Sunday, August 19, 2012

Painting Mohonk

I thought someone might be interested in this.  Not sure exactly who, but maybe someone out there in the great World Wide Web! LOL.  Remember when we used to call it that? Way back in the 90s?

Anyway, I just started a new painting using a photo for reference.  The photo was taken at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz last week.  Evening was upon us, but there was enough light to take a few photos down by the lake.  My friend took a lot more and they are spectacular!  What great subject matter, huh?

So this canvas is 12 x 16, gallery wrapped, gessoed and toned with raw umber.  I did a
sketch with vine charcoal and using thinned raw umber I did a line and mass in underpainting.

 This phase allows you to make changes to the composition very easily.  I want the little gazebo that is the Mohonk trademark to be the focal point, so I started the color layer in that area.  My plan is to finish that part in great detail and then give less attention to the other areas as I paint outward.  At least that's my plan!  We'll see.  My mind knows what I want to do, but getting my hands to do it is another thing!  I'll post the progress. Stay tuned...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Leaping Trout Art Project 2012

Wow!  There are 35 different fish sculpture/paintings hanging all over our area!  I picked up a brochure that features the Leaping Trout trail at Brio's last night.

Directions are given in the map to each business where a certain fish is hanging.  You can bid online at www.theleapingtrout.com website.  This is a fundraiser for the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited.   My rainbow trout can be seen at Tiso's in Mt. Tremper on Rt. 212.  That's just down the road from where my husband, Ed, grew up at the Rainbow Lodge.

Here's the link to my fish: http://www.theleapingtrout.com/jkahil.html.  It's 36" long.  Oil on aluminum. I primed it first with automotive primer, painted it with artist quality oil paints and  I left parts of the aluminum visible on the under belly to give it some sparkle.  It was finished with oil painting varnish.  It should be hung indoors even though it looks like a sign!

Todd Spire did a great job setting up the web site and the photos of the artwork are amazing. So much better than I usually do! Higher a professional!  Here's a link to his business if you need help with web design, etc. http://www.spirecreativeservices.com/

At the end of the fishing season, the artwork will be gathered for a group show at The Arts Upstairs on Main St. in Phoenicia.  They'll be exhibited there all winter and in the spring of 2013 the art will be auctioned off.  As I said, you can bid online if you can't attend the physical auction.
Trout Unlimited's mission is to conserve, protect and restore our cold water resources which benefits our native trout and the drinking water.
My father in law, Dick Kahil, was one of the charter members of Trout Unlimited, but I believe it was a different chapter than the Ashokan-Pepacton.  They held their first meetings at the Rainbow Lodge. Ed was just a kid and when he first heard of Trout Unlimited, he was overjoyed because he thought it meant there was no limit on how many fish you could keep!  No, he's not an outlaw, but he loves nothing better than a trout dinner that he caught himself.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

1000 Islands Serenity

1000 Islands Serenity
5 x 7
Oil on board
$75. unframed, $100. framed in black plein air frame.

One day while riding with my husband in his fishing boat, I was able to do a quick plein air painting of this sweet little cabin on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. It was surrounded by lots of green!
It has a red door that made it stand out from all those trees.


Bridge to Morgan Island

Bridge to Morgan Island
5 x 7
Oil on board
SOLD

Painted plein air from our spot on Kring State Park on the St. Lawrence River at 1000 Islands.
Morgan Island is a day use island where shore dinners are served by fishing guides.
We like to ride our bikes over this little bridge and around the island.