The following image is a watercolor painting of my son, admiring the frozen lake view while skiing at Lapland Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains. It was a beautiful, sunny winter day. The sun is blocked by the large tree in the foreground of the painting, casting deep shadows across the snow. The painting is entitled Lapland Lake and is 11″ x 14″.
Yesterday afternoon, the Pruyn House 2017 Juried Art Show had its opening reception in Latham, NY. The show juried in 60 local Capital Region artists. My painting, Autumn Gold, was awarded 2nd place in the show! The show will be on display for the month of April.
My latest watercolor painting is entitled Autumn Gold. It is inspired by a beautiful tree I photographed last autumn, on a cliff’s edge, at Peebles Island. Despite the overcast day, the leaves on this tree were very vibrant. The painting is 16 x 20 inches in size, and the leaves and thin branches were all done with a #00 brush. Needless to say, it took me a very long time to paint!
Last night I attended the opening of the Colonie Art League’s Annual Juried Show. It was a packed house with 84 local artists on display. I’m very happy to announce that I was awarded Best of Show for my watercolor painting, Island. The show will be on display at the William K. Sandford Library (next to the Times Union building) for the remainder of the year. A small works show of the juried artists is also on display at the entrance to the gallery.
The Saratoga Arts Annual Members’ Show is currently on display at the Art Center, in Saratoga, and will also continue until the end of the year. The gallery will be open late on First Night as well. My painting, Geyser Island Spouter in Winter, is on display in that show.
Frequent visitors to Peebles Island will recognize this amazing tree. On the steep precipice near the water’s edge, this giant tree is holding on, in spite of the soil being gradually washed away over the years. The intricate root system is fascinating from all angles.
My latest painting is called Window. This painting is based on a photograph I took looking out of the British ruins at Fort Crown Point, in New York. Sometimes while painting, the part that gives me the most trouble, turns out to be the best executed. In this case, it was the cement wall. Six layers of watercolor paint and scrubbing it with a paper towel did the trick. I love the way the texture of the cement came out in the end.
This first painting is entitled Roots. I photographed this tree with its amazing root system over the summer while vacationing in Vermont..
This second painting took me most of the summer into autumn, to complete. Much larger than Roots, which is only 8×10 inches, this painting is 16×20 inches. Based on a photograph taken near Wanakena, NY while kayaking, it’s simply called Island. The vibrant moss and the crystal clear water, in which you can see hundreds of stones, are what drew me to the scene.
I currently have two paintings (March Thaw and Late Winter) on display at the Tannery Pond Wilund Gallery in NorthCreek, NY. I also have another painting (Lefferts Pond) in the juried Autumn Jewels Show at the Center Gallery in Clifton Park. Both shows will be on display until the end of October.
For the months of November and December, my painting, Geyser Island Spouter in Winter, will be on display in the Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Beginning July 9th, The Arts Center Gallery in Saratoga Springs will be hosting a 10 x 10 Art Show showcasing over 100 local artists for the summer months of July and August. I created the following small watercolor paintings for this show.
This is the last of my winter-themed paintings for the year… Entitled Geyser Island Spouter in Winter, this watercolor painting is one of my larger paintings at 16″ x 20″. Based on a photograph I took this past winter at Saratoga Springs State Park, locals should recognize it as the largest and most popular of the springs at the park. My favorite part of the painting is the ice cave formed by the stream and the way the icy water turned out.
Geyser Island Spouter in Winter