintings, I was beginning to doubt I’d ever complete it ….. but its finally done and I hope to get it posted among my many other new paintings for this past month. Currently, I’m working on a larger seascape, a small wave study, and a 24x48 mountain stream.
My main project this month is a painting of Grey Towers. Built by Gifford Pinchot, the first head of the U.S. Forestry Service under Theodore Roosevelt, the estate is now owned by the Forestry Service and considered by many to be it’s birth place. This September will mark 50 years since the estate and mansion were deeded to the Forestry Service, and dedicated as a historic site by President John F. Kennedy. The painting is in honor of this event, to be celebrated at Grey Towers on September 21st.
I enjoyed a recent trip to Hawk Mt., PA. It has been a long time since I've studied distance in landscape. This excursion has reminded me of its possibilities. The distant ridgelines and open rock vistas provide an ideal context for painting the atmospheric effects of the summer sky.
I spent this past weekend exhibiting in the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival in Philadelphia. Although Friday was hindered by rainfall, Saturday and Sunday were great. Pictured is a shot of my display, and another picture of the painting I worked on during the 3 days of the show. Using a basic line sketch sitting to the right of my easel, I was able to get this small study nearly complete. As the various layers dry, I will be fine-tuning it over the next couple weeks.
After dropping off new paintings at Sheldon Fine Art in Newport RI., I spent the next couple days exploring the surf. Both days were stormy and foggy, but the waves were powerful. Although it lacks dramatic lighting, I like the fog. In misty weather, the rocky coast seems more natural and wild. The blue-green color in the rising waves has already inspired new work. I’ve just begun a couple new surf paintings based on these observations. In addition, I’m continuing work on a couple commissions and a forest waterfall.
Its always encouraging to see how my paintings are displayed in a home setting. This painting, while on exhibit at Sheldon Fine Art in Newport RI, was purchased this past season. The new owner was kind enough to send me this image. A close-up of the painting can be viewed on the "New Pieces" page.
My mind has finally adjusted to the changing season. I’ve given up on one last good snowfall ….. now its time for forest greens, and of course, the sea! This time of year, forest waterfalls and streams lack the emerald greens that make them such vivid inspiration for painting. But the water flow itself, better lit due to the lack of a heavy leaf canopy, can still provide wonders. I have two forest stream paintings underway, as well as a few seascapes. I’m looking forward to visiting the coastline soon over the next few weeks since I need a good long time to watch the surf and regenerate.