Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Icelanders with Pocketbooks...

Icelanders with Pocketbooks
at the Beach
Birta and Unnur Ósk at Parsons Beach in Kennebunk, Maine
on August 13, 2017 painted on August 15, 2017
10" 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 rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
NFS

Saturday, August 12, 2017

This Way, No This Way

"This one makes me happy." - David Dewey
This Way, No This Way
at Birch Point State Park in Owls Head, Maine
painted plein air on July 21, 2017
14" x 10" (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
$280 USD including frame and shipping, $250 unframed



This Way, No This Way photo
taken as I started painting for reference
in case the figures or lighting in the scene changed.

Photo of Ralph Steinglass playing his string instrument
with the tresses of Ruth Kaldor in the foreground in the yard
of David Dewey's home/studio in Owls Head, Maine on July 21, 2017

Suite Locks
Bach's notes, light as air,
with golden flow, summer hair,
stylist's compliments.

© 2017 Bruce McMillan

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David Dewey Watercolor Workshop
Final Day 6, Part 1 of 2

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Breakfast outside at David's summer
home/studio on a beautiful summer morning
starts our last day, a half-day, of the workshop.
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This was followed by a soothing
classical musical interlude of Bach
and more performed by one of our
workshop painters, Ralph Steinglass.
Then it was
our final critique
of our many watercolors,
person by person, painted this week.
All of us received a thoughtful, helpful,
critique of our work from David.
David Dewey's Comments on the work of
The Art House at Owls Head
20 Main Street, Owls Head,
Gang of Four
Bruce McMillan, Ruth Kaldor,
Kathy Baribeau, and Skye Maher

 
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Beach Day at Birch Point I
at Birch Point State Park in Owls Head, Maine
painted plein air on July 21, 2017
19.5" x 6.75" (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
$340 USD including frame and shipping, $300 unframed
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On Bruce's three paintings:
"These are wonderful ideas."
On the painting above:
"I'd enjoy looking at that for a while."
"The spirit of the color."
"The swirling, the dancing, the theater
in the round, they have spirit, the whole
movement, less John Marin,
more Arthur Dove.
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Stonington, Maine
John Marin (1870-1953)
Watercolor, charcoal and pencil on paper,
19" x 17" (w x h), 1921
Christie's Auction, NY, 2008, $51,400, USD
Source HERE
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Clouds and Water
Arthur Dove (1880 - 1946)
Oil on canvas, with selective varnish,
40" x 30" (w x h), 1930
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
More about this painting at the MET HERE
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On to Ruth Kaldor's works...
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(top left)
"This one knocks you off your rocker."
"How do I want to move through the view?
How do I want to walk through it?"
"What's really impressive is that
it's a good painting. That's all there is to it."
(top right)
"Every note you put in is not about this,
it's about that."
(bottom)
"This is a wonderful painting.
It has a lot of strength. The white
of the paper pushes the strength of color.
You can breathe in and out of the rocks,
extended contrast.
"This is a very complete painting.
There are two contests going on, flowing
around and steady, flowing around and steady,
back and forth, curve and line."
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Ruth painting her beach rocks painting,
photo taken by David Dewey.
Ruth's web page is HERE.
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On Kathy Baribeau works,
specifically her beach scene:
"You talked into your painting."
"It doesn't run out of breath; it breathes."
"The sea, it anchors (your painting)."
"Luminous, your range of greens
is chromatically great."
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Kathy painting her beach scene
at Birch Point Beach State Park,
photo taken by Bruce McMillan.
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David was particularly intrigued
by Skye's sketchbook, truly liked it.
On Skye Maher's works:
"You can't help but think of a painter
like Maurice Prendergast . . . figures on the beach."
"The skin tones have a beautiful look to them."
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Surf, Nantasket
Maurice Prendergast
Watercolor on paper, 11" x 16" (w x h),
circa 1900 - 1905
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After everyone's critiques,
Christy Gallagher, David's Assistant
shared her watercolor paintings from
the week as well as her insights in painting.
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Remembering her instructor at Copper Union:
"All you have to do is deconstruct what you're
looking at and put it back together."
And then she said,
"That's how you make a painting yours.
That's how you make a painting
one that only you see."
"I choose a shape.
And then I put it back together."
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Portrait of a Fine Artist
Thanks to David Dewey for
sharing his time and his skills
and insight to watercolor painting.
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David left us inspired, thinking big.

One of our workshop's artists,
Stephen Dolleck, has a fabulous
solo watercolor exhibit, Stolen Moments,
at the Amagansett Free Library, in
Eastern Long Island, through
the month of August, 2017.
Stephen's web page is
HERE.
The library is HERE.
The Art Gang held our own daily art critiques.

The Art Gang at
The Art House at Owls Head

by Kathy Baribeau
In the end,
all in all,
from start to finish,
from first to last,
up and back,
great fun,
one and all.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Penny and Shelly Chicken Out

Penny and Shelly
Chicken Out
at the Springvale Public Library's Bruce McMillan
Watercolor Painting Chickens in Springvale, Maine
four minute demo painted on August 8, 2017
10" 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 rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
online at my art blog HERE where you may leave a comment
Gifted to the Springvale Public Library

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Photo of Shelly (chicken) and
Vicki Clendaniel (chicken keeper)
at the Springvale Public Library in Springvale,
Maine on August 8, 2017
A Mystery
As a chicken peered
at her keeper's locks,
the color puzzled,
both like a red fox,
yet hair, not feathers,
flowing, so she gawks,
for she had the comb,
so unorthodox.

