Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Ghost in North River

North River, 20"x20" Oil on Canvas
I'm noting this stage only because this photograph reveals the grasses that I painted out yesterday.  I don't see this in the original.  But, I'm thinking it will eventually reveal itself and must be painted over again.  Also, I've lightened the remaining foreground grasses.  

Monday, January 21, 2019

North River

North River, Marshfield, 2019 Oil on Canvas, 20"x20"
I removed the grasses in the center of the foreground.  I thought it would work better to lead the eye up and through the canvas to the horizon line if that space was opened.  Those remaining grasses need work.  Darker?  Lighter?  I might repeat the color of the ochre grasses in the background.  

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Work in Progress of North River

North River, 24" x 24", Oil on Canvas
The deep cold set in about 3 weeks ago.  Very few days and no nights have been above freezing.  As such, even the brackish and salt water are now freezing.  The North River in Marshfield, MA empties into Massachusetts Bay.  Parts of the River are a Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. It is primarily a habitat for striped bass and bluefish.  This painting references a photo by Emily Katherine taken in November when ice was just beginning to form. Work still remains in the foreground. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Balancing Act

Balancing Act, 2018.  Oil on Board, 10x10"
As I considered the title for this painting, I began to think of the bird as an acrobat with a ball.  Now, this brings to mind other ideas: hummingbirds as trapeze artists, Blue Jays juggling peanuts, chickadees as high wire walkers.  

I approached this painting using the indirect method.  In the end I only continued with it for the ground and the table top.  I need more lessons.  

Monday, December 17, 2018

Consider the Orange

Consider the Orange, 2018,  Oil on Board, 10x10"

Along the same vein of nesting the bird in or near flowers, I've been considering posing the bird with a food source.  Best would be a food source the bird enjoys as in this Baltimore Oriole and the orange.  Also, I've missed painting still life.  I'm looking at the Golden Age of Dutch painting for some inspiration.  The bird is completely out of context, which should increase the intrigue.  

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Nasty Urchins

Nasturtiums, 2018, Oil on Board, 10x10"
Of late, I have been considering how to move beyond just a bird, a board and some paint.  This past fall I started including flowers from our garden.  The bird subtly appears backstage while the flower takes a bow.  I'm unconvinced that this always works, or even works at all.  

Sunday, December 2, 2018

A Parallel Universe

Chickadee with Hydrangea, Oil on Board, 10x10"
Vern Laux, the late bird expert who reported weekly on NPR, once reported that the Black Capped Chickadee lives in a universe parallel to ours.  I've seen evidence of this when refilling the feeder.  They will flit around fussing and trying to land on the feeder while I refill completely ignoring or ignorant of my presence.  They are a small little bundle of energy, almost warrior like as they rush from feeder to tree in a never ending forage.  

The hydrangea that grows in our yard offers a shelter to the chickadee as well as a perfect mirrored contrast to his rustic rump.  As of late, I am searching for a new way to present the bird.  Thoughts of the bird's habitat and food source are under consideration.