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    If you haven't seen the two-DVD set, "The Impressionists", you don't know what you're missing!

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    I rented it from Netflix and absolutely loved it. It is an enactment of the lives of Monet, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, and other Impressionist painters living at that time around Paris. Fascinating and eye-opening!





Tugboat by the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on September 23rd, 2014

5×7″, oil on board
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When my friend Marianne suggested we paint in Kingston, I was thrilled. I hadn’t been there for a long time. The Kingston waterfront area, where the Rondout Creek meets up with the Hudson River, is always a bustling place — filled with restaurants, the Maritime Museum, Trolly Museum, and boats coming in and out of the harbor.

We scouted up and down the brick-lined walkway with subject matter all around us, but when we came upon this tugboat, I knew I’d found my spot for the morning! Most of the tugs I see along the Hudson are brightly colored, or white with colorful trim. There was something about the earthy tones of this one, and the way the buckskin color glowed in the morning light, that stole my attention. I’d never seen one quite like it. I wonder if it’s still down there; I’d like to go back and do a larger version!

Below is an image you can click on for a larger, clearer view of the painting:

Sailing Through Hudson Highlands

Posted by Jamie on September 22nd, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel
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This is one of my favorite river vistas — the Hudson River looking south from Plum Point to the Hudson Highlands. In addition to the towering Storm King Mountain, there is always interesting river boat traffic and that famous Hudson River atmosphere.

Below is an image you can click on for a larger view of the painting. It’s a little brighter than what is showing in my images.

Morning at Pratt Rock

Posted by Jamie on September 20th, 2014

12×16″, acrylic on board
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Pratt Rock has a gorgeous view that overlooks a valley in the Catskills, with Schoharie Creek running through the farmlands between the mountains. I climbed up with all my painting gear, and set up on one of the rock ledges above the cliffs, facing east. I’ve been wanting to get back her to paint for a long time. It was such a thrill!

I started out working with just monochrome values in acrylic:

Later, I added transparent glazes of color to arrive at the finished painting. I compensated for all the blue-greens in the scene by pushing some yellows and reds for more varied color. You can click the image below for a larger view of the painting:

Morning Light at Catskill Creek

Posted by Jamie on September 17th, 2014

12×16″, acrylic on linen panel
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This spot along Catskill Creek is one of the locations frequented by Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole and others. I was drawn to the brilliant morning light flashing off the enormous rock formation along the creek, creating strong contrasts with the dark greens alongside it, and the warm colors in the water. I used a combination of different types of acrylics for this painting, starting with the new Golden High Flow paints and transparent drips and splatters, and gradually moving to heavier bodied, opaque paints to solidify the forms and bring the work to completion. This is one of my favorite ways to work. I love the complexity it yields, with so many different techniques working together in harmony, yet maintaining a looseness and some abstract qualities.

Below is an image you can click on for a larger view of the painting:

Bash Bish Falls

Posted by Jamie on September 16th, 2014

7×5″, oil on board
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Bash Bish Falls is one of those spots that’s been on my Must See list for several years. Nestled just over the state border in Massachusetts, the waterfall is in a park that straddles the state line. My husband and I went hiking there, entering from the New York side, and hiking up along the cascading stream, with its gorgeous green pools. When we arrived at the main attraction here, I found a perfect rock to sit on and do an oil sketch of the scene, while my husband tested his photography skills with different angles of the falls. It’s a great waterfall to visit, and the pool at the base is a beautiful teal color that shows in the painting, but refused to present itself in the photo of the painting! It’s a challenging scene to paint because the waterfall is only visible at the very bottom of this high, steep hillside. You can show some of the mountaintop and sky for depth, but that makes the waterfall appear tiny! Or you can paint just the visible part of the waterfall, which makes the scene lack depth. I tried to compromise by intentionally shrinking the height of the mountain in order to show a bit of the sky on top!

Olana Vista

Posted by Jamie on September 15th, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel

This is a spot at the Olana estate of Frederic Church, Hudson River School painter. I’ve painted from this location many times, at all times of day and evening, and it never ceases to thrill me. I think Frederic Church felt that way about it too, and did many paintings from this hillside above the Hudson. This little 5×7″ oil painting takes in the expanse of the Catskill Mountains overlooking the Hudson River, and some of the old houses and barns down along the near shoreline. There were a few sailboats off in the distance that I popped into the painting too!

This painting will be available at a special price of just $100, only on September 28 from 1-4pm at the Thomas Cole House in Catskill NY, as part of their “Postcards from the Trail” exhibition and fundraiser.

Below is an image you can click on for a larger view of the painting:

Hudson River Sunset from Cold Spring Miniature

Posted by Jamie on September 13th, 2014

3×6″, oil on stretched canvas, display easel included
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This panoramic sunset miniature painting of the Hudson Highlands, as seen from Cold Spring, was painted on location on a miniature stretched canvas. I painted the sides too, so it looks perfect set on a miniature easel on a desk or side table. The wooden display easel is included in the price of the painting. It’s a perfect gift item for somebody who loves the Hudson River! Storm King Mountain is on the left, with Little Stony Point jutting out into the river, and Breakneck Ridge on the right.

Here is an image you can click on for a slightly larger version of the painting:

Frederic Church’s Tree in Miniature

Posted by Jamie on September 11th, 2014

4×2″, oil on canvas board, display easel included
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I haven’t done many miniatures for awhile, and I find I’m really missing them! They are wonderful gift items, and make a beautiful display set on their miniature easels on a side table or desk. This is a painting I did on location at Hudson River School artist Frederic Church’s estate, Olana. This tree overlooks the Hudson River along one of the carriage roads. I’ve done a few paintings of this tree and just can’t seem to get enough of it! A lovely wooden display easel is included with the painting. No framing needed!

Cascading Toward the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on September 10th, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel
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A couple of weeks ago, I went painting at this beautiful cascade that feeds into the Hudson River. Although I’d planned to do a Hudson River painting, it was raining when I arrived. The mountain views across the river were obscured and this more intimate scene was ever so much more appealing on a low-light day! I ended up falling in love with this spot by the creek, and I definitely want to come back soon to capture the Hudson River vista too.

Here’s a photo from the spot along the creek. (You can click it to enlarge, and it should rotate when clicked.)

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Back Yard Grays and Greens

Posted by Jamie on September 9th, 2014

5×7″, acrylic on board
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This was painted on location using Neutral Gray paints that are made by Golden. After doing the sketch in monochrome, I decided to glaze color over some of it. I covered the painting with plastic wrap and experimented with a few different ideas by painting over the top of the transparent covering. Once I decided to bring some greens into the focal area of the painting, I removed the plastic wrap and glazed directly onto the painting. I liked the minimal burst of color added to the monochrome painting, though I like leaving these just monochrome too.

Below is an image that you can click on to get a larger view of the painting:

Swan Song

Posted by Jamie on September 8th, 2014

6×8″, acrylic on board
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A few weeks ago, my friend Melissa came over early in the morning, and we painted beside the brook that runs behind my house. The warm colors of the creek contrasted with the cool greens of foliage. Just as I was almost finished, one of our resident swans came sailing over to check us out. I popped him into my painting before he swam around the bend, and he gave the perfect title to the piece. We saw lots of bird activity that morning; several warblers visited along with a Great Blue Heron, and a deer suddenly splashed across the brook, startling us! The wood duck box up on the tree on the right has housed everything from wood ducks to Screech Owls over the years. We’re never really sure what’s in there at any given time!

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Overcast Day at Sunset Rock

Posted by Jamie on September 7th, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel
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Rain threatened on the day I ventured out to do this painting, but we hiked up to Newman’s Ledge anyway, and then settled in for lunch and some painting time at Sunset Rock. This was a favorite painting spot of the Hudson River School artists, and I think you can see why. Kaaterskill High Peak and Round Top mountains are in the distance, with North South Lake stretched out below. We figured we’d be able to spot the rain coming in from the west before it got to us, and we headed down the mountain when the front started moving in.

Here’s an image I took at the scene that day:

You can click the image below to get a slightly larger view of the painting:

Breaking Clouds at North Lake

Posted by Jamie on July 7th, 2014

5×7″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard
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North South Lake is one of my favorite places to paint under adverse conditions. Big cloud formations over the lake, areas of breaking light reflecting in the water, and places one can get quick shelter from the elements, are among the reasons why I like it here so much. In this case, a pavilion overlooking North Lake provided shelter while painting this scene of storm clouds coming and going. The beach area quickly emptied, and I watched the distant mountaintop glow with light as the rain moved away and sunlight broke through the cloud cover. It was Catskill drama at its very best!

North South Lake is one of the sites along the Hudson River School Art Trail. It was frequently painted by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsy, and other artists of the time. The Catskill Mountain House was situated just east of the lake, and became a favorite destination for vacationers from New York City, who would journey up the Hudson River by steamboat to get here and enjoy the cool mountain breezes, long vistas, and recreational activities.

