Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Loosestrife in Two Colors

Loosestrife in Two Colors
Garden Loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris) in a rock garden
in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine on June 28, 2020,
painted June 29, 2020
7" x 5" (w x h), Daniel Smith 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


This was painted using only two complimentary colors, Hansa Yellow Medium (Daniel Smith) and Prussian Blue (Winsor & Newton) as a self-challenge to show how two colors play with each other, to create depth, smooth softness, hard edges, and movement, along with lights and darks.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Edge of a Thunderstorm - plus other artist's storms

Edge of a Thunderstorm
the view from my dining room window as a thunderstorm
passes by on June 24, 2020, painted June 27, 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,
(no ink nor graphite)
framed, $400

This was painted with a limited palette of yellow, blue, and purple, with touches of a blue-green and a red, using Hansa Yellow Medium (DS), Lemon Yellow (DS), Cobalt Green (W&N), Prussian Blue (W&N), French Ultramarine (W&N), Davys Grey (W&N), Payne's Gray Bluish (SH), Quinacridone Purple (DS), and Cadmium Red (W&N).


DS = Daniel Smith (American);
W&N = Winsor & Newton (British);
SH = Schmincke Horadam (German)


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
How Other Painters Interpreted
a Summer Storm

All of these eight paintings are in museums.
All of these artists have
completed their journey through life.

There are seven watercolors and,
lastly, one astounding oil,
no stars, no night.


 
1
Clearing Sky
Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), American
Watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper,
22" x 18" (w x h), 1917
Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York


2
A Storm over the Rigi
(Lake Lucerne, Switzerland)
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), British
Watercolor on paper, 15" x 10" (w x h), circa 1884
Tate, London, UK

 
 
3
Storm, Taos Mountain, New Mexico
John Marin (1870-1953, American
Watercolor and charcoal on paper, 22" x 17" (w x h), 1930
The MET, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York


4
Before Thunderstorm,
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite

Chiura Obata, (1885-1975), Japanese
Watercolor on paper, 1930
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.


  
5
Horses Running before a Storm
John Steuart Curry (1897-1946), American
Watercolor, pen and brown ink, charcoal, pastel,
red chalk and graphite pencil on paper,
23" x 18" (w x h), 1930
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York


  
6
The Coming Storm
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), American
Watercolor over graphite on wove paper,
21" x 15" (w x h), 1901
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

 
7
Storm on Yarmouth Beach
John Sell Cotman (1782-1842), British
Watercolor on paper, 21" x 15" (w x h), 1831
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk, UK


  
8
Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch
Oil on canvas, 40" x 20" (w x h) 1890
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Rosa Rugosa Pair Study 1

Rosa Rugosa Pair Study 1
Wrinkled Roses (Rosa rugosa) in one of my yard's rock gardens
in Shapleigh, Maine on June 23, 2005, painted June 27, 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

Rosa Rugosa Pair Study 1

Rosa Rugosa Pair Study 1
Wrinkled Roses (Rosa rugosa) in one of my yard's rock gardens
in Shapleigh, Maine on June 23, 2005, painted June 27, 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

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Yellow Rose Pair


Yellow Rose Pair
of roses growing in my yard in Shapleigh, Maine
on June 6, 2020, painted June 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

Friday, June 26, 2020

Reykjavik City in Simplicity Study 2

Reykjavik City
in Simplicity Study 2
based on a photo taken looking down a street at Mount Esja
from Reykjavik on August 8, 2019, painted June 23, 2020
8" x 10" (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

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Reykjavik City in Simplicity Study 1


Reykjavik City in
Simplicity Study 1
based on a photo taken looking down a street at Mount Esja
from Reykjavik on August 8, 2019, painted June 23, 2020
7" x 5" (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, $150

Reykjavik City in Simplicity

Reykjavik City in Simplicity
based on a photo taken looking down a street in
Reykjavik on August 8, 2019, painted June 23, 2020
14" x 11" (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, $500

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Through a Wood


Through a Wood
catching the light
behind my home in early evening
on June 16, 2020, painted June 21, 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 fine grain 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Maple Leaves Rose

Maple Leaves Rose
a maple leaf shadow on a maple leaf
by my Rosa rugosa garden on June 18, 2020,
painted June 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, June 18, 2020

Wonderful Afternoon Studies

 Wonderful Afternoon
Study 3
based on a photo
taken by a Canadian painter at
Scotchtown, Grand Lake, New Brunswick
on June 15, 2020, painted June 18, 2020
8" x 10" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, no graphite nor ink, on 140 lb. Fabriano
Artistico cold press rough 100% cotton extra white
watercolor paper, framed, $300


 Wonderful Afternoon
Study 2
based on a photo
taken by a Canadian painter at
Scotchtown, Grand Lake, New Brunswick
on June 15, 2020, painted June 18, 2020
8" x 10" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, white gouache, and Uniball waterproof
fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press
rough 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Wonderful Afternoon

Wonderful Afternoon
based on a photo
taken by a Canadian painter at
Scotchtown, Grand Lake, New Brunswick
on June 15, 2020, painted June 17, 2020
8" x 10" (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, June 17, 2020

Painting at Cape Porpoise

Painting at Cape Porpoise
a selfie overlooking the harbor from Bickford Island
in Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on June 4, 2020, painted June 16, 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

