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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!





Archive for the 'Acrylic paintings' Category

Gift Certificates

Posted by Jamie on January 20th, 2015

Have you been wondering what to give that Special Someone for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner? How about a gift certificate to Hudson Valley Painter! The recipient can come to the website and make their own selection, or arrange for a commissioned piece. Email Jamie at JamieWG@aol.com if you’d like to order a gift certificiate.

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Hudson River School Sunset 2 — Jamie’s Jewels

Posted by Jamie on December 16th, 2014

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2 x 2-1/2″ (including frame), acrylic
The frame, easel, gold gift box, and bow are included
(Quarter in the photo is for size reference!)

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

Sunsets are always special times at Olana, estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. He loved to paint along this ridge below his home, which faces due west across the Hudson River. The Catskill Mountains form the skyline as the sun’s descending rays cascade across the sky and landscape. No two sunsets are alike here!

This is the second of my mini Hudson River School Sunset series, which features locations where the Hudson River School artists painted. Some of these sites are along the Hudson River School Art Trail. Others are sites where Cole, Church, Durand and others painted, but due to difficult access, limited parking, or some other reason, they are not on the Art Trail registry.

These miniatures are perfect gift items. They will arrive in gold gift boxes, already framed in these ornate gold miniature frames as shown. The little black easels are also included, so you can set them right out in a favorite spot. Everybody has a place for a little jewel, or a collection of them! I also do commissions of these miniature pieces, so if you have a favorite scene you’d like to have as a miniature painting, let me know.

Click here to see my other Miniature Paintings and Jamie’s Jewels.

Miniature Hudson River School Sunset — Jamie’s Jewels

Posted by Jamie on December 15th, 2014

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2 x 2-1/2″, acrylic
The frame, easel, gold gift box, and bow are included
(Quarter in the photo is for size reference!)

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

I’ve been doing commissions like crazy through this holiday season, but I finally had time to do a few of my “Jamie’s Jewels” miniatures — something I’ve not done for a really long time! I thought it would be fun to embark on a mini Hudson River School Sunset series. They will feature locations where the Hudson River School artists painted. Some of these sites are along the Hudson River School Art Trail. Others are sites where Cole, Church, Durand and others did paint, but due to difficult access or some other reason, they are not on the Art Trail registry.

These miniatures make fabulous gift items. They will arrive in gold gift boxes, already framed in these ornate gold miniature frames. The miniature black easels are also included, so you can set them right out in a favorite spot. Everybody has a place for a little jewel, or a collection of them!

Click here to see my other Miniature Paintings and Jamie’s Jewels.

Hudson River from Kingston

Posted by Jamie on December 2nd, 2014

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8×16″, acrylic on Arches board
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

This is the view of the Hudson River as seen from Hasbrouck Park in Kingston. This spot was recently added to the Hudson River School Art Trail, as one of the places where the Hudson River School artists visited and painted. It features one of the enormous ships we sometimes see along the river. The ship gives some scale to the width of the river at that spot, and the height of my vantage point overlooking the scene. I also placed some sailboats near the ship as they passed by, so that viewers can get an idea of how massive that ship is!

Holiday Commission

Posted by Jamie on November 17th, 2014

6×8″, acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

I still have room in my schedule for a couple more holiday commissions, so please email me at JamieWG@aol.com if you’d like to order a landscape painting or pet portrait as a holiday gift for that Special Someone!

This painting is a commission just off the easel. I was so thrilled to receive the photo from this client of her dog in an action scene! It enabled me to put together my love of painting water with my love of painting animals. I also felt that the image displays much more personality than a typical pet-sitting-on-the-soft portrait. Sadly, this sweet dog, Maggie, passed away last year. The client wanted a holiday painting for her husband, done from his favorite photo of Maggie. This was the result, and she is thrilled.

Flower Path to the Gazebo

Posted by Jamie on November 7th, 2014

15×20″, acrylic on illustration board
Custom framing available at extra charge
$750.00 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.

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!

View from Above Croton Dam

Posted by Jamie on November 3rd, 2014

20×15″, Acrylic on illustration board, custom framed
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

Come see this painting and 16 others that I just dropped off at RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main Street, Beacon, New York. The opening reception is this Saturday, November 8, from 5-8pm. I’d love to see you there! Bring a friend and do some early holiday shopping. The show will remain up through the holiday season. If you can’t make it this Saturday, you can check out RiverWinds during their regular business hours. You can find directions and their hours on their website.

My friend Johanne and I went on a hunt to find out how folks were getting up to the top of the bridge over Croton Dam. We were surprised and delighted to find out that although there is very limited parking, there is an easy paved path and fantastic views from all angles. We went back with our paints and some more friends last Friday and had a wonderful day here, up on top of the world. The weather was picture-perfect, and the slight mist created by the wind and waterfalls kept my acrylics from drying out too fast! I have really fallen in love with this location, both from the bottom facing the dam, and from here at the top.

