Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Fresh Snow on Citrus Ridge

Fresh Snow
on Citrus Ridge
by home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 30, 2019, painted on Jan 30, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Bare Road, Barely Snow...

Bare Road, Barely Snow,
Barest Sunset
along the Back Road in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 28, 2019, painted Jan 29, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Friday, January 25, 2019

Before Winter Rain

Before Winter Rain
seen from home upstairs
on Fort Ridge in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 22, 2019, painted on Jan 24, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lace Snow Jeans...

Lace Snow Jeans
Red White Blue Booted
on the ponds road by home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 2, 2019, painted on Jan 22, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Arches cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $145.00

Study of One


Study of One
model Rebekah at our art group in
Kennebunkport, Maine on Jan 18, 2019
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including tax and shipping $115.00

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Apple Blush Pear Pair

Apple Blush Pear Pair
in the back snow fields by the
woods behind home in Shapleigh,
Maine on Jan 17, 2019, painted Jan 18,
12" x 9" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke
Horadam, and Winsor & Newton watercolors,
selected for light fastness and permanence, Uniball
waterproof fade proof ink, and paraffin wax resist on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, tax, and shipping $185.00

Art Focus

Art Focus
on Rebekah at our art gang drawing group
in Kennebunkport, Maine on Jan 18, 2019
12" x 9" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $145.00


Our Art Gang Drawing Group
always graciously hosted by another Bruce
 
1
features breaks with lifting refreshments,
 
2
a kitchen with our host cooking
a frittata while we draw and paint,
 
3
fine art by fine artists,
 
4
art in it's unique style,
 
5
art in the making,
 
6
art from many perspectives,
 
7
art from many fine individual styles,
 
8
while our host plays eclectic music
and has our break's refreshments at the ready.
We're a lucky art group; it's always uplifting.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Winter Afternoon on the Ridge

Winter Afternoon
on the Ridge
in the back field behind home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 17, 2019 painted Jan 18, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $155.00

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Attitude Chilled

Attitude Chilled
Two Minneola tangelos on
snow by home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 16, 2019, painted on Jan 17, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, paraffin wax resist, and Uniball waterproof
fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $155.00

Note: Watercolor artists curious about the bright color saturation of the Minneolas, it's layered Permanent Orange (Daniel Smith), Pyrrol Orange (Daniel Smith), and Cadmium Red (Winsor & Newton), the bright Pyrrol Orange predominant.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Organic Orange...

Organic Orange,
Inorganic Yellow,
Chilling Blues
an organic orange and an inorganic lemon chilling
on the snow behind home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 13, 2019, painted on Jan 13, 2019
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Monday, January 14, 2019

Winter Afternoon...

Winter Afternoon
Farmers' Cemetery By Home
in Shapleigh, Maine on Jan 3, 2019, painted on Jan 14, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Arches cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $155.00

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Snowbird Eggs...

Snowbird Eggs
in Orange, Lime, and Lemon
with a citrus fruit selection of an orange, a lime, and lemon
on the snow behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 3, 2019, painted on Jan 12, 20-19
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, wax resist paraffin, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including tax/shipping $115

Reader Comment and Reply



I love the color enhancement, and knowing how fast you work, it's perfectly chilled for eating. -Carol Douglas

 Why do you keep throwing fruit in the snow? Carol Douglas (art blog HERE)

Puzzling question coming from an artist, and perhaps a bit pejorative using the verb throwing. Did Cezanne throw his fruit into place for his still life compositions? Perhaps your question is more about the setting of the still lifes.


Winter's white blanket is a perfect setting for a watercolor still life. The white in watercolor is the white paper, a wonderful expanse, so snow is a perfect setting. The white and blue of snow simplifies the scene, focusing the eye on the color of the subject. I made this color observation years ago while shooting a children's book in Antarctica. Week after week, seeing only white and blue and gray, when coming upon life, the orange and red colors of a penguin's beak popped in this monochrome environment.


One commenter wrote: "I love the richness and transparency of your colors... and the originality of your subjects!" M.P.


Art reflects what the artist brings to a subject. I like to play with words, with visual elements. I had three successful books using my photographs as visual puns, Punography (Penguin 1978) featured in Life Magazine, Punography Too (Penguin 1980), and for children Puniddles (Houghton Mifflin 1982). So, fruit on snow isn't much of a stretch. It gives the viewer pause, and usually a smile.


Why do I "keep" doing this. Why does any artist do what they do? I like playing with nature, a theme throughout my children's book career. I've always admired the art of the unique British artist Andy Goldsworthy (on Wiki HERE), how he plays with nature.


I've been amused with watercolor sales. The fruit on snow motifs have sold more than other motifs. Who would've thought it? That's not why I paint them, but it's a pleasant surprising discovery, and feedback of a motif piquing a viewer's interest.


FYI: These snow/fruit postings on my art blog include galleries of other artists' still fruit lifes which might be of interest.
Two Pear HERE
Down on Green, Up on Red HERE
Minneola Forelle Pair HERE
Lemons on a Snow Drift Cliff HERE

 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Still Life Pear on Snow

Still Life Pear on Snow
with a forelle pear in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 3, 2019, painted on Jan 11, 2019
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, wax resist paraffin, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including tax/shipping $115

Friday, January 4, 2019

Walk in the Snow

Walk in the Snow
in the yard at home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Jan 3, 2019, painted on Jan 4, 1029
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $115.00

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Only Snow's Crunch

Only Snow's Crunch
in the back field behind home
Shapleigh, Maine on Jan 2, 2019, painted Jan 3, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
paper, framed, including sales tax + shipping $145.00