Sunday, December 8, 2019

Looking Ahead Study 1

Looking Ahead Study 1
at our Art Group of Rebekah painted December 6, 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, $150

Friday, December 6, 2019

Clementine's Ear Muffs...

Clementine's Ear Muffs
in a Snow Life *

* snow life - noun. a painting setup similar to a still life, but on snow. e.g.: "I'm outside painting a snow life."
 

A clementine atop fresh snow
after the season's first snowfall, 9",
behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on December 4, 2019, painted December 6, 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

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Opal Apple . . . Snow Life . . .

Opal Apple and
Clementine Snow Life *

* snow life - noun. a painting setup similar to a still life, but on snow. eg: "I'm painting a snow life."

An Opal apple and a clementine atop a snow hill
after the season's first snowfall, 9", over the natural rock wall
of the cemetery behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on December 4, 2019, painted December 4, 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

Saturday, November 30, 2019

One, Two, Three, Leaves, Studies

One, Two, Three,
Leaves, Study 4
of the back fields and woods behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 29, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence on 140 lb. Arches cold press
grand fine 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $300

The Preliminary Studies
 
One, Two, Three, Leaves, Study 1
of the back fields and woods behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 27, 2019
10" x 11" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, and #3 graphite on
144 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper, NFS
 
One, Two, Three, Leaves, Study 2
of the back fields and woods behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 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
on 140 lb. Arches cold press grand fine 100% cotton
watercolor paper framed, NFS


One, Two, Three, Leaves, Study 3
of the back fields and woods behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 28, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence on 140 lb. Arches cold press
rough 100% cotton watercolor paper, NFS

One, Two, Three, Leaves, Study 4
of the back fields and woods behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 29, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence on 140 lb. Arches cold press
grand fine 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $300

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Leaves Last Leave

Leaves Last Leave
in the back fields behind my home
on November 1, 2019, painted November 12 and 15, 2019
14" x 11" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, and #3 graphite on
144 lbs. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white
watercolor paper
framed, $150

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Light Standing Presence

Light Standing Presence
at our Kennebunk Art Group with model Rachel
painted November 8, 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, $150

Sunday, November 10, 2019

A Hold on Blue

A Hold on Blue
at our Kennebunk Art Group with model Rachel
painted November 8, 2019
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, $150

Thursday, November 7, 2019

As She Stands

As She Stands
Olivia painted at our last
Kennebunkport Art Group October 4, 2019
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for
light fastness and permanence, and #3 pencil on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Monday, November 4, 2019

Thoughtful Pause

Thoughtful Pause
painted at our Kennebunk Art Group October 4, 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, $150

Sunday, November 3, 2019

In a Colorless Room

In a Colorless Room
the model stood out at our Drawing Group
painted October 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 fine 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Two Tugs, No Tugging

Two Tugs, No Tugging
at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania boatyard docks
painted from the dry dock near Urban Outfitters
painted plein air on October 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, $300


Our Maine Gang of Five in PA
at the Brandywine Plein
Air Festival 2019
On our Free Friday Carol (foreground),
Bobbi (middle distance),
Ed (background), and I painted
at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
boatyard by the mothballed U.S.S.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy aircraft carrier,
while Sara visited family.

Carol Douglas' website HERE and blog HERE
Bobbi Heath's website HERE
Ed Buonvecchio's web site HERE
Sara Gray's website HERE

 Some photos of us during the week
taken by the Plein Air Brandywine
Festival 2019 photographers:


Sara Gray painting


Ed Buonvecchio painting


Bobbi Heath turning in her daily art


Ed Buonvecchio, (me) Bruce McMillan,
and Carol Douglas during the cool
windy Nocturne


I'm having a pleasant chat during
opening night, over 700 new paintings,
Sara Gray on the right.





Saturday, October 26, 2019

Optimistic and Pensive

Optimistic and Pensive
Sunflowers at Rushton Woods Preserve in Newtown Square,
Pennsylvania, painted plein air on October 16, 2019
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. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Sunflower Bright Sky

Sunflower Bright Sky
at Rushton Woods Preserve in Newtown Square,
Pennsylvania, painted plein air on October 16, 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, $150

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Night Falls into Art

Night Falls into Art
Nocturne at the Brandywine Plein Air Festival
painted plein air October 17, 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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Four Down One to Go

Four Down One to Go
flowering in a pot in Marshalton, Pennsylvania
during the Plein Air Brandywine Festival event
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


My flowery subject...as we artists painted our
4:00-6:00 pm Quick Draw in
Marshalton, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Plein Air Parasols Gardening

Plein Air Parasols Gardening
at Brandywine Cottage, in Downington, Pennsylvania
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


Find the Plein Air Painter
Quiz
There's a plein air painter painting in the garden at
Brandywine Cottage in each photo. Can you find the painter?
 
1
 
2
 
3

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Up and Across and Down

Up and Across and Down
a banana plant growing in a pot
outside at Brandywine Cottage,
which is featured in the book, The Layered Garden,
painted plein air on October 15, 2019
as part of the Plein Air Brandywine Festival,
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 watercolor painting set up.

Quiz:
Can you spot a plein air painter
in the photo below?

 Another banana frond with
a distinctive white painter's cap
on a painter in there somewhere.
 

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