Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Lime and Pear Wearing Green Genes

Lime and Pear
Wearing Green Genes

a snow life in my yard with
a Lime and Green D'Anjou Pear
on December 18, painted December 22, 2020
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, $150

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Citrus Family Winter Gathering

Citrus Family Winter Gathering

a snow life in my yard
with a lime, orange, and lemon
on December 18, painted December 22, 2020
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, $300

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Pear Here

Pear Here

a snow life in my yard with a Comice Pear
on December 18, painted December 22, 2020
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, $300

House Harbor Stonington Study 2

House Harbor
Stonington Study 2

in Stonington, Maine, Deer Isle, on July 31, 2020,
painted August 21, 2020
4" x 6" (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, $100 NFS

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Pear There

Pear There

a snow life in my yard with a Comice Pear
on December 18, painted December 22, 2020
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, $300

Friday, December 25, 2020

Leaning in to a Holiday

Leaning in to a Holiday

with a 50 foot spruce I planted as
seedling 44 years ago in my yard, as seen on
December 6, 2020, painted December 22, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Spruced Up Conversation

Spruced Up Conversation

with two 50 foot spruces I planted as seedlings
44 years ago in my yard, as seen on
December 6, 2020, painted December 22, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Opal and Granny Posing on Snow

Opal and Granny Posing on Snow

a snow life in my yard with a yellow Opal apple
and a green Granny Smith apple on December 18,
painted December 22, 2020
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, $300

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Nor'easter Wave

Nor'easter Wave

Along Ocean Drive in Kennebunkport, Maine,
in March, 2018, painted March, 2020
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for
light fastness and permanence, and white
Gouache on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton
extra white watercolor paper
framed, NFS

Monday, December 21, 2020

Beech Leaf Hanging On

Beech Leaf Hanging On

into winter after a fresh snowfall
on December 7, 2020, painted December 18, 2020
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Down on Green, Up on Red

 (original posting March 13, 2018)

Down on Green, Up on Red
Comice pears on a snow bank behind my home
at Shapleigh, Maine on Feb 18, painted on March 13, 2018
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
$150 NFS GIFT

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The Art of Comice Pears
How other artists painted them...

 
1
The Pear
Jacqueline Gnott, TWSA, WHS, South Bend, Indiana
Watercolor on paper, 5.25" x 8", 2016
Sold
Artist's web site HERE
 
2
Comice
Mary Daisy Arnold
Watercolor on paper
11/1/1935, from the
New York Experimental Station, Geneva, NY
Source web site HERE
 
3
Comice Pear
Jane Palmer, Ruthin, Denbighshire, UK
Oil, 6" x 6"
Sold
Artist's web site HERE
 
4
Ripe Pear
Claire Henning
Oil on gesso board, 6" x 6", 2013
Sold
Artist's web site HERE
 
5
Three Pears
Saundra Lane, Colorado, US
Acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"
$100.00 USD
Artist's web site HERE
 
6
Pear
Marcus Bolt, UK
Acrylic
Artist's web site HERE
 
7
Doyenne du Comice
Miss May Rivers
Published in The Fruit Grower's Guide
by John Wright, 1891-1894. They show
Miss Rivers' artistry and skill, with an
intensity of color and attention to
detail that is remarkable.
Source HERE
 
8
Perched Pears
Tracy Vartenigian Burhans, Winchester, MA, US
Oil on glass
Sold
Artist's web site HERE

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Up a Winter Driveway Study 2

Up a Winter Driveway Study 2

the driveway to my home in Shapleigh, Maine,
on December 18, painted December 19, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Up a Winter Driveway

Up a Winter Driveway

the driveway to my home in Shapleigh, Maine,
on December 18, painted December 19, 2020
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, $300

Thursday, December 17, 2020

County Road in Winter

County Road in Winter

painted December 16, 2020
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, $300

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Apples Paired not Pared Study 2

Apples Paired not Pared Study 2

on fresh snow in my yard on December 6, 2020
painted December 14, 2020
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, $150

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Apples Paired not Pared Study 1

Apples Paired not Pared Study 1

on fresh snow in my yard on December 6, 2020
painted December 14, 2020
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, $150

Monday, December 14, 2020

Climbing Pear Pair

Climbing Pear Pair

with a red pear and a Comice pear
painted as a snow/still life on the
plowed driveway snow in my yard in
Shapleigh, Maine on December 11, 2020
painted December 12, 2020
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, $300

The Mystery of the Snow Art Quiz

The Mystery of the Snow Art
Quiz


All of these paintings,
in addition to having a snow theme,
all painted in oil, and all painted on either side
of the Atlantic pond in Great Britain and the US,
have what in common?

