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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Maybe I Should Move My Easel

oil on canvas, 8"x10"

A plein air painting completed in York, ME as the tide rolled in on me.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

On the Shelf

On the Shelf, oil on canvas, 6"x6"

For a couple of weeks, you will see some older images here, with little to no description. 

If you like anything, you can comment on it here, or send me a message by using this form.

But be aware that nothing will ship for a few weeks.

I will tell you why soon.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Also at gallery twist

Leaves in Winter, white-line woodcut print, 10"x8"

This is the third of three white-line woodcuts ready for the About Time exhibit at gallery twist.

The show opens at the end of September, so you have time to schedule a visit into your calendar!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wet Dogs Using the Buddy System

Wet Dogs Using the Buddy System, oil on canvas, 16"x20", available

Here we have Striper and Winnie swimming side by side. It seems like Striper is puzzled by Winnie's contentedness - "You seem awfully happy for a dog without a ball...."

She was always happy to swim. And he was always happy with a ball. They were also close friends and happy to play and swim together.

I painted a tiny version of this many years ago and always thought it was a big idea waiting to find its way to a larger canvas.

I hope you enjoy it as much as the dogs are enjoying the water.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Here's the Photo...

The Headlands, oil on gessoed board, 8"x8"

I tried to show this to you on Monday, but I couldn't find a photo of this little plein air piece anywhere. Probably because I never shot a picture of it. 

Until now. 

Now, it has had its portrait taken and it is also posing for a larger version of itself in the studio. 

And it is available to collectors for the first time.

Busy little thing.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Another White-line for the About Time Exhibit

Veiled House, white-line woodcut print, 10"x8"

Last week, you saw the first of three prints that will be in the About Time exhibit at gallery blink this fall.

This print of a white house obscured by colorful fall leaves will also be on display. I'll show you the last one next week!


Monday, August 27, 2018

References

A Little to the Right, 8"x8", oil on gessoed board


Along with some new Wet Dog paintings, there are some pure seascapes developing in the studio too.

I was going to share the reference for one I'm working on, but I can't find a photo of it. That might mean that I never took one... Silly.

Until I either take a picture of it or find a picture of it, you can enjoy another on site painting from around the same time. Finding this one might make me want to try it in the studio too.

Maybe forgetting to photograph that other one will turn out to be a productive mistake.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Another Floating Head

Extreme close-up from a painting of some dogs happy with their balls in the water.

In the end there will be at least two paintings of dogs swimming next to each other - remember this head? - and this one. 

The last one is finished and newsletter subscribers will see it next week. 

This one is still in progress. Who knows when it will be finished. But you'll see it when it is done.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Timely Exhibit with White-line Woodcuts

Afternoon in Tenant's Harbor, white-line woodcut print, 7"x11"

Gallery Blink in Lexington, MA is hosting an exhibit with the theme, "About Time."

Some of my white-line woodcuts will be there including the one pictured above. 

I know that I have told you how fun this place is, so I hope you can all go and see what imaginative things they do with this show.

The reception is September 28th and it will be open until October 21.

More on this to come.

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Return

On site painting of some rocks and water in York, ME.

Remember when I said that I might go back out painting last week?

Well, I did. And so did Measure and Coast. They had to come and help me.

It was finally a beautiful day - not hot and muggy and not violently raining. Very pleasant with warm seas in which to swim and cool off. Perfect.

And I did paint.  A rock. Of course.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Second Head



Two dogs swimming and chasing balls on a summer day. Here is one of those happy pups in progress - you saw the other one in a previous post.

Not much more to say until it is all done. Which will hopefully be soon!

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Shields

Hoplon, 8"x6", white-line woodcut print, framed, pictured with the block from which it came.

Now, back to our discussion of naming prints after naval war ships.

I started Vanguard in 2016 and it took me about 8 months to finish it. It was the first print I named using the new theme. 

But 8 months is a long time, so I did some other projects while Vanguard's ink cured between layers. One was this little white-line, using the painting you saw earlier in the week as a reference.

This rock shields me from the incoming tide when I paint it. The scene here is about mid-tide, but sometimes the waves crash right on this formation.

In one of my Jack Campbell books, I saw that a small ship in the space fleet was named Hoplon, so I looked it up.

A hoplon is a very large shield which is also known as an aspis. Ancient Greek infantrymen, also called Hoplites, used them to create their famous phalanx formation in which they would link the huge shields together to protect a whole group of soldiers from artillery.

We won't dive too deeply into military history here, but hoplons were used at the Battle of Thermopylae. 

You know King Leonides vs. Emperor Xerxes... impossible odds.... subject of some awesome, bloody movies...

"Spartans!! Lay Down Your Weapons!!"

"COME AND TAKE THEM!"

