I will be one of four artists from the Riverdale Art Association exhibiting at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture during March. One of the two watercolor collages I will have in this (now) annual show is Blue and Green:
I love coming across old paintings of mine that were not quite ready for prime time, cutting them up, rearranging the pieces, adding other pieces from other paintings, and voila! A new, better collage composition.
RYSEC is located at 4450 Fieldston Road, at the corner of Fieldston Road and Manhattan College Parkway in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Tel: 718-548-4445. The exhibit will be available for viewing M-F from 9:00-4:00.
My painting process, especially if it is a representational painting (one where you recognize the subject), usually involves a series of light washes (often many of them) to create a painting with real depth and intensity. And there are many adjustments along the way as the painting speaks to me and tells me what it needs.
I spent the recent Christmas holidays visiting my brother in Cooperstown in upstate New York. I described my visit and showed two of my quick sketches in my previous blog. It’s taken me this long to create a painting from one of those sketches.
This was the initial wash:
You can see the light pencil sketch — not very detailed — and the preliminary light washes, blue for the snow shadows and sky and blue-green for the trees and far mountains.
Here I’ve left the sky and snow shadows alone and focussed on the trees and distant mountain.
Here I’ve added some of the tree trunks and started to indicate the tree branches.
Lots still to do: make the far trees stand out from the further mountains, continue to define the midground trees and, most importantly, expand the snow shadows. Finally, I added purple to the trees and shadows in spots and then the occasional stroke of red. The last thing, even after I put my name at the bottom, was to add the two hawks cruising in the far sky.
So here is the final painting: Cooperstown Winter.
It really does convey the isolation and beauty of winter in Cooperstown.