Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Further Along

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Yesterday my friend and fellow artist, Todd Bonita, asked if I would do a demonstration for the Tuesday plein air class he teaches. The forecast was for rain and Todd secured the use of the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit.

I had a 16" x 20" (40x50cm) panel (my Claessens linen stuck to Gator board). On it was the aborted start of a demonstration from my Savannah workshop in 2013. It seemed like it was time to paint over it.

It's sometimes a bit disconcerting to make a grisaille over an entirely different painting. Which marks belong to the old painting and which to the new? After a bit, though, the old image recedes and the definiteness of the new image asserts itself.

Because I've been painting all the recent 8"x12" panels at Rawson's Neck and Rawson's Point, the sea was much on my mind. I had no reference but decided to paint a painting of the rockbound coast of Maine from imagination.

Here's what I did. The photo is a bit over-sharp and a bit contrasty. There is actually a sky in the painting, but here it's blown out by over-exposure. Still, it will give you the idea, and I told the students I would post it.

I still need to refine the rocks and to work on the water. But I think there is already a sense of the bright, glary light that I wanted.  

There was a 'school' of painting called the 'glare aesthetic' at the end of the 19th century. An oft-cited example is by William Lamb Picknell (American, 1853-1897). His painting The Road to Concarneau was bought by the Corcoran Gallery in 1880 when Picknell was only 27. It may be of interest to Essex County readers to know that in his later years Picknell lived at Annisquam.

I've been unable to immediately find the dimensions for it. But I remember seeing it at an exhibition held at The National Academy of Design, in New York. It was very large---my guess being that it was six or seven feet wide. 



Weekend Workshop
28-29 June 2014
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The Ogunquit Summer School of Art

Ogunquit, Maine

Two two-day workshops
14-15 August 2014
27-28 September 2014
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4-12 September, Alkmaar, NL Contact me about this

6-10 October 2014
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Norway August 2015
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becomes available.

A possible 2015 workshop for the
Welsh Academy of Art

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