Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lace Snow Jeans...

Lace Snow Jeans
Red White Blue Booted
on the ponds road by home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 2, 2019, painted on Jan 22, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Arches cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $145.00

Study of One


Study of One
model Rebekah at our art group in
Kennebunkport, Maine on Jan 18, 2019
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including tax and shipping $115.00

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Apple Blush Pear Pair

Apple Blush Pear Pair
in the back snow fields by the
woods behind home in Shapleigh,
Maine on Jan 17, 2019, painted Jan 18,
12" x 9" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke
Horadam, and Winsor & Newton watercolors,
selected for light fastness and permanence, Uniball
waterproof fade proof ink, and paraffin wax resist on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, tax, and shipping $185.00

Art Focus

Art Focus
on Rebekah at our art gang drawing group
in Kennebunkport, Maine on Jan 18, 2019
12" x 9" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $145.00


Our Art Gang Drawing Group
always graciously hosted by another Bruce
 
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features breaks with lifting refreshments,
 
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a kitchen with our host cooking
a frittata while we draw and paint,
 
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fine art by fine artists,
 
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art in it's unique style,
 
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art in the making,
 
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art from many perspectives,
 
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art from many fine individual styles,
 
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while our host plays eclectic music
and has our break's refreshments at the ready.
We're a lucky art group; it's always uplifting.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Winter Afternoon on the Ridge

Winter Afternoon
on the Ridge
in the back field behind home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 17, 2019 painted Jan 18, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $155.00

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Attitude Chilled

Attitude Chilled
Two Minneola tangelos on
snow by home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 16, 2019, painted on Jan 17, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, paraffin wax resist, and Uniball waterproof
fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $155.00

Note: Watercolor artists curious about the bright color saturation of the Minneolas, it's layered Permanent Orange (Daniel Smith), Pyrrol Orange (Daniel Smith), and Cadmium Red (Winsor & Newton), the bright Pyrrol Orange predominant.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Organic Orange...

Organic Orange,
Inorganic Yellow,
Chilling Blues
an organic orange and an inorganic lemon chilling
on the snow behind home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 13, 2019, painted on Jan 13, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Monday, January 14, 2019

Winter Afternoon...

Winter Afternoon
Farmers' Cemetery By Home
in Shapleigh, Maine on Jan 3, 2019, painted on Jan 14, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $155.00

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Snowbird Eggs...

Snowbird Eggs
in Orange, Lime, and Lemon
with a citrus fruit selection of an orange, a lime, and lemon
on the snow behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 3, 2019, painted on Jan 12, 20-19
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, wax resist paraffin, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including tax/shipping $115

Reader Comment and Reply



I love the color enhancement, and knowing how fast you work, it's perfectly chilled for eating. -Carol Douglas

 Why do you keep throwing fruit in the snow? Carol Douglas (art blog HERE)

Puzzling question coming from an artist, and perhaps a bit pejorative using the verb throwing. Did Cezanne throw his fruit into place for his still life compositions? Perhaps your question is more about the setting of the still lifes.


Winter's white blanket is a perfect setting for a watercolor still life. The white in watercolor is the white paper, a wonderful expanse, so snow is a perfect setting. The white and blue of snow simplifies the scene, focusing the eye on the color of the subject. I made this color observation years ago while shooting a children's book in Antarctica. Week after week, seeing only white and blue and gray, when coming upon life, the orange and red colors of a penguin's beak popped in this monochrome environment.


One commenter wrote: "I love the richness and transparency of your colors... and the originality of your subjects!" M.P.


Art reflects what the artist brings to a subject. I like to play with words, with visual elements. I had three successful books using my photographs as visual puns, Punography (Penguin 1978) featured in Life Magazine, Punography Too (Penguin 1980), and for children Puniddles (Houghton Mifflin 1982). So, fruit on snow isn't much of a stretch. It gives the viewer pause, and usually a smile.


Why do I "keep" doing this. Why does any artist do what they do? I like playing with nature, a theme throughout my children's book career. I've always admired the art of the unique British artist Andy Goldsworthy (on Wiki HERE), how he plays with nature.


I've been amused with watercolor sales. The fruit on snow motifs have sold more than other motifs. Who would've thought it? That's not why I paint them, but it's a pleasant surprising discovery, and feedback of a motif piquing a viewer's interest.


FYI: These snow/fruit postings on my art blog include galleries of other artists' still fruit lifes which might be of interest.
Two Pear HERE
Down on Green, Up on Red HERE
Minneola Forelle Pair HERE
Lemons on a Snow Drift Cliff HERE

 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Still Life Pear on Snow

Still Life Pear on Snow
with a forelle pear in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 3, 2019, painted on Jan 11, 2019
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, wax resist paraffin, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including tax/shipping $115

Friday, January 4, 2019

Walk in the Snow

Walk in the Snow
in the yard at home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 3, 2019, painted on Jan 4, 1029
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Only Snow's Crunch

Only Snow's Crunch
in the back field behind home
Shapleigh, Maine on Jan 2, 2019, painted Jan 3, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
paper, framed, including sales tax + shipping $145.00