Strange but True Facts
In the 1920s
the Stella Strong Stories
was pitched to a New York publisher,
adding "they might also be called the Diana
Drew Stories, Diana Dare Stories, Nan Nelson
Stories, Nan Drew Stories, or Helen Hale
Stories," but the editors at Grosset &
Dunlap preferred Nan Drew from
these options, finally deciding
to lengthen Nan to Nancy,
Nancy Drew.


1
The Sneuk with Snow, Orkney
Sylvia Wishart (1936-2008) Scottish
Oil on board, 26" x 35" (w x h), 1966
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery,
University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

Wiki note (edited):
Sylvia Wishart was born and raised in Stromness, Orkney. She grew up as a neighbor to poet George Mackay Brown. Wishart worked in the post office, but painted as a hobby. She was eventually persuaded to train at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. From 1969 to 1987 she taught painting and drawing at Gray's. Her drawings illustrated George Mackay Brown's An Orkney Tapestry, published in 1969.

In 2005, Wishart was made a full member of the Royal Scottish Academy. In 1992, 2007 and 2011, the Pier Art Centre in Orkney held shows of her works. Many of her paintings and drawings depicted landscapes and seascapes in Orkney, especially views of Hoy Sound from her cottage window.

Wishart and Brown had a long friendship involving frequent drinking, occasional violence, and Roman Catholicism (they converted together). She died in 2008 at 72 years-old.

Works by Wishart are in the collections of Robert Gordon University, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Pier Art Centre, the University of Leeds, the Scottish Maritime Museum, and other institutions. A book about Wishart, Sylvia Wishart: A Study, was published in 2012. Also, in 2012, the Royal Scottish Academy held an exhibition of Wishart's works. A documentary film, Reflections - The Life and Art of Sylvia Wishart (2011), featured interviews with her colleagues and friends.

2
Vermont Village, January Glow
Susan Abbott (1951- ), American
Oil on linen, 28" x 28" (w x h), 2015

The artist's website notes (edited):
This painting is "the geometry of a New England village, in this case my town of Plainfield, Vermont."

Susan Abbott was born and grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. Because her father was an artist and graphic designer, there were many art books and supplies at home; drawing and painting began at an early age. Her mother was a skilled seamstress, and Susan how to sew, knit and embroider. These hand crafts, and time outdoors playing in the creeks and woods have informed her work as an artist.
At 14 years-old she studied life drawing in the summers under the famed professor Richard D'Arista at American University. She dropped out of high school, and began a full-time student at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She focused on figure painting and plein air landscape. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, and two years later received a MFA degree from the Institute's Hoffberger School of Painting, working with renowned abstract painter Grace Hartigan as her advisor. She went on to study intaglio printmaking in the graduate program at the University of Iowa under Professor Mauricio Lasansky.

Susan Abbott has been working as a professional artist since then, exhibiting in galleries and museums around the US. Her still life and landscapes have been featured at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Museum of Technology, Hood College, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She's an active partner with non-profits in projects that connect art and conservation. Her commission for Oprah Winfrey was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Susan lives, paints, and teaches in Plainfield, Vermont. Her web site is HERE.

I've been fortunate to take painting workshops with Susan at her home/studio in Plainfield, Vermont, and in Hope Town, Bahamas. I enjoy her art, watercolors and oils, in my art collection.

3
Water Gap Shadow (Delaware)
Lois Dodd (1927- ), American
Oil on Masonite, 18" x 16" (w x h), 1994
For sale at the Alexandre Gallery, New York HERE

