Solo Exhibit at Greenhut Gallery...

Friendship Docks 12x16sm

 

This Thursday from 5-7pm is the opening reception for my solo show at Greenhut Gallery in Portland, ME. The painting above is one of many paintings in the show. The painting above is 12×16.” It ended up being a study for a much larger piece. This was done from a photo, which I was drawn to for the complexity of the composition. The pilings create an irregular grid of verticals, and through those pilings we see patches of color that come together into a harbor scene as we take in the whole painting. When I finished this up I started seeing how it could make a fun large-scale painting.

I blew this scene up to 52×76,” and widened the composition just a bit. The larger painting is below.

 

Friendship Harbor 56x72sm

 

In the larger painting I still wanted to play with the simple color shapes created where the pilings get the busiest. They can create a kind of rhythm as the viewers eye moves across the stripes of color. I also like the way a big painting can open a scene up and have a few moments of interest for the viewer to engage with; the dinghies in the lower left, the docked lobster boats in the middle ground, the outer harbor and distant horizon, the architecture of the structure. Each of these elements has it’s own interest, but also helps build up the whole composition.

Both of these paintings will be in my show at Greenhut Gallery. The opening reception is open to the public, and I’d love to see a good crowd, so come on by if you’re in the area Thursday evening.

 

 

Dockside View...

Dockside 18x24sm

 

This is a scene I found in Boothbay last summer. It was fun walking around on the docks and getting some views of the working lobster boats up close an personal. I’m a sucker for scenes that are busy with piles of junk, so this dock was practically asking me to paint it. It’s fun to look for ways to simplify a busy subject. Looking for how to paint a complicated subject as just pieces of color information. If I can get the color relationships right, I feel like I can get most of the way to a good painting.

This painting is one of many that I’ve been framing for the last week. Soon I’ll be delivering a body of new paintings to Greenhut Gallery in Portland, ME. I have a solo show at Greenhut for the month of June, with an opening the evening of June 4. The opening is open to the public and I’d love to see a big crowd there. If you’re in the area please swing by and say hi. I have a mix of still life an landscape in the show.

Three of a kind...

Masonic Street 18x24sm

 

These three houses in a row all have the same design, with a matching front porch, a bay window on the second floor, and a widow’s watch on top. I They look great in the morning light, when it’s easiest to see the slight variations in whites. There’s a lot of nice color reflected into the shadows on those white buildings. I also love the character of the old tree in the front yard. This painting is 18×24″.

Morning on Talbot...

Morning on Talbot 18x24sm

 

This spring I’ve had fun getting back outside to paint on location, and I’ve especially enjoyed painting some of the streets of Rockland. I found out some fun history about this street while I painted here. These two houses were apparently designed by the same architect, who built the house in the foreground for himself to live in. My friend and a great painter, Kevin Beers, told me that the house in back was painted by Edward Hopper. I also got to meet some of the people living in these houses, and it was fun to see their interest in my painting. This one is 18×24″.

View from the dock...

From the dock 12x16sm

 

This is a late day painting of a quiet harbor. I like the light of the scene, but I also like the pops of color. The blue crate in the foreground, and the orange life ring make for fun moments. I’m also taking advantage of the overall contrast between warm and cool colors to create a feeling of late-day-glow. The longer I paint the more I realize how much information about a scene can be conveyed just through the use of color. One of my favorite Hawthorne quotes is a good reminder of this lesson.┬áDo not put in the features, the right spots of color will tell you more about the appearance, the likeness of a person, than features or good drawing. Make it so that I could recognize the subject from color alone, for color is also a likeness.”

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