Sunday, October 20, 2019

Tongues in Trees

 Tongues in Trees
at a Winterthur rock sculpture installation
painted plein air as part of the Brandywine Plein
Air Festival on October 18, 2019
14" x 11" (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, $500


The plein air setup

The stone engraving

Tongues in trees,
books in running brooks,
sermons in stones,
and good in everything.
 
-William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 1, Line 15

FYI: "Shakespeare is having the duke purposely (deliberately) conclude that nature "speaks" more eloquently and truly than people with their tongues, books, and sermons. Stones (inanimate objects) turn out to be better company than people who seek favors by using flattery, charm, etc."

The sculpture setting

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Which Way Is the Sun?


Which Way Is the Sun?
at Rushton Woods Preserve in Newtown Square,
Pennsylvania, painted plein air on October 16, 2019
painted as part of the Plein Air Brandywine Festival 2019,
14" x 11" (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, $500

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Chickens at Brandwyine Cottage...


What Painters?
Chickens at Brandywine Cottage,
which is featured in the book, The Layered Garden,
painted plein air on October 15, 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, $300, painted as part of the
Plein Air Brandywine Festival 2019,
the website HERE


Peck Peck Stroll
Chickens at Brandywine Cottage,
which is featured in the book, The Layered Garden,
painted plein air on October 15, 2019
14" x 11" (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, $500



Curious about painting? Peck, peck, stroll.

The Brandywine Cottage
The chickens' coop is near the cottage,
just beyond the painter on the left. 

Read the NY Times article
3,000 Plants, and Then Some
about the cottage and it's noted garden HERE

See David L. Culp's website and more about
this fabulous garden HERE. And a chicken HERE!
See the book on amazon HERE.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Christina Bye Wilmington

Christina Bye Wilmington
as the Christina River flows past Wilmington, Delaware
painted plein air October 14, 2019
on the walkway at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife
Refuge in the DuPont Environmental Education Center,
Wilmington, Delaware,
14" x 11 (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, $500



The setup

The Christina River is named after Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689); the first permanent European settlement in Delaware in 1638 was Swedish, the colony of New Sweden

The DuPont / Refuge website is HERE.

Painted as part of the Plein Air Brandywine Festival 2019, the website HERE

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Island in the Thoroughfare

Island in the Thoroughfare
looking at the Deer Isle Thoroughfare from the
woods and rocks by Sand Beach in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air September 28, 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, $300

Birch Leaves Leaving


Birch Leaves Leaving
over the sea as they change color
at Settlement Quarry on Deer Isle, Maine
painted plein air September 29, 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, $300



The plein air setup on a granite stone bench

Friday, October 11, 2019

Island Reclining - Go Figure Studies

Island Reclining - Go Figure,
Study 3
off Sand Beach in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air September 28, 2019
18" x 13" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $700

  
Island Reclining - Go Figure,
Study 2
off Sand Beach in Stonington, Maine
painted plein air September 28, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Friday, October 4, 2019

Settlement Quarry View

Settlement Quarry View
from the no longer quarried quarry
painted plein air September 29, 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, $300


The plein air setup on a granite stone bench

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was made from Settlement Quarry granite from this hill.

Settlement Quarry is part of the Island Heritage Trust on Deer Isle, Maine, their web site HERE.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Top Notch Moored

Top Notch Moored
moored for the night in evening light
painted plein air on September 28, 2019
5" x 7" (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, $150


In Stonington harbor lobsterboats in sunset light, swing at their moorings, left to right, Miss Pickle, Rebecca Marie, Lynn Marie, and, in the foreground, Top Notch.



 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Marginal Inlet

Marginal Inlet
along Marginal Way in Ogunquit Maine
painted plein air on September 26, 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, $150


Painting with Painter Friends
Debbie Mueller (l), Bruce McMillan (c), Sara Gray (r)
 
The last time we'd painted was in July
at the 2019 Castine (Maine) Plein Air Festival
 
Debbie Mueller's website HERE
Sara Gray's website HERE

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Low Tide Parsons Beach

Low Tide Parsons Beach
in Kennebunk, Maine
on June 27, 2012, painted August 25, 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, $300

Still Life at Parsons Beach


Still Life at Parsons Beach
with three Meyers lemons
on February 9, 2014, painted August 25, 2019
14" x 11" (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, $500

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hope Town Hurricane - Memories

Hurricane Dorian
Hope Town, Bahamas
Now and Then
when I painted here in 2015...

Now: Quoted report and Now photos are from the Hope Town Facebook Page Sept 2, 2019
 

Then: In February 2015 I painted at Susan Abbot's Painting Workshop at Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas, now devastated by a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian.
The Marsh Harbor Airport is still underwater and the ferries from Marsh Harbor to Hope Town, Elbow Cay, have sunk.


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The walk today where we walked to meet for our workshop. Hurricane Dorian is the worst hurricane to ever hit the northern Bahamas in its recorded history with up 220 mph gusting winds, plus there were possible tornadoes.