Windy Little Cove

Posted by Jamie on October 28th, 2014

18×24″, Acrylic on archival linen panel
$1,150.00 plus $50 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 one of those kinds of fall scenes I love to paint — with color, transparency, and reflections. It’s the type of subject that seems to draw me no matter where I am, but this time I happened to be at North South Lake. The early morning light showcased the transparency in the water in the foreground, but quickly gave way to sky reflections and windy turbulence. I went back a few times to finish the painting. It’s one of my favorites of the year!

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

Hudson River Sunset from Dennings Point

Posted by Jamie on October 1st, 2014

7×11″, acrylic on watercolor paper, matted to 12×16 and framed (included in price)
$250.00 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.

I love the Hudson River views from Dennings Point in Beacon. There are great downriver views of Storm King Mountain and Bannerman Island, usually with lots of atmosphere. I’ve only been to this spot a couple of times, but I enjoy using the photos I’ve taken there to create drama and atmospheric conditions that I’ve witnessed elsewhere on the Hudson River. It’s an interesting challenge to create something new. I’m working on some ideas for a larger painting, and this is one of them.

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

Downriver from Above

Posted by Jamie on September 20th, 2014

12×16, acrylic on board
$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.

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
$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 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:

Back Yard Grays and Greens

Posted by Jamie on September 9th, 2014

5×7″, acrylic on board
$135.00 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.

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
$150.00 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.

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!

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

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

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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Please click image for a clearer, larger view
9×12″, acrylic on paper, matted to 12×16″ and framed (included in price)
$275.00 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.

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!

Sailing Past Storm King and Bannerman Island

Posted by Jamie on October 20th, 2013

5×7″, archival canvas covered hardboard panel
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

My husband and I took a boat tour of Bannerman Island a couple of months ago, and I took a ton of photos. It was a gorgeous day with beautiful cloud formations. This was painted from one of my photo references. Bannerman Island has fascinating castle ruins, and sits at the entrance to the Hudson Highlands out in the river. The tower showing in the water is Margaret Tower — one of the three that sit guard around the island.

Fall Sail acrylic sketch on board

Posted by Jamie on October 15th, 2013

15×20″, acrylic on illustration board
$350.00 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.

This is another in my series of large acrylic sketches on illustration board. They are really fun to paint, and I’ve found that calling them “sketches” sets me free to experiment with brushwork, drips, colors, compositions, and other boundaries that I might be hesitant to explore if I call them “paintings” from the outset. I go into it thinking “sketch”, and whatever emerges is what it is!

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

Emerging Autumn in High Flow Acrylics 20×15

Posted by Jamie on September 10th, 2013

20×15″, Acrylic on sealed illustration board
$400.00 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.

I went out on the patio with my paints on this gorgeous, nearly-Autumn day, enjoying the sounds of birds nearby and waterfalls in the distance while I painted. The fall colors were just starting to creep into the landscape. I love this time of year!

Frederic Church’s Tree

Posted by Jamie on September 9th, 2013

6×8″, acrylic on archival, sealed artboard (frame without glass like an oil painting)
$150.00 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 spent a few days teaching a workshop at Olana in the area of the Wagon Wheel Education Center. This elderly, elegant tree looked down at me from its hillside perch all week. When the class ended, the first thing I did was pull up a chair into the shade and paint its majestic form. I love doing tree portraits, and I’d like to do this one again in a larger format, when I have more time.

Rocky Coast and Review of the New Golden High Flow Acrylics

Posted by Jamie on September 4th, 2013


15×20″, acrylic on sealed illustration board
$400.00 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.

This was painted from a photo I took along the Maine coast. I love the weaving design, and the many layers of atmospheric distance.

When you look at the painting as a whole, you don’t really see the drips and spatters until you have a closer look. They add so much to the painting! Here’s a closeup of a drippy area:

Here is part of the pebble-strewn shoreline with the spatters:

You can click the image below for a larger, clearer view:

I’ll still me doing my more traditional work in acrylics and other mediums, so I’m not ready to give up that style yet! But I’ve been enjoying the exploration of this style over the past year or so and plan to do more of it.

So, what do I think of the new Golden High Flow acrylics? Well, here’s my personal opinion of the good, the bad, and the beautiful. I’ve been working with them for awhile now and have had a chance to do several paintings. I also had the advantage of working with the Golden Airbrush paints for a year or so previously. They are the predecessors to the High Flow line, so I had an idea of how they would handle. Sort of.

These paints handle similarly to the Airbrush paints, but not exactly the same. The good news is that the High Flow line has a more robust, durable binder. The bad news is that the High Flow line has a more robust, durable binder. It’s funny how that can happen! In the long run, I think this will prove to be a good thing for me. It really does make the paints more archival, and they will be easier to varnish. In the short term, I have some technical things to work out to adjust for the difference, since the paint will not lift as easily nor for as long.

The colors are exquisite. I missed a lot of my favorite colors in the old line, but the High Flow line has Ultramarine Blue, Pyrrole Orange, some real earth colors, and other colors that I like a lot. I do wish there was a Pyrrole Red instead of Napthol. I’m using Quinacridone Red mixed with Pyrrole Orange instead. I’m sure that more colors will come along over time, as I can’t imagine this not becoming a very popular line.

