Tuesday, June 27, 2006
My friend and I spotted a group of flowering crabapple trees along the road and decided to stop to paint. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a board to paint on and had to borrow something from him to work on. (I hate when I forget stuff.) We didn't have much time, as we had gotten a late start. As it turned out, this wasn't the clump of trees we were originally going to paint which were in full bloom. They were further up the road. Never the less, it came together nicely.
The water was clear and sparkling at Conesus Lake on this spring morning. A few years ago, we'd had the opportunity to stay at a cottage on Conesus Lake and being here now brought back a lot of nice memories. SOLD
Monday, June 26, 2006
This was done at Borglum's Iris Gardens, located at the highest point right between two of the Finger Lakes, near the village of Hall. In the spring it over-flows with iris, peonies and daylilies of every shape and color. It is an amazing sight to see. This is what heaven must be like: acres of beautiful flowers everywhere. Sadly, the day we were there, a thunderstorm cut our painting session short when a huge crack of thunder exploded over our heads and the rain sent us scurrying for cover.
The day was beautiful and clear. The dandelions were in full bloom and the grass was that rich, luscious green that you only see in the spring. There were several nice views to consider, but this one is always my favorite. The Braddocks Bay area never gets old for me.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
On rare occasions, I will paint a still life - usually only if there is just no way I for me to get out to paint. Oddly enough, it take me longer to paint a still life than a landscape. With a still life, I tend to see every tiny detail and try to put them all in. With a landscape, it's easy for me to simplify everything. A friend suggested painting the eggs which are so simple, yet so complicated and the rose was just something beautiful.
Beatty Point, a few miles from my house, is one of my favorite places to paint. It feels very remote although it's right off the Parkway and Long Pond Road. I always seem to find something to paint there, no matter what time of year it is. The paintings don't always come out well, but I always enjoy being there. This painting was done in early spring and the combination of winter grass colors and spring leaves just coming out made for an interesting composition.
April 2006 - I wasn't having a good day, so I took off to paint. After driving around for a while, I found this beautiful spot in Black Creek Park. This was done as the sun was setting and the light was shining through the trees and through the new grass that grew along the edge of the creek.