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!




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