Ahem... Good movie. Recommended along with the books in the last post about titling paintings.



Monday, August 13, 2018

Time to Return?

A New Look at an Old Friend, 10"x8", oil on gessoed board 

This summer has been quite sticky and hot and full of violent storms that come along in the afternoons.

Not really great weather for painting outside. 

But Wednesday looks like it might be ok... 

If so, I'll go back to visit this rock and some of its fellows with the Wet Dogs. It has been quite a while. I hope they remember us.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Heads Instead of Tails

Close up of a new painting

The last time you all saw this painting, I showed you just the tail end of two happy swimming dogs

This face belonged to Winnie, my first dog. She was a super swimmer, a gentle soul and all around best friend.

It is fun to see her again in these Wet Dog paintings - I miss her.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pumpkin on the Rocks

Pumpkin on the Rocks, 9"x7", white-line woodcut

Here you go - the second of the two new pumpkin prints all finished and framed.

It is in the printmaking show at the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair, but you knew that.

However, I just learned that they changed the location of the exhibit. It is NOT in the upper lodge. It is in the Spruce Lodge which is the building that hosts the Living with Craft exhibit. 

That makes it easier for you - all the prints are in one building. The jigsaws are upstairs and the white-lines are downstairs in the cafeteria.

So you can admire pumpkins and artwork by other League printmakers as you eat your eggplant fries.

Yes, eggplant fries are a thing at the Fair and they are actually quite delicious.

Monday, August 6, 2018

And Also

Green Wave, jigsaw reduction woodblock print, 6"x8"


The exhibit is really nice - lots of beautiful things by dozens of artists in different media. 

So go to the Fair and enjoy the show!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Also at the Annual Craftsmen's Fair...

Appledore Evening, 6"x8", jigsaw reduction woodblock print

This print doesn't have a fancy naval name, but it is also in the Living with Craft exhibit at the Fair.

If you can't get to the Fair, you can always see it - and a lot of other work - on the website!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Started a Second One

Pumpkin on the Rocks, white-line woodcut print in progress

The first print off this block is framed and ready to hang in the printmaking exhibit in the upper lodge at Mount Sunapee. It will be there with its companion, Pumpkin by the Sea, for the duration of the League of NH Craftsmen's Annual Fair - August 4-12.

I started a second print just for fun. Next week, you can see a finished one here.

If you can't wait, visit the exhibit!




Monday, July 30, 2018

Entitled

Vanguard, jigsaw reduction woodblock print, 16"x24"

For years, I titled my prints in a straightforward way. “Green Wave”, “Bright Day”, and "Appledore Evening” all describe the subject of the print.

But how many [descriptor] Waves can one have?

Well, not many before you accidentally try titles previously used by other seascape artists. Or even by your past self.

This wasn’t something that weighed heavily on my mind - when it was time to title a new print or painting, I'd settle on a simple phrase that would be easy to sign 20-60 times depending on the edition size.

At some point, that got boring. But what to do instead?

The inspiration came from the Navy. Not the American Navy, but the British Navy from their glory days.

And not really that British Navy from their glory days, but the space navy adventure novels based on that British Navy. And those stories are mostly based on the C.S. Forester novels about a fictional sailor, Horatio Hornblower, whose life closely parallels that of the real-life British hero, Horatio Nelson.

The first series of these contemporary stories that I read was David Weber’s "Honorverse". Instead of battling at sea, Honor Harrington’s character becomes a master at space war and she personally suffers the same famous injuries as poor Nelson as the novels progress. (I won’t spoil this, in case you don’t know about Nelson’s traumas.)

Several years later, I discovered Jack Campbell and Captain “Black Jack” Geary of the Lost Fleet series. Instead of describing them to you here, go ahead and look these books up. Every single one of them is a fun read, they are written well and the characters are delightful. You’ll love them. If you like science fiction space navy stuff. 

And you might not. That’s ok.

Because the reason I’m telling you all this isn’t to give you a summer reading list (though, you are welcome....).

It is to tell you about the list of ships in the front of each Lost Fleet novel. Space ships that are either directly named after British or American naval ships or in the same spirit.

Meaning, I don’t claim to know the name of every real commissioned ship in the real navies, but I do appreciate the creative use of the words these navies displayed.

The easiest thing for you to do is buy the Lost Fleet series and read it yourself,  but here is a taste:

Gallant
Indomitable
Steadfast
Dauntless
Vengeance

It goes on and on. My absolute favorite is

Indefatigable

And did the writers mentioned earlier invent this Space Navy based on Water Navy thing? Of course not. Whether or not you are a true fan, you all know that the show Star Trek’s Starfleet boasted the Enterprise. On top of that, they named other ships Endeavour, Intrepid and Valiant.

