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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.


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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.


 

 

 

More Summer Paintings – 2015

 

Marshall Point Light, Port Clyde, Maine, 9 x 12 in.

Marshall Point Light, Port Clyde, Maine, 9 x 12 in.

Here is another group of my more successful of plein air paintings done this summer.

Sunlit Cove, Boothbay Harbor, ME., .8 x 10 in., oil on linen

Sunlit Cove, Boothbay Harbor, ME., .8 x 10 in., oil on linen. Sold

Mother and Daiughter, Rockland, Maine, 12 x 16in. oil on linen

Mother and Daiughter, Rockland, Maine, 12 x 16in. oil on linen. Sold

Acadia Rocks, Maine, 9 x 12 in. oil on linen

Acadia Rocks, Maine, 9 x 12 in. oil on linen

Methodist Church, Thomaston, Maine, 11x 14 in. oil on linen

Methodist Church, Thomaston, Maine, 11x 14 in. oil on linen

Tenants Harbor, Maine, 6 x 6 in., oil on linen on board

Tenants Harbor, Maine, 6 x 6 in., oil on linen on board

This small painting above is coming up for auction through my painted Journal”painted postcards” blog, where I auction  or sell at fixed price paintings starting at $90. Click here to see.

Boathouses, Calverts Marina, Solomon's MD., 10 x 11 in. oil on linen

Boathouses, Calverts Marina, Solomon’s MD., 10 x 11 in. oil on linen

Setup painting the Boat houses in Solomon's, MD.

Setup painting the Boat houses in Solomon’s, MD.

Solomons, Maryland Outdoor Painting Event

Nightlights, 8 x 10 in., oil on linen

Nightlights, 8 x 10 in., oil on linen

 

I did two plein air competitions in the summer of 2014. One, in Castine Maine, which  I wrote about previously. The second one was in Solomons, Maryland, which is an appealing town on the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland. It had a little bit the feeling of my area in Maine – a seaside town with marina. In the  town you will find galleries, restaurants  and the Calvert Marine Museum.

Calvert Marine Museum, 10x11 in. oil on linen

Calvert Marine Museum, 10×11 in. oil on linen

The event was held in late September, and it was nice to feel a little real heat when you could already smell the fall up in Maine. Carmen’s Gallery, which is the sponsor of the event, did an outstanding job for the artists. There were several nice receptions including a wonderful ride in the Skipjack Dee on the bay during which I had a nice conversation with Stephen Doherty, the events judge and editor of Plein Air Magazine (who did an article on me  in 2013).

The Watcher, 7 x 15 in., oil on linen

The Watcher, 7 x 15 in., oil on linen

I had very comfortable host housing, sold a couple of paintings, won a couple of prizes, and felt very loved by Carmen and her staff. And I met an old friend from Chicago, Wesley Drake and made some new ones! Who can ask for more!

 

Castine, Maine Outdoor Painting Event

The Monomoys, 11 x 14 in. Oil on linen. (This is the name of this kind of boat)

The Monomoys, 11 x 14 in. Oil on linen. (This is the name of this kind of boat).

Here is an overdue post.  But perhaps with spring only 3 weeks away, thoughts of summer are now  becoming more realistic. This was a wonderful painting event that I did in July of 2014,  in a gorgeous town just a few hour drive from my home in Rockland, Maine.

Castine from Fort George, by Fritz Henry Lane.

Castine from Fort George, by Fritz Henry Lane. A nice 1850’s view of the bones of the town. Of course now there are a lot more buildings and trees.

Castine is quite an interesting place from a historic point of view. It’s actually one of the oldest towns in New England, predating the Plymouth Colony by seven years. Its Post Office, opened in 1814, is the oldest in continuous operation in the United States. There is a lot of history here, a lot of fighting, and the town has gone through control  by the French, Dutch, and English (and of course Native Americans before them all), before becoming part of the U.S. I joked when I was there, though, that nothing had really happened here since the war of 1812. It’s also home to the Maine Maritime Academy. Now it’s a lovely vacation spot. The towns Wikipedia page gives a nice overview.

View of castine Harbor, 6 x 6 in. oil on linen.

View of Castine Harbor, 6 x 6 in. oil on linen.

The plein air event was well-organized and I had absolutely wonderful host  housing with the
Benjamin family. Unfortunately there wasn’t any substantial prize money, which as a full-time artist is always encouraging. I sold one painting, which was more than many of the artists, although a few people did well. It is a nice place to paint, as is the whole Blue Hill Peninsula, so I may apply again this year.

Antique Anti Aircraft Gun, Maine Marintime Academy, 8 x 10 in. Oil

Antique Anti Aircraft Gun, Maine Maritime Academy, 8 x 10 in. Oil on linen

 

View of Saubrigues, Aquitaine, France, 5 x 8 in., oil on linen

View of Saubrigues, Aquitaine, France

View of Saubrigues, Aquitaine, France, 5 x 8 in., oil on linen

View of Saubrigues, Aquitaine, France, 5 x 8 in., oil on linen

Here is a sketch I did for my friends who I visited in SW France in July 2013.