Saturday, November 1, 2014

Rock Scramblers

Rock Scramblers
by Nubble Light in York, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on November 1, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Friday, October 31, 2014

Seaside Sunset Sky

Seaside Sunset Sky
looking south from Nubble Light in York, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 30, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Afternoon Seaside Leaves

Afternoon Seaside Leaves
in York Harbor, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 30, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nubble House Lighthouse

Nubble House Lighthouse
Cape Neddick Lighthouse known as Nubble Light
seen from Sohier Park at Cape Neddick, York, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 29, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, October 27, 2014

Couple in the Shallows

Couple in the Shallows
on Harbor Beach in York Harbor, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 28, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Nubble Light's End of Day

Nubble Light's End of Day
Cape Neddick Lighthouse known as Nubble Light
seen from Sohier Park at Cape Neddick, York, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 27, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Dewitt's Watercolor Workshop

Dewitt's Watercolor Workshop
at the York Art Association (HERE) in York, Maine
on October 25, 2014, sketched on October 26, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Space as Place, Getting the Picture

Where all colors have their welcomes,
in a space of fluid atoms
swirling in a vortex, brushing
by as a blend, leaving, rushing
to destiny, solid vapor
onto watercolor paper,
some stay behind, a color flood
in a mix of a known hue, mud.

poem © 2014 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission

 The Watercolor Palette Space of Dewitt Hardy

I participated in the Shadows and Trees Watercolor Workshop with Dewitt Hardy HERE on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the York (Maine) Art Association.

The Dewitt morning demo, painting a tree with shadows, paper raised at the top. Starting at the top and working down the water flows in that direction, leaving more intense color at the bottom of each flow. The tree and shadows are done using a green and red for visual harmony. A touch of Mars Black was added for only the darkest shadows.

For the shadows the sun is here, coming from the direction of the arrow. I saw this reference point unlike anyone else, including Dewitt, as seen and explained in my exercise below.

Dewitt uses a small mirror, checking his work as he draws and paints, getting another perspective, fascinating. Shadows are painted in darks over lights, then darker darks over those same darks, keeping in mind the direction of the imaginary sun.

Finally the long shadow, leaving the darker color at the tree's base as the color flows down.

In the afternoon Dewitt did a double demo. First he sketched in pencil and painted in monochrome the street scene outside the York Art Association as a study.

Then he sketched it again, this time painting it in full color.

Dewitt recommends Winsor and Newton Sceptre Gold II Watercolor Brushes, a combination of sable hair with a blend of synthetic fibers, which I happen to also use and recommend, a quality economical brush.

Dewitt Hardy's web site with gallery HERE

Where the imaginary sun was . . .
Morning Workshop Tree Study
Bruce McMillan
7" x 5", Fabriano 140 lb. cotton watercolor paper

Our workshop's working area was arranged as square. I sat opposite Dewitt and sketched my workshop tree. When he'd drawn an arrow on the paper to show the direction of the sun, everyone saw the arrow as the sun in the top left corner. However I saw the imaginary sun as existing in the space of the room, not on the paper. So when I painted my tree, I was the only person who painted the shadows coming from a direction other than Dewitt's study. My mind is a fascinating quirky place, never boring.

Dewitt's first comment, a little startled, when looking at my study, "Oh, the shadows are coming from the other side." It was coincidentally the same direction Dewitt saw his tree in his hand held mirror, the direction reversed.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Brown Blows By Whee

Brown Blows By Whee
in my yard Shapleigh, Maine
on October 23, 2014, sketched on October 25, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rainy Day Puddle Strolling

Rainy Day Puddle Strolling
self portrait walking home through the back fields in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 23, 2014, sketched on October 23, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper

unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Strolling Splashing

Splash, dash, puddles, boots,
wet, leaves, water shoots,
legs swing, splishing, swoosh,  
so wet, splashing, whoosh.

poem © 2014 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission
.

Late Autumn Soaring Sky

Late Autumn Soaring Sky
over the fields behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 20, 2014, sketched on October 23, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gull's Mirror

Gull's Mirror
an American Herring Gull (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)
at Parson's Beach in Kennebunk, Maine
on October 12, 2014, sketched on October 22, 2014
12" x 9", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Late Autumn Walk

Late Autumn Walk
in the fields behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 20, 2014, sketched on October 21, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, October 20, 2014

Warbler's Dune Reign

Warbler's Dune Reign
a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)
at Laudholm Beach in Wells, Maine
on October 12, 2014, sketched on October 20, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Autumn Birch Storm

Autumn Birch Storm
seen in my yard looking east to Fort Ridge in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 18, 2014, sketched on October 19, 2014
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, wax resist, on 140 lb.
Strathmore cold press fine grain 100% acid free watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Step Turn See Gull