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Our studio house back then.
"When Hurricane Dorian reached Category 5 intensity, peaking with one-minute sustained winds of 185 mph and a minimum central pressure of 910 millibars the eye made landfall, a direct hit, in Hope town, Elbow Cay, Bahamas with a possible 15-23 ft. storm surge."


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I stayed at the Hope Town Harbor Lodge. Everything was so lush and green. My room is still there, the yellow top left room (circled) remains, though the rest of the floor is gone, the Lodge devastated. An overturned white van is barely noticeable on the right. The Lodge's dock was or is (unknown) behind the person taking this photo across the parking lot at the water's edge. "No reports of injuries or casualties. All parts of the island were damaged, roofs gone, buildings demolished (probably tornadoes). Flooding has been reported and the dune in White Sound is gone. Some buildings were badly damaged but are still standing."



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Hope Town Harbor Lodge Dock View
"In Hope Town, it's confirmed that the Harbour's Edge and Capt'n Jack's has been destroyed. Also, Abaco Inn was pretty much destroyed and villas G & H are gone. On Lubbers Quarters, Cracker P's took a direct hit." I used to enjoy dinner at the Harbour's Edge HERE (gone), nice memories still remain.


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The Hope Town School
I visited the school and visited classrooms, where I was warmly greeted with the student's holding up their schoolbooks which had a short version of Nights of the Pufflings in it.
"Help is on the way through numerous sources including the US Coast Guard and private entities. Care must be taken because the waters surrounding the islands are strewn with debris, but some of the docks still exist in Hope Town and can be used."


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Down the road, then.


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Sea Spray, White Sound, Elbow Cay. See what the Sea Spray was like before on their web site HERE
"In the Man o War Harbor, all of the Albury, and G & L Ferries have sunk. Every boat including the ones in Eastern Harbour have sunk or are gone. On Monday Morning it's seen that a couple of docks are okay in the Harbour and they believe boats can get in."


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It was a lovely place to paint, as seen here in Hope Town.


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On one day our workshop painted here at the Firefly Sunset Resort, a great day. Their website with photos is HERE.


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"Plans are in place for boats to leave Nassau with basic supplies for Hope Town as soon as the weather permits. Plans are being put in place stateside to organize the relief efforts from here."


My heart goes out to the Elbow Cay locals at this devastating time.


2015 Painting Workshop Day 1 HERE
2015 Painting Workshop Day 2 HERE
2015 Painting Workshop Day 3 HERE
2015 Painting Workshop Day 4 HERE

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Art Guild of the Kennebunks Art

Annual Art Guild of the Kennebunks
Awards 2019 Show

August, 30 - Sept 1, Community House
2 North Street, Kennebunkport, Maine


In addition to the two major works on display,
Iceland Island Sheep Eat HERE
and
Herdubreid in Iceland's Clouds HERE
 

there are five art bargains for sale,
and any unsold by September 2, 2019
will still be available on this art blog.


1
Coming and Going
and Gone Study

off Castine in Penobscot Bay
painted plein air on July 25, 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 rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
$150

2
Sunset Port Clyde
at Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine
painted plein air on Sept 16, 2017
5" 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
$100

3
Sunflower Breeze
at Burtt's Orchard farm on
Cabot Plains Road in Cabot, Vermont
painted plein air on October 12, 2016
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
$150

4
One Still Out
in Stonington Harbor
at Stonington, Maine painted
plein air from Green Head Overlook on July 28, 2019
5" x 7", 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
$150

5
Blue Sky Dream
model study at our Kennebunkport art group
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
$150
 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Parsons Beach Labor Day

Parsons Beach Labor Day
in Kennebunk Maine 2016, painted August 26, 2019
15" x 12" (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
$500, framed
Exhibited at the Art Guild of the Kennebunks Show at the
Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Highlands Mountain...

A Highlands Mountain
in Iceland
in the "Public Sketch Book, Blank pages for you!"
at the Ásgrímur Jónsson Museum
August 12, 2019
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on paper
At the National Gallery of Iceland's
Ásgrímur Jónsson Museum
website HERE.


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Bergstaðastræti 74, 101 Reykjavík
Ásgrímur Jónsson (1876-1958) donated his house to the Icelandic Government along with all his paintings in his possession. There were 192 oil paintings and 277 water colors along with many unfinished pictures from various periods in his life.


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He was one of the first painters in Iceland to make art a professional living.

3
Inside...
The Ogress in the Stone-Raft, 1957-1958,
is still rowing...past...


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...the colors left behind...


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A window to the artist's past...


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A window reflection in...
The Night Troll at the Window by Ásgrímur Jónsson, watercolor, 1943,
upstairs in the Ásgrímur Jónsson Museum
See a sketch of his for this painting HERE and another HERE.


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Light, lights, present...


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...in...
Ásgrímur Jónsson's Frá Þingvöllum, Arnafell, (From Thingvellir) 1950.
The art seen HERE
See thirty of his paintings HERE.
See the huge Hvítárvatn og Langjökull that hangs
in the restaurant of the Hotel Holt in Reykjavík HERE.