Wiki and Alexandre Gallery notes (edited):
Lois Dodd, an American painter, has painted her immediate everyday surroundings at the places she has chosen to live and work - the Lower East Side of New York, rural Mid-Coast Maine and the Delaware Water Gap. The Delaware Water Gap is a water gap on the border of the U.S. states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania where the Delaware River cuts through a large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains.
Lois Dodd was a key member of New York's postwar art scene. She played a large part and was involved in the wave of modern artists including Alex Katz and Yvonne Jacquette who explored the coast of Maine in the latter half of the 20th century.
She received studied at the Cooper Union, New York City from 1945 to 1948. From 1971 to 1992, Dodd taught at Brooklyn College and at the Skowhegan (Maine) School of Painting and Sculpture, where she served on the Board beginning in 1980 and is now Governor Emerita. In 1992, she retired from teaching at Brooklyn College. Since 1954, her work has been the subject of over fifty one-person exhibitions. Dodd is an elected member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and of the National Academy of Design.
As part of the wave of New York modernists to explore the coast of Maine just after the end of the Second World War, Dodd helped to change the face of painting in the state. Along with Fairfield Porter, Rackstraw Downes, Alex Katz, Charles DuBack, and Neil Welliver, Dodd spent her summers in the Mid-Coast region surrounding Penobscot Bay. Attracted by inexpensive old farmhouses, verdant fields, and the bright sunshine, they sought both companionship and an escape from the demands of city life. The break from the city and its urbane art circles allowed them the freedom to explore new modes of painting, both landscapes and figures, that were anathema in the era of Abstract Expressionism.

4
Hopfields under Snow
Joyce Austin (1911-1988), British
Oil on canvas, 23" x 19" (w x h)
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum,
Worcester, UK

Worcester City Gallery note (edited):
This oil painting of Hopfields under Snow is the only artwork in the Worcester City collection by talented local artist Joyce Mary Austin. Hopfields under Snow's scene is set on a wintry day in West Worcestershire, UK. Snow covers the dormant hop stocks, which are waiting for the warmer days of spring before bursting into life. It will be over six months before the hops are ready for picking, drying and sending off to the brewery. Sadly, over the years these traditional hop-yards are slowly disappearing from the Worcestershire landscape, with some being replaced by the new dwarf varieties.

Born in Kidderminster in 1911, Joyce Austin's interests and artistic inspirations were widespread. She concentrated mainly on landscape watercolors and oil paintings. Her subjects and styles varied widely.

She trained at both the Kidderminster and Birmingham Schools of Art. She studied printing under Leonard Jay at the Birmingham College of Arts and Crafts between 1935 and 1937. Joyce was appointed to Worcester College of Education as a Lecturer in Art and Craft, where she lectured for 22 years. Austin exhibited her work often both locally and further afield, including at the Royal Academy, selling many paintings in Worcestershire and beyond. Austin retired from teaching in 1966, and passed away in Malvern in 1988.

5
Winter Stream
Bobbi Heath (1951- ), American
Oil on canvas panel, 6" x 6" (w x h), 2010
Sold

Artist's website and blog and online notes (edited):
This painting was jury selected for the Anything Goes exhibition at River Arts in Damariscotta, Maine. "It was warmish (above freezing) today, which drew me to this photograph, the stream in the middle would have been running today. Thanks Suzanne, for the photo!"

Bobbi Heath grew up in coastal Texas. She studied Chemistry in college and grad school. However, she drew and later painted. She received an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas and a doctorate from Brandeis University. She's a former Vice President-Engineering at VoltDB, Inc., former Vice President-Engineering for Conjoin, Inc. and former Vice President-Professional Services at StreamBase Systems, Inc. Her technology career in chip making and software development was regularly interrupted by painting workshops and trips with friends to paint.

Today she paints full-time, a plein air painter painting outside from direct observation, as well as from photos. Bobbi and her husband split their time between the Maine coast in summer, traveling in their Lobsterboat cruiser up and down the coast, and Massachusetts in the winter.

The artist's website and blog is HERE.

I've had and have the good fortune to paint with Bobbi for years. I also have the good fortune to have Bobbi's art in my collection.

6
Snow at Tilton
Vanessa Bell (1879-1961), British
Oil on canvas, 11" x 14" (w x h), 1941
Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London
Purchased from the artist, 1942

Wiki note (edited):
Vanessa (Stephen) Bell (1879-1961) was an English painter and interior designer, a member of the Bloomsbury Group and the sister of Virginia Woolf, an English writer, considered one of the more important modernist 20th century authors. Vanessa married Clive Bell in 1907 and they had two sons, Julian (who died in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War at the age of 29) and Quentin. The couple had an open marriage, both taking lovers throughout their lives, him with men. Bell had affairs with art critic Roger Fry and with the painter Duncan Grant, with whom she had a daughter, Angelica in 1918, whom Clive Bell raised as his own child.
Vanessa, Clive, Duncan Grant and Duncan's lover David Garnett moved to the Sussex countryside shortly before the outbreak of the First World War, and settled at Charleston Farmhouse near Firle, East Sussex, where she and Grant painted and worked on commissions for the Omega Workshops. Her first solo exhibition was at the Omega Workshops in 1916. Bell is one of the most celebrated painters of the Bloomsbury group. She exhibited in London and Paris during her lifetime, and has been praised for innovative works and for her contributions to design.
This art is part of the Arts Council Collection (online HERE), the most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art. The Collection includes important and often early works by all of the most important artists working in the UK over the last 70 years.

