Friday, October 21, 2011

Adirondack Shack, 12x9"

Two weeks ago a friend and I went to Old Forge to catch the fall colors that were supposed to be at their peak there.
We weren't disappointed at all and came back with lots of reference material.

This little shack is next to View, the new arts center at Old Forge. I don't know if it was a cabin or some kind of station, but it's been abandoned for several years now. I like to imagine it as a summer cottage with the bare necessities.

This was supposed to be a quick study but it took longer than I expected because I had to make several value adjustments between the background trees and the sunlit areas of the foreground trees.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rural Twilight, 11x14"

This house, located near Ansonia, Pennsylvania, has intrigued me ever since I saw it for the first time. Perhaps is the spruces behind it that frame it so well and make it look imposing from the road.

Anyway, for several years I have been wanting to paint it but did not like the thought of just painting the photo reference. I wanted the painting to tell a story. Then, a few months ago, the idea of something happening inside the house in late evening came to me while I was painting sunsets, and this is the result.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Moon at Dusk, 5x7"--SOLD
I was making some progress cleaning my studio when suddenly came down with a cold that made me useless for two days. On day three, I was feeling a little bit better and celebrated it by doing some painting.

The first one is based on a photo I took from the highway. Since the foreground in the photo was a blurry mass, I decided to make one up.

Utica Sunset, 8x10"
The second one was a serendipity painting--I looked at some reference photos I had in a file and this one, which at the time I though I would never paint, jumped at me. I'm not sure this is the final version. I'm toying with the idea of adding some red lights from a car going towards the area of interest.