Friday, January 31, 2014

Lemon Apple Snow

Lemon Apple Snow
in the snow drifts of my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 31, 2014, sketched on January 31, 2014
9" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano cold press traditional white cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
 

30 in 30 Days

The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
These are the paintings in the order painted and posted here on my blog and on Leslie's Saeta's blog HERE for the Challenge. Since I paint daily it wasn't a difficult challenge. Painting every day means I learn something new everyday. The unexpected surprise from this challenge are the painters from all over, Oregon to Rome, Michigan to New Mexico, Florida to Montreal, who shared comments on my blog, a world wide community of artists encouraging artists. I love it. -Bruce

Thursday, January 30, 2014

That Way and This

That Way and This
a blooming red amaryllis set out in the snow in my yard
in Shapleigh, Maine on January 26, 2014, sketched on January 30, 2014
10" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
FYI: My reds palette includes Winsor red, permanent alizarin crimson, brown madder, and cadmium orange, and of course other colors sometimes join in the mix.

Warm Pear, Cool Snow

Warm Pear, Cool Snow
A Forelle pear set into a snow drift by my driveway in Shapleigh, Maine 
on January 28, 2014, sketched on January 30, 2014
9" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 300 lb Arches cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping 
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Splash Walking Where Skiers Skied

Splash Walking Where Skiers Skied
cross country in the fields beside my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 28, 2014, sketched on January 29, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper


unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping 
online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
also online at the Daily Paintworks Snow Challenge HERE
"Your challenge this week is to paint snow."
I love looking down at the blue sky caught in snow's shadows, defining the white of snow. I also love splashing through snow in my vintage forty-year-old Red Ball boots, purchased then for my days as a Maine island caretaker and fishing my few lobster traps. Like the local fishermen, I wrapped my socked feet with newspapers for insulation.

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Red Balls in Snow 
by Bruce McMillan
© 2014 Bruce McMillan, may not be used without permission

My feet swinging,
splashing in snow,
wearing my Red Ball boots;

crystals flying,
out on the go,
wearing my Red Ball boots;

shadows catching
sky blue, below,
wearing my Red Ball boots;

sunny hiking,
thinking long ago,
wearing my Red Ball boots.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pacing Outside the MFA

Pacing Outside the MFA
Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) denied entry at the
Huntington Avenue entrance to the Museum of Fine Arts
in Boston, MA on January 17, 2014, sketched on January 28, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Petal's Edge Waves

Petal's Edge Waves
on a blooming amaryllis set out in the snow in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine 
on January 26, 2014, sketched on January 27, 2014
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE

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

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Red Bloom on Blue Snow

Red Bloom on Blue Snow
in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 25, 2014, sketched on January 26, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sunrise Spills Over Fort Ridge

Sunrise Spills Over Fort Ridge
in Shapleigh, Maine on January 21, 2014, sketched on January 25, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

This is bordering on the abstract, going with blocks of color; 
I know this scene well, the view from my home
with the snow field of my yard in the foreground.
The surprise was the well placed bit of yellow; I used no yellow.
I thinned the cadmium orange at the lowest part
and let the white paper shine through, the coming sun.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Boston MFA Strong

Boston MFA Strong
along Huntington Avenue outside
the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA
on January 17, 2014, sketched on January 23, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Between

Between
two works in the Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Gallery
at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA
on January 17, 2014, sketched on January 23, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
My Painting Partner
I looked down at the brush wipes
on my wet paper towel,
whoa, hi; I wasn't alone.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kisa

Kisa (Icelandic for Kitty)
sketched on January 22, 2014 for the Daily Paintworks Challenge,
The Creative Color Challenge: "I have provided a black and white photograph
of my cat, Max. The challenge will be staying true to the values given."
Patti Vincent Dayton, OH
4" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
online at the Daily Paintworks Challenge HERE
and also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bloom in Blue

Bloom in Blue
A White amaryllis blooming set outside in my snowy
yard against the deepest blue sky in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 6, 2014, sketched on January 20, 2014
10" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
NFS

Monday, January 20, 2014

Two Canadians Outside...