7
Snow (Catterline, Scotland)
Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley (1921-1963), Scottish
Oil on board, 45" x 40" (w x h), circa 1958
National Galleries of Scotland,
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art,
Edinburgh, Scotland

Wiki note edited:
Joan Eardley was noted for her portraiture of street children in Glasgow and for her landscapes of the fishing village of Catterline and surroundings on the North-East coast of Scotland. One of Scotland's most enduringly popular artists, her career was cut short by breast cancer. Her artistic career had three distinct phases. The first was from 1940 when she enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art through to 1949 when she had a successful exhibition of paintings created while traveling in Italy. From 1950 to 1957, Eardley's work focused on the city of Glasgow and in particular the slum area of Townhead. In the late 1950s, while still living in Glasgow, she spent much time in Catterline before moving there permanently in 1961. During the last years of her life, seascapes and landscapes painted in and around Catterline dominated her output.

Eardley's work was already highly acclaimed by many in Britain by the time of her death. Since then, she's been recognized as an artist of international importance, although not universally. In 2013, a collection of letters written by Eardley to Audrey Walker were released, having been placed under an embargo by Walker until decades after she had died. Eardley had first met Walker, who was ten years older than her and was married to a prominent Scottish barrister, in 1952 in Glasgow. When the two were not together, Eardley would write to Walker on a near daily basis and the letters show Eardley's intense love for Walker.

8
Snow Squall at Twelve Corners
Carol L. Douglas (1959- ), American
Oil on canvas, 16" x 12" (w x h), 2011

Artist's blog and Camden Falls Gallery notes:
"I was waiting for my son at Brighton High School and amusing myself by taking photos of the streetlights with a hand held camera. Never thought of the photos as a painting until it was suggested by my friend Pilan. Here it is in an expanded sketch. I love the winter light better than I love the winter cold, but after a few months of it, I'm glad to see the days slowly lengthening again."
"What do plein air artists do in the winter? Mostly, we paint indoors. I paint outdoors in the winter because I want to, not because I've got something to prove. That means I can set limits: no subzero weather, no gloomy days, and no howling winds."

Carol Douglas studied under Cornelia Foss, Joseph Peller, and Nicki Orbach at the Art Students League in New York. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Carol lives and paints in Rockport, Maine since 2015. "As with other New York artists who came to Maine, the draw isn't primarily the art community, but the land and sea themselves: the ceaseless rise and fall of the tide, the granite outcroppings, and the dark pines." She studied painting and clay modeling with her father, a trained artist, from a very young age. In 1997, she quit working as a graphic designer to take up painting full time. Two bouts with cancer were transformative experiences.
The artist's blog, Watch Me Paint, is HERE.

I have had the good fortune to paint with Carol. One of my paintings hangs in her home.

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All of these paintings are
painted by brilliant women artists.

And if you figured that out,
way to go Nancy Drew.


Strange but True Facts Bonus

"Nancy Drew, an attractive girl of eighteen, was driving home along a country road in her new, dark-blue convertible." So began the journey of Nancy Drew in the first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of the Old Clock, that's traveled in a series of 64 books with 80 million copies sold in ninety years from 1930 to 2020. Under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt wrote 23 of the first 30 books from 1929 to 1947, which were bestsellers.

Among the many prominent and successful women who cite Nancy Drew as an early formative influence, whose character encouraged them to take on unconventional roles, are U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor.

 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Citrus Conversation Snow Life

Citrus Conversation Snow Life

with an orange and lemon painted as a snow/still life
on the plowed driveway snow in my yard in
Shapleigh, Maine on December 11, 2020
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, $300

Friday, December 11, 2020

Mount Esja from Reykjavik Winter Study 3

Mount Esja from Reykjavik
Winter Study 3 

with snow painted from winter 2015 memory and
a summer 2016 photo on December 7, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Mount Esja from Reykjavik Winter Study 2

Mount Esja from Reykjavik
Winter Study 2

with snow painted from winter 2015 memory and
a summer 2016 photo on December 7, 2020
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, $300

