Saturday, July 9, 2016

That Green Grand Manan...

That Green
Grand Manan Ledge
off South Head, seen looking down from the 300' (91 m) cliffs
of South Head Light on Grand Manan Island, NB, Canada
painted plein air on July 4, 2016
7" x 5", 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
framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

That ledge is way, way down there. 
 My plein air set up, way up,
300' high on a point with the sea
on three sides.

South Head,
Grand Manan Island
Art of the 1800s

At the South Head,
Grand Manan

Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908)
Oil on canvas

"Alfred Thompson Bricher, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was a painter associated with White Mountain (NH) art and the Hudson River School. By the 1980s, more than seventy years after he died, he began to be credited as one of the nineteenth century's greatest maritime painters. A self-taught luminist, he explored the effects of light and how it reflected, refracted, and absorbed on landscapes and seascapes.
    In 1868 he moved to New York City, and soon afterward he began using watercolors in preference to oils. In 1873 he was chosen for membership in the American Watercolor Society. In the 1870s, he primarily did maritime theme paintings, with attention to watercolor paintings of landscape, marine, and coast-wise scenery. He often spent summers in Grand Manan, where he produced such notable works as Morning at Grand Manan (1878) seen HERE."

Grand Manan Island,
Bay of Fundy

Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)
Oil on canvas, 1852

"Born in Hartford in 1826, he was the privileged son of Joseph Church, a jeweler and banker of Hartford, who interceded with Connecticut scion and collector Daniel Wadsworth to persuade the landscape painter Thomas Cole to accept his son as a pupil. Church became an American landscape painter, a central figure in the Hudson River School of American landscape painters, and perhaps best known for painting large panoramic landscapes, often depicting mountains, waterfalls, and sunsets, but also sometimes depicting dramatic natural phenomena that he saw during his travels to the Arctic and Central and South America, before this run-on sentence. Church's paintings put an emphasis on light and a romantic respect for natural detail. In his later years, Church painted classical Mediterranean and Middle Eastern scenes and cityscapes. The artist's house and grounds remain today one of the exceptional historic sites in the New York State park system." About
Church HERE

Rocks and Moss off
Grand Manan Island, Canada

Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)
Oil on canvas, 1851-52
See more of Church's art HERE

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