Monday, March 12, 2012

Portraits and Landscapes

This is a portrait -- actually a sketch completed in about two hours-- I painted at M. Reznik's portrait session at All Saints Church.  At these sessions the model often has as a background a pale green wall behind her.  Some compensation from all the dull tones is the warm light source , shining from the lower right of the model.  These sessions are really helpful to those of us who wish to keep up our portrait skills.  Since I am currently teaching portraiture in Wickford (at the Wickford Art Association) these sessions force me to practice what I preach about beginning procedures, keeping to the larger masses, saving the struggle with detailed features for the last.

A couple of weeks ago, I braved some cool weather to paint a landscape.  This was at Arnold's Neck which boasts a rail bridge:

The Bridge is particularly interesting at low tide when some mud and a few rocks protrude as perches for gulls.  I pitched the whole key as if it were a snow painting, since it was a bright but cool day.  I had done a few paintings of this Rail Bridge, but I think this one comes closest to the statement I wanted to make. (The painting is now on display at the Bristol Art Museum -- until next Sunday, March 18th.)


  1. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is
    also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,

    The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.

    1. Thanks for sending along a comment, but I wonder whether or not you have this (my)blog confused with some other blog. Specifically, where is "the unusual wall painting of the dwellings"? Are we on the same (blog) page or is this an advertisement?