Monday, December 7, 2020

Mount Esja from Reykjavik Winter Study 1

Mount Esja from Reykjavik
Winter Study 1

with snow painted from winter 2015 memory and
a summer 2016 photo on December 7, 2020
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, $300

Lobsterboat Dry Docked

Lobsterboat Dry Docked

a lobsterboat on the beach by the pier
at Cape Porpoise on Bickford Island in
Kennebunkport, Maine on November 10, 2020,
painted December 4, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Entering the Harbor


Entering the Harbor
 
a lobsterboat at Cape Porpoise Harbor
in Kennebunkport, Maine on November 10, 2020,
painted December 3, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Dinghy Pair Study 2

Dinghy Pair Study 2

in late afternoon
sunset light of dinghies tied up at the
Cape Porpoise pier on Bickford Island
at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine
on November 10, 2020, painted November 27, 2020
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, $300

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Dinghy Pair Study 1

Dinghy Pair Study 1


in late afternoon sunset light of a dinghy tied up
at the Cape Porpoise pier on Bickford Island
at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine
on November 10, 2020, painted November 27, 2020
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, $300

The Art of Color in Marine Sunsets

How do other artists catch that sunset light?

The Art of Color in Marine Sunsets
Eight by the Masters

Blackman, Homer, Hopper, Monet, Puigaudeau, Renoir, Signac, and Turner, all of these paintings were painted more than 110 years ago.

1
Gloucester Harbor
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), American
Oil on canvas, 22: x 16" (w x h), 1873
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Gallery note:
The colors in this painting are grounded in an eerie combination of pink and blue that glows with reflected light. The seagull in the distance contributes to the spatial depth of the design, which is carefully calibrated to create a rhythm between solid shapes and open spaces, light and shadow.

2
Boats on the Nile River at Sunset
Walter Blackman (1847-1928), American
22" x 16" (w x h)
Private Collection

Research note:
Walter Blackman, born in New York in 1847 received his formal training from Jean-Leon Gerome. He was drawn to Paris's three ateliers that were established at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1863, under the direction, respectively, of Gerome Cabanel and Isidore Pils (1813-1875). It was Gerome who was most popular among American painters. His consistency of rigorous academic style and durability as a teacher made him a significant resource for dozens of American students; Thomas Eakins, Fredric Arthur Bridgeman, Edwin Lord Weeks, Kenyon Cox, Julius L. Stewart, Mary Cassatt and Walter Blackman.

3
Étretat, Cliff of d'Aval, Sunset
Claude Monet (1840-1926), French
Oil on canvas, 1885
Private Collection

Research notes:
During the 1870s Monet was working from Argenteuil. 1875 was the year Renoir painted Monet's portrait. It was the year that Monet painted his notable painting, Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son. Between October and December 1885, Monet made nearly fifty paintings of the Normandy coast. This work shows the Porte d'Aval, a naturally formed arch, and a freestanding needle-like rock that attracted tourists and artists alike to the town of Étretat.

4
Pêcheurs À Pied Au Couchant /
Fishermen on Foot in the Sunset

Ferdinand du Puigaudeau (1864-1930) French
Oil on canvas, 20" x 26" (w x h), circa 1910
Sotheby's London Auction 2019 sold $101,760 USD

Catalogue note:
In this work, Puigaudeau uses his knowledge of Impressionism to benefit his love for light. He manipulates all the elements of his painting to accentuate the sun, a star that pulls all depicted elements towards it. Serving as the work's vanishing point, the sun exudes a Pointillist aura that captures the eye of the viewer through its brilliance. With this work, Puigaudeau contemplates the infinite possibilities of nature with the help of a sublime ocean and dazzling sun.
    Ferdinand du Puigaudeau was born in Nantes, France in 1864. As a young boy, his uncle encouraged his artistic pursuits. His education was traditional and he studied at various boarding schools from Paris to Nice. In 1882, he travelled to Italy, then to Tunisia, and taught himself to paint.
    In 1886 the year he visited Pont-Aven where he befriended Charles Laval and Paul Gauguin with whom he decided to travel to Panama and Martinique. But he was unable to do so as he was called up for military service.
    In the beginning of 1907, Ferdinand de Puigaudeau moved to a new home in Kervaudu along the French peninsula of Guérande, where he painted the landscape before him until the end of his life: his garden, the marshes and mills, the sunsets over the sea, and the poppy fields.
    Between 1910 and 1914, he devoted his work to the countryside, endlessly painting sunsets on the sea and windmills. And on Sundays, he welcomed local artists and intellectuals to his home. As the artist's daughter remembers, "There were meetings of educated people who tried to break the monotony of a small fishing harbor by creating the cultural diversions it did not offer.