Here is an image you can click to get a slightly larger view:

Morning Mist at Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on July 4th, 2014

7×5″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard
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This was painted on location, at the famous Hudson River School site, Kaaterskill Falls. It was a sticky, hot morning and a long climb up to the base of the falls with a backpack of painting gear, but well worth it to see the sunlight come up over the mountain and hit the falls in a stream of bright light, illuminating the mist at the midlevel basin. I never get tired of painting this scene and area. There is so much to paint along the waterfalls and streams on the way up the trail, that I sometimes end up painting one of the less famous views en route to Kaaterskill Falls.

Plattekill Falls in Pastel

Posted by Jamie on June 22nd, 2014

12×9″, pastel on Wallis paper
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On Thursday morning, I went to Platte Clove with a friend. It was a hot day and we wanted to find a cool spot. We hiked past the charming red cottage of the Platte Clove Conservation Area, down the steep, slippery path, and were rewarded by the sound of rushing water and sparkling falls in the morning light. The rocks glistened red and orange in the morning, though they started to cool in color temperature in the afternoon. The greens and rusts in the water were captivating. I don’t know how tall this waterfall is; I’ll have to research that. But I’d guess it’s over 100 feet high. I stayed at a spot about halfway up the slope. My friend went down to water level.

I was there with my husband a few weeks ago and did a watercolor sketch. This time, I brought my ultra-light pastel setup. Sometimes I arrive on location and wish I’d brought different media than what was in my pack. This time I felt like I had the perfect medium to capture the contrasts and strong colors I saw.

As for trying to find a cool spot on a hot day, we actually ended up being chilly there by the waterfall! There was cool mist in the air that seemed to stay within the bowl formed by the rocks surround the falls. Every so often, water would splash on my pastel from somewhere above. I think it accumulated on the leaves until droplets let loose, and they always seemed to have to land on my painting!

Hudson River Blossoms

Posted by Jamie on June 21st, 2014


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5×7, oil on linen
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One of the highlights of my springtime painting excursions is always when the cherry blossoms are blooming along the Hudson River at Boscobel Restoration. It may take me ages to get the image posted, but I always try to get the painting done while the blossoms are there. Last year I missed my window of opportunity, and I almost missed my chance this year. Fortunately they bloomed very late and I was able to get over to Boscobel before they were gone.

Emerging Spring

Posted by Jamie on June 19th, 2014

5×7″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard
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This is a scene in my back yard. I painted it from life in early spring, while watching the wood ducks swimming, and enjoying that short time of spring color before the entire landscape goes green. I think the colors of early spring are my favorites. They have a subtle beauty that goes overboard in fall. In spring they feel balanced, natural, and calmingly subdued. Of course, that could just be the way I feel after the bleak starkness of winter!

Top of Kaaterskill Falls in Watercolor

Posted by Jamie on June 18th, 2014


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Watercolor on Arches Rough 140#
12×16″, matted with backing board for a standard frame
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I’ll bet you were all expecting to see the conclusion of the oil painting I’ve been working on from this very vantage point! Well, I decided to meet an old friend for an early lunch today, so couldn’t get out on location in the morning to finish that one up. However, I was thinking that one very effective way to study the scene many more times would be to do it in several different media. While examining the vista on location yesterday morning, I was thinking about how I’d approach it in watercolor. This painting is the result, which I painted last night from a photo I’d taken earlier in the day.

I painted this with the new QoR watercolor paints by Golden Artist Colors. I sampled some from the Golden factory a couple of months ago, before they were sent out to stores, and subsequently bought a boatload of tubes when they became available. I just love these paints! They are really vibrant and intense, and most importantly, they rewet very easily when they dry out in my palette. For a multi-media artist who’s not doing watercolors every day and thus keeping the paints moist, they are ideal. Most of the painting was done with a #6 squirrel mop, and then I did the fine lines and details with a #6 sable round.

As for the oil painting, I’m hoping to go back on Friday morning and hopefully finish that one up. But if I’m not able to finish it then, it gives me a good excuse to return yet again to this amazing spot high above Kaaterskill Clove, and contemplate all the Hudson River School painters who stood there before me.

Day Two at the Top of Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on June 17th, 2014


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12×16″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard

I made a lot of progress today, but by 9:30am, the sun had come around the tree line and illuminated the foreground. I am determined to catch it in shadow in the painting, but it might take one more visit to be able to finish this off so early in the morning, unless I finish it from a photo. The scene beyond the painting is bleached out because the painting was upright and not catching as much light as the vista beyond. But notice how light the foreground is in the actual scene above, which was photographed around noon. Now compare it to the image below, which is how I find the view early in the morning, with the dark foreground I crave!

