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Archive for July, 2013

Platte Clove Cascade and Olana Workshop

Posted by Jamie on July 28th, 2013

12×16″, oil on linen panel
$535.00 plus $35 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 depicts one of those clear, cool cascades in Platte Clove, where I spent many hot summer days painting. It has the feeling of being deep in the refuge of the shaded mountain forest. Most of the painting was done on location, and some finishing touches were added in the studio. It is one of my two entries for the Twilight Park show this year, which is August 10 and 11, at the Twilight Park Clubhouse. This show brings out the best artists of the Catskills, and many from the Hudson Valley journey up to submit works as well.

If you’re interested in attending my Olana workshop from August 13-15, don’t forget to register asap so that you can be included for supplies! Olana has grants to subsidize this workshop, so it’s a great opportunity to paint at one of the dramatic Hudson River School sites, receive some painting tips, and have supplies covered at an extremely reasonable cost. Information about the workshop is on their website. (Scroll down below the cancelled writing workshop for the Landscape Painting workshop!)

Here is an image of the Platte Clove Cascade painting that you can click to enlarge for a better view:

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Posted by Jamie on July 22nd, 2013


8×10″, Golden High Flow acrylics on Stillman & Birn Beta paper, mounted to acid free foamboard.

This fun piece started out as an acrylic sketch in a wirebound sketchbook. My goal was to do a quick sketch to explore some of the properties of the new Golden High Flow paints, and then move on to a 16×20″ version on board. I’m enjoying working with these new paints, and hope to post a review of them soon.

It’s a good thing I was working on archival, 180 lb. sketchbook paper by Stillman & Birn, because I ended up taking this way farther than I originally intended. I went from a transparent, drippy and spattery concept, to a more opaque rendering as the painting evolved. The paint coming out of the bottle and flowing all over the surface was an afterthought, but I like it enough to want to do more of these!

Here’s an image you can click on for a larger, clearer view of the painting:

Once I’d taken the painting as far as I wanted to go, I cut it out of the wirebound sketchbook with an exacto knife, sealed the back of the page (which probably wasn’t necessary), and mounted it to archival foamboard using acrylic gel medium. This will be varnished and framed like an oil painting.

I have to say, the Stillman and Birn Beta paper worked great for this! I was very impressed. I clipped the page to each side of the sketchbook while I painted using a metal office binder clip, and the paper did fine without taping in spite of the fact that I worked fairly wet at the start of this piece with a loaded brush, drips, and spatters. It was so easy to mount because the paper dried perfectly flat. I can already tell that it’s going to varnish up beautifully.

Twilight at the Lodge

Posted by Jamie on July 20th, 2013


12×16″, acrylic on archival Canson board
(You can frame this painting without glass.)

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This is my converted barn artist’s retreat, which sits at the base of the Eastern escarpment of the Catskill Mountain range. At twilight, the mountainside and tree line have the sun behind them, throwing light up toward the sky, and the lights in the house glow yellow-orange from the reflection of the warm wood interior. The long row of windows at the bottom is my studio.

This painting makes me feel like I’m coming home at the end of a day out hiking in the woods, which is exactly what I was doing when I took the reference photo from which I did this painting. I hope you can also feel like you’re stepping off the woodland trail, and welcomed by the glimmering lights from within the house.

This painting was done with the brand new Golden High Flow acrylics, which I just got a few days ago. I’ll be posting a review of them this week once I’ve had a chance to work with them a bit more, so stay tuned!

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

Pink Mist at Sunrise

Posted by Jamie on July 18th, 2013

9×6″, pastel on Art Spectrum paper
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Sometimes a scene that we see every day can become extraordinary. I’ve had my life enriched by pink morning mist on several occasions, and was fortunate to have my camera with me for some of them! It’s quite a site to behold, and doesn’t seem to stick around for long. As they say, the early bird gets the worm, and I’ve only seen this around sunrise! I think I need to get up early more often.

A couple of weeks ago, I was at Jerry’s Artarama in West Hartford. I saw a box of 48 Charvin “Water-Soluble Pastel Painting Sticks” at a price I couldn’t resist. My friend Melissa came over the other day and we pulled them out to play. I used the Art Spectrum paper because it behaves so well with wet media. I used the pastels to lay in the underpainting, and then used a wet brush to liquify the color. Melissa and I were both impressed with how pigment-rich they were.

My initial plan was to do this little pastel start to finish using those Charvin sticks, but I ended up needing to amplify the selection with more muted colors, better and less chalky darks, and softer pastels. I finished it with a combination of Faber-Castells, Mount Visions, Giraults, and Senneliers, and Conte pastel pencils for a few sharp lines and details.

Sunset Serenity

Posted by Jamie on July 17th, 2013

6×8″, acrylic on archival Canson artboard (can be framed without glass)

SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

This painting was done from a reference image that I took a long time ago. I find it fascinating how we can see so many different ways to approach a painting using the same image, or even return to the same scene and capture an entirely different mood on a different day. Sunsets provide me with an interesting mix of relaxation and excitement, and I never get tired of painting them or experiencing them!

The boat belongs to my friend Mary. Thank you, Mary, for the nice foreground element, and for providing a strong vertical to break up a horizontal composition!

Below is an image that you can click on for a slightly larger, sharper view:

Waiting to Sail the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on July 10th, 2013

Acrylic, 11×15″, custom framed to 16×20″ in beautiful gold frame with archival ivory mat (Framing included in price.)
$450.00 plus $40 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 a scene along the Hudson River in Cold Spring, New York. I’m really enjoying doing splashy acrylic paintings on watercolor these days. I treat it like a transparent watercolor to start, using thinned Golden Airbrush paints in just a few transparent colors, splattering paint and working into it, and working light to dark in a traditional watercolor fashion. Then I go to opaque color where I want a less transparent effect. I’ve been working on this approach with acrylics for about a year now, and I feel like it’s finally starting to come together on a more consistent basis. I’m liking this one a lot!

Here’s an image you can click for a larger, clearer view:

I’ve been working in the studio more lately and have noticed that I’m feeling even more exhausted than when I was traveling to locations. Yesterday the thought occurred to me that maybe the glare from working off references on my computer screen is bothering my eyes and brain, resulting in that tired feeling. Last night I decided to print out a bunch of large photos to work off of instead of staring at the screen. I feel so much better! Maybe working off printed photos will help some of you other artists out there, if you’ve had similar reactions to long days of painting while staring at a reference image on a computer screen.

Cruising Down the Hudson River

Posted by Jamie on July 9th, 2013

3×5″, acrylic on canvas panel, framed in a beautiful wide, gold, wood frame (included)

SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went on a boat tour of Bannerman Island. Although I’ve been there several times to paint for Bannerman Island Gallery, I’d never gone on the tour before. It was my husband’s first time setting foot on the island! It was nice to relax and enjoy his company, and to spend the time taking photos instead of lugging painting equipment and feeling so rushed to complete something.

I took loads of pictures. It was a day with fabulous cloud formations and good light. While at the peak of the island, facing south toward the Hudson Highlands, this boat cruised along heading downriver, and the sun beamed a yellow pathway on the water. I painted this miniature from the photo I took at that moment.

It’s always tough to get a good image of a painting in a frame, but I tried! You can click this image to enlarge it a bit: