Saturday, June 27, 2015

After dinner

When the rains stopped the day turned out to be simply glorious. At paint camp dinner is cafeteria style ( a culinary school is part of Paul Smiths College) and served from 5:30 to 6:30 so we ate early and went out after dinner to paint. 
There are so many old farms in the Adirondacks and this one had wonderful vantage points from the side of the road. Soon any traffic noise became background as I got into the painting process.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Saranac Lake

The second morning of paint camp had rain and a glum forecast so we drove around to find a sheltered area to paint. We found the perfect structure at the end of the lake and got our gear out under heavy rain. As is often the case when painting outside, the weather changed and before long the sun came out! So much for the forecast! As beautiful as that was, I stuck with my initial attraction to the space, the wet streets and grey skies.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tree study

With one painting done in the morning I wanted to keep it simple for the afternoon. These trees on Barnum Pond
caught my eye, so I did an 8x10 study to capture the value contrast between the pines and the grey atmosphere.
Day one of paint camp in the Adirondacks with the Publishers Invitational Paint Out.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Plein Air Invitational Adirondacks

My second year back for a week of Plein Air painting with this group, all painting; no workshops, everyone in the same frame of mind- enjoy painting.
Caught some abstract reflections looking at still water; I was mesmerized! 12x12

Monday, June 8, 2015


In a palette that's more tonal than my usual craving for intense color, I explored pattern and shape as my primary focus.

14x18 on canvas. Over an old painting. Any thoughts on painting over old work? Any techniques that bear sharing? I sand it wearing a mask and doing it outdoors.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Welcome June

Welcome June! May slipped by with bouts of illness and the arrival of a new puppy. Shifting priorities made new routines and these are ever changing. One thing is constant, the beauty of simple things. Gerbera daisy oil on panel 6x6.