Monday, April 14, 2008

Just Before Opening Day on the Trout Stream

Trout season had just opened and the fishermen were out all over the place. I did a terrible little sketch early in the day and drove to a new location in Powder Mill Park to try my luck again. The shadows in the creek really grabbed my attention and I set to work. It is done over a recycled painting and is a lot larger than what I've been using lately, as it is 12x18".


12"x18", framed size is 18"x24"
Paintings come matted and framed under glass, ready for hanging.

Lehigh Valley Trail

This trail used to be the Lehigh Railroad bed. On the day I was there, the snow was melting and the air was full of atmosphere as a late winter storm was approaching. The colors were very soft and muted.
Due to the humidity and isolated location, I painted in my car with only the radio on for company.  Unfortunately, when I was ready to go home, the car battery was dead.  Luckily for me, a workman in his van was there eating his lunch.  Neither of us had jumper cables, but he suggested that I just leave the car completely turned off for a few minutes, then try to start it again.  I did and miraculously it started right up!  What an adventure.

6"x9", framed size apprx. 11"x14"
Paintings come matted and framed under glass, ready for hanging.

Hojack Railroad Underpass in Charlotte

I was looking for a spot to paint in Charlotte and this view really caught my eye. It is where the old Hojack Line passes under Lake Ave., then takes a turn toward Rochester. Years ago, the line traveled straight, to where I sat and then over the Swing Bridge, which still stands in the Genesee River. The Hojack Line used to travel all along the southern shore of Lake Ontario at one time.

9"x12", framed size is 15"x18"
Paintings come matted and framed under glass, ready for hanging.

CSX Railroad Trains in First Snow

It was bitterly cold on this Saturday in December, but this view was spectacular and the composition was perfect. The wind made it impossible to do outside, so I sat in my car to paint. It is one of my favorite paintings.


12"x18", framed size is 18"x24"
Paintings come matted and framed under glass, and are ready for hanging.

Stream Shadows in Linnear Park, Penfield

The stream that runs through Linnear Park in Penfield is beautiful at any time of the year, but on this afternoon it was especially nice since the weather was unexpectedly warm for late October. The shadows in the water were a beautiful blue.

6"x9", framed size is 11"x14"
Paintings come matted and framed under glass, ready for hanging.

White Pine in September Light

This double tree stands in my backyard. The light hitting it late one September afternoon was beautiful and I had to paint it.

6"x19", framed size is 11"x14"
Paintings come matted and framed under glass, ready for hanging.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Neglect

I have been very neglectful about putting new posts here lately. (And I have a bunch of new paintings that I'd like to display, too.) Between cameras being dropped by my kids and the computer crashing a while ago, it's been tough to get the images photographed and uploaded. I will be working on that later this week.

Lately, I have been recycling a lot of my less successful paintings. That just means that if I didn't care for the way a painting came out, I brush off as much of the old painting image as I can and work over the old painting with a new one. I really enjoy painting over the old image or ghost of the old painting. First, it gives me a colored background to begin with instead of a blank page. I really hate starting with a white sheet of paper. It also appeals to my sense of frugality, I guess.

So keep an eye here as I get more paintings up on the blog!