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I’ve been working on a series of oil paintings recently based on photos I took in August of some of the coastal destruction and erosion of the Northeastern coast caused by Hurricane Irene. I find the shapes and general disorder of the uprooted trees to have a weird kind of excitement. This painting is the first one I’ve completed, called “Aftermath.” I have a second oil painting almost finished that’s of similar size and subject matter which I hope to post next week.
This painting will be up for auction at the Salmagundi Club’s 2011 Fall Auction to be held at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York on Friday, October 28th, starting at 8:00p.
Last June I spent a wonderful day with friends in Montepulciano, and these hens were running around the courtyard of the Avignonesi vineyard where we had a fantastic outdoor lunch and wine-tasting – and this pastel is the result.
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Here are two painting starts using a light oil wash on oil-primed paper (left) and on gessoed masonite board (right). I decided to paint the one on the right in pastels, so then added a coat of acrylic ground and fine pumice to create a good tooth. Will post the finished product when I get it done-
I did this painting in oil just before I left for France, to sort of get myself in the mood for plein air painting. Ironically, the heat and low humidity this day in CT were very much like what I was to encounter each day in Provence, so it served as a good “warm-up” for the trip. It’s called “Apple Blossoms at Farview Farm” and was painted on a friend’s property in CT.
Here are a few more of the plein air studies I did in Provence. One is of the “Dancing Trees” in the morning light, the next is of the scene looking north from the wooden drawbridge outside Arles that Van Gogh painted many times, and the last is a little study of some potted herbs outside the door of the monastery’s dining room. There was a warmth to the air in this region that made everything glow with a slightly peachy light. Also, wild herbs grew all over the place at the monastery, and the air was always scented with wild thyme blossoms. Pretty close to heaven, IMHO.
Well, I’m back from 8 days in beautiful Provence, painting the countryside with a group of plein air pastelists. We stayed in a monastery not far from Arles and Avignon, called L’Abbaye de St. Michel de Frigolet, and each day took a painting excursion to a different locale, including Nimes, Arles, Les Baux, and the Camargue coastal region. We also spent a few days painting the hills and meadows of the monastery property, including what we called the “dancing trees” which were trees whose trunks were tilted as a result of the strong Mistral wind that blows through the Rhone Valley. Here’s one of my plein air paintings of the beautiful afternoon light of Provence as seen through the trees at the monastery.
I recently completed two little pastel paintings showing little hints that Spring is really around the corner. One is of the eucalyptus trees along the Pacific Coast – from my recent visit to San Diego, where Spring starts around February – and the other is of the scrub of the Eastern coastline, where Spring arrives a bit later! Can’t wait-
I just finished this pastel which is part of my ongoing Erosion series.
I literally fell in love with San Diego while visiting my son Patrick in La Jolla last month. Here’s a painting I did of the coast at Del Mar which just won a CPS Honor Award at the Connecticut Pastel Society Member show at Gallery 53 in Meriden, CT this weekend! I used a reference photo of the coastline at Del Mar, CA for this painting. Here are the four main stages of the painting, starting with the basic drawing, then color block-in, then starting to add details and pay attention to edges, then the final painting.
I’m excited to report that my painting “Big Fish” – a large version of a smaller painting of koi in a frozen pond first painted three years ago – has been selected for inclusion in the Salmagundi Club’s Special President’s Exhibition “The Best of The Best,” on exhibit from March 21 through April 22! This is a huge honor, and I’m thrilled!
Pastel on Wallis paper
14″ x 21″ (24″ x 30″ framed)