Monday, December 31, 2018

Water, Rocks, Goodbye 2018

close-up of a seascape, oil on panel

As you’ve seen, I painted this small seascape a few years ago on site. I am now using it as a reference for a bigger piece.

What I love about the little one is the chaotic motion of the water - the surf is crashing in a bunch of places at once and the foam is swirling constantly. 

There is also motion outside the foamy areas, but the water is quite dark because there are no air bubbles in it at all. 

All that violent action against the steady calmness of the rocks - the little scene contains quite a lot. What would all that look like bigger?

Here is a little bit of it bigger. The new painting is more than 4 times the size of the sketch. The key is to not pack more into the larger space but to keep the same feeling of churning and swaying in the bigger painting.
 
Can a big brush stroke hold as much information as a small one? 

A mystery to solve in 2019.


Friday, December 28, 2018

Foamy Beginnings

Close-up of a beach scene, oil on canvas

This painting is almost done. It has been almost done for a few months and a lot of hours of painting. 

That is how it goes sometimes - almost done paintings get totally repainted from top to bottom.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

More Friends

Homemade Some Bunny to Love, white-line woodcut print

Another stuffed toy modeling for a white-line woodcut. This time a knitted rabbit. With a bow, all ready for the holidays.

We won't be learning how to knit bunnies in the white-line workshop in April. But we will learn how to make a white-line woodcut of any subject - including toys!


Monday, December 24, 2018

Happy Holidays!

Outstanding in the Snow, jigsaw print

Coast helped me out with the Annual Collector Card this year by posing. 

He didn't really wear a bow because, well, he doesn't want to wear a bow. But the magic of printmaking allows him to wear a virtual bow.

With or without a bow, he wants everyone to have a fun, snowy holiday. Coast is all about cheer.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Seaweeds in Progress

Another close-up, this time a seascape

Another painting that is not quite finished. Probably will be soon. January might be full of reveals as 4-5 different pieces near completion. 

Good way to start the New Year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

First Friends

Portrait of a Friend, white-line woodcut print

Usually, the subjects of my paintings and prints are landscapes or seascapes or Golden Retrievers, but sometimes, I do still lifes. 

This is my childhood bear. Of course, his name is Ted. He is better at posing than the Goldens. He is wearing a shirt because it helps keeps his arms attached to his body. He's pretty old and has seen more than his share of adventures.

I am sharing this with you in case you are interested in the white-line workshop, but you aren't interested in landscapes. You can make a print out of any subject. Including old, stuffed, well-loved bears.


Monday, December 17, 2018

Weeds in Progress

close-up of an oil painting in progress

The studio is full of started paintings, like the one shown here of dead grass in the snow.

The colors of the grass against the shadows in the snow have captivated me for weeks and I finally just started painting them. 

More starts to share.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Wintery Mix

Sunset from Quincy, oil on canvas, 6"x9"

A while ago, I had family in Quincy, MA. They lived withing walking distance of a beach. 

I am sure they saw dramatic skies like this all the time, but I was lucky enough to enjoy once.

It was winter and cold and there were icy deposits on the wet, low tide sand.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Woodcuts, Block and Print

Hoplon, white-line woodcut and the block it came from, 8"x6"

Remember that when you make a print, the image on the block is the reverse of the image you'll get in the final print.

If you sign up for the white-line workshop, you will learn about this and other important factoids about printmaking.

To get on the special workshop only email list, click here!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Coast was Framed

Wet Dog Repose, digital reproduction, 10"x10" 

Doesn't he look great?

This is an example of what the digital prints available on the website look like framed. This frame is natural wood, but you could use anything you want. And if you take it to a framer, you and they could go wild with mats and borders. 

It would be like getting two gifts - the print in the mail when you first order it and then picking up from the framer after they get done dressing it up.

Sounds fun, doesn't it?

Friday, December 7, 2018


Thinking of the beach....

