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August 2007



1 Flying out of Boston last Saturday at dusk, I was on my way to Acadia Park, Maine on this twin prop D1900 plane--everyone had a window seat--all five of us! This is a view of the sunset and downtown Boston over the wing of the plane.

I am now just about as far as it is is to get from California, enjoying every moment of my week while I teach my workshop. It is wonderful and cool, painting is ongoing, and the colors are falling off the brushes! A great group of artists, and a wonderful place to be an artist and to teach a workshop. The Acadia Workshop Center is located on the ocean and also on a pond, water everywhere. The first day the students and I painted the large pond, complete with beaver lodge, and then the following day we were on the ocean at the place shown below. I have some nice paintings and will share them with you in the following days. It has been wonderful to take a break from the daily paintings and just enjoy being an artist.

I'll be back in California in a few days and working on the large dog commission, and seeing Vincent van Goat again!
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Ah, summer in Maine! On the second day of the workshop, I took the students out to paint on location just a stone's throw from both the ocean and the central location for the "Color Boot Camp". The goal for this painting was to focus on values, and the all-important six value plans in the paintings. I demonstrated this one, painting in acrylics, and included the beaver lodge in the lower middle part--the local wildlife! The fog was coming in and out across the water, and the wildflowers were blooming like gangbusters!

This painting is already in the hands of Carolyn O'Connor, from Washington Grove, Maryland.

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How fun it is to revisit Maine with the lovely results of being there and painting on location and in the great studio of Acadia Workshop Center! This is a canvas that came back with me in my luggage, and barely fit as it was just as long as the bag with little to spare! An acrylic, this 8 x 24 inch gallery-wrap is the view from Bernard over to Bass Harbor. What makes this acrylic painting so interesting, is the underlayment is GOLD! I was inspired by the medieval religious paintings I showed the students in the Power Point presentation on Wednesday night, and so used gold as the underpainting for this canvas. The veils of blue, rich purple and earth tones that cover the resultant luminescent layer are just wonderful to see, and looking at the jpeg is not nearly as good as seeing the veils of glowing gold that are in the original. I will be using this in more paintings!

I reluctantly part with this painting for $350 plus $7 shipping to the lucky collector who uses Paypal first.

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Ah, such nice memories I have of the fog and coastal ocean, especially when I exist here in 100 degree dry heat of August in California, sun baking the ground. However, deep in the cool depths of the inner studio, I'm painting away. I'm in oils again working on the three-dog commission again. It is going well. The scene to your right is one I did while thinking about all I'd seen and experienced while on Mt. Desert Island, and it is in acrylics with sand texture under it, and layers of the blue/orange complementary colors I so love. It is also backlit, which adds another dimension to the experience.
I'll be putting this one on my ebay store within the next day or so. It will be available for $275 unframed, plus $5 shipping within the United States.


For folks who have attended a "Color Boot Camp" with me, there's a new Yahoo Group set up to talk about the System and to ask and post questions. Kathy Sweeney is the owner, and welcomes all artists who have or are learning the Color System. You can find out more about it by clicking here.

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I'm very pleased with how this LARGE painting is coming along as I continue to cover the canvas with another layer, and obliterate the underpainting (which still peeks through yet minimally in the sky and background areas). Doing oil layers on a surface this vast means I have less blending opportunities and it brings to the forefront my skills with acrylics in mixing and adding the covering layer.

The dogs have miles to go before they are finished, but I am more pleased with their general "sense" of dogginess at this point. During this painting session I was not concerned with them. I hope you'll compare today's painting with the earlier version on July 17 (in the blog).

On other news, I'm starting some new adventures--not the least of which is podcasting the daily paintings--putting up the entire two years of work on iTunes. Alberto is starting that project, and I'm recording the audio so you can see the paintings and I'll be talking about each one--embellishing the minimal text I'd written on the days they were painted. Each podcast will be just one minute long. But there will be several hundred you can get on your iPod or share with friends. I'll let you all know when this the released.

You see, I do have a bit of time to work on other projects now while I paint!

Congratulations to John Ottaway of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, on his addition of the Keeneland painting "Keeneland Morning Overlook" which he found in my ebay store.

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It is so much fun to layer acrylics and revisit Maine! Here's a small painting packed with messaging about acrylic usage. Take a look at the right side above my signature to see the trio of layers there. The first was the warm underpainting, done with Quin Burnt Orange, and then the two layers of color, the next done with a mix of Ultramarine and Alizarin, and white, and then the final layer, done with a mix of the ultramaine again with white. This last layer was laid down with a palette knife for additional textural interest. Because the two upper layers are done with the cool palette, they contrast nicely and vibrate with the warm of the burnt orange that toned the canvas. I call that sparkle, and it isn't about the white sparkly bits on water!
This painting will be up on my ebay store in a day or so for $100.

But not today, because Alberto and I are working on a cage for the new momma hen with her nine (so far) chicks! Fun to have baby chickens again. While I went to Maine, no one collected the eggs so she started setting. Yes, I'll post a picture once the cage is done and she and "the kids" are safely away from ravens and the like--they are so cute!

And I'm putting the entire daily paintings on iTunes. You can search on my name to find me. One-minute episodes--I'm finishing up October of 2005 today. An RSS feed will allow you to subscribe outside of iTunes--go here (opens a new window).

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The change in my life since reluctantly ceasing the daily paintings has been enormous, and all positive. Today I met Juliet Harrison, an equine artist with a camera, who came up to my studio today. She is out visiting relatives here in California from her own state of New York, with her family. We ate lunch in the outer studio, and I showed her around the place at her request. Her son Jackson loved the goats, especially wanting to meet Vincent. I should have taken more pictures, as it was fun to see excitement all over the place and how much Vincent van Goat loved the attention.

The weather has been beastly hot and slightly humid, and over 100 temps are hard to bear. Especially for the workers taking out and rebuilding the new entrance to the outer studio, where I'll have my February workshop. It will be great to have a proper entrance and patio for the workshop. Looks like that will be President's Weekend, Friday night through Monday, so if you want to be considered for a slot, please email me. I have a list.....

But I'm off to teach again, heading to Georgia in September. Twelve excited soon-to-be Color Boot Campers await my arrival. We'll be sited at the farm of a friend of mine, and it will be fun, fun fun! I'll send more and write more then. This past month has been a mini vacation for me, and it renews my energies to create more new work! Here's one from the workshop in Maine, we were painting Somes Sound and this is the demonstration piece for the late morning light. I can feel the wind in it! 12 x 9 oil, available for $255.

It's GOOD to be back!!

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Next posting is September 3, 2007