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Archive for March, 2008

You Lead the Way—figures on the beach

Posted by Jamie on March 31st, 2008

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5×7″, Golden OPEN Acrylics on Canson board
$130.00 plus $12 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

I went to Marshlands Conservancy in Rye yesterday. It was a gorgeous day and although I didn’t have time to stop and paint, I got loads of wonderful photo references. Now I have some compositional ideas for when I return there to paint later in the spring, as well as some things to work on during rainy days.

This mom was having a lot of fun following her little boy around the beach on Long Island Sound. He went exploring every nook along the shoreline. It was a chilly, spring afternoon, but the bright sunlight made everything light up.

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I used an expanded palette for this painting. I think I actually dipped into every single color here. It’s unusual for me to use so many.
Titanium White
Naples Yellow
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red Light
Cerulean Blue Chromium hue
Ultramarine Blue
Oxide of Chromium
Transparent Red Oxide
Phthalo Blue

Kerri on Linen

Posted by Jamie on March 30th, 2008

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8×6″, Golden OPEN Acrylics on linen
$115.00 plus $10 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This is from today’s open studio. This is the first time I’ve done a figure on this clear-sealed linen, and I just love the way the colors work with it and the texture.

I used the new, lightweight painting/pochade box that I made for this one. It’s working out great! Here it is in the life drawing studio all set up and ready to go….

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Worldwide Sketchcrawl No. 18

Posted by Jamie on March 29th, 2008

Today I participated in the Worldwide Sketchcrawl #18! I got a late start, but managed to squeeze in several pages in my 5.5″ square sketchbook, in between family activities. Here they are, in the order in which I did them.

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This last one was painted from the kitchen window. This brook, with the little island in the middle, is the outlet to the lake. Springtime brings wood ducks, swans and snapping turtles to the scene. Any time of year, it is a favorite crossing for herds of white-tailed deer. Occasionally, I see a mink running across the island, or a beaver swimming upstream. There’s always something interesting happening out there.

Ram Island Lighthouse, Maine— framed

Posted by Jamie on March 28th, 2008

Click to see full size image:

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5.5×11″, framed (6.5×12″ framed size), Golden OPEN Acrylics on Saunders Waterford 300 lb CP watercolor paper
$185.00 plus $20 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

I don’t often offer framed art on my website, but I found these long format frames and thought they’d be great for smaller landscapes horizontally, and floral still lifes vertically! This painting was done from a photo I took on my way to Monhegan Island by boat. Ram Island Light is close to Boothbay Harbor in Maine. Both the keeper’s house and the lighthouse were built in 1883. I’ve been wanting to paint them for ages!

My palette for this painting was:
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Alizarin Crimson hue
Cadmium Orange
Cobalt Blue
Phthalo Blue GS
Titanium White

Signs of Spring

Posted by Jamie on March 27th, 2008

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7×5″, oils on canvas covered hardboard
$125.00 plus $10 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This is my favorite tree to paint by the lakeshore. The foliage changes dramatically with the seasons, and the twisting trunk and branches are so interesting to paint. We lost a big section of the tree in a wind and rain storm last week! I hope it will be able to recover.

Where Are My Keys????

Posted by Jamie on March 26th, 2008

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7×5″, watercolor and colored pencil on grey Stonehenge (rag) paper
$45.00 plus $10 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This time, the title says it all!

Spring Buds oil landscape painting

Posted by Jamie on March 25th, 2008

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16×12″, oils on sealed, primed hardboard, custom framed to 22×18″
$525.00 plus $30 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

Spring is not quite getting underway outside to this degree, so I thought I’d jump the gun a little and painted this from a photo I took last spring at Teatown Lake Reservation.

Spring Fever—Forsythia and Evergreens

Posted by Jamie on March 24th, 2008

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6×4″, oils, unframed (see below to mat to 8×10)
$100.00 plus $7 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.


Add $10 if you would like this painting double matted to 8×10″ for a standard 8×10 frame, and sent in a protective sleeve for coffee table ringbinder and larger box.

