Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Coming Tide at Seal Cove

Coming Tide at Seal Cove
with Wood Island in the distance
on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada
sketched plein air on June 21, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and most
permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano
Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00


Bruce McMillan in Seal Cove
painting the coming tide
photo by Ruth Kaldor

Seal Cove Abstractive Perspective
by Bruce McMillan 
Old place, new vision,
herring done, a new angle,
some things still fishy.

text and photos © 2017 by Bruce McMillan

Seal Cove Abstractive Perspective
Photo-essay
Seal Cove, Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Foggy Pettes Cove Rocks


Foggy Pettes Cove Rocks
on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick,
Canada, painted plein air on June 20, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and most permanence, and Uniball waterproof
fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Ready to Weir . . .


Ready to Weir
at Dark Harbor
on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada
sketched plein air in foggy air on June 19, 2017
7" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and most
permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Arches
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Car Ferry Waiting

Car Ferry Waiting
for the Grand Manan Adventure in the abstract
in the fog at Blacks Harbor in New Brunswick, Canada
on June 18, 2017, sketched plein air in foggy air
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and most permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof
ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Schoodic Surf Sprays Below Rocks


Schoodic Surf Sprays
Below Rocks
during a foggy evening at Acadia National Park
in Schoodic, Maine sketched plein air
on June 17, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and most permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Russell and Rachel's Invisible Line

Russell and Rachel's
Invisible Line
models at our Kennebunkport
Art Group in Kennebunkport, Maine
on June 16, 2017, sketched on June 16, 2017
8" x 6" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
most permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Strathmore cold press fine grain 100% cotton
watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pockets of Buttercups

Pockets of Buttercups 
 next to our home in Cabot, Vermont
on June 8, 2017, sketched on June 11, 2017
10" x 7" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Arches
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $130 + $7.15 sales tax + $12.85 shipping = $150.00

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

On a Cool Wet Day


On a Cool Wet Day
looking down from our home on the
Cabot Plains Road in Cabot, Vermont
on June 7, 2017, sketched on June 8, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein
watercolors on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Brennan and Charles Reid


Brennan and Charles Begin
Model seventh Grader Brennan Harris
and painter Charles Reid at the start of a painting
in the studio at Landgrove Inn (HERE) in Landgrove, Vermont
on June 4, 2017, sketched on June 5, 2017, 

using only the tools and materials provided in our
Vermont Watercolor Society annual meeting goodies bag,
7.25" x 5.25" (w x h), watercolors from the Holbein
postcard sampler, on watercolor paper from Cheap Joe's,
a pencil, sharpener and eraser, also from Cheap Joe's,
using a Holbein Gold 020 1/2" flat brush,

framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Photo during the annual meeting of the Vermont Watercolor Society, using camera painting motion, of the studio at Landgrove Inn in Landgrove, Vermont on June 4, 2017 

Charles Reid – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
by Bruce McMillan


In the Green Mountains, under trees,
beneath a pitched red roof, quiet
fills the room while a painter sees
a model, space, to imply it 


on paper, as we watch, enthralled,
reflecting on colors flowing,
mixing, over pencil marks scrawled,
the model in warm light, glowing, 


Charles speaking, the underpinning
growing, his voice, brush, alternate,
"Combine shapes in the beginning,
(pause) and then slowly separate." 


We chat during breaks, sharing stares
to see the details of his skill,
reflecting on how we paint, cares
we take with our own styles, until, 


break over, beholding him, sigh, 

pulling his brush to the sublime,
while informing us, "I keep my
brush on the paper all the time."


We leave amused by his stranger 

words, for he'd said, our ears straining,
"I think water is a danger,
(pause) in watercolor painting."


text and photos © 2017 by Bruce McMillan




Charles Reid Painting Demo
at the Vermont Watercolor Society annual meeting
June 4, 2017 at Landgrove Inn in
Landgrove, Vermont, 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
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"I keep my brush on the paper all the time."
 
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"I start with fresh color each day, small amounts."
 
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"The idea is to keep painting as much as possible."
 
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"Combine shapes in the beginning, 
then slowly separate."
 
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"For a face . . . start with a cadmium yellow 
or yellow ochre."
 
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Ruth Kaldor checks out his colors . . .
 
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. . . and his Craig Young palette.
 
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"Use the pan colors, not from the mixing area."
 
