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Nocturne Paintings Early 2017

Big Dipper Rising, 11 x 14 in.,oil. Castine ,Maine

Big Dipper Rising, 11 x 14 in.,oil. Castine ,Maine

Here’s a selection of Nocturne paintings that I painted in early 2017. The one above is one of my favorites. It amazed me that halfway through that painting  the big dipper started rising behind the church. I didn’t get a chance to take a great photo of this before it sold at the Castine Plein Air Festival, but I plan to make an enlargement this winter and offer it  as a print.

South Thomaston Nocturne,11x 14 in., oil

South Thomaston Nocturne,11x 14 in., oil

This one above was a great spot,in South Thomaston,Maine,  and happily the light changed near the end of my session and lit up the water in the foreground, which really made the painting.

Wyeth Center By Night, 12 x 8 in., oil (Rockland, Maine)

The church here was converted by the local Farnsworth Art Museum into the Wyeth Center, where of course you will find lots of work by the generations of the Wyeth family of painters.

Carriage House, 9 x 12 in.,oil. (Wiscasset, Maine)

I did this piece as a speculative commission. I met someone who wanted a painting of this building by night. They ended up not wanting it, but I ended up selling it through my local gallery.

Wiscassett Harbor Nocturne, 10 x 11 in.,oil

Wiscassett Harbor Nocturne, 10 x 11 in.,oil

There is a wonderful harbor in Wiscasset, Maine for nocturnes. This is the second painting I did of this area, although they were a year apart.

Gloucester Harbor, 10 x 11 in., oil.

Gloucester Harbor, 10 x 11 in., oil.

This painting is actually from 2016, and done at the Cape Ann Plein Air Event in 2016. The whole Cape Ann area in Massachusetts is an incredible area to sketch.

If you would like to see more, I have some more recent night paintings posted at this blog post here.


Of course I also sell my work. If your interested in supporting my efforts, you can take a look at my store here. Or contact me about any other painting  of mine your interested in.

Nocturne Paintings From the Summer of 2016

Wiscassett Bay Nocturne, 11 x 14,'oil

Wiscassett, ME. Bay Nocturne, 11 x 14,’oil

The last few years I’ve started painting many nocturne paintings from life. Which of course means staying up late! Sometimes till 1 or 2 in the morning. These are all paintings from 2016.

The Warmth of Home, 10 x 11″, oil. This painting won 2nd Place Peoples choice award at the Boothbay Stroke of Art Plein Air Event in 2016.

It’s actually a nice time to paint. Usually very quite. And of course the light doesn’t change!

Rockport, MA., Noctiurne, 14x 11," oil.

Rockport, MA., Noctiurne, 14x 11,” oil. This painting won “Best Nocturne” at the Cape Anne Plein Air Event, 2016.

“Nocturne: Queechee Falls,” 9×12 in., oil. This won “Best Nocturne” at the Vermont Institute of Science Plein air event in 2016

Often I go back the next morning to the scene to refine the drawing and colors.

“South Thomaston, Maine Moonrise,”10 x 11 in., oil

I’ve figured our how to do it better now, but they are incredibly hard to photograph. All of these sold right away at various plein air events, and so many of the photos have a lot of glare on them because of the dark colors. Recently, I’ve had some luck taking a photo at an angle to avoid the glare, and then using image editing software to pull the perspective flat.


 

 

 

Some Recent Maine Paintings, August 2016

Inlet, 8 x 16. in., oil

Inlet, 8 x 16. in., oil

This work was painted near Sprucehead ,Maine,not far from my house.

Raking, Port Clyde, 9 x 12 in.

Raking, Port Clyde, 9 x 12 in., oil

I was painting a quiet end of day scene in the painting above when suddenly the setting sun sent these raking lights across my composition!

Shore, Port Clyde, Maine, 10 x 11 in. oil.

Shore, Port Clyde, Maine, 10 x 11 in. oil.


Of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you liked of mine in the  shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

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Some Recent Maine Paintings, July 2016

Castine by Night, 9 x 12 in.,Oil.

