A recent sketch I did on site on Main st. Merrimack, NH. I sat in a lawn chair on the side of the road by a walkway across the street from the tree and sketched for two hours. It's a wonderful old tree that has real character and age. Most people probably don't notice it as it's a little busy in the area. I worked on it a little, later on at home, to finish it up. I am happy with the results. Thanks for visiting!
This is a scene from the famous movie 'It's a Wonderful Life". This was a very difficult execution. It was quite a challenge and took me a long while. I am happy with the results though. Thanks for visiting!
I painted this on a chilly morning in May with bright sunshine and a cool breeze. On the property is a nice old house and a pond next to that. A nice, quaint place. I simplified the scene and added some color to make it more interesting. The barn was my focal point from the beginning. Thanks for visiting!
This is a small sketch I did on a winter's day sitting in a chair in the snow. It was sunny and nice out so it was a pleasurable experience. I've always loved that tree and the hanging branch with the way it reflects in the water. This used to be an old ferry stop for boats to ship goods up and down the Merrimack river to points south including Boston, MA. Thanks for visiting!
A plein air sketch of a group of trees in Mine Falls Park. It was an overcast day with even light the whole time - no significant shadows. Just enjoyed a nice afternoon sketching out in nature. Enjoy. Thanks for visiting!
This is the first in a series I painted on Psalm 23… "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want". The basic necessities of life are depicted here - bread and wine. A staple of the time back then. I pushed the color for more excitement. Thanks for visiting!
This is in the Beaver Brook Park area in Hollis NH. I have hiked here many times and always found this bridge to be quite interesting. I usually took a small snack break here while hiking. It actually divides a pond to the left and to the right. I love this time of year just before the snow comes but there is still some color on a sunny day. Lots of effort put into painting that bridge. Thanks for visiting!
This is an early morning scene where the sun is just coming up over the mountains and the mist is rising off the water. I love the play of light coming through the bush on the left and also, the subtle colors in the water and the mountains. Thanks for visiting!
I love this time of year. It was bright and sunny and warm for November. This is along the Nashua river where a lot of birds come to enjoy this sanctuary. There is a pond to the left with plenty of reeds and hiding places for the birds to raise their young. My goal was to keep it colorful with plenty of loose brushstrokes but when viewed from a distance it all comes together. Thanks for visiting!
This is a nice fishing spot in the Mine Falls Park area in Nashua, NH. The fallen tree and the birches are long gone now but people still come here to go fishing. I used to sit here in the sun and read or sketch - then I got the idea to do a painting. I love the colors and the way the path leads you into the painting. Thanks for visiting!
A nice drive out in the country led me to this road running along a cow pasture. What a beautiful area. I have painted here a number of times. I especially like it in late summer when everything is overgrown. I love the contrast of sunshine and shady areas. Thanks for visiting!
A really quaint, country scene with a lane to walk down along the old fence. Take a walk with me on a beautiful sunny day. I wanted to evoke a peaceful country scene that was bucolic. Thanks for visiting!
This piece was started plein air and finished in the studio. Most of my artwork is finished this way. It was late in the day and the sun was streaking through the trees as it got lower and interesting cloud patterns started to form. A simple, quiet piece. Thanks for visiting!
A beautiful winter scene looking down river with the sun in the distance. I loved the bright light coming out of the shadows and the colorful reflections in the water. The deep blue shadows offset the warms of the backgrounds trees. Thanks for visiting!
I went out to paint today at a place I frequent often - the Heritage trail. I went to the opposite end of the trail this time and took a short walk down the trail - it runs along the Merrimack river in Bedord, NH. The sun was in and out my whole session but I didn't chase my shadows. I made sure to paint them in at the beginning and then stayed with it. It's difficult painting where everything is green so I tried to inject some other colors. It's just a sketch with more work needed in the studio as usual. What a gorgeous day! Thanks for visiting!
I was out in Wilton, NH this August day and it was beautiful! I pulled into a small picnic area on the side of the road and thought I'd check out the river. I chose the scene and got setup right away. The light was difficult as clouds kept coming and going and the sun was filtering through the trees. Also, I was in the shade looking into a very bright sunny area so there was a lot of glare and eye strain. Couldn't see colors so well on the palette or the canvas. That's the adventure of plein air painting! The painting is just a start that I will continue in the studio and change and adjust as I see fit. Thanks for visiting!
This is the next one in the pond series. I went with a more yellow/violet them here and it looks like it works out. The water is a little dark but I wanted more mystery in the painting. I really like the tree on the right and how it came out. Sometimes busy areas are hard to work out. Painted alla prima like all the others. Thanks for visiting!
Another in a series I painted on this theme. I attempted to change colors, the sky, shapes, etc. but it still looks very similar to the first one I painted. So the next few I made sure to make them quite different! Having fun! Thanks for visiting!
I painted a series of pictures on this theme giving myself freedom to change colors as I wanted and adjust shapes, etc. as I explored this freedom. My goal was to finish each picture 'alla prima' which means at the first attempt or all in one session. For the most part I succeeded. I have more coming soon, stay tuned! Thanks for visiting!