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NEW Online Design & Composition Painting Class ~ Sept 9th

Good design is the most important thing in a painting.

In this class we cover everything that goes into good design. A painting with a good design is like a people magnet, you are drawn to it and you want to keep looking at it. The longer you look at it the more you see. Its the secret sauce.

A painting with a good design is like a people magnet…you are drawn to it …

This weekly class introduces you to the foundational elements used in designing a painting. We will discuss and look at armatures, simplification and unification of shapes and masses, abstraction, cropping, framing, value, color, line, rhythm and pattern. We will do warm ups, drawing and painting exercises and homework to help solidify all this new information into your painting brain. Learn to create great paintings, build some solid skills and have fun ! Classes are small. Students receive individual feedback on their work.

Learn to create great paintings, build some solid skills and have fun!

CLASS STARTS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH 5:30 -8:00PM. DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE.

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Daily Painting #3 ~ Summer Days

Late Afternoon. oil. Available.

Perfect weather. I went to the back side of the dune at North Beach in Ogunquit. I looked across the river at the Footbridge parking lot and decided I needed to be there looking north up the river into the marshes. So I headed over there to set up.

Looking North, oil.

It was after 5pm when I set up my easel. The light was moving fast. Lots of choices. I just started to paint fast.

Just After Sunset.oil.

The colors changed by the minute. I’d be looking at my painting as I applied paint, then look back at the view and it was completely different.

Peach Dusk Reflections. oil.

Some colors lasted for only 3 to 5 minutes.

Sliver of a Moon. oil.

I was going to pack it up and stop for the day when I noticed the sliver of moon in the sky in the west. The houses on the edge of the marsh were all being lit so I put on my headlamp and started another painting.

Moody Beach Lights. oil.

Dusk was now long gone and the evening darkness was setting in. It was really getting dark when I started this painting. The tiny lights sparkled and glowed from the cottages across the river at Moody Beach. I could sort of see the values of my colors on the palette, but the temperature and hue were being altered by my headlamp so I just went for value and hoped for the best. Painting in the dark is amazing! It was a blast being out there!

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Daily Painting #2 – The Days of Summer

After Sunset.oil. Available.

This is a wonderful time to be painting. I was at North Beach in Ogunquit on the marsh. I painted the sun as it was setting. Then I painted the clouds as they fanned across the western sky. Finally I turned and painted the bit of the river and the warm sky after sunset. When I’m painting like this I’m just moving really fast. I might start with a sketch when I arrive on location. But once I get going I just keep painting the changing light and colors non stop. I finish panel after panel until I run out of mixing space on my palette. I never run out of brushes.

Sunset. oil. Available.

I stayed in one spot while painting all these pictures. I didn’t move my easel. I just turned and looked in a different direction for a different view.

Sunset Clouds. oil. Available.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these studies please email me for size and details.

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Daily Painting #1 ~ The Days of Summer

Snowy White Egrets. oil. Available.

Its mid August in Maine. The weather is perfect . The days are gorgeous. The Snowy White Egrets are gathering. A nice groups of 20 or slightly more were all feeding in the salt pans in the marsh at Wells Harbor the other day. I was more than happy to see them!

I’m painting every day now out doors. I will post and share what I saw and my impression of it. I’m focusing on fast studies that capture the essence of what I’m experiencing.

This may not be a 30 in 30 painting schedule. It may be shorter or longer. Or I might skip a day here and there. But most of the time I’ll be out there painting. And smiling the whole time!

Egrets in the Marsh. oil. Available.
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NEW Plein Air Class ~ Sept 8th

Are you ready for some fun, enjoyable times ?

Are you ready for some fresh air & to come out and paint? It’s late summer in Maine! Would you like to have fun, enjoy this beautiful late summer/ early fall weather and make some great paintings? You are welcome to join us in my new Maine Plein Air Class starting Sept 8th!

Late Summer is a perfect time to jump into Plein Air painting !

  • PLEIN AIR CLASSES ~ GREAT FOR ALL AGES
  • TIME: Tuesdays 10am – 1 pm.
  • EXPERIENCE: Beginner to Intermediate levels welcome.
  • LOCATION: We paint at a new location every week.
  • INSTRUCTION: Classes are small. Each student receives individual attention, instruction and guidance.
  • NEXT CLASS BEGINS SEPTEMBER 8TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE.

New plein air painting class starts soon ! September 8th, details & Info here!

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NEW Online Design & Composition Painting Class ~ Sept 9th

Good design is the most important thing in a painting.

In this class we are covering everything that goes into good design. Good design is the most important thing in a painting.  A painting with a good design is like a people magnet, you are drawn to it and you want to keep looking at it. The longer you look at it the more you see. Its the secret sauce.

A painting with a good design is like a people magnet…you are drawn to it …

The class  introduces you to the foundational elements used in designing a painting. We will discuss and look at armatures, simplification and unification of shapes and masses, abstraction, cropping, framing, value, color, line, rhythm and pattern. We will do warm ups, drawing and painting exercises and homework to help solidify all this new information into your painting brain. Learn to create great paintings, build some solid skills and have fun!

Learn to create great paintings, build some solid skills and have fun!

CLASS STARTS SEPTEMBER 9TH 5:30 -8:00PM. DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE.

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New Landscape Painting Class ~ August 5th!

The Smell of Rain. Oil. 8×10 NFS

Are you ready for some fun, enjoyable times right from the comfort of your home ?

If you are ready to add some beauty, enrichment and reward to your life, you will want to join us! This live streaming, online class is the perfect cure for the “stuck at home stuff.”

If you love painting landscapes and want to learn and utilize the best foundational elements of the masters in your landscapes, now is the time to pick up your brushes and jump in. This is the perfect time for you to practice everything you want to learn in the quiet of your studio before you venture outside. You are welcome to join us in the NEW Class starting August 5th!

NOW is the easiest time to jump into landscape painting !

  • ONLINE ZOOM CLASS ~ PERFECT FOR ALL AGES
  • TIME: Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 8 pm.
  • EXPERIENCE: Beginner to Intermediate levels welcome.
  • LOCATION: Where ever you are, from the comfort of your home or studio. Any where you have wifi!
  • INSTRUCTION: Classes are small. Each student receives individual attention, instruction and guidance.
  • NEXT CLASS BEGINS AUGUST 5TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE.

New Live Streaming Landscape painting class starts August 5th, details & registration info here!

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New Plein Air Painting Class ! Starts July 28th!

Fresh paint ! Rosemary Traveling Dagger brush & watercolor & gouache set …I combine them all the time!

Are you ready for some fun, enjoyable times ?

Are you ready for some fresh air & to come out and paint? It’s summer in Maine! Would you like to have fun, enjoy this beautiful summer weather and make some great paintings? You are welcome to join us in my new Maine Plein Air Class starting July 28th!

Summer is the best time to jump into Plein Air painting !

  • PLEIN AIR CLASSES ~ PERFECT FOR ALL AGES
  • TIME: Tuesdays 10am – 1 pm.
  • EXPERIENCE: Beginner to Intermediate levels welcome.
  • LOCATION: We paint at a new location every week.
  • INSTRUCTION: Classes are small. Each student receives individual attention, instruction and guidance.
  • NEXT CLASS BEGINS JULY 28TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE.

New plein air painting class starts soon ! July 28th, details & Info here!

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Save The Great Bay… Buy a Painting !

Quiet Cove. Oil. 28×38″. Available. Details here.

“Quiet Cove” is a painting that was born in early autumn on Durham Point, NH. It was one of those perfect autumn days with a bit of summer warmth and a mellow lazy feeling. I had noticed this view many times and always loved it. Instead of driving by once again, on this day I stopped, got out of my car and walked down to the small bridge looking out over the beautiful cove into Great Bay. It was so lovely that I wanted to capture that moment of peace and quiet for eternity.

I’m so glad that I followed my heart that day to sketch and paint the beauty that surrounded me as the sun set and the air cooled.

I never knew that I would appreciate that moment and this memory as much as I do now.

Quiet Cove is being offered for sale to support the CLF ~ The Conservation Law Foundation; a non profit organization that is working to save and preserve the Great Bay and its estuaries for all of us and for the generations to come.

This painting is available for purchase from Clf ~ The Great Bay Plein Air Art Auction.

If you wish to have this beauty, peace and quiet in your home please contact Clf asap. The Auction ends in 5 days.

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New Summer Painting Classes Start Soon!

Are you ready for some fun enjoyable times ?

Are you ready to come out and paint? It’s summer in Maine! Would you like to have fun, enjoy this beautiful summer weather and make some great paintings? You are welcome to join us in my new Maine Plein Air Class starting June 30th!

Plein Air Classes

PLEIN AIR CLASSES~ TIME: Tuesdays 10am – 1 pm. EXPERIENCE: Beginner to Intermediate levels welcome. LOCATION: We paint at a new location every week. INSTRUCTION: Classes are small. Each student receives individual attention, instruction and guidance. CLASS BEGINS JUNE 30TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE!

Do you live far away?

Do you live far away? Do you work 9-5? For all of you who live far away from Maine or can’t fit a Tuesday morning class into your schedule, I teach an online, live streaming class. This is an evening class that will not interrupt your work day !

Live Online classes for everyone!

LIVE STREAMING CLASSES ~ TIME : Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm EXPERIENCE: All levels welcome. LOCATION: Zoom Class Room. You must have internet access. INSTRUCTION: Each student receives individual attention, instruction and guidance. CLASS BEGINS JULY 8TH ! DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE!

New Summer classes start soon ! Dates, details & Info here!