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Enlightening Yellow

Enlightening Yellow
docked at the public dock
on Bickford Island in Cape Porpoise,
Kennebunkport, Maine on June 4, 2020
painted on June 14, 2020
14.5" x 11.5", (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, and #3 graphite on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough
100% cotton extra white watercolor
paper, framed, $500



Yellow Paint
by Bruce McMillan

In June of 2020
that yellow painted on
marker buoys, painted on
yield signs, painted on roads,
two-way streets, came out of
its shadows, now painted
on black pavement on the
road to the White House to
proclaim: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

© 2020 Bruce McMillan

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Tied Up Study 2


Tied Up Study 2
on the public landing dock at
Cape Porpoise Pier on Bickford Island
in Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on June 4, 2020, painted June 12, 2020
14" x 11" (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, $500

Friday, June 12, 2020

Tied Up Study 1

Tied Up Study 1
on the public landing dock at
Cape Porpoise Pier on Bickford Island
in Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on June 4, 2020, painted June 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

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Signs of Buoys

Signs of Buoys
on the dock at
Cape Porpoise Pier on Bickford Island
in Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on June 4, 2020, painted June 9, 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, June 9, 2020

Lobstertraps Docked Study 1

Lobstertraps Docked Study 1
on the dock at Cape Porpoise Pier on Bickford Island
in Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on June 4, 2020, painted June 8, 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, June 8, 2020

Lobstertraps Docked Studies 3 and 4


Lobstertraps Docked Study 3
on the dock at Cape Porpoise Pier on Bickford Island
in Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on June 4, 2020, painted June 8, 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



Lobstertraps Docked Study 4
on the dock at Cape Porpoise Pier on Bickford Island
in Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine
on June 4, 2020, painted June 8, 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

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Low Tide Below Goat Island Light


Low Tide Below
Goat Island Light
at Cape Porpoise Harbor, Kennebunkport, Maine
in late afternoon, painted plein air June 4, 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


That top left part of this scene caught my eye...
 

And quickly the tide comes in.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Together Anchored

Together Anchored
dashed off as the light faded during sunset
at Cape Porpoise Harbor, Kennebunkport, Maine
in the early evening, painted plein air June 4, 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




The light was getting its sunset glow as the tide came in.

Lobsterboat Harbor Full

Lobsterboat Harbor Full
at Cape Porpoise Harbor, Kennebunkport, Maine
in the early evening, painted plein air June 4, 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 fine 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300


The drawing is done, ready to paint at familiar Cape Porpoise.



With Goat Island light in the distance, it was a glorious evening to paint. A mother with three daughters wandered by, keeping their social distance, and when chatting they learned that I was the author and photographer of on of their favorite books, The Remarkable

Riderless Runaway Tricycle, one of their favorite books. The mother's mother, pipped in that the she knew one of the characters in the book, Helen Schepens-Kraus, the watercolor painter who's easel knocked was over by the tricycle, and that grandmother owned three watercolors by Helen Schepens-Kraus.


Page 25, The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle

Bruce McMillan (Houghton Mifflin, 1978)

"Helen Schepens-Kraus (1916 -1988) was born in Spokane, Washington. Painting watercolor landscapes and seascapes of the Central California inland and coastal regions as well as nudes and floral still lifes, she painted in what is referred to as the California Style. She exhibited widely in the Monterey and San Jose, California areas and was an artist member of the Carmel Art Association. She spent the last twenty-five years of her life in Kennebunkport, Maine where she had a gallery." And in 1977 she posed while painting on Ocean Drive for pages  25, 27, and 28 of The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle (Houghton Mifflin, 1978).


Watercolor by Helen Schepens-Kraus, 8" x 6" (w x h)

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Daffodil Duo

Daffodil Duo
by my home's foundation in Shapleigh, Maine
on May 12, 2020, painted June 3, 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 - SOLD

 
Purchased as a 2020 high school graduation gift by a mom for her daughter; shipped to California: "I love the colors of the sky and how it offsets/melds/compliments (not sure of the right word) the flowers. Nice narrative action between the flowers, too. I really didn't know what to get her for graduation that would be meaningful and represent both her accomplishments and new adventures. You provided the exact solution. Serendipity. Thank you from the bottom of this mom's heart. I love it."


As an extra thank you, I usually add original signed watercolor bookmarks made from paintings that didn't work, or studies, when I ship a purchased painting. In this case I'd added ones of the study I did before I painted the final art. As you see, it included the daffodil. I got this photo from them.

And I got this lovely message from the graduating high school senior:

"A week ago, I went onto Facebook to go to the band site to see the posts they were doing for the seniors. And then I decided, oh, I just want to see what Bruce has been painting recently. So, then I go on to his Facebook site and I see this painting. And I was thinking, 'Oh, wow, this is such a pretty painting with the two daffodils.' I was wanting to take a screenshot of it and use it as my phone background screen, and I didn't. But I was thinking that it would be so pretty to do that. And now I have the actual painting!" - Sierra


Monday, June 1, 2020

Quaker Ladies

Quaker Ladies
or common bluets, also called
azure bluets, (Houstonia caerulea), as seen
in my yard on May 12, 2020, painted June 2, 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