Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dennis Sheehan Class Demo 3/8/12

Second Thursday of the month, another inspiring class at the Dennis Sheehan studio in Bedford, NH. We started the class with a demo by Dennis, see below.

Dennis emphasized the need for interest across the whole painting. The interest can be added by varying chroma (color intensity/tone) while still maintaining the overall tonal quality of the painting. Variation in the sky is an important part of giving the painting more eye appeal. The design of the trees including varying the edges from soft to hard as well as the placement on the canvas are keys to a good landscape composition.  

Dennis also teaches that whatever you do it must be believable. The viewer needs to imagine a place like the painting portrays. If the painting is successful, missing details will be unconsciously added by the viewer and help engage the viewer in the painting. This will also continue the pleasure of looking at the painting every day at the owner's home. 

With some time remaining for the demo Dennis did a quick glazing of a winter scene to tone down a painting.

Dennis put a light blue glaze over the top of the sky and toned down the lower part of the stream to go with the sky change. He also put a light green glaze over the white snow and cleared highlights off with a Bounty paper towel. 

What do you think of the change? Can you find the differences? 


Sunday, March 4, 2012

On Holiday-The Artist Travels

The Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT has four large, well lit gallery rooms that display representational art. Two of my paintings were just accepted for their current show On Holiday-The Artist Travels, on display from March 2 - April 21, 2012.

Salisbury Marsh
oil on linen, 6x12

This painting was done en plein air from the   Salisbury boardwalk which goes through the marsh. It's a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the scenes of the marshes and watch the numerous birds. Late in the day and of course the sunsets are the best time to go.

Impressions of Muck Ross Castle, Ireland
oil on linen, 16x20

Ireland, what can a say? The beauty of the countryside is amazing. In the painting below I tried to capture the trees at Muckross Castle as I remembered them. 

Traveling around the Beara Peninsula brought a new amazing scene at each corner. Mountains of stone and purple flowering Rhododendron, fields of cows and sheep grazing close to the road, seascapes with cliffs dropping steeply down to the water, quaint cottages overlooking the sea and towns where each quaint home is painted a different bright color.


Friday, March 2, 2012

New paintings

A few paintings have just been finished and I wanted to show them to you.This first painting is based on an evening stroll on the beach and the feeling I had by watching the waves roll in and the sky change colors. The family feeling the water on their feet shows how the beach draws people to it .

Evening Stroll On Plum Island
12x16, oil on linen

This second painting is a scene that appeared on the canvas by working with oil paints and a palette knife. With enough paint and stepping back away from the canvas images seem to form on the canvas (I find linen canvases are much better for this) and it is a great joy to work at defining the scene into a recognizable subject.

Summer Twilight 
12x16, oil on linen