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Yellow Orange Nude Study

Yellow Orange Nude Study
with Martine at our Friday morning art
group in Kennebunkport, Maine on Dec 21, 2018
12" x 9" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Lemon Orange Apple Snowed Man


Lemon Orange Apple
Snowed Man
behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Dec 20, 2018, painted Dec 25, 2018
8" x 10" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, and Uniball waterproof
fade proof ink on 140 lb. Arches cold press
rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Egill Casts to Skjálfandafljót

Egill Casts to Skjálfandafljót
Egill Óli Atlason in the north of Iceland
casting on the Skjálfandafljót on August 1, 2018,
painted on Nov 17, 2018, 12" x 9", 10" x 8" matted
and framed (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
NFS (not for sale), gifted on Christmas
to Egill and family

along with a painting of his sister seen on this blog HERE

Warm Cool Nude Color Study

Warm Cool Nude Color Study
with Martine at our Friday morning art
group in Kennebunkport, Maine on Dec 21, 2018
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade
proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Winter Sun Arriving

Winter Sun Arriving
over Fort Ridge in Shapleigh, Maine
on Dec 20, 2018, painted Dec 20, 2018
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
$115.00 SOLD

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Late Day Elliðaey

Late Day Elliðaey
an island on the south coast of Iceland, off
Heimaey Island, Vestmannaeyjar, seen from the
ferry Herjólfur on August 8, 2016, painted on Dec 17, 2018,
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano
Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton
extra white watercolor paper, framed,
including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Still Three Sheep

Still Three Sheep
on the Stórhöfði peninsula at the south point
of Heimaey Island , Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland on
August 8, 2016, sketched on December17 , 2018
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade
proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $155.00

Three Sheep Graze
on the Stórhöfði peninsula at the south point of
Heimaey Island , Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
on August 8, 2016, sketched on December 5, 2016
10" x 7", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Arches
rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $130.00 + $7.15 sales tax + $12.85 shipping = $150.00
on this art blog HERE
 

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Three Sheep Grazingby Bruce McMillan
 

In the sun
grows the sheen;
as the breeze
blows the wool.
 

On this place
flows its fleece,
as they look
down to graze.
 

All text and art © 2016 Bruce McMillan

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Rachel Reclined Study 1 - Art Gang Art


Rachel Reclined Study 1
at our Friday Morning Art Group
in Kennebunkport, Maine on Dec 14, 2018
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00


Art Gang Art
During a refreshments break, I snapped some photos of the sketches in progress at our Friday Morning Art Group in Kennebunkport, Maine. It's a privilege to sketch among such a fun, accomplished, talented weekly collection of artists, exemplified in these sketches, their in-progress below, each fine artist with their own unique style, friends...


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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cape Porpoise Inner Harbor

Cape Porpoise Inner Harbor
from the Cape Porpoise dock at Bickford Island in
Kennebunkport, Maine on Dec 7, 2018, painted Dec 11, 2018
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $155.00

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Model Caitlin Study 1

Model Caitlin Study 1
at our Art Group in Kennebunkport, Maine on Dec 7, 2018
7" x 10" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, and Uniball waterproof
fade proof ink on 140 lb. Arches cold press fine
grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $135.00


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Early Snow Field

Early Snow Field
in the back fields behind my home
in Shapleigh, Maine on Dec 5, 2018
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Arches cold press
rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $155.00


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sunny Side Up Spruced

Sunny Side Up Spruced
as setting sun through snow-covered tall spruces
I'd planted in 42 years ago in my yard in Shapleigh,
Maine photographed on Nov 27, 2018 painted Dec 4, 2018
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano
Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton
extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Button Factory Open House 2018

Artists' Holiday Open Studios
at the Button Factory's 32nd Annual

Open Studios Friday Preview,
November 30, 2018, 5-8 pm
The Button Factory hosts 38 artists.


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At the entrance a cardboard replica
of the greets visitors, fun art, fine art.


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Inside the building of windows
I found art looking out those windows and...


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...including a feast of art, wonderful color,
by Amy Brnger of Portsmouth, NH,
her web site HERE her Facebook page HERE.


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With lots of people milling around,
one painting drew me (on the right) in.


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I was enthralled by this painting. How enthralled?
The triangle composition is pleasingly simple.
The colors and impressionistic approach
are so fine by Todd Bonita.
I love the wisp of hair, the
central glow of sunlight
And the colors...


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I studied those colors, that texture.


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This is the distance Todd was when painting,
then step back and look again at how the blend,
fabulous stuff, great color.


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There's so much to
chat about with passersby.


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Todd, the artist, and model are also uncle and niece.
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Photos 5, 7 ,9 and 10 were taken
at the opening by Elaine Miller, web site HERE,

who is the founder of the art cooperative
Ceres Gallery in Portsmouth, NH,
web site HERE, and Facebook page HERE.

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And there was exciting fine
monochromatic art to be found by...


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Frank Hyer of New Castle, NH,
his drawing class web site HERE,
with time for all of the artists to mix with other artists,
admirers, patrons, and holiday buyers.

The Button Factory
855 Islington Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
The Button Factory web site listing all of the artists
and the history of the Button Factory is HERE.