Step Turn See Gull
a Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) on Parson's Beach
in Kennebunk, Maine on October 12, 2014, sketched on October 18, 2014
9" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Arches cold press 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Season's Last Rose Bittersweet

Season's Last Rose Bittersweet
Rosa Rugosa and Chinese Bittersweet at Parson's Beach
in Kennebunk, Maine on October 12, 2014, sketched on October 16, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Autumn Gone and Going

Autumn Gone and Going
along a trail at Laudholm Farm Reserve in Wells, Maine
on October 12, 2014, sketched on October 16, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Flower on a Figure

Flower on a Figure
in the French Impressionists Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston, Massachusetts on October 13, 2014, sketched on October 15, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The After Flamenco Walk

The After Flamenco Walk
in the Courtyard of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
after a Flamenco performance during the Goya Exhibition
on October 13, 2014, sketched on October 14, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, October 12, 2014

High Tide Sandspit

High Tide Sandspit
at the Crescent Beach Sandspit by the Little River
along the southern edge of Kennebunk, Maine on October 12, 2014,
sketched on October 12, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Blue Sky Tornado . . .

Blue Sky Tornado in Autumn's Calm
looking west on the County Road by my land on the right
in Shapleigh, Maine on October 10, 2014, sketched on October 12, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Barbara Carr and Susan Abbott Art Chat



Barbara Carr and Susan Abbott Art Chat
about Susan Abbott's art at the McGowan Fine Art Gallery in
Concord, New Hampshire on October 10, 2014, sketched on October 11, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Susan Abbot's Gallery show HERE  web site HERE and blogs HERE

Barbara Carr's blog HERE
Art Gallery Photos
 Farther East
Susan Abbot
Oil, $5,700

Bruce and Susan Abbot, Farther East
Yes Martine of Montreal, blog HERE, Susan remembers you
from France in 2010, "She's always writing comments on blogs."

 McGowan Fine Art Gallery, Concord, New Hampshire

Friday, October 10, 2014

Organic Pink Oyster Mushrooms

Organic Pink Oyster Mushrooms
in a box from Mousam Valley Mushrooms, Springvale Maine,
web site HERE, taken in Shapleigh, Maine
on October 9, 2014, sketched on October 10, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Two Feeding Sanderlings

Two Feeding Sanderlings
(Calidris alba) in the surf shallows at Laudholm Beach
in Wells, Maine on September 16, 2014, sketched on October 9, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lunchtime Shadow and Reflection

Lunchtime Shadow and Reflection
of a Sanderling (Calidris alba) in the surf at Laudholm Beach
in Wells, Maine on September 16, 2014, sketched on October 8, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
 

Bruce and the Birds

Hair Falling, Swift River

Hair Falling, Swift River
a passing tourist on the bridge over the Swift River
at Rocky Gorge during peak foliage along the Kancamagus Highway,
Route 112, in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire
on September 30, 2014,  sketched on October 7, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, October 6, 2014

Green Evergreens, Foliage Hardwoods

Green Evergreens, Foliage Hardwoods
in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire
on September 30, 2014, sketched on October 6, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Color in White Mountains II

Color in White Mountains II
along the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountain National Park
in New Hampshire on September 30, 2014, sketched on October 3, 2014
12" x 9", Winsor & Newton watercolors, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Friday, October 3, 2014

Color in White Mountains I

Color in White Mountains I
along the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountain National Park
in New Hampshire on September 30, 2014, sketched on October 3, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Fog Falling into Fall Foliage

Fog Falling into Fall Foliage
along the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountain
National Park in New Hampshire on September 30, 2014,
sketched on October 3, 2014
12" x 9", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Looking Back . . . at 30 Paintings

 Looking Back
at Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days
for the Leslie Saeta Challenge
HERE
September 1-30, 2014
Row by row from day 1 to day 30
Full paintings on the September postings

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Foliage Peeks along the Swift River

Foliage Peeks along the Swift River
in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire
on September 30, 2014, sketched on October 1, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
Private Collection

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Over the Estuary

Over the Estuary
at Laudholm Farm Preserve in Wells, Maine
on September 19, 2014, sketched on September 30, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Also posted at Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Challenge on the last day of the challenge HERE.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sanderling Strut

Sanderling Strut
of a Sanderling (Calidris alba) in the surf at Laudholm Beach
in Wells, Maine on September 16, 2014, sketched on September 29, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Also posted at Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE 

Sanderling Strut

Racing surf waters
to loose wet sand full of food,
high stepping wet struts.


haiku poem © 2014 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Liftoff

Liftoff
of a young American Herring Gull (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)
at Laudholm Beach in Wells, Maine on September 19, 2014,
sketched on September 28, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Also posted at Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

View from the Downeaster Train Window

View from the Downeaster Train Window
in evening light traveling north from Boston, Massachusetts
on September 16, 2014, sketched on September 26, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper

unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Also posted at Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE.