Coast Scene, Mount Desert Frederic Edwin Church – 1863


A Facebook friend posted the Church painting above, right, Coast Scene, Mount Desert – 1863 and I immediately dug into my archives and found an image of mine from a few years back from about the same vantage point. Naturally the tide, weather and stature of the artist differ but the connection is somewhat compelling.

Painting Demo, 12/10/2015


The Rule of Three:

OK, Generally we are dividing the picture plane up into three cases:


Case 1: Direct Light

Case 2: Turning surface

Case 3: Shadow

This is only a rough way of translating the light as it falls on your study set-up but it’s a great way to explore the expressive potential of painting within simplifying restrictions:1 2 3 4

The air is really damned plein lately…

Windy and cold out in Acadia at Little Hunters Beach. Tough painting weather and sadly, I was under-dressed. Below are some progress shots, in order:

oil on pane;, work in progress, 12 x 12 inches

oil on panel, work in progress, 12 x 12 inches