Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thirty Mile Lighthouse

Headed up Lake Ontario in our RV, stayed at a remote park with this lighthouse begging to be painted. The small building was the outhouse, to its' left was coal storage. 12x12 on panel.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Group Paint Out

This panoramic scene called for a 6x12 canvas. I was caught by the darkness of the clouds, which had entirely changed 2 hours later. I find that staying with my original idea is usually best, rather than chasing a changing scene. This is the last, though not in any order, of the plein air work I did in the Adirondacks with the Publishers Invitational. Remarkable to see each artists take on the same ridge road vista as 40 or so of us painted along together.

Gabriels 1

Here's the first painting I did at Gabriels, a tiny town in the Adirondacks very close to Paul Smiths College, where we stayed for the Publishers Invitational last week. 

The sky was amazing! I don't really consider myself a landscape painter, but here it is - land, sky, distant mountains and the lone tree. 8x10

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bog River Flow

Sitting so close to these rushing waters as they flow into Tupper Lake was an incredible experience. I sat with my easyL easel on my outstretched legs while Karen LaValley painted beside me. I wish the painting had more the feel of what I experienced. First time painting a waterfall!  Another amazing plein air adventure with The Publishers Invitational in the Adirondacks. 12x12 oil on panel.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Last day of paint camp/ Publishers Invitational

 The  last afternoon in the Adirondacks was spent painting Tuckers Farm. Here's that painting and a photo of what I saw when I turned around. An amazing week in so many ways with no concerns other than painting. Painting two paintings a day plein air for four days in a row inspired me to commit to more time out and painting! The learning  curve goes right up with more time spent painting from direct observation.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


An old barn sits in a field
Rich soil to its' back
Gentle breezes through the tall grass
And I pick up my brush

Friday, June 20, 2014

Lake Placid

When we rounded the corner and saw this view it was like- "Stop the car!"
We painted on the spot on a hillside next to steep steps into the village. It was all about simplification for me. 12x12

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This Old House

Just a few miles down the road, this abandoned house attracts many of us who are painting in the Adirondacks this week at the Publishers Invitational. Heaven for someone who is looking for shapes all the time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Paint Camp

I'm in upstate New York for the week being part of a Plein Air Invitational
In the Adirondacks. Our cozy group-118 of us- are being housed at Paul Smith's College, situated on the St Regis Lake.
There are some incredible painters here, I'll name names in another post, but we are painting without hierarchy and just enjoying being out painting.

Big groups, small groups,
many different locations each day. Here's an 8x10 from the morning. Can you feel the drizzle?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Square

I think I've got it! Sometimes the painting has to sit in the studio for a while and one day, I realize it's done. There is
nothing more to add to what I wanted to say. I am ready for the next blank canvas!