Covered Bridge, 9×12, Gouache
This little bridge sits at Evangola State Park near Irving, NY. It doesn’t really sit over water, but it’s a nice little bridge. This piece started as a watercolor one night, and ended up as a gouache painting the next day. The combination of watercolor and gouache gives it a unique look.
I brought back a lot of reference material from our visit to the Maine coast. This was in Acadia National Park.
Just around a corner and up a gravel road is this old place not very far from Rustic Knolls Campground outside of Mount Vernon, Ohio. I took reference photos a year or so ago. The owners have let the place become really run down, and I didn’t even recognize the place until we’d driven past it a few times. This was the start of the painting, drawing with a brush in yellow ochre.
Here’s the painting once I was well into it. Lots of fun blocking in major masses and color.
And here’s the finished piece. The hardest part of this whole painting? Trying to get the back end of that horse trailer to look right. I like the shadows in this one.
As many of you know, Mount Vernon, Ohio is Nell’s hometown, and we have travelled there every year for over twenty years. For the last few years, we’ve had a booth at the Dan Emmett Festival there. It’s not unusual for visitors to the booth ask about commissions, although they rarely pan out. I did get another inquiry this year, and as usual, I requested photos of the subject as a starting point. A few days after the festival, I received thee images of this huge sycamore tree that sits next to the customer’s house and has become very important to her and her family.
Over the next couple of weeks, I worked on the painting in the Outdoor Studio, and we delivered it to a very satisfied customer in nearby Marengo, Ohio. This is the second year in a row that we’ve had a commission resulting from this festival.
I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted here. My apologies to everyone who follows this blog! We are on the move again, so I’ll still be a bit off-and-on, but I have several new gouache paintings to share, and I’ll try to do that over the next week or so.
Palette: yellow ochre, burnt sienna, titanium white, ivory black
This was my third version of this scene. The first two were false starts that I just wasn’t happy with. By then I was so familiar with this barn that I set up and just painted it from memory, with no photos or references. The very limited palette was a lot of fun.
This was a fun little painting. I don’t do this kind of subject very often, and realize I should do more.
At North Harbor, in Acadia National Park. The gray day and muted colors set the atmosphere for this man who got in his boat at the foot of the dock and rowed around the end, and continued quietly on down somewhere along the harbor.