Castine by Night, 9 x 12 in.,Oil. Sold.

Here are some more summer paintings. Several of these were done at the Castine Plein Air Event.

View into Castine Bay, 10 x 11 in. oil.

View into Castine Bay, 10 x 11 in. oil.

Castine Yacht Club Pier, 11 x 10 in., oil.

Castine Yacht Club Pier, 11 x 10 in., oil.

La Donna, Rockland Harbor, 8 x 16 in. oil,

La Donna, Rockland Harbor, 8 x 16 in. oil,


Of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you liked of mine in the  shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

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Some Recent Maine Paintings, Early Summer 2016

Light Fog, Rockland, 8 x 16 in.

Light Fog, Rockland, 8 x 16 in.

Here are  four works I painted early this summer around the Midcoast of Maine.

Tenants Harbor Dock, 9 x 12 in., oil

Tenants Harbor Dock, 9 x 12 in., oil

The Purple Dinghy, 10 x 11 in., oil

The Purple Dinghy, 10 x 11 in., oil

Torquoise House, Port Clyde, Maine, 10 x 11 in., oil

Torquoise House, Port Clyde, Maine, 10 x 11 in., oil


Of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you liked of mine in the  shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

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Nine Weeks of Outdoor Painting in Italy: The Wrap Up

View from In Front of San Miniato, Florence, 9 x 12 in., oil

View from In Front of San Miniato, Florence, 9 x 12 in., oil

I’m back . For almost three months now. I returned May 9th.

I had a terrific time. It was a long trip and it had its up and downs, but it met its goal, which was to get away from my regular life and refocus my attention on painting. And there are few better places to paint then Italy.

I spent the first five weeks in Rome, painting a lot with my friends Marco Carloni and Claudia Manelli. We painted at the typical tourist spots, but they,  as Rome residents, introduced me to some of the more of the beaten track spots. One can’t really recommend a favorite place to paint in Rome. It’s all good! The Aventine Hill stands out in my memory for its variety of views and sights.

My favorite new discovery in Rome this trip was the Museo Pietro Canonica, a wonderful former sculpture studio in the Villa Borghese Park. A great place to draw (and free).

Rome has convenient public transportation and many possibilities for day trips. Next time I visit I hope to see more of the countryside.

Archer, Piazza Dalmazia, Florence, 12 x 9 in., oil

Archer, Piazza Dalmazia, Florence, 12 x 9 in., oil

But…., Rome is noisy and chaotic. After being used to my quiet life in Maine, I found the chaos began to grate on me. So I decided to go to Florence instead for the second half of my trip.

Florence is definitely calmer place, but still a busy tourist city. I borrowed a bike from my Roman friend and artist Kelly Medford, and I was on my way. That made it much easier to get around as I had rented a room a bit on the outskirts of the city.

Plein air painting setup on the Arno River in Florence.

Plein air painting setup on the Arno River in Florence.

Some of the highlights of my Florence stay were  taking a bus to Caldine, where one can get  into the country-side near  Florence in about 45 minutes, the whole area around San Miniato and the San Niccolo neighborhood, and especially interacting with some of the artists connected with the various art ateliers in Florence. Both the Florence Academy of Art and Charles Cecil Studios have life drawing sessions and as a bonus, Cecil Studios has an interesting Thursday night  art lecture.

While I was there I also took a day trip to Arezzo, which is a gorgeous and quiet small city.  I’d love to take a week there to paint sometime.

Old Studio, Florence, Italy, 12 x 9 in. , oil

Old Studio, Florence, Italy, 12 x 9 in. , oil

I always tell people who are surprised that I can afford to go to Italy for over two months, that it can be quite inexpensive. The secret is to stay long enough so you can rent a room by the month that includes  a kitchen. Because unless you stay in the tourist places and economy, Italy is far cheaper to live in then the US.  In Rome I had a connection from an earlier trip, and in Florence I used AIR-BNB.

The three paintings in this post were the last ones I did in Florence. To see more of  the work from this trip, take a look at the two previous posts.


And,  of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you saw of mine in my shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

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