Flowers in Front of the Hudson River

Posted by Jamie on March 23rd, 2008

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Gouache on Stonehenge rag paper
Double matted in ivory/gold to 8×10″ to fit into a standard 8×10″ frame.
$125.00 plus $15 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.


Painting may also be purchased as a 7×5″ painting without mat and sleeve. Subtract $8 from price with shipping for the painting only.

I’m loving painting these flowers in the living room. Today I set up a gorgeous Moorecroft vase of flowers on top of the mantle, in front of one of my Hudson River paintings with Storm King Mountain. I needed a high vantage point to paint it, so I brought my Soltek easel into the living room and set my painting box on top of it!

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Flowers in the Living Room

Posted by Jamie on March 22nd, 2008

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Goauche on Stonehenge 100% rag paper, double matted to 8×10″ for standard frame (Subtract $8 if you want the 5×7 painting unmatted.)
$125.00 plus $15 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This 7×5″ gouache painting is double matted in ivory/gold to 10×8″, to fit any standard 8×10″ frame.

I’m having a hard time getting a decent photo with the mat, but this one will at least give you an idea of what the mat looks like!

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My husband went out to do errands this morning and came home with a gorgeous bouquet for me! I took out a bunch of my favorite vases and filled them with flowers. These two vases are in the living room, under one of my large paintings of a scene from Boscobel Restoration of the Hudson River overview. I stood by the stairway and leaned my painting box on the handrail to paint this! I like the way the composition of this living room scene leads the eye around in a circle. The strong red of the little vase balances the heavier objects on the left side of the painting. I haven’t done any paintings of interiors for awhile. I guess I’d better do a bunch before plein air season gets underway!

Sketch of a Dancer (from life)

Posted by Jamie on March 20th, 2008

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Gouache on Strathmore 400 cold press watercolor paper
Cropped image size as shown above is 8×7″
Full page as shown below is about 9.5×7″

Full page:

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We had a wonderful model in the life drawing studio who is a dancer. I saw this beautiful red dancing skirt and immediately thought—Degas! I hope she’ll be back soon to model for us again.

This is the first time I’ve used a scanned image of my artwork instead of a photograph. I think for small, completely dry work, and especially work on a white ground like this, it may be better to scan it. I can never get the white paper to show white when I photograph.

Daffodils and Birches

Posted by Jamie on March 19th, 2008

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16×20″, oils on canvas covered hardboard
$640.00 plus $25 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

Spring is on the way! This is a scene from Boscobel Restoration that I started a couple of years ago en plein air, but didn’t have time to finish on location. I pulled out the photo reference that I took at the time, and finished it up today. Better late than never. Now I can say that it took me two years to do this painting!

Springtime on the Brook

Posted by Jamie on March 18th, 2008

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10×8″, Golden OPEN Acrylics on Multimedia Artboard
$250.00 plus $15 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

I am fortunate enough to have this beautiful scene in my back yard. I’m getting into the mood for spring color. This was painted from a photo I took last spring. I loved the strong blues contrasting with the forsythia hedge in the background. Hopefully, with a little help from the weather, I’ll soon be back out there painting from life.

My New Painting Box

Posted by Jamie on March 17th, 2008

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5×7″, Golden OPEN Acrylics on Saunders Waterford 300lb CP watercolor paper
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

This is a painting I did to test drive my new painting box. What better thing to paint than the box iteself!

Images of the box and instructions for its construction are in the posts below

Making a Multi-Media Laptop Painting Box

Posted by Jamie on March 16th, 2008

Here’s my setup while test driving the new box!

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Click on any images below for a larger view. The post below this one gives instructions for making the box shown in these images.

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I’ve had this idea brewing in my head for almost a year, and finally made my car/laptop painting box this weekend! I wanted something extremely lightweight. This is made out of a single sheet of black foamcore! I used foamcore to make my pastel boxes, and was amazed by how sturdy it turned out to be when constructed properly. I used the same techniques to create this painting box. Best of all is that it weighs only one pound!