There is so much more to say about this. For now, I just wanted you to know where new titles are coming from.

And we start here with Vanguard, which is what the first force of a military action is called. The word now also means the leading edge of anything new - ideas, projects, missions, adventures. 

Which made it the perfect choice for the first print I started with this name theme in mind. It wasn't the first I finished, but that story is for another time.

Friday, July 27, 2018

New Digital Prints

Wet Dogs Jump the Waves and Wet Dog in the Sun

The two newest Wet Dog paintings are now available. Both are 10"x10" printed with a professional grade printer on fine art 12"x12" paper.

If you like original oil on canvas better, you can have that instead - these are both still available.

Think about it and let me know when you are ready to bring these pups home.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Ready to go

Pumpkin by the Sea, 9"x7", white-line woodcut

This pumpkin print and its buddy are now at Mount Sunapee awaiting the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Annual Fair. 

Want to see the other one? 

You could sign up for the newsletter - the subscribers will see it next week. 

You could go to the Fair - it runs from August 4-12.

You could wait until it shows up here...


Monday, July 23, 2018

Wet Dogs and Framing

Close-up of a woodblock print.

It seems like every summer, when there is a lot of framing to do, that the dogs get mucky and wet and want to shake all over the white mats.

Which turns this image of a happy dog into a nightmare for the framer.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Rocks, Waves, Frames

Intemperate, 24"x18" image size, and Vanguard, 16"x24" image size

This all took longer than expected, but these two very large prints are now framed and ready to hang in the Living with Craft exhibit at the League of NH Craftsmen's Annual Fair.

Two smaller ones are going too - Appledore Evening and Green Wave, but they were already framed.

The next two things to be framed are the new pumpkins for the printmaking exhibit in the other lodge. You will see that on White-line Wednesday.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pumpkin Print and Block


As you can see, this white-line woodcut is almost finished. It will be one of the many things dressing up in a frame before Friday. 

Because I told you I'd get some framing done by Friday... So I better have some framed stuff to show you Friday. 

I know I said this last week, but I really like how the wood grain is showing up in the print. Just a few more shapes to go.

Then you'll see some framed stuff on Friday.... 
 

Monday, July 16, 2018

More Distractions... I mean, New Projects

Close-up of a new painting

Last Friday, you saw the very beginnings of a new print. One of two new prints based on a foggy marsh last autumn.

This is the very beginning of a new Wet Dog painting. This is just the dog butts - they do show their faces in the final painting.

Why are there so many new things beginning around here?

Because painting is more fun than framing, that's why. 

But framing can't be avoided forever and so I will say right now, today, that you will see the fruits of framing labor on Friday. Of this week. 

If you don't see any framed pieces here on Friday, bug me about it ok?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Much to Do

Plein air painting of fog, tracing and outline on wood for a new print.

When you have to frame seven things in less than two weeks, one of which needs to be finished, the logical thing to do is start new prints, right?

Well, for some reason that seemed like a good idea to me. This painting is from last fall - remember the story about the day it was painted? 

Now it's the inspiration for two new prints. The goal is simplicity and efficiency. That is always the goal, but this time I mean it.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Another Pumpkin gets Pressed



As promised last week, here is the second of the two pumpkin white-line woodcuts I'm making for the printmaking exhibit at the League on NH Craftsmen's Fair.

The grain from the pine board is distinctive in this print, which is giving it some interesting textures.

Next week, you'll see more!
 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dog Butler

Measure and Coast waiting for me to open the door.

I haven't been completely honest with you and it is time to come clean.

You all think that my primary occupation is Artist - that I spend all my time painting and drawing and mixing ink and carving wood and printing. Sadly, that is not true.

I have this completely separate life that I have hidden from the outside world for years.

My primary job is not Artist. It is Dog Butler.

Most of my time, I am at the beck and call of the two Golden Retrievers who live in this house.

When they demand to go out, I rush to the door to open it for them. When they wish to come in, I open the door before they can bark in reprimand.

Their meals are prepared and set for them on a regular schedule and cleaned up after by me.

I ensure they are properly attired for the day’s activities. Some days we need the collars with the embroidered phone numbers and other days we need to wear our peacocks and pandas. There are harness occasions and slip lead occasions.

And they have appointments they must keep - to the veterinarian, the trainer, competitions, training dates, hikes, masseuses and chiropractors. It is I who make these appointments and keep the Little Masters on schedule.

I heartily apologize for keeping this a secret for so long. Now, when the blog seems light on new artwork, you will know what has kept me from my studio.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Da Da Da Daaaah

Intemperate, 24"x18", jigsaw reduction woodblock print, available

The print that was in production for 9 months is complete. Soon - next week - it will get all dressed up in a frame and be ready for the Living with Craft exhibit at the League of NH Craftsmen's Annual Fair.