The good news for collectors is that these paints dry to a durable finish. They varnish beautifully and can be framed without glass, just like other acrylics and oil paintings.

Pink and Purple Sunset from Olana

Posted by Jamie on September 3rd, 2013


8×10″, acrylic on archival artboard
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

There is so much to paint at Olana, and yet I never get tired of painting the big vista. Every sunset is different. This one was dramatic! I was there with my friend Patti. We were initially painting from another spot, but were afraid we’d have trouble getting back down the trail in the dark. So we stopped there well before sunset, and went on to this spot, where we remained until the sun fell below the horizon.

Here is an image you can click on for a larger, clearer view:

Path to the Cozy Cottage

Posted by Jamie on August 29th, 2013


8×10″, varnished acrylic on sealed, archival artboard (frame without glass like an oil painting)
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

This is a painting I did as a plein air demo during the three day workshop I taught at Olana a couple of weeks ago. I did it to show participants some indirect painting techniques. The path was actually paved, but I wanted to turn it into an inviting path through the trees that was more welcoming for a lazy afternoon walk than a drive along a paved road. The scene was overwhelmingly green, which is another reason why I wanted to have a warm-colored path.

We were using a three color palette of slow-drying Golden OPEN Acrylics, so I mixed the basic color for the path from the three primaries, then used OPEN Gloss medium to create a glaze. I laid down a thick layer of the orangy glaze over the whole panel, and sketched in my composition by drawing in the glaze with the wooden handle tip of a brush. I then pulled out lights and added darks, subtracting and adding paint until I was done.

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

We’re into Labor Day weekend, so I’ll resume posting on Tuesday. Best wishes for a wonderful weekend to you all!

Nearing Sunset at Olana 2

Posted by Jamie on August 22nd, 2013

8×10″, acrylic on sealed Arches hot press board
$260.00 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.

Whenever I haven’t been to Olana for awhile, I have to do at least a couple of paintings from the top overlooking the Hudson River. This one was done in the late afternoon, just as the warmer color started moving into the atmosphere. Every day tells a different story here at the top of the hill. The clouds are always moving, and the landscape changes with the time of day and the seasons. The spot always has a freshness to it, even if I’ve painted it a hundred times.

If you’d like to see a larger view of the painting, you can click on the image below:

Catskill Drama from Olana

Posted by Jamie on August 21st, 2013


8×10″, acrylic on Arches board
$200.00 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 have big news! Jurors have gone through the artist applicants for the three day Olana Paintout and Art Auction on October 3-5. They have selected twenty-six artists for the event, and I am one of them! So I’ve been spending some time strolling the grounds there and doing lots of small plein air pieces at different times of day, to help familiarize me with vistas both old and new on the 250 acre estate.

This view of the Hudson River and Catskills is not one I’ve painted before. The Hudson River appears as a streak in the foreground amidst farmland and low hills, before arriving at the dramatic skyline of the Eastern Escarpment of the Catskills. It’s quite different from the south-facing view we’re all accustomed to seeing from the front of the mansion. I’d like to revisit this spot a few times.

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

This painting was done with Golden Open Acrylics. They were such a pleasure to work with, staying juicy and blendable all through the painting process. I used them on an Arches hot press board that I sealed with two coats of Fluid Matte Medium. The painting can then be varnished and framed like an oil painting. I love this surface for acrylics! It’s one of my current favorites, and the varnished paintings look absolutely stunning.

Stranded

Posted by Jamie on August 20th, 2013

5×7″, acrylic on linen panel
$135.00 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 gathered with a group of painter friends one morning out by the lake in front of my house. We had a wonderful time together chatting and relaxing while painting the lake in the morning light. This little boat gave the scene a nice focal point. I wondered for awhile how the owner got to the boat. Upon closer inspection, I saw that he had devised a clever pulley system from the shore, which could draw the boat to the land for boarding, and then pull it back out to the post in the water after disembarking. I considered putting those rope lines into the painting, but decided instead to leave the viewer guessing about how the boat could be accessed, just as I had to when first encountering the scene!

On a side note, it never ceases to amaze me how far behind I can get on photographing, adjusting and posting images of my paintings. I thank my lucky stars every day that I am a painter and not a photographer! (Though I often wish I had a better photography skill set.)

Portrait in Red

Posted by Jamie on August 4th, 2013

11×8.5″, mixed media on paper
$200.00 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 a portrait of Rebecca West, painted from an old book of black and white celebrity photos. Working from black and white images can be very liberating, as it frees up my color sense and gives me all the information I need in the form of values only. This background was done in acrylic in several layers using many different printing and painting techniques. Over that, I painted the portrait with fairly thick watercolor, allowing the spatters and drips to happen where I felt they would most benefit the piece. I’m planning to do a series of these, but probably won’t be able to do more of them for a few weeks.

Oops!

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.)

$525.00 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.

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:

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.)
$575.00 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 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.