I finished this painting today. I started with a photograph of some rocks I saw while kayaking on Lake Massabesic, NH last summer. I’ve been looking at the photo for some time, and decided to go with a deep blue sky and show the rocks as if bathed in moonlight.
I started with a well prepared canvas with four coats of gesso. A Burnt Sienna wash followed and several layers of Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue and Winsor Blue scumbled over this. Trees and rocks were under painted with Red Oxide and Burnt Sienna. The trees finished with layers of gray using varying amounts of Burnt Umber, Hookers Green Deep, Winsor Blue, White and a touch of Cadmium Red Hue.
This was followed up with washes, glazes and dry brushing using all of the same colors to bring out the different textures of the rocks. The foliage and moss was done with Hookers Green Deep, Hookers Green, a touch of Cadmium Red Hue, Red Oxide and white.
20 X 16
Acrylic on Canvas
Two new paintings have been added on the Paintings 2010 page. You can also go to the bottom of the Paintings page and click the link to get to these. There are two more work coming soon. One a landscape and the second a painting of Swamp Loosestrife, a water plant I found while kayaking last summer.
Welcome to my new web site. I work in acrylic paint and enjoy painting a wide variety of subjects. I began painting in 1979, starting with private lessons with a local artist. I soon went off on my own and began developing and improving my art through trial and error. My early work in acrylic was primarily still life from objects at hand and from my imagination. I was one of the original members of the Greater Salem Artists Association and continue to enjoy membership with the group. I began entering local art shows in 1982 and did well in those shows. I took a five year break from painting from 1990 to 1995.
My recent works are from photographs of wildlife taken while kayaking, and I continue to enjoy still life work. Recently retired, I volunteered to conduct a painting class at Ingram Senior Center in Salem, New Hampshire every Tuesday morning. The class is limited to eight folks (now full) and is a mixture of new and experienced artists who want to learn how to work with this versatile medium.
Please return to this web site as I continue to improve and expand the gallery. Soon there will be a section which will show some of the processes and methods I use to prepare the canvas or masonite grounds for paint, lay out the subject, and develop the textures and effects shown in the gallery.
I am also a model shipwright and will expand the gallery of ship models shown here on this site. And, last but not least, there will be a gallery of Paper Mache’ sculptures I produced during the 1980s.
Enjoy the paintings, and tell a friend about the site.