January Landscape – en plein air watercolor sketch

January Landscape – en plein air