The white palette is a foam meat tray. I found them in an 11.25 x 9.25″ size and thought that would be ideal for palette inserts for my box, and also to use as palettes for oils and acrylics in open studio. They are perfect for gouache and casein too! I found a place online that had them and ordered a case of 250. A stack of four can fit in this lap box.

Here’s what the case looks like when it’s closed up for traveling. It measures 17x10x2″. The front closures are velcro strips.

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The box is sealed with a couple of coats of Golden GAC100, so it can be wiped clean and should be fairly water resistant in case of water and paint spills.

Inside the box, there’s ample room for brushes, paints, several foam palettes, paper towels, a small solvent container like the mini one made by Guerrilla Painter, or a collapsible water container like this Aqua Tote for acrylics.

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I found the little containers (above) in the camping department at a sporting goods store. They have an air-tight seal, so I think they should work out great for holding and storing all types of paints. With these two, I can hold more than enough colors for an outing plus a way to store leftovers when I’m done. However, the box is deep enough to hold tubes of paint if I prefer to bring the tubes.

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I decided to make the back hinges out of heavy duty velcro. Because this box is for multi-media use, and I also plan to use it for painting in my car, I wanted it to be as versatile as possible. Velcro hinges make the lid completely removable if the car is tight for space and I want to separate my drawing/painting support from the box itself, or if I need to lie it flat for watercolor work.

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This side arm prevents the box lid/painting support from opening too far. I decided to use velcro for this feature as well, in order to have greater adjustment potential. The velcro “hook” strips along the side (above) and the back (below) secure the arm made of the “loop” velcro.

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The Aqua Tote water holder, below, is one of my favoite items of painting gear for water media. Not only does it pack up into a small space in the box, but it also serves as my brush holder, and is very lightweight.

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These are available online from Dick Blick, Jerrys Artarama, and ASWexpress.com.

Another helpful item I found recently was a package of small misters. These are helpful for keeping acrylic paints wet on the palette, as well as for moistening paper for watercolor and acrylic wet techniques. They are only four inches long and 1/2″ wide. I found them at my local Michael’s Arts and Crafts shop.

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Now that I’ve finished taking photos and typing all this out, I’m going to find something to paint and give my new box a test drive!

Update after field testing:
I’d suggest using duct tape for the back hinge instead of the velcro strips. I’ve found that I have yet to make use of the capability to remove the box lid, and the velcro strips keep pulling up.
Instead of office clips to affix my painting support, I am finding blu-tac much more convenient. It enables me to paint right up to the edges of my work.
The office clips can be used on the left side of the lid (if right handed) to clip some paper towels or a rag to the lid. That way, the left side of the lower tray can be reserved for paint tubes/containers, mediums, and water/turp.

I’ve uploaded these images large enough to be able to read the text. Just click on the images to see the enlarged versions. I hope many of you find this helpful to build your own lightweight boxes for those times when lugging a heavy setup is impractical.

For some unknown reason, I’m having to click twice on these pages to get large, clear images. If you click and the image is unclear, try clicking the image a second time.

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My permission is granted to download and print out the three images in this post for your own information and reference only.

Update after field testing:
I’d suggest using duct tape for the back hinge instead of the velcro strips. I’ve found that I have yet to make use of the capability to remove the box lid, and the velcro strips keep pulling up.
Instead of office clips to affix my painting support, I am finding blu-tac much more convenient. It enables me to paint right up to the edges of my work.
The office clips can be used on the left side of the lid (if right handed) to clip some paper towels or a rag to the lid. That way, the left side of the lower tray can be reserved for paint tubes/containers, mediums, and water/turp.

Life Drawing of Jean

Posted by Jamie on March 15th, 2008

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This sketch from life was done with an umber, water soluble Cretacolor stick on Arches hot press watercolor paper. It’s about 6×11″.