So I guess it will be awhile longer before I can post the finished painting. But I’m determined to get it done this week!

If you’d like to see what it looked like after my first session, click here to see my previous post.

Work in Progress at the Top of Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on June 16th, 2014


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12×16″, oil on hardboard, work in progress

When I arrived at the top of Kaaterskill Falls early this morning, the scene looked nothing like it does in the image above. In fact, the values were completely reversed, with the foreground completely in shadow! Heres the view I started with:


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I really liked that dark foreground pulling the viewer into the light beyond. Within a couple of hours, the sun poked above the tree line and spilled light all over the delicious darks. It happened in an instant, and although I like the light foreground too, I decided to stick with my game plan, and return early tomorrow morning to complete the painting the way I had intended. The light foreground painting will have to wait for another day! With a little luck, this one will get finished tomorrow.

Click here to see the following day’s progress on the painting.

Dancing Apple Tree

Posted by Jamie on June 12th, 2014


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9×12, oils on board
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A couple of weeks ago, I went to paint at a private estate in Platte Clove. There were beautiful mountain views, colorful marsh scenes, and a serene spring-fed pond, but what really captivated me was the graceful arc of this apple tree leaning over the view.

Bastion Falls in Pastel

Posted by Jamie on June 11th, 2014

12×9″, pastel on Wallis paper
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People pass by this beautiful waterfall around the horseshoe bend on Route 23a, heading through Kaaterskill Clove into the mountains. There is a big sign next to it that says, “Kaaterskill Falls”. But this is not Kaaterskill Falls; rather, the trail that leads up the mountainside to the base of Kaaterskill Falls begins at this point! This significant, but smaller charmer, is Bastion Falls. I’ve walked past it many, many times on my way up the trail to paint the famous Kaaterskill Falls. For once I decided to stay at the trail head and sketch Bastion Falls.

I had my little dog BB with me, and I’d spent the entire morning working on a larger painting from a second tier of this waterfall. I went home for a late lunch, returning with my dog, lightweight pastel setup, and a gardening cushion to put on a rock to sit on. I have to say, I really loved working on this one. It’s still in a sketchy stage and I was considering finishing it; but some things are best left with the spontaneous freshness and expressive strokes that further refinement can so often obliterate. I’ve decided to call it “done” just the way it is. It has the energy, movement, and high contrast that I wanted to capture. And I want to go back and do another!

Leader of the Herd

Posted by Jamie on June 10th, 2014


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5×7″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard
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Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take an animal sketching and painting workshop with my animal-painting idol, Joe Weatherly. Since then, I’ve been working on some anatomical sketches and other animal studies in the evenings whenever I have a chance. It’s going to be hard to get a lot done during plein air painting seasons, but I can definitely see diving into this in a big way when winter comes around! I learned so much, not only about drawing and painting animals, but also about the course of study I need to put myself through to be able to capture them convincingly from life. They don’t stay still like human models do!

I went with some painting friends to Stonykill Farm in Wappingers Falls, NY. It was a perfect opportunity to practice some cow-sketching. I chased this cow around until he was still long enough to at least get his basic shape in. He had the most gorgeous golden color and a regal disposition. I couldn’t get too far with the painting on location and had to finish it from a photo. I suspect that will be the case much of the time, though I know I’ll get better at painting animals on the fly as I get more practice and do anatomical studies.

Mist in the Mountains

Posted by Jamie on June 9th, 2014


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6×8″, oil on board
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On the day we planned to go to Frederic Church’s Olana estate, it rained all morning. Honestly, I was so tired by that point that I was grateful for a morning to sleep in a bit later and tend to some things around the house, like laundry! I headed to Olana when the rain stopped and painted until a couple of hours before sunset. This was my second painting of the day, done from my favorite area of the 250 acre property. It affords the best Catskill skyline on the site, as well as direct western views to take full advantage of late day backlighting and sunsets. The evaporating moisture from the earlier rainfall created a mist in the valley of the mountains, softening edges and throwing light in between the slopes and hills. The strong western sun illuminated the edges of the foliage as it streamed across the river. It was a stunning scene, and I wish I’d painted it larger! Since I’d done a 12×16 earlier in the afternoon, I was happy to give my broken foot a rest and paint this one from my comfy chair in a smaller size.