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Study of a Sunset
Edward Hopper (1882-1967), American
Wax crayon and graphite pencil on paper,
5" x 3" (w x h), 1895-1899
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Research note:
Hopper was a teenager, 13-17 years old, when he drew this study. By his teens, he was working in pen-and-ink, charcoal, watercolor, and oil. He drew nature as well as making political cartoons. In 1895, he created his first signed oil painting, Rowboat in Rocky Cove, which he copied from a reproduction in The Art Interchange, a popular journal for amateur artists. Hopper's other earliest oils such as Old Ice Pond at Nyack and his circa 1898 painting Ships have been identified as copies of paintings by artists including Bruce Crane and Edward Moran.

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Sunset (?) off Margate Pier
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) British
Watercolor on paper, 14" x 10" (w x h), circa 1840-5
Margate Beach Scenes
Tate Britain, London, UK

Gallery note:
Throughout his life Turner peppered his sketchbooks with notes of striking sunrises and sunsets, generally in pencil rather than watercolor. Despite their apparent immediacy, many of his watercolors were actually painted in the studio. Turner is supposed to have preferred sunrises as they allowed him more time to observe a greater range of effects. However, the sunsets in several of his major paintings have encouraged us to think chiefly of Turner Sunsets.

Research note:
Margate is a seaside town on the southeast coast of England in Kent, 15 miles north-east of Canterbury.


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Sunset

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), French
Oil on canvas, 24" x 18" (w x h), circa 1879-1881
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Gallery note:
Renoir would have called this work an impression, a finished painting of a dramatic atmospheric effect rather than a sketch of a specific site. The sea is heavily worked with layers of color, the sky is painted in broad, rapid brushstrokes. The elevated viewpoint looks out across the water, where a small boat suggests a sense of scale and an indication of human presence.


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The Port of Saint-Tropez
Paul Signac (1863-1935), French
Oil on canvas, 64" x 52" (w x h), 1901-1902
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan

Gallery note:
Signac was greatly shocked by the death of Seurat who had joined him in defending and extolling the spread of Neo-impressionism. Thanks to the efforts of his friend the painter H. E. Cross, a year after the death of Seurat Signac left on a yacht voyage around the Mediterranean in 1892. He discovered the small fishing harbor of Saint-Tropez and for the next ten years he traveled between Saint-Tropez and Paris to paint. Over these ten years there was a softening of the linear rigor of his compositions, followed by an increase in size of the distinctive dots of pigment that characterize the Neo-impressionist style. In this later change, he strengthened the characteristics of the individual touches and the contrast between them, surpassing the optical mixture that had been the Pointillists' first objective. This work depicting the port of Saint-Tropez in its entirety is one of his most monumental works of this period, providing an expression of these formal changes.

Maine Coast Artist Quiz

Artist of the Maine Coast Quiz
Eight Paintings / One Artist
Can you name the artist?

Eight of the artist's sketches, oils, and watercolors.
The only clue, other than the painting,
is the painting's location. (And the
artist's signature, if there,
has been removed.)


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Ogunquit, Maine

2

Pulpit Rock, Monhegan Island, Maine

3

Pulpit Rock, Monhegan Island, Maine

4
Ogunquit, Maine

5

Monhegan Island, Maine

6

Portland, Maine

7

Rockland, Maine

8

Monhegan Island, Maine

Well?
Look again... then...
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The Maine Coast

by Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

1

Cove at Ogunquit
Oil on canvas, 29" x 25" (w x h), 1914
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2

Study of Rocks at Monhegan
Lithographic crayon on paper, 16" x 11" (w x h), 1916-1919
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

3

Rocks and Waves
Oil on composition board, 13" x 10" (w x h), 1916-1919
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

4

The Dories, Ogunquit
Oil on canvas, 29" x 24" (w x h), 1914
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

5

Sea and Rocky Shore
Oil on canvas board, 13" x 10" (w x h), 1916-1919
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

6

Portland Me
Chalk on paper, 13" x 11" (w x h), circa 1927
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

7

Harbor Shore, Rockland
Watercolor, 1926
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas

8

Rocks and Sea
Oil on wood, 16" x 12" (w x h), 1916-1919
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

For a quick read fine essay about this posting enjoy Carol Douglas' Watch Me Paint blog posting "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds..." HERE.