Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hilltop Show

I was chosen as Featured Artist at the annual Hilltop Country Day School show which ran from Oct. 26 thru Oct 28.  Showed 26 pictures in the main gallery.  Thank you all who attended and especially those who walked away with one of my paintings.  Here are a few pictures from the show.

These "Two Canoes" were a subject I spoke about in my demo on using photographs to create the October SCAS meeting.

This is "Sparta Presbyterian" done as a triptych.

 I call this "Pumpkin Time" taken from the Anderson farm stand on Route 15, Sparta.

The "Van Kirk Oak"  at the Sparta Historical Society site. It is over 230 years old.

"Yellow House"  I painted this the week after the show.  I see this view from my deck across the lake.  Lake Mohawk Marina is on the right.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Plein air

This summer and early fall a few of us at the Sussex County Art Society have been having fun doing plein air sketches.  They are necessarily fast  and sometimes furious, trying to capture a scene quickly.  I have learned how much lighter colors are outdoors than in a photograph in my studio.   The experience of painting outdoors is one of great fun, and always a challenge to use ones skills.  It also reveals the painters unvarnished style.

The SCAS  picnic in June

Founders park at the fairgrounds in Augusta

Memorial park, Lafayette showing the Walkill river as a stream.

An early fall scene  deep inside Stokes state forest.

Another scene, an old barn, from Lafayette memorial park.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Winter Workshop

The Key West Watercolor Society held its annual winter workshop at the Studios at Key West in January.  A great chance to get away from the cold and snow!  Richard Stevens, from Arkansas, led the program that he called "Fast and Loose".  For four days we tried to loosen up.  It was a great workshop and a lot of fun and hard work.   Two of the pictures I sketched out, and reworked at home, are in the 31st Skylands show this spring at the SCA&H gallery on Spring St in Newton.

The first is a local horse barn in Stillwater

A second painting is a street scene on Duval Street--St John's Episcopal Church.
During the cold days of February back in Sparta I used one of Richard's exercises--doing a triptych of one scene to present it from different angles.  I chose one of my favorite restaurants,  Il Porto on the boardwalk here in Lake Mohawk.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

HUGE success

Thank you to everyone who came to the art show at the NJ state fair in Augusta, especially to those of you who bought a painting from me or from ore of our other artists.

 Here at a couple more pictures I showed.  This is an older one done in Florida.  The harbor at Punta Gorda in the morning light.

This another high energy picture from the Jersey shore.  I call it "Charter for hire."

After the fair I took a break from painting, but go the itch again.  This is a famous restaurant in Brooklyn,  The  River CafĂ©,
Water, water everywhere, it seems! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

2017 Sussex County Fair-Featured Artist

At the end of last season's fair I was asked to be the featured artist this year.  I have been working my butt off since then trying to gather thirty or so worthwhile paintings.  mating, framing -- the whole nine yards.  I have revised some old ones but added a slew of new ones.
This is Fairview Hill Road

MY neighborhood on West Shore Trail

Vintage Gift shop at the time of the German Christmas Market

The water wheel on the Marksboro-Stillwater Road

Sparta Union Soldier
Bridge over the Paulinskill at Lafayette

The Lafayette Mill

Old Roseville school in Byram

Cows at fence

Farm, Augusta

Monday, October 24, 2016

GSWS and Hilltop shows

     October was a busy time.   I showed at the annual Garden State Watercolor Society show in Princeton.  The most fun was the day I gave a demo in the storefront window of the gallery.  For the exercise I did a typical barn scene from the Augusta Road area of Sussex.

I sold two small framed pieces, one shrimp boat and one of a winter stream.

On October 21-23  Hilltop Montessori School held its annual show and fund raiser.  I sold a framed piece--my painting of the barn on Garrison Road in Lafayette.  Here are two others that I hung.  One is the Lafayette  Antiques Mill. and the other is of some cows on the Vernon Valley Farm.

Sparta Station--Opening Day

Despite intermittent showers at the event the opening day was a festive event.  There was music, food and the museum itself with historical photos and replica engines.  I had to work inside to avoid the showers.  I incorporated the hay bales and wooden barrels that were set up to replicate the days when the station was an active passenger and freight depot.

In this view of the station I ran the tracks in more of a slant so that the facade facing the rail bed is featured.