Friday, November 30, 2018

Winter Colorings, Outside My Window

Soothing palette of deep blues evoke the depths of twilight. Fun to push the oil turpentine around, on paper. The addition of winter pines turn this abstract color study into a snowy landscape.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Outside My Window

It takes a few weeks for me to get use to working in the dark by 4pm! It's more about studying atmosphere & less about light, with our short days.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Experimenting & working loose is all fine & well. But once in  awhile, this subject from the farm calls for an old fashion tight rendering. With this little .5 mechanical pencil, the lines follow the direction of the way the hair is growing.

I painted a loose wash, to tone the paper...mainly because I want the contrast between the free flowing wash against the detail drawing.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Autumn Splendor

That bit of snow overnight took down a lot of the fall foliage. The scene was enhance by a delicate sunrise. This landscape sketch was painted on paper with thin oil turpentine, kind of like a watercolor. A white nupastel stick is perfect for indicating a bit of snow.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Painting Summer Morning

Making the most of a summer morning. Dreamy pink fog does not last that long. Watercolor is a fast way to express the ethereal mist softening the morning light.

To define the greenery in the foreground, I use pastel pencil on top of the watercolor.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Light & Atmosphere with Oil

This foggy morning painting happened pretty fast, 

mainly because I have similar colors on my palette, from yesterday.

The last part is always the most fun. I get to use my intuition to finish up the landscape. By not copying exactly what I'm painting, I get to push myself to see new colors & new light effects.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

From Farm to Sketchbook, after G. Seurat

 You can see why I want to try a sketch of the horse at La Basse Cour, with conte crayon. The inspirational process is reverse for this drawing.

Horse by G. Seurat
Came upon Georges Seurat drawings at MOMA, way back in 2007. His technique has influence my drawing ever since. Painterly drawings with subtle shadings of tones, indicating at the same time form, light & space; thru the use of conte crayon over texture paper.

These handmade watercolor paper has been sitting in my closet for 20 years. The texture is all wrong for my watercolor style. But the weave of the paper is just right for this conte drawing!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Farm Drawings

Worked on a series of farm drawings this Spring. It was an exercise to try out different drawing techniques. The drawings could gather dust in my closet or I can take the trouble to frame & show them. I love it when I can connect the dots. La Basse  Cour is a lovely farm store that features local artisans & farm goods.