One day I drove up to Gloucester to revisit the old paint factory, which was the subject of a painting-in-progress (will post that painting later). Someone, somewhere told me that when you are photographing something to possibly paint, always turn around and photograph what is behind you, because that can be as inspiring as your intended subject!
From my recent trip to Tuscany, here's a small view of a sunlit building at day's end. The luscious color of the building, typical of the beautiful city of Florence, compelled me to paint this early evening scene.8 x 10, oil on canvas.
During a recent visit to New Orleans, I snapped some sunny photos of mostly architecture, but a few images of people on the street somehow sneaked into my camera. The shadows of the couple standing at the juncture of several different varieties of pavement was so interesting to me! This is a small canvas, 8 x 10, and I have just begun a larger version. "Conversation", Oil on Canvas.
Well, actually I have many — the Nashua, Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers now, and the mighty Merrimack and its tributary, the Shawsheen, which ran under Central Street in Andover, MA when I lived there. Much of the rich industrial history of New Hampshire and Massachusetts was built upon these two rivers. I love rivers, maybe even more than oceans. And I love painting them. Here's a pair of small oils on canvas that I've entered into a juried show this coming Fall.
Shawsheen #1 and Shawsheen #2. 8" x 8" and 10" x 10", respectively.
Just returning from 10 days in Italy. Ten days with NO politics, shootings, or television at all for that matter. Used the laptop for work only. Here's a small plain air painting that I'll touch up (slightly wet when packed in my suitcase). My first try with water-miscible oils. I found them totally OK to travel and work with.
A Day in Tuscany, approx. 8.5 x 9.5. oil on canvas.
Finally, Spring is here! It's wonderful to see the trees greening up and to hear the hissing of suburban sprinklers in the morning. BUT! On a recent art-supply shopping trip to Cambridge, MA, I spotted this sunny, all-concrete scene in the H Mart parking lot. Couldn't resist the bright red signage and the orange car.
Here's an 8 x 10 (I think) that I'm almost finished with. It's a house in Massachusetts that played a part in the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. My reason for painting it has nothing to do with the war, however — it's part of my continuing study of architectural styles around the country and world.