This will be the last large print for a while. I started it on a press with a 24"x48" bed and when I couldn't use that any more, I printed the last few layers by hand with wooden spoons a LOT of elbow grease. 

These prints are too large to dry in the studio. The spare bedroom is littered with drying prints now. (So it isn't a good time to visit.)

Without this print taking up space in my studio and my brain anymore, I feel free to plan new projects.

Some of those are more Wet Dog paintings, some are jigsaw prints that will fit on my press with its 12"x24" bed, and some are more white-lines. 

It is going to be an exciting summer in the studio and I am looking forward to it.




Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Finished Pumpkin Print

Pumpkin by the Sea, 9"x7", white-line woodcut print, available


The first of two pumpkin blocks in the works this summer is complete.

It is enjoying its view of the calm Atlantic Ocean on a clear, bright day. Certainly, it can see the Isles of Shoals on the horizon. Maybe even parts of the north shore of Massachusetts. 

The granite on which it sits is a bleached pink, speckled with minty green lichen and some grasses stoically growing in cracks.

This image will soon be joined by a second composition of a pumpkin enjoying an ocean view. You will see pictures of that next week.

Until then, stay cool and Happy 4th of July!


Monday, July 2, 2018

Wet Dog in the Sun

Wet Dog in the Sun, oil on canvas, 12"x12", available

Here we have little Measure staring down at me while I paint the ocean. The sun is descending fast, and she's telling me that we should leave soon because it is nearly dinner time. 

Of course, she'll wait for me to finish and pack up - what else can she do? Take the keys and drive herself home?

And she can pass the time by taking another dip in a tide pool, chasing the other Goldens, eating seaweed or ripping a stick into a million pieces - lots to do on the coast of Maine for an adventurous red head.

Plus, I have dog cookies in my pack...




Friday, June 29, 2018

Inspired Pumpkin

Sea Pumpkin, oil on canvas, 10"x11", available

You know that there are two brand new white-line woodcuts this summer. Pumpkins modeled on the edge of the sea for both of these prints.

The first block has already yielded a print - you'll see that very soon. 

Above, you can see the reference for the next white-line woodcut - a plein air painting from York, ME a few years ago. It is coming along quite nicely. Here is a progress photo for you:


The embossed lines in the paper are showing off a bit in this picture. As is the wood grain from the block.

Lots more to print, but I think it will be done in a week or two.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Another Last Close-up....


...of a different print. It turns out that I finished two prints last week. 

This is the pumpkin print you have been following here on White-line Wednesdays.  

The big reveal of this first print off the new block will be in the newsletter in the next couple of days. It will join the official portraits of the latest Wet Dog painting and Intemperate. Of course, you know by now that if you would like to be on that list (and get a code for free domestic shipping), all you have to do is sign up here.

As I told you last week, four jigsaw prints will be participating in the Living With Craft exhibit at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Annual Fair. 

There will also be a printmaking only exhibit entitled The Newest Work in the upper lodge (conveniently where beer and wine are usually available for purchase).

Which means there is ANOTHER white-line block of a different pumpkin all carved and ready to print so the two prints can hang together in that little show. 

So I better get printing...




Monday, June 25, 2018

Last Close-up

Close-up of the now finished Intemperate

This is just a little peek at the newly completed Intemperate. The whole thing will debut in the newsletter later this week.

Then, you can see it here and on the website. But you can also see it in person in August at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Annual Fair. It will be hanging there with three more of my print in the Living with Craft exhibit. 

But you already know all this because you read last Friday's post right?

Before it is ready for the exhibit (or shipping, should you want your very own), it needs to dry. Then it will need a frame. 

It isn't the only new print around here, either. I'll reveal some new news on Wednesday!

 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Living with Craft Line Up


 Vanguard, 16"x24, jigsaw reduction woodblock print

The League of New Hampshire's Annual Craftsmen's Fair is coming soon - August 4 - 12 this year. 

It is still at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH.

In lieu of a booth, some of my prints will be in the Living with Craft Exhibit on the upper floor of the  lower lodge - got that? (The link shows one of my prints in a past exhibit - House on Ocean Point.)

I love the annual exhibit because the designer takes items from all categories of crafts from different artists and creates lovely room vignettes. 

It shows you that by collecting things that you love, regardless of style or color or shape, you can create a cohesive look in your space.

In this post, you can see three prints that will be in the exhibit in 2018.  Since these are limited edition prints, you don't have to wait for the exhibit to get one for yourself. They are available on my website - just click on the titles for more information. Or you can always contact me.

The fourth print that will be there, Intemperate, will be revealed later this summer.


Green Wave, 6"x8", jigsaw reduction woodblock print

Appledore Evening, 6"x8", jigsaw reduction woodblock print
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