Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Curious Speckled Chickens

Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, ME is an art school where I teach. It has a very sweet flock of resident chickens.  They are happy and actively run in and our of their roost and around the yard near the foundry.  They clearly love their home and the sculpture garden! Cultured chickens! Does this influence the flavor of their eggs? 
8x16, watercolor on Rives BFK  

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lobster Boat in Cape Porpoise, ME

I have sketch books I travel around with.  When I'm setting up to paint  I first  do a bunch of sketches.  This helps me make a decision on what subject & design to paint. I parked my car in a tiny pull-off on the way to the harbor where the clam diggers and kayakers park. 

The view across from me to the west was the deep water channel where the lobster boats are moored. Its a great place to see sunsets on the water. This sketch was late in the day. 6x8  Gray marker &  watercolor on Fabriano aquarelle.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Salmon Falls River

The Salmon Falls River runs through South Berwick, ME flowing into the Pistacataqua River that empties into the sea between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME.  Its tidal over 15 miles inland.  I did this watercolor in my sketch book at Hamilton House on a quiet warm morning when the tide was half way out. 8x16, Rives BFK 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Canterbury Shaker Village

Up in New Hampshire not far from my house is a very nice old Shaker Village.

Its up on top of a hill and has this big empty sky feeling.  The buildings are well worn and practical. 

On the north edge of the village the fields open up, the wind blows and the weather moves in fast.

Here's a watercolor I did of the small building that stuck out all by itself. 
8x16 on Rives BFK.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Herd Of Chickens

Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, Maine has a charming herd of chickens with a rooster or two. They come right up to you when you are sketching them and want to know what you are doing. They hope you just might have some food for them... This sketch was made while they were running all around me !  I painted their colors in afterwards.  

8x12 Watercolor on Rives BFK

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Lobster Boats

When I 'm in the harbor in the summer there are often a ton of boats around.  Last spring I decided to just do some portraits of them and try to do a "color thing" not a "view thing" with the painting. So I set some rules for myself on what colors I was featuring and how much I could use... really interesting what happens.  I think this type of exercise makes me stretch my thinking...

Here's one from that series of portraits... Late Morning LIght, 8x10 oil on canvas panel