House By the Woods

Having a background of trees and no sky was something I was hesitant to try.  I wasn’t sure if the green would look flat or come out blobbish.  Both circumstances would have been undesirable.  Midway through the painting, the trees looked flat and blobbish.  I was ready to give up, but I persevered and got […]

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Study on Vilhelm Hammershøi

The amount of color in this particular painting may not be immediately obvious, but as I was studying the original and painting my rendition, the colors slowly manifested themselves.   There is a certain value of light in the original oil painting which is very difficult to achieve in the watercolor medium. (I’ll have to get […]

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Goose Barn

A rather standard barn was made unusual by the addition of an enormous three-dimensional goose to its roof.  I was looking at local farms for inspiration (which I seem to lack), and turned a bend in the road to see The Goose.  I have no idea how it has managed to survive high winds, as […]

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Pennsylvania Woods

The snow which we’ve recently had has given me the opportunity to paint.  I was, of course, in a snowy sort of mood, so I painted the following scene based on my memory of a lovely little hollow I used to ride by all the time, but now see less of. I have other pieces […]

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The Star Barn

American Gothic is a rather famous painting named for the house in the background.  That house is an excellent example of the Carpenter Gothic style.  In the late 19th century, the Gothic style made a comeback, and Carpenter Gothic was a purely American application of this revival.  It was seen in just about every kind […]

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Study on the Wyeths

As a native Pennsylvanian, I’m extremely proud of our state’s artistic heritage.  Some of my favorite artists established studios not too far from my home.  N. C. Wyeth established his home and studio near Chadds Ford, and two more generations of Wyeths followed in his artistic steps.  I would have to say that I enjoy […]

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Watercolor Sketch

This painting became more of a color and light study rather than a portrayal of columns in a cathedral.  There was too much detail to cover on a small piece of paper, and I didn’t want the piece to look over-worked, so I focused on shadows and the colors we find in them.   The […]

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