$100.00 plus $10 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

Strolling Among the Cherry Blossoms (at Boscobel)

Posted by Jamie on March 14th, 2008

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8×10″, oils on sealed, primed hardboard
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

This is another painting of a scene from Boscobel Restoration along the Hudson River in Garrison, NY. I started it on location last spring. I thought it was about time I pulled this out and finished it up, with spring on the way soon! I’m having a wonderful time pulling out these paintings that I never quite finished. As time passes, our ideas simmer and develop. It’s been great to now infuse these works with my current thoughts on color, value, and paint application.

Watercolor Sketch of Jean

Posted by Jamie on March 12th, 2008

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7.75×11″, watercolor on Arches 140 lb HP rag watercolor paper
$150.00 plus $10 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

We had to leave our usual life drawing studio due to a solvent spill. I was painting in oils, but when we moved to the clay room, there wasn’t room for my oil painting gear. Fortunately, I had a little Winsor Newton Artist watercolor pan set in my purse and a nice umber Cretacolor stick, and some Arches paper in the car, so I pulled those out instead. You know what they say….When life throws you lemons, make lemonade! So, that’s what I did.

Poker Games No. 3—Four of a Kind

Posted by Jamie on March 11th, 2008

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8×6″, Golden OPEN Acrylics on linen, matted to 10×8″
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

Wow, this one was harder than I thought it would be….but I’m pretty happy with it after a day of struggling!

Some days I just can’t get into the groove…..

Posted by Jamie on March 10th, 2008

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Some days I’m so short on time or just can’t get into the painting groove. It’s nice to dive into my sketchbook on those occasions. I’m getting antsy for the weather to warm up so I can get back to my life of plein air painting soon. I did a few pages of sketches today in ink and watercolor, and some color swatch tests of new paints, so in spite of all the errands I had to run, it wasn’t a day totally devoid of art.

Magenta Mums and Brass Bird

Posted by Jamie on March 7th, 2008

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16 x 12″, Oils on canvas covered hardboard, custom framed with linen liner and gold frame
$440.00 plus $20 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This little brass bird, which is one of my favorite still life objects, was the perfect complement for the pinks and violets of the mums. It picked up some of the reflected color and cast it into the shadows. This was painted with brushes and palette knives. There’s a lot of texture in the thick paint that is hard to show in a digital image.

Three on a Swing

Posted by Jamie on March 4th, 2008

6 x 6″, Oils on sealed, primed hardboard, unframed
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

This painting has now sold, but you can browse and order order products with reproductions of this painting and other pet and bird paintings of mine by clicking here.

Many thanks to bird breeder Linda Brandt for the reference image of three of her baby birds on a swing! We lovebird owners know how they adore their swings, so I was tickled to see this image of three climbing on board together. This one was great fun.

My palette for this painting:
Cadmium yellow lemon
Quinacridone Rose (Permanent Rose)
Ultramarine Blue Deep
Burnt Sienna
Titanium White

Majestic Morning No. 5: The Sunrise Tree

Posted by Jamie on March 3rd, 2008

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12×18″, Pastel on Wallis
$440.00 plus $20 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This is definitely one of my favorites of the series so far. It felt great to break out my pastels for a landscape again, something I haven’t done for quite some time. This twisted tree is one of my favorites along the lakeshore. I’ve painted it many times in all different seasons and weather conditions, but the color on that special morning was truly the most spectacular I’ve ever seen at this location.

The Secret Garden

Posted by Jamie on March 2nd, 2008

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4×6″, Golden OPEN Acrylics on Strathmore watercolor paper, double matted in ivory/gold to 8×10″
$110.00 plus $15 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This painting is available here directly for a limited time only, with the mat included. Once framed, it will go to the gift shop at Lasdon Arboretum along with some other paintings I’ll be doing of the preserve.

This is the main gate to the formal gardens, welcoming visitors with the red brick path and beautiful flowers. Inside the gate are rare perennials, flowering annuals, and a spectacular fountain.