Two Canadians
Outside the MFA in Boston
Two Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) outside the
Huntington Avenue entrance to the Museum of Fine Arts
in Boston, MA on January 17, 2014, sketched on January 20, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, January 19, 2014

On Viewing Sargent's Watercolors

On Viewing Sargent's Watercolors
at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA
on January 17, 2014, sketched on January 19, 2014
10" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Friday, January 17, 2014

Chair Buds Sprouting People

Chair Buds Sprouting People
in the Taste Café and Wine Bar at the Museum of Fine Arts
in Boston, MA on the evening of January 17, 2014,
sketched on January 18, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite,
on 140 lb. Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Afternoon Heralding Bloom

Afternoon Heralding Bloom
an amaryllis by my shingled home in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 6, 2014, sketched on January 17, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Open Wide

Open Wide
an amaryllis blossom set out in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 1, 2014, sketched on January 16, 2014
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE 
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Swiss Snow Train Teague

Swiss Snow Train Grandson Teague
from a photo by my son Brett in Switzerland in
January 2014, sketched on January 15, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb. and #3 graphite
on Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Monday, January 13, 2014

Reading Gunnlaugur Scheving

Reading Gunnlaugur Scheving,
one of my favorite Icelandic artists (1904-1972),
in my enclosed sun room porch in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 12, 2014, sketched on January 13, 2014
10" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
NFS

also online at the Daily Paintworks The Interior Challenge HERE and
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
What I was reading HERE (Icelandic) or HERE (English).
See his work HERE and HERE

The Party

The Party
outside during January thaw in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 12, 2014, sketched on January 13, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Old and Young

Old and Young
amaryllis blooms residing together on the same stalk
outside on a winter rainy day in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 11, 2014, sketched on January 12, 2014
9" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper 
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Ageing with Grace

Ageing with Grace
A White Amaryllis outside in the snow in my yard
in Shapleigh, Maine on January 9, 2014, sketched on January 11, 2014
10" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping 
 also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE

Friday, January 10, 2014

Pistil and Stamens

Pistil and Stamens
of a white amaryllis in the late afternoon in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 9, 2014, sketched on January 10, 2014
9" x 6", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 400 hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Still Standing

Still Standing
white amaryllis blooms wilting in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 6, 2014, sketched on January 9, 2014
10" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sunny Winter Blooms

Sunny Winter Blooms
in the snow in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 1, 2014, sketched on January 7, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
This is also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
and this weeks Daily Paintworks The Summer in Winter Challenge HERE
Note:
This was the fifth sketch I did to get the feel of it right. I've been painting more representational than interpretive with the flowers, unlike the flow when I was painting the Monhegan series. I was filling in the lines, like a pictorial coloring book, not letting the brush make the lines. I worked through that. I painted two of one view before I realized that perspective wasn't going to work. Then I went on with this view and by the third one I was loose and confident with the brush strokes, back to where I want to be.
      The blue is no accident, a mix of Prussian Blue, Winsor Violet, with a touch of French Ultramarine, which is painted last with my biggest #20 round brush, my favorite part of the process. Before then it looked like nothing, but when the blue fills the space around the flowers and they take shape and the flowers pop, voilà; it reminded me of painting seagulls overhead in a blue sky and using the white of the paper and negative/positive space. In the practice ones I realized that I didn't need to lay on so much shadow, one of the things I reminded myself while getting loose and back in the groove.



Monday, January 6, 2014

Yesterday's Bloom

Yesterday's Bloom
on a winter rainy day on my deck in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 6, 2014, sketched on January 7, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Shadow Stalking


Shadow Stalking
white amaryllis bloom set in the snow on a sunny day
in Shapleigh, Maine on January 1, 2014, sketched on January 6, 2014,
10" x 8", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb. Strathmore Series 500 hot press
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

The Long Shadow...

The Long Shadow of
Winter Blooms
white amaryllis blooming plant set in the snow of my yard in Shapleigh, Maine on January 1, 2014,
sketched on January 5, 2014, 7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper
also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Friday, January 3, 2014

Profile in Winter White

Profile in Winter White
of white amaryllis set on snow in my
yard on an overcast day in Shapleigh, Maine
on December 29, 2013, sketched on January 4, 2014
9" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper

also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

My artist friend Brenda Ferguson asked if she might paint it in oil
from my reference photo. It's fabulous, such a fine artist,
and sold within minutes of her posting it.

Room to Grow
Brenda Ferguson
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100
sold within hours of posting on Brenda's web site where it's posted HERE

 

Icicle Dropping By

Icicle Dropping By
along the entranceway to my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on January 1, 2013, sketched on January 3, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper 

also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE

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

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hanging Out

Hanging Out
an amaryllis set in my snowy yard on an overcast day in Shapleigh, Maine on December 29, 2013,
sketched on January 2, 2014
10" x 7", Winsor & Newton watercolors on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 hot press archival watercolor paper 

also online at the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge HERE
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Guest Artist
Brenda Ferguson is a dear artist friend
and reader of my Postcard of the Day who sometimes asks
if she might paint from one of my photos. Below is one she painted
from the same reference photo that I used for the watercolor above.
 Winter White
Brenda Ferguson
with permission from a photo of mine
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", January 2014,
$100 + $10 domestic shipping
  available at Brenda's blog HERE