Here are some framed prints of a warm beach in the summertime. That means you can look at them and remember warmth all year long!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Building a House

Veiled House, white-line woodcut print in process

It is time to enjoy the end of the year festivities and look ahead to what you might want to do in 2019.

Maybe you'd like to learn how to make white-line woodcuts...

If so, click here to learn more and sign up for workshop only messages. You will be the first to know when registration opens next month!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Looking Back at Wet Dogs


The Wet Dogs are looking forward to the Holidays. Mostly because they get a lot of treats.

They've earned them after all the modeling they did this year!

Here is a sample of some of their efforts. To see these paintings in their entirety, visit the website. Some original oils are still collectable and all of them are available as digital reproductions. 

Like what you see and want free shipping?

Friday, November 30, 2018

Winter with the River

Snow and Fog, original oil painting sold, but digital versions are available

The Piscataquog River runs through my little town, seemingly following me around as I do errands.

Here, it travels back into the woods, its path masked by fog. The uncertainty of its destination is more intriguing than when all the background trees are clear and discernible.

Food for thought as we enter the final month of 2018 and start planning for the next year.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Learn Something New in 2019



Registration for a white-line woodcut workshop will open in January 2019.

If you want to learn more and sign up to get emails when new details come out, click here!

Monday, November 26, 2018

A Little Thaw

Winter Hanging On, oil on canvas, 6"x8"

This is a scene from spring, but it looks like that out there now in some places. The early snows aren't lasting everywhere, so we have the streaks of white and purple over the golds.

Friday, November 23, 2018

More Snow

Fading Winter Sun, oil on gessoed board, 6"x6"

Good thing that I love the snow since it keeps coming. When it looks like this - all glowy - it is easy to love.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Framed Prints Make Great Gifts

Some framed white-line woodcuts.

If you would like to give someone some original art all ready to hang on the wall, there are some framed pieces available on my website. 

To see the selection of white-line woodcuts available, visit the website.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Early Snow

Backyard Snow, oil on gessoed board, 6"x6"


We went quickly from pumpkins to pure white out there. 

This painting is from a few years ago, but the yard looks pretty much like this. And probably will until April.

Which is fine with me. I love it.

Friday, November 16, 2018

More framed art

Wet Dogs Jump the Waves, digital reproduction, 10"x10"

Sometimes people see artwork online and wonder what it would look like framed. 

Here is one example. Of course, if you take a digital print to your framer, they will give you a million wonderful options more exciting than natural wood.

But this is a start.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

White-line Workshop Coming in 2019

White-line woodcut print in progress.


Due to popular demand, there is a white-line woodcut workshop now scheduled for April of 2019.

It will be in Manchester, NH. Registration will open in January. If you want to know more about it, click here to sign up for the workshop newsletter.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Still Pumpkin Season

Chunky Pumpkin, oil on canvas, 6" x 6"


A pumpkin from a few years ago. This one is hanging out on a bench by the ocean.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Life of Odiorne Rocks!

Odiorne Rocks!, white-line woodcut print hanging in an exhibit

This is an old photo from an exhibit years ago.

Odiorne Rocks! was framed in wood back then. Now, it is framed in warm, grey metal:

 
At least here. If you get an unframed one, you can frame it however you wish.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Autumn in the Marsh

Cutts Island Marsh, jigsaw reduction woodblock print, 8" x 10"

A print from not too long ago inspired by painting trips to Kittery Point, ME.

Friday, November 2, 2018

I Just Like This One

Maybe I Should Move My Easel, plein air oil painting

I was just looking at older files and I saw this and I like it. You've seen it before. I like it and I had fun painting it.

It is still available...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Popular Block

Block for Leaves in Winter

The third print from this block has now sold and it is time to print another one. 

There will be ten in all. Each one a little different. I don't know how number four will turn out but I will certainly let you know as soon as I do.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Speaking of Digital Prints


This puppy is off to a new home. It had its portrait taken just before it left.

If you are jealous, there is no need to be. Since it is a digital print, I can make more.