© 2017 Bruce McMillan

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 Strange but True Facts
"Why shouldn't
a chicken cross the road?
Because it would be a fowl proceeding."

(edited) from Potter's American Monthly,
1892, page 319
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Painting Chickens
Using Watercolors at
the Springvale Public Library

with Bruce McMillan

August 8, 2017
 

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Our models, Penny (white) and Shelly (red )
were ready, posing for an audience of fifty-eight
young and old and older artists.
 

4
After a quick story
about my grandson's
painting advice, "Grampa Bruce,
it's a painting, you can do anything,"
everyone gathered around my easel
for a four-minute demo to inspire
their painting freedom adventure.
 

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And as I circulated among the artist,
they painted their chickens on Strathmore
postcard size watercolor paper,
soothing to send if they wished.
 

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I was fascinated to see that the cage
disappeared in all but two paintings,
one by an adult and one
by a young artist.
 

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Young artist painted alongside
older artists, some accomplished
adults, who'd painted watercolors before,
and all created masterpieces.
 

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I was impressed how the artists
used the white space of the paper
for their white chicken (Penny).
 

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"Every child is an artist. The problem is
how to remain an artist once we grow up."
-Pablo Picasso

 

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My thanks to Librarian Assistant Samantha
"Sam" Clendaniel (here) and her daughter Vicki
for bringing our model chickens to paint,
Penny (white) and Shelly (red) and
for taking many of these photos.
And thanks to Children's Librarian
Sheila Dube for organizing our
event and for  taking our
portraits with the
chickens. What
a great
watercolor day.
Springvale Public Library HERE

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lightning Struck

Flash-Boom
is part of the reason the final
David Dewey posting is delayed.
Lightning Struck
Yikes...
no pause between the flash and thunderclap.
I jolted out of my seat by the window in Shapleigh.
In a flash gone were the water, no pump, the land line phone,
the satellite box, the internet line, the answering machine,
and who knows what's yet to be discovered.
So many work men and women
visiting as a result.
Meanwhile...
Inspired by David Dewey,
I'm ready to hold my own workshop and
paint chickens with many aspiring artists,
young and old and older at the
Springvale Public Library
443 Main Street
Springvale, ME 04083.
The Problem with Chickens HERE and HERE
More tomorrow.
Until then...I'll see you at the library HERE.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Beach Day at Birch Point

Beach Day at
Birch Point I
at Birch Point State Park in Owls Head, Maine
painted plein air on July 21, 2017
19.5" x 6.75" (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
$340 USD including frame and shipping, $300 unframed


Beach Day at
Birch Point II
at Birch Point State Park in Owls Head, Maine
painted plein air on July 21, 2017
19.5" x 6.75" (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
$340 USD including frame and shipping, $300 unframed


The Hand of David
David Dewey painting his demo at Birch Point State Park
in Owls Head, Maine, sketched and painted
plein air on July 21, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
most permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
NFS, gift to the artist


Ruth and Skye Observe
David Painting
Ruth Kaldor and Skye Maher studying David Dewey's
painting style during his demo at Birch Point State Park
in Owls Head, Maine, sketched and painted
plein air on July 21, 2017
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
most permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
NFS, gift to the artist


David Dewey Watercolor Workshop Day 5
2017 07 21
At the far end of the beach at Birch Point State Park we gathered
by the rocks that David has painted many times before.

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"How do you paint rocks? 
How do you paint light?"

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"I'm painting light. I'm not painting stones."

3
"Okay, the sky, there's yellow in the sky, and not a cloud."
"I'm going to bring that light down into the rocks
so that it pours over it."
"That's how you paint rocks."

4
Slow deliberate, well thought out, brush strokes,
more on the rocks, and a pause . . .

5
"Value is flat, color is form."
Cue the gull. And action...

6
Hmm. This bird is dreaming. No way is he going to be
painted today. David Dewey doesn't include birds,
including sea gulls, in his paintings.
Got that Óskar?

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No John James Audubon treatments today.
Onward.


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"I need to put another color in here,
a skin color (for the rock),

before I get to the blue."

David uses Kleenex to dab his brushes,
to dab his painting,
to lift watercolor.
How much did he paint this week?

"Three packs of Kleenex this week."

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A sure steady hand guiding well worn brushes.

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"I draw during the painting, instead of doing
the whole drawing first, to break things
down into smaller pieces."


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Under the rock: "That's just it, there."

12
"I'm not sure what I want to do with the water yet."

13
"Okay, water...

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...just a little lighter, just to get a sense of it."
Done.

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Like others painted and done, each one unique,
in his Birch Point Beach Rocks series. 

See David's 2014 painting demo
of these rocks on my blog HERE,
which hangs in our home. 

See Ruth Kaldor's 2017 painting of the same rocks
on her blog HERE, where you may leave a comment.