Friday, July 13, 2012

Studying a modern master

I just ordered Richard Schmid's "The Landscapes" from Utrecht this week. This large format book is chock full of inspiring outdoor scenes that will keep me busy for a while pouring over the masterful technique. I am headed back to Central Park this Sunday for some plein air painting, so Schmid's "Sunday Morning Central Park" is an absolutely perfect painting to study before I head out. 

I did a small study last Friday of the Bethesda Fountain in C.P. that I will post soon.

Monday, July 09, 2012


I found a red watercolor pencil that I forgot I even had, so I put it back in action.  A water soluble pencil is fun to use to get down the initial drawing quickly.  I think some new colors are in order though...maybe a brown and a blue.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Fear not the heat wave...maybe

Round 2 on my plein air painting in Dumbo. Everyone warned us that we were going to croak from the heat, but we (Barbara, Ken, and I) set up comfortably on a bench under a tree.  B brought her shade buddy for extra sun protection, we had a fine selection of cookies and beverages, and a breeze at times. It was good. We even ended up in the middle of a wedding ceremony, so I had to take a break from painting to witness a couple wed on the rocky sand portion of my landscape view.

Later that evening I cracked open my new watercolor sketchbook and painted this green girl from a black and white photo.  I'm starting to love the idea of using a limited palette...

Thursday, July 05, 2012


Betty • 24" x 30"• oil on canvas • June 2012
2 week pose