Along the Bozenskill river in upstate New York, I discovered a picturesque waterfall. The falls has an idyllic beauty that welcomes the hiker with two stone benches that directly face the falls. Never did I imagine that I would find such an inviting spot to paint. Plein air certainly has some unexpected treasures.
Over the past ten years, I had been on a quest to depict realistic water scenes. As amazing as this experience has been, I feel a new direction is in order. In fact, my last two paintings portray a vibrant warmer color palette. This new oil painting may be representative of future paintings with soft luminescent tones and warm colors.
Updated - The Buttermilk plein aire oil painting is happily framed and situated in a cozy cabin in the Adirondacks. Here is a chronological update from start to finish. I know it will be forever treasured in its home sweet home. Thank you MP!
This painting evokes a reminder of a calm fall day in the Adirondacks. It seems to invite the viewer to take a walk leading into a woodland area where more wonders await.
The first phase consists of toning and establishing the values with burnt sienna. The second phase includes applying the foundational colors for background sky and midground water area. The third phase requires applying foundational colors for the foreground rocky shore area. The fourth phase features layering the secondary colors with a final touch of highlights and details. 8/13/20
This painting entitled Outreach Over Trouble Waters portrays our strength with the extended branch as the focal point. The wear and tear markings on the bark signify the courage to find new ways. The branch also symbolizes signs of new growth. At the same time, the ebb and flow of the water is symbolic of the many changes that are still ahead. Yet, the tranquil background color assures that we will get through this together. In summary, this new beginnings painting symbolizes the importance to prevail, branch out, and stay connected no matter what flows during this restart in our country.
Plein aire at Huycks Preserve in Rensselaerville, NY
Definitely worth the trek in and time to paint and teach!