And the original painting is still available too!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Buddies

 Wet Dogs Using the Buddy System, reproductions in two sizes

These two happy swimming pups are now available in a digital print.

There are two sizes, 11"x14" and 8"x10". 

The photo above gives you an idea of the differences between them. They also show that the paper is a natural finish.

The two digital reproductions and the original painting are available on my website. Go ahead and look, I'll wait.

But before you purchase, remember that you can get free shipping if you sign up for my newsletter.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Framed and Blocked


The About Time exhibit at gallery twist is over. Sniff.

They had a few of my white-line woodcuts on display.

They borrowed the block for Veiled House. In case you didn't make the show, here is a photo of the framed print with its block.

As you may remember, this print was inspired by an on-site painting done in my driveway called Neighbor's House. If you were to go out there right now, this is what you would see - the white house shining through golden leaves.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Many Facets



 
 


Wet Dogs Using the Buddy System from the front, corners and back.

What do paintings look like in real life?

In this case, the swimming dogs are made out of oil paint applied to a stretched canvas.

The canvas is wrapped around the sides of some bars of wood and stapled on the back. The blue water extends around the sides, giving you the choice to frame it or not. 

They don't always looks like this. I will show you more paintings from different angles soon.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Mountains


One day, we took a train to the top of die Zugspitze - the highest peak in Germany. This is one of the many unbelievable views of the Alps from up there. 

There was also beer and sausage, so it was a pretty nice day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

River Views


We drove along the Rhine quite a bit during our stay in Germany. Wonderful views everywhere we looked. The river was very low due to a drought, but it was still lovely.

Monday, October 15, 2018

In Germany


This is a photo from inside the courtyard of Burg Eltz - the castle you saw here a few weeks ago. This place is impressive inside and out!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Before Germany...

painting trees in the marsh, oil on gessoed board, 10" x 8"

Just before we left for Germany, the dogs and I went to York to paint on a beautiful day. There was a lovely marsh behind me, but I painted trees. I don't remember why. I do remember that it was quite hot and I wanted to stay in the shade. 

The dogs helped by shaking on me after swimming. Thanks guys.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Don't Forget the About Time Exhibit!

 Afternoon in Tenants Harbor, Leaves in Winter and Neighbor's House

There is still time to see these three prints at gallery twist in Lexington, MA! The show is up until October 21!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Wave in Green and Blue

color woodcut print, 7"x11"

This is one of my most popular prints. 

If you love it, I still have a few in the small edition of 15. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Late Spray

oil on canvas, 6"x6"

I think this painting is still available. I will have to check. It is a studio piece from a plein air painting done on Monhegan Island near sunset.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Path of the Water

white-line woodcut print

Another classic. This actual print has sold, but I have the block and I could print more.

Even though I have been back from Germany for over a week, I still can't paint or print for a bit because I had a planned surgery. I am fine, just restricted for a few weeks. 

Until I am back to new things, enjoy some oldies!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Brilliant Fall

oil on canvas, sold

When I left for Germany, it was summer, but now it is clearly autumn. Our leaves are golden and red already.

That's ok, I love fall. This plein air painting is from 2012. It is from someone's farm in the middle of NH. I don't remember the name of the town. Could be a lot of places around here - pretty classic New England.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Went on an Adventure

Burg Eltz in Germany

The reason you are seeing so many older things here lately is that I was traveling in Germany for two weeks!

It was a lot of fun. We saw at least a million castles, Burg Eltz was just one of them.

There are at least 10 million photos to process, so it might be a while before I share more here. Just know that it was a blast, I ate delicious food and drank a healthy amount of beer. I didn't paint while I was there, I enjoyed just experiencing the sights and flavors.

I can now ship within a day or two again, so if there is something on the website you want, let me know!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Far Out

white-line woodcut print

This is from quite a few years ago. This print sold and I didn't print another one. I could if someone wanted one, of course...

Monday, September 24, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

Wave Anatomy

oil on gessoed board, 5"x7"

Study of a wave from life in York, ME.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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