Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sea Rocks

I love this grouping of rocks along the edge of Noyac Bay just outside of Sag Harbor. This particular morning it was very hazy.... and hot. I am trying to integrate all the information I learned while studying with artist Ben Fenske a few weeks ago. I think I managed to capture the atmosphere and the depth. I am looking forward to tackling these rocks, again.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Trees in a Sunlit Field

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Yet another little study from my landscape workshop with artist Ben Fenske.  Again, the goal here was to try to create depth and atmosphere. I really loved this little field in Wainscott which is just outside East Hampton, NY.  I plan to go back on my own to do a few more paintings.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hazy, Hot and Humid

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So this is another landscape completed just after taking the plein aire workshop with artist Ben Fenske as offered through The Hampton Studio of Fine Art here in Sag Harbor. Fenske recommended that I do small paintings/studies for a while and then try larger canvases. Even so, I feel like the 6"x6" size is a little too small for the great outdoors - even if the goal is just a study.  My plan is to go a bit bigger, maybe an 8"x8" (that's the size of the painting I posted yesterday, and it seemed to work better.)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012



I am just getting around to posting some of the paintings I did during a landscape painting workshop I took a few weeks ago. The instructor was artist Ben Fenske, a graduate of The Florence Academy of Art, and an avid landscape and portrait painter... not to mention an awesome guy. The first thing Fenske pointed out to me, was that my landscape paintings lacked depth. He was right. The painting above is one I did after a little instruction from the master. It's got some depth and atmosphere. I was pleased, and so was he!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Geranium on Outdoor Patio


I have not posted for quite some time. The reason, I rented out my house in Sag Harbor for a few weeks to some lovely folks who wanted to vacation in "the Hamptons." This is the first time I have ever done this, and the hardest part for me, was deciding on what paint supplies I truly had to bring with me and what would be over-kill. Happily, the packing and moving is behind me now for a bit and I get to get back to painting. This pot of geraniums is a loving touch I found on the front porch of the sweet house where we are living for the rest of the summer.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Single Cedar

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I took my easel out for a walk today. It has been a while. I won't bore you with the details... Anyway, I ended up in an old cemetery in Sag Harbor. It is so old that several soldiers who died in the American Revolution are buried there. Perched atop one of the hills on the cemetery grounds, stands this sole sentinel... a single cedar. I had to paint it.