Monday, May 23, 2016

Old Gatehouse: Mohonk

Old Gatehouse: Mohonk 
10 x 10
Watercolor 
$75. plus shipping

I've joined a plein air group again; this time it's watercolor.  A newish medium for me, but I like it! There's a learning curve, for sure!

Last week we gathered at the old gatehouse that led people up to Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. That was many years ago.  Now, you drive right up to the hotel.

This day was very nice.  A little buggy and lots of people walking on the old road, but neither a distraction.  I spent most of my time trying to sketch the scene out on my paper before starting.  That's so foreign to me. When we oil paint, I just sketch it out in thinned paint. 

The architecture was hard to capture, so I kept it on the vague side. The roof was in the process of being reshingled, so there was black paper on the big roof.  I painted it to match the rest of the tower and I'm sure it's orange again by now! 

I mounted this one on a cradled panel by Ampersand. I used Liquitex Matte Gel to adhere it. I then sprayed it with a couple coats of Grumbacher matte fixative and  I finished it with several layers of Dorland's wax medium to protect it since there's no glass over it.  I saw several artists do this and followed a couple of websites. Check this one out. First time I've done it this way and I'm hoping it holds up!

Currently on display at the Olive Free Library, downstairs. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Art Show


I've been terribly delinquent about posting this year!  Not that I haven't been painting a lot, 'cause I have.  I think I have a blockage due to my dissatisfaction with the quality of photos I take of my paintings.
I've taken photos outside, for the most part, to get the most accurate color representation.  However, they still don't look like they do in person.  I also have tried setting up a photo shoot area with two clip on lamps holding daylight bulbs, a tripod, a darkened room, but still they come out just so-so.

If I were ever going to get serious about selling art online or entering more selective art shows, then I would have to bite the bullet and have a professional photograph them.  I've only done that once and I have to admit that the results were outstanding!

Speaking of art shows,  a new one is about to start on May 22nd.  It's at the Woodstock Jewish Center. I sold two paintings there in December when they had the holiday show.
The theme of this new show is Summer.  I entered two plein air landscapes and they accepted both.

Not sure if I will attend the opening or not, but I would like to!