Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Eventide Gallery Show

The Eventide Gallery in Essex, MA, owned by Teri Ermano is getting ready for a new winter show. Teri plans to have lots of lovely winter paintings in the front room. Please see below my contribution to the snow scenes.

After The Snow

Paintings also available at Eventide Gallery include the following.

This painting was started outdoors as a grisaille at Deer Island in Newburyport, MA along the Merrimack River. Deer Island is a favorite place for fishing, painting and boating. Most of the Island is wooded until you get to the edge of the water.

River Moon

Plum Island Overlook is a local marsh often visited by bird watchers. See this serene natural marsh in the painting.below.

The Overlook, by Susan B. Luca, oil, 12x16

Here are a few small paintings done on location recently as you can tell by the late Fall colors.

Autumn Rough Meadows by Susan B. Luca, oil, 6x12
Morning Along The River by Susan B. Luca, oil, 8x10
The Audubon Society has opened a new wildlife refuge off Stackyard Road in Rowley, MA known as Rough Meadows. A perfect place for painting on site.

The opening reception for the Eventide Gallery show is December 8, 2012 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pleine Air Painting - A Different Approach

This Spring, Summer and Fall I've been painting outdoors with Donald Jurney and learning that doing a grisaille/under painting developing light and dark using limited colors can be another option when painting out doors. This simplifies the task of trying to deal with shapes, composition, light, dark and color. A fairly complex grisaille can be done more quickly and can be viewed later to confirm that the design is pleasing before completing the painting.Of course one doesn't walk away with a completed painting but how many times have you worked a little more on a plein air painting in the studio or a return trip to the site?

Whatever you decide to do the grisaille approach to painting on site has made me even more anxious to paint in out doors on site. The ability to capture the details of the trees and landscape help me feel closer to the scene and helps me remember the look of the scene including the colors and what attracted me to the site. In addition I've been able to do larger canvases. Below are a few examples of what I have been doing this Fall.

Rough Meadows oil 12x16

Work in process - these are the under paintings done on site at Rough Meadows in Rowley, MA

Rough Meadows Marsh 6x12

Rough Meadows High Tide 12x24

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