It’s a rainy, mid-autumn day in the canyons of New York City, just north of Grand Central Station. It’s a scene that shows the construction of a building whose bones and entrails are on display, awaiting its clothing of cladding and windows. Traffic edges forward hardly noting the disruption of flow, all business, as usual.Continue reading “Vanderbilt and E.45th”
Category Archives: New York
East Brunswick Storage Unit
We have a lot of stuff…too much. We have a storage unit to accommodate all the forgotten memories, boxes packed decades ago, abandoned projects and other extraneous ephemera of the ages. We go there seldom because none of it really matters any more. It’s just that it’s hard to let go so we pay overContinue reading “East Brunswick Storage Unit”
East Brunswick, Mid-Winter
We’re driving on a Saturday afternoon and it’s starting to snow. It’s winter in New York, scrub trees in the field mowed last fall are a silhouetted filigree against the leaden horizon. It’s not the sort of scene to leave the car to admire. The wind starts to gust.
East Brunswick, New York
In late winter we took a drive to the east of our city, Troy. Here the austerity of the hills frozen and neutral, the cold, cold sky draped with clouds pushing northeast, all of this struck me as a beauty specific to Upstate. This landscape is worthy of painting in every season, late winter beingContinue reading “East Brunswick, New York”
Clums Corners in Winter
Our storage unit is located in Clums Corners, a small farm community outside Troy, NY. Our unit has a sweeping view to the east. Late in the afternoon when the sun is flat, the colors of the sky and land saturate and you can see all the way to Massachusetts. The land is still undevelopedContinue reading “Clums Corners in Winter”
Eastern Bracken Fern
The Eastern Bracken Fern is found in the Adirondacks of New York State. It’s a deciduous rhizome that appears in spring, lives and spreads in the summer, looses its fronds in the fall, winters underground and then starts it all again when the earth thaws. This painting shows the fern in early spring.
Black Crappie, Rock Bass
The Black Crappie and the Rock Bass are closely related, both ranging throughout the United States. These were caught in Upstate New York. They are painted true to size.
Large Mouth Bass
This large mouth bass is painted at a scale of 1.5:1 which means the live one was bigger by half. They can grow really big and don’t like to be caught, putting up a strong fight. The husband caught him, I photoed him and he was released back into the Upstate New York Lake fromContinue reading “Large Mouth Bass”
Small Mouth Bass
Small Mouth Bass are found in waters of the US, north to south East to west. The fish shown here was caught in the Adirondack Park in New York. It’s a little unusual in that it was a yellow ocher color. Most are in the green grey range. Perhaps the anomaly can be explained byContinue reading “Small Mouth Bass”
Raquette Lake Inlet
The sun’s asettin’ and we’re still fishing, catching large mouth bass.
This fish is found in the New York Adirondacks as well as a lot of other waters throughout the US. The one I painted is represented full size although it’s a small example. Ted caught it, I took its picture and then he returned to the cold water to swim again, hopefully a wiser fishContinue reading “Chain Pickerel”
A Rock Bass is related to the Sunfish, you’ll notice that little black ear behind its gills that’s characteristic of that species. Ted pulled him out of the water at Lake Adirondack in upstate NY where he was also catching large and small mouth bass the same evening. They all went back into the Lake,Continue reading “Rock Bass”
Lake Frances, Adirondacks, Upstate New York
Here’s the end of the day at the end of the Summer in Upstate New York in a canoe where Ted paddles and I try to stay warm… and take photos to take my mind off how cold I am. Yeah, I’d stay warmer if I paddled, too, but I’m not a paddler. I’m aContinue reading “Lake Frances, Adirondacks, Upstate New York”
Engelke Farm 9.23.20
Another take on fall at Engelke’s farm. This painting follows the movement of trees and the shadows they cast.
Raquette Lake Inlet
On the water at sunset, Raquette Lake, NY.
Lake Adirondak, Indian Lake, NY
A view from a Hornbeck canoe, late summer at dusk.
Engelke Farm – Study
This is a study for an larger oil painting executed during the same session. I use the study to locate objects, study the movement of the composition and to use as a reference when composing the oil painting.
Lake Adirondak, New York
View from the front end of a Hornbeck Canoe.
Engelke Farms, Eagle Mills, NY
The Start of Autumn in Upstate New York.
Rock Bass are warm water fish, This one was caught and released in Lake Adirondack in upstate New York. Pastels are a really good media when depicting the vibrant nuances of shiny, scaly fish, much easier for me to control than watercolor. https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1079279