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"No floppy wrists, use the whole arm."
 
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Charles Reid and Brennan Harris

New Art in the
Bruce and Ruth Collection
Brennan
Charles Reid
Watercolor on paper, 16" x 20" (w x h), June 4, 2017
Collection of Bruce McMillan and Ruth Kaldor

Charles Reid, Ruth Kaldor, Bruce McMillan
(photo by Judy Reid)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Red Fox Paws Pause

Red Fox Paws Pause
on Cabot Plains Road in Cabot, Vermont
on May 31, 2017, sketched on June 3, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Friday, June 2, 2017

Route 215 Poled

Route 215 Poled
in Cabot, Vermont
on May 28, 2017, sketched on June 2, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thunderstorm's Sunset Claps

Thunderstorm's
Sunset Claps
seen from the parking lot of  the
Price Chopper grocery (Store #123) in Barre, Vermont
on May 31, 2017, sketched on June 1, 2017
10" x 7" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Arches
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $130 + $7.15 sales tax + $12.85 shipping = $150.00

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Walking Route 215


Walking Route 215
Ruth Kaldor enjoying the walk and the
view along Route 215 in Cabot, Vermont
on May 29, 2017, sketched on May 30, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
NFS

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Red Fox Run

Red Fox Run
A red fox (Vulpes vulpes), largest of the true foxes,
in our yard at Cabot, Vermont on the morning of
May 27, 2017, sketched on May 28, 2017
10" x 7" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Arches
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $130 + $7.15 sales tax + $12.85 shipping = $150.00

Friday, May 26, 2017

Phlox Flocking

Phlox Flocking
on the stone wall of our raised bed garden in Shapleigh, Maine
on May 20, 2017, sketched on May 25, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bluets Trio

Bluets Trio
growing in our lawn in Shapleigh, Maine
on May 23, 2017, sketched on May 25, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Blueberry Blooms Bunch

Blueberry Blooms Bunch
on a wild highbush blueberry bush in our yard
in Shapleigh, Maine on May 24, 2017, sketched on May 25, 2017
10" x 7" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, W&N
white gouache, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $130 + $7.15 sales tax + $12.85 shipping = $150.00

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Modesty . . .

Modesty Standing
Model Rachel in three minute poses
at our ARTgroup in Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 19, 2017, sketched on May 19, 2017
6" x 4" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Strathmore
cold press archival watercolor paper


Modesty Sitting
Model Rachel in three minute poses
at our ARTgroup in Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 19, 2017, sketched on May 19, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed together, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Monday, May 22, 2017

Gesture . . . Holding . . .

One Arm Gesture
Model Rachel in three minute poses
at our ARTgroup in Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 19, 2017, sketched on May 19, 2017
5" x 7" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
online at my art blog HERE where you may leave a comment


Holding It
Model Rachel in three minute poses
at our ARTgroup in Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 19, 2017, sketched on May 19, 2017
5" x 7" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed together, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Re-imagining . . .

Re-imagining Laundry
Model Rachel in three minute poses
at our ARTgroup in Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 19, 2017, sketched on May 19, 2017
5" x 7" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
hot press 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper


Re-imagining
the Ghost of Degas
Model Rachel in three minute poses
at our ARTgroup in Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 19, 2017, sketched on May 19, 2017
6" x 4" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Strathmore
cold press acid free watercolor paper
framed together, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Relaxing in Color

Relaxing in Color
Model Rachel at our ARTgroup in Kennebunkport, Maine
on May 19, 2017, sketched on May 19, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blooming Bluets

Blooming Bluets
(Houstonia caerulea) in our yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on May 18, 2017, sketched on May 18, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
zinc gouache, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00


Notes:
I did a couple of sketches that I didn't like. I studied my tulips painting from the Montreal Botanical Gardens, Tulip Symphony HERE, and went back to do another. Did a detailed loose drawing, did the background with wet on wet dabs, finishing it off when dry with a wet water wash and then more color for value. But before that dabbed in the flowers, added some dark purple accents for value, and then smoothed them out with some zinc white gouache.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sun Sets Pond Woods

Sun Sets Pond Woods
in the Town Park in Shapleigh, Maine
on May 12, 2017, sketched on May 14, 2017
10" x 7" (w x h), Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Arches
cold press 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $130 + $7.15 sales tax + $12.85 shipping = $150.00