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2022 “eSalon” at Art Students League of New York

2022 “eSalon” at Art Students League of New York

Last month, the Art Students League of New York began presenting an “eSalon” featuring work from the students in its various “e-telier” classes (virtual classes). The show runs through June 2022.

I am pleased to have my painting “Last Light” (2021, oil on paper) be part of the Chris Gallego’s March eSalon (detail shown above).  The painting is a winter scene of a local farm, seen at end-of-day. I enjoy these evocative moments when the light changes rapidly and the scene is all about mood.

This was a painting done a part of Chris Gallego’s League ongoing monthly class: “Advanced Drawing, Painting & Composition,” which has created a wonderful community of artists. I especially admire Chris’s contemporary approach to representational painting and his many insights on the painting process.

The eSalon is running through May, 2022.

See the League’s entire 2022 E-telier Student Salon

The Blooms of Winter

The Blooms of Winter

I’ve been working on snowscapes through a relatively mild winter here in Upstate New York.

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, watercolor lends itself to painting winter scenes and snow scenes with snow, because the amount of white in front of you forces you to save more white on your paper.  The focus can then often change to simply shapes. My focus in this little sketch of a painting was on the blue shadows. I love the bloom in the foreground. Some watercolor painters avoid blooms, but I am usually interested in what they can add to a painting. In this painting they contributed to an icy feel.

I used a small amount of gouache on the branches.

Below is another snowscape, this one of a farm. Here a bloom in painting the dark trees against the damp sky colors created a soft look that negates the need to paint the trees separately. Originally these were perhaps a little more distinct, but then, to finish the picture, I added another layer of blue over most of the image, and the effect was softened even further.

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