Friday, May 24, 2013

Watercolor Landscapes

Landscape Study 1, 2013, watercolor on paper, 5 1/4 x 8 inches
In exactly twenty days I'll be on my way to the beautiful Italia! Yes I'm counting the days, hours, minutes, and the seconds; that's how excited I am about this trip. I'll be staying in the town of Cortona in the Tuscan region, not too far from Florence. During my stay of nine days I'll be taking part of painting workshop, my focus there will be plein air painting in watercolor. Now you see where I'm going with this post?

Landscape Study 2, 2013, watercolor on paper, 6 3/4 x 10 inches
I have been practicing my watercolor technique since last fall, that's when I decided to take this trip. I don't like to go into things blindly, I often prepare myself far in advanced so that I can make the most out of situations and opportunities. Two years ago I prepared myself most of the spring working on oil plein air painting because I had been chosen to take part of a plein air painting competition in Long Island. I made over twenty little landscapes that summer, the most I've ever done in such a small period of time. This time I'm working with watercolor, and little by little I'm becoming more comfortable. The two landscapes above are from imagination, they are visions of what I hope I'll be seeing in person soon. Getting myself prepared does not stop in letting watercolor run all over the paper, two months ago I also enrolled to take Italian classes. La lingua Italiana e un po difficile, ma molto bella!  

Goose Rocks Beach, 2013, watercolor on paper, 6 3/4 x 10 inches
If I can't imagine it, I use vacation photos as inspiration. Again the aim here is not to create the most amazing works of art that Mary Boone is gone come knocking at my door for, this is all simply educational so that when I'm faced with beautiful scenery in every direction I am prepared to record it quickly and effectively. 

 Pumpkin Patch, 2013, watercolor on paper, 6 3/4 x 10 inches
It's taken me many years to get to Italy, it really is a dream come true and I can't imagine a better way than to do it with my two college professors Fred Wessel and Jeremiah Patterson, both amazing artists. I plan on getting straight to work when I get there, I know that when I come back I will have a lot of material to work from in the studio. As I am told by friends, this will be a life changing experience!

Riviera Maya Storm, 2013, watercolor on paper, 6 3/4 x 10 inches
For more information on painting workshops in Italy with Fred and Jeremiah please visit their site Workshops in Italy

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Plein Air: Hyland Park, No.2

Hyland Park, No.2, 2013, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches
I took a short last minute trip to Hartford last weekend for mother's day, and as it turns out we had a beautiful sunny and hot Friday. Spring has been mostly cold, and on that day it was the first time we reached eighty degree weather. It would be a sin to stay in and read a book or watch TV, of course I had to go out and paint, to  my luck I don't have to walk far from my parents' home. Less than a block away there's a little park called Hyland, mostly consisting of baseball fields, but to the side there's a rocky hill that faces the street where my parents live. It felt good to paint outdoors again, but man was I rusty! It took a while to get the hang of it, but in the end I'm happy with this little painting.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

New Painting: Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach, 2013, oil on linen, 10 x 17 inches
This is my most recent painting which I started only a week ago, I was not expecting to work this fast but it happened. The main reason for this painting was to explore Marc Dalessio's plein air palette, which is very limited and of high chroma. I had taken notes on his palette a long time ago, I love the vibrancy of his paintings and I am amazed at the amount of different mixtures he's able to get with his it.  On a late night I began work on this beach scene and the new colors had me hooked. I think working with this color palette helped the painting attain a sense of light and air I haven't seen on my work before. I am very pleased with the result and I think this summer I will try to use this new palette more often on my plein air paintings.