approaching the public dock on Bickford Island,
Cape Porpoise, Maine in Kennebunkport, Maine
July 16, 2020, painted July 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 fine grain
100% cotton extra white watercolor paper
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A Rowing Art Gallery
Kandinsky, Vermette, Hunter, Tuke,
Park, Bailey, Homer, and Buckholz
Russian, American, Scottish, English, and German
Does the last painting raise the question,
should you not stand up in a boat?
"From 1906 to 1908 Kandinsky spent a great deal of time traveling across Europe, until he settled in the small Bavarian town of Murnau." -Wiki
Rapallo - Boot im Meer
Rapallo - Boat in the Sea
Rapallo is along the Italian coast in Genoa.
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Russian
Oil on Canvas, 13" x 9" (w x h), 1906
Franz Marc Museum, Kochel am See, Germany
"Inspired by James Fitzgerald's monochrome watercolors and the oil paintings of Eric Hudson, I've painted a Monhegan Island lobster boat captain rowing in the harbor in the Fall just before the beginning of the lobster fishing season. This painting image was painted four times, twice as black and white monochrome watercolors and twice as a colored high key colored watercolor and as a low key colored watercolor.
I wanted the viewer to feel that they were right in the harbor with the lobsterman rowing towards his lobster boat. This is the moment in the Fall season when the lobster boat captain contemplates any changes in fishing strategies with his crew. I wanted the painting to represent contemplation, even a change in direction for the seasonal lobster fishing year." -Michael Vermette
The artist's website is HERE.
Monhegan Lobsterman Rowing
Michael E. Vermette, American
Watercolor on Gemini cold press watercolor paper,
24" x 19" (w x h)
$3,000 USD, Sold
Rowing Boats, Largo
(Largo, Fife, Scotland)
George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931), Scottish
"George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931) was a Scottish painter, regarded as one of the four artists of the Scottish Colourists group of painters. Christened simply George Hunter, he adopted the name Leslie in San Francisco, and Leslie Hunter became his professional name. He painted a variety of still-lifes, landscapes and portraits, and his paintings are critically acclaimed for their treatment of light and the effects of light. Hunter worked in both pen and ink and oil on canvas. They became popular with more progressive critics and collectors during his lifetime and have grown to command high prices since his death, among the most popular in Scotland." -Wiki
See more of his art at ArtUK HERE. Read more about the artist on Wiki HERE.
The Waterman and His Boat
Henry Scott Tuke, RA, RWS (1858-1929), English
Watercolor on paper, 1921
"Henry Scott Tuke was an English visual artist; primarily a painter, but also a photographer. His most notable work was in the Impressionist style, and he is probably best known for his paintings of nude boys and young men. But in addition to his achievements as a figurative painter, he was an established maritime artist and produced as many portraits of sailing ships as he did human figures. Tuke was a prolific artist. Over 1,300 works are listed, more are still being discovered.
After his death in 1929, Tuke's reputation faded. He was largely forgotten until the 1970s, when he was rediscovered by the first generation of openly gay artists and art collectors. He has since become something of a cult figure in gay cultural circles, with lavish editions of his paintings published and his works fetching high prices at auctions. Elton John is a keen collector of Tuke's works and in 2008 loaned eleven of his own pieces, including works in oil, pastel and watercolor, for an exhibition in Falmouth." -Wiki
Man in a Rowboat
David Park (1911-1960), American
Gouache on paper, 9" x 14" (w x h), 1960
Helen Park Bigelow
"Park's paintings have seen a resurgence of interest among collectors and institutions, with 2009 exhibitions at Washington's Phillips Collection and Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center; pieces recently auctioned for $2.7 million at Christie's and $1.4 million at Sotheby's. He had a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, 1988-1989. He was an integral part of the San Francisco Bay art community from the early 1930s on, and is counted as one of the group's immensely gifted artists who made up the Bay Area Figurative Painting movement in its 1950s emerging years." -Amazon book page
The book David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back by Helen Park Bigelow, his daughter, is on amazon HERE.
Read the book review in the New York Review of Books HERE.
Read more about this artist HERE.
A Family Outing Off Ringstead
Julian Bailey, (1963- ), British
Oil on board, 20" x 18" (w x h), 2009
Auction 2018 in London sold for $1,900 USD
"For contemporary landscape painter Julian Bailey, the structural qualities of the cliffs, particularly along Ringstead Bay, mesmerized him. 'I took a little 9ft dinghy out into the middle of the bay. From there, you start to see this ribbon of ups and downs, of the white chalk against the ultramarine sea and the landscape beyond. I painted it for years and now that lateral movement has infused other subjects.'" -The Magic of Dorset, Arabella Youens, Country Life, UK
See the artist's Dorset Sketchbook Art HERE.
Boys in a Dory
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), American
Watercolor and graphite on paper, 10" x 14" (w x h), 1880
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
"Before his Maine years (1883- )Homer started painting with watercolors on a regular basis in 1873 during a summer stay in Gloucester, Massachusetts. From the beginning, his technique was natural, fluid and confident, demonstrating his innate talent for a difficult medium. Despite critics, his watercolors proved popular and enduring, and sold more readily, improving his financial condition considerably. They varied from highly detailed (Blackboard - 1877) to broadly impressionistic (Schooner at Sunset - 1880). Some watercolors were made as preparatory sketches for oil paintings (as for "Breezing Up") and some as finished works in themselves. From then on, he seldom traveled without paper, brushes and water based paints." -Wiki
Crossing the Water
Quint Buchholz (1957- ), German
"Quint Buchholz, born July 28, 1957 in Stolberg, Germany. is a German painter, illustrator and author. He is best known for his colorful, pointillist paintings that draw on techniques and motifs of magical realism, as well as his book illustrations and children's books for which he has won a number of awards. works as a freelance painter in Munich, Germany." -Wiki
"Since 2002 I've been painting my newer pictures using wider brushes and acrylic paints, also oil paint on occasion. Sometimes on canvas, usually on paper or cardboard. The grainy structure of the paintings, if present, is now created by dabbing paint onto the surface with very dry brushes of various widths, later also layer by layer using increasingly thin and extremely thin brushes. It is a procedure of slow condensation and refining, which you have to indulge in and which I cherish very much. -Interview by Lucia Peters (German, 2017)
The artist's web site is HERE. Read more about him HERE.