Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Every House Has a Dock . . .

Every House Has a Dock
Almost
at Criehaven Raggedy Island, Maine
painted plein air on July 23, 2017
20" x 14" (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
$480 USD including frame and shipping, $400 unframed
online at my art blog HERE where you may leave a comment



Every House Has a Dock
Almost, Study
at Criehaven Raggedy Island, Maine
painted plein air on July 23, 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 fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
$240 USD including frame and shipping, $200 unframed
online at my art blog HERE where you may leave a comment


The sublime painting setup

While I painted on the dock Ruth,
her painting done, relaxed.
 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Breakwater at Criehaven

Breakwater at Criehaven
on Ragged Island, off Owls Head, Maine
painted plein air on July 23, 2017
11" x 13" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and most permanence, and #3 graphite on 140 lb.
Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
$320 USD including frame and shipping, $280 unframed

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Davis Point and Afterward

Photo in evening fog light of the Olsen House,
Andrew Wyeth's headstone and Ruth Kaldor
in Cushing, Maine on July 19, 2017

Afterward
After an art day,
she ambled past an art life
where the hay was mown.


© 2017 Bruce McMillan



 
High Tide Somewhere Else
at Drew and Peter's cove by Davis Point
painted on July 19, 2017
20" x 14" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and most
permanence, and Faber-Castell waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
$380 USD including frame and shipping


High Tide Somewhere Else
Study II
at Drew and Peter's cove by Davis Point
painted on July 19, 2017
20" x 14" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and most
permanence, and Faber-Castell waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Arches cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
$280 USD including frame and shipping 


High Tide Somewhere Else
Study I
at Drew and Peter's cove by Davis Point
painted on July 19, 2017
12" x 9" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and most
permanence, and Faber-Castell waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
$120 USD including frame and shipping



Painting Fog
at the Drew and Peter's boathouse on Davis Point
painted on July 19, 2017
14" x 10" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and most
permanence, and #3 pencil on 140 lb.
Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
$320 USD including frame and shipping 


Critique by David Dewey:
"This little mark (the purple/black of the
portable seat's backrest)
makes the whole thing.
It's a little Milton Avery-ish."

"But you are an original."

Sketching by the Sea
Milton Avery, 1944
See forty-three more paintings
of Milton Avery's at Wiki HERE

David Painting by
the Boathouse
of David Dewey at Drew and Peter's boathouse
on Davis Point painted on July 19, 2017
7" x 5" (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. Fabriano
Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
$120 USD including frame and shipping


David Dewey Watercolor Workshop
Day 3

On a foggy sunny day
2017 07 19
Quotations by David Dewey

 
1
"You approach the subject, not go through it."

2
On the sky: "The paper is bone dry. Here we go.
Soft clouds. I'm letting the under painting suggest it."
 
3
The fog rolled away, the tide went out 
and David Dewey painted on...
"You approach the subject, not go through it."
 
4
"Work through the first stages, the pairing of the colors."
"As I build up the painting I go darker."

5
For an artist, a pencil had many uses.
 
6
"Detail, I'm just flicking it in."
"I'm going to get into the water so I can just go,
baguette, and get out of here. I'm going to paint in
the baguette, the famous baguette."

7
Baguette: the horizontal long shaped islands on an
ocean's horizon with a flat bottom, and round ends,
resembling a traditional French Bread Baguette.
"Notice the baguette's as they get further and further away,
they get darker, more violet with blue. It's just mingling.
Put in the color and let it do the rest."
 
8
Bruce and Ruth, in circle,
photo by Kathy on the other side of the circle.
 
9
"I try to get the voice of the color down.
And then I can bring it down, strong and then let it out."
 
10
"There," with the there.
 
11
Fog rolled back in for the critique.
 
12
"This one wins the prize."
Boat by Linda Von Rosenvinge
 
13
Down the Path

At the end of the day
Ruth sauntered down
through fresh mowed hay
into the fog
to the shore-side headstones
of Christina, Alvaro, and Andrew.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Foggy Day in Rockland . . .

Tree
Branch
Descending
along Harborside Trail in Rockland, Maine
painted on July 18, 2017
5.5" x 15" (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. Fabriano
Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
$240 USD including frame and shipping


Foggy Day
in Rockland Harbor
along Harborside Trail in Rockland, Maine
painted on July 18, 2017
15" x 5" (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. Fabriano
Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
$240 USD including frame and shipping



David Dewey Watercolor Workshop
Day 2

Our Foggy Day by the Harbor
2017 07 18
Quotations by David Dewey
1
The painting is what you put there.
Make something memorable.
That's what you're trying to do."

"One of my favorite paintings."
2
Reflections
Winslow Homer
1880 12.5" x 7.25" (w x h)
Painted when he was about 44 years old

3
Workshop artist's question:
"Do you ever paint (with your easel) vertical?"

David's reply: "I can't."

Workshop artist Ruth Kaldor's comment:
"That's okay. We love you anyway."

4
"Take a deep breath and make the commitment."

"I'll go over everything (with my brush) once it's dry. "
5
The finished demo for the day.

"There, little subtle shapes
that identify themselves."


6
Critique of Ruth Kaldor's Painting

"This is quite beautiful, beautiful shape.

I love how you've set up those tankers;
you painted around them. Beautifully done."

"When is a painting finished?
When it looks complete. Watercolor
is an incomplete complete medium."

Caldbeck Gallery Evening
at 7:30 pm David gave a talk about
the paintings in his exhibition



7
"I worked on paintings
like this for two-and-a-half-years.
Then I was ready to step into the studio."

"Twilight is the richest time in color."

Weather to Paint
 

Painting a study,
watercolor is freezing,
to the studio.


text and photo © 2017 Bruce McMillan

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lobstertraps . . .

"It's hard to use the line but you play with it." -David Dewey
Lobstertrap Stacks
by a house along the Rockland Harbor Trail
at the foot of Mcloud Street, Rockland, Maine
sketched on July 17, 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
$310 USD including frame and shipping


"And this one (below) has panache." -David Dewey

panache, noun
1. a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair:
2. an ornamental plume of feathers, tassels, or the like,
especially one worn on a helmet or cap.

I hope David means the first definition. -Bruce

"That's a framer." -workshop participant exclamation

Lobstertraps in the Making
by a house along the Rockland Harbor Trail
at the foot of Mcloud Street, Rockland, Maine
sketched on July 17, 2017
12" x 9" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and most
permanence, and Faber-Castell chisel point pen with waterproof
fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
$260 USD including frame and shipping


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
David Dewey
Watercolor Workshop

Day 1, July 16, 2017
1
David Demos
Bruce McMillan Sketchbook
8" x 4.5"  (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.
Strathmore 400 series watercolor paper sketchbook
NFS

The following quotations by David Dewey
during the demo morning.

2
"That's such a great color.
That really is the color. Seeing the colors
next to each other, that's the point."

"When you're making a painting you're saying,
'This is my house, not yours.'"

"Where do you begin with a painting?
You start with the framework. Where you
place it is your choice. Engage the eye.
Engage the whole space."

"Look at Hopper's windows.
They're all windows, but they're all different."

3
"Draw the essential platform first.
Start with the simple shapes, economy. Then paint into it."
"Shadows want to be bright and luminous.
Shadow is warm and light is cool."

4
"All color is warm at its brightest point."
"Color expands and contracts; it seeks its own space."

5
"Those lobster buoys (yellow and red),
I'm not going to paint every little one,
just
a poke. There are dozens of buoys, so you have to
make a
little poem about them so it doesn't over-detail."

6
In the afternoon David got excited when he saw the scene
where Ruth and I were painting, behind the green house,
and joined us on Mcloud Street to paint another sketch.

"I'm moving the puddle around to get the shapes."

7
"Economy, you can't do it all, little notes,
a visual selection as you go along, so
the few make it look like
it's all there." 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
 
What Wasn't Painted

Fog banks, flowers, sea,
boats moored, tied by painter's lines,
not anchored artists.

text and photo © 2017 Bruce McMillan

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Under the Little Big Top


Under the Little Big Top
at Circus Smirkus 2017 season opening night
for Midnight at the Museum
in Greensboro, Vermont on July 2, 2017
sketched on July 14, 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 fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper


At the Circus Photo-essay
Opening Night, Greensboro, Vermont
Midnight at the Museum
all performers are 12-18 year old


Under the Little Big Top

The kids, fantastic,
whirling, spinning, balancing,
their dinosaurs great.

text © 2017 Bruce McMillan
 

2
The kids, 12-18, are so skilled and entertaining.
 

3
Whoa!
 

4
And the dinosaurs, HA!
 

5
I couldn't stop laughing, along with them.
 

6
So close,
and with kids in the audience
sitting on the floor, ringside.
 

7
Moving as one like an octopus.
 

8
Though you won't see the dinosaurs, so funny,
in their three minute preview video, you'll see a lot,
so you'll have to go to the show to see the dinosaurs,
such a tease. See a video of the show, their
summer schedule and get tickets HERE
If you get a chance to see it, go!
Take kids. It has my highest
recommendation. -Bruce