Camping Trip

We took a little camping trip this weekend and I brought along my watercolor pad again.  The first piece isn’t really good. The whole thing is kinda muddy and indistinct which is frustrating.  I think part of the problem was sitting in direct sun, which made the colors seem much brighter and vibrant than they are in normal home light.  Also, the greens in the background were tricky – warmer on the sunny side of the mountains, cooler on the shade, but both sides blued out because of the atmosphere.  Something to work on.

The second piece was a quick sketch of the rocks where I was sitting.  It was half the time and miles better than the original piece – even if the composition is a little un-interesting.

Untitled (mountains) : Watercolor on paper. 9"x12"

Untitled (mountains) : Watercolor on paper. 9″x12″

Untitled (rock sketch) : Watercolor on paper. 2014

Untitled (rock sketch) : Watercolor on paper. 2014

So much time, so little to do!

Wait a minute…strike that; reverse it.

This summer has been incredibly busy and I haven’t had much time to get into the studio.  I was able to get away to the beach for a day and brought along my watercolor pad.

This is a quick little study of the rocks off the beach.  I like the quality of the paint, but I need to work on the composition – it feels a little stage set.

Singing Beach.  Watercolor. 9x12ish. 2014

Singing Beach. Watercolor. 9x12ish. 2014

Open Studios Take Away

Just finished up Somerville Open Studios and an outstanding weekend!  I had about 200 people come through my space. I sold five pieces: two “When These Are Gone” watercolors, one of the “Echoes” oil paintings, and two figure drawings!  I gave away dozens of my postcards and business cards.  It was a significantly better event than last year.

Probably most important thing I took away from the weekend: incredible perspective on my work.  Repeatedly trying to explain my process or ideas in 30 seconds or less really helps crystallize them for me.  It’s also interesting to see what types of work people respond to.  I put one idea into a piece and that is what makes it interesting for me, but viewers bring their own attachments and responses and will get something completely different from it.

I’ve got a lot of notes to make while the weekend is still fresh in my mind, and then a lot of work to make in the coming months.

When I am Gone (number 17)

When I am Gone (number 17)

Kinda, sorta finished & a new experiment

I’m still using my dad’s barn as inspiration for some paintings, but I’ve moved outside this time.  I took some photos when I was visiting before Christmas. The low winter sun caught the barn just as we were returning from a walk.   I keep thinking it’s finished, but I still want to go into the painting and fix things. The left side of the painting feels a little empty, but I didn’t want to paint in the teal Subaru thats parked there in real life.  (and yes, the barn actually is red on two sides, raw barnboard on the others)


Untitled 18″x14″ Oil on board. 2013.


Also, this weekend I did a little experiment with drawing/painting.  I used another photo from New Hampshire for reference.  The medium is oil thinned out with a ton of turpentine so as to give it a real washy, watercolory feel.  Good lord you need some real ventilation when working with that stuff!   I’m overall happy with the result, but completely not sure what its about or where it’s going.  It feels a little like the ink drawings I did in Fables, so maybe it will lead back in that direction soon enough.

Stream Painting

Stream Painting : Oil on gessoed paper. 18″x24″ 2013