Above the Falls

Posted by Jamie on June 8th, 2014


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6×8″ Oil on board
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Last week I painted up above Kaaterskill Falls with a few friends. In fact, I spent the entire week painting at some of my favorite spots with a fabulous group of artists from New York Plein Air Painters. This is the top of Kaaterskill Falls, right where Lake Creek goes over the edge and drops 269 feet to the base of the two-tiered waterfall. I try to stay away from the edge and spare myself the vertigo! Many of the Hudson River School painters did famous works from this very spot. The light up there is fantastic at any time of day, with beautiful colors and strong values. It’s a challenging scene to paint, which hopefully I’ve come to handle better over time! This was painted very directly with oils, and then I added a few final touches and made a couple of adjustments in the studio — like picking out the bugs!

Sunset Memories

Posted by Jamie on April 16th, 2014

5×7″, oils on Ampersand Gessoboard, custom framed
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This is a spot that was one of Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole’s favorite places to paint. I visit here frequently at sunset with a small pochade box to paint studies and take photos. Last year, I experimented with some color palette ideas in watercolor and acrylic from many of the photos I took here. This morning I pulled out all those color studies and some of the photographs, and explored those ideas in oils. I think I feel a series coming on!

Bathtime for Mango

Posted by Jamie on April 15th, 2014

5×7″, oils on Ampersand Gessoboard
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There aren’t many things in this world cuter than my studio mascot, Mango, taking his morning bath. I found this bright green bathtub for him years ago. The color matches him exactly, and seeing him splash around with the color-coordinated rubber ducky looking on is always a fun start to the day. Camera shy as Mango is, I managed to catch some photos of him during bath time, and I’ve been looking forward to painting this for a long time. He’s been supervising the completion of his portrait here in the studio!

Flower Path to the Gazebo

Posted by Jamie on January 7th, 2014

15×20″, acrylic on illustration board (sealed and varnished to be framed without glass like an oil painting)
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Happy New Year to all my art-loving friends and blog-watchers. It’s been a busy season, and I’m glad to finally be back to showing all of you what I’ve been up to out on location and in the studio.

This painting began on a beautiful early fall day at Muscoot Farm. I was out with some friends looking for a spot to paint and we came upon this beautiful hillside with wildflowers and a gazebo. There were so many great vistas from this location that all three of us ended up painting from totally different vantage points and directions. I selected the view up the hill, where the path lead through fields of wildflowers and grasses in violets and deep yellow-orange hues, interspersed with bits of green. It was heaven. Here’s an image you can click on for a larger view of the painting:

I tried to make the most of the beautiful autumn days by starting as many paintings during that time as I could, even though I knew it would leave me with a huge pile to complete in the studio. After all, I’ll have all winter to do that! And believe me when I tell you that the pile is big. So, some of the paintings I post during the winter will bring you back to those warmer times when I started them out on location. We can all use a little of that warmth during the winter season! I’m not terribly fond of winter and so I don’t enjoy painting it. It’s not a memory I want to have hanging on my walls when the weather finally improves! Yet, the winter gives me that opportunity to play with new ideas, take my time finishing up the uncompleted works, and exploring other subject matter. You’ll be seeing some interesting things emerge. Stay tuned!

Bannerman Castle Glow

Posted by Jamie on December 11th, 2013

10×8″, in ornate gold frame with linen liner (frame included in price)
Acrylic on archival board
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Your purchase of this painting will help restore the castle structures on Bannerman Island. 50% of the proceeds of this painting goes to Bannerman Castle Trust for their renovation costs. These historic ruins on an island in the middle of the Hudson River are magnificent treasures that are too precious to lose. The back walls of this structure have already tumbled down, and they are in the process of shoring up what’s left in order to preserve it.

I’ve been working a lot lately on capturing glow with multiple layers of transparent color. This allows the light to bounce off the white of the painting support and through the pigment, rather than mixing color with opaque white paint to produce a tint. I felt that the way the strong light hit the castle wall in the late afternoon light would be most effectively rendered with the sparkle of transparent layering.

Taking Flight

Posted by Jamie on December 5th, 2013

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9×12″, acrylic on paper
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My husband and I rented a rowboat over the summer at North South Lake. As we were rounding a bend in the lake, we spooked this Great Blue Heron. I managed to capture a quick photo of him just as he was about to take flight. In looking through my images the other day, I thought this would make a great abstracted painting, with lots of movement, color complements, and contrasts. This 9×12 acrylic will probably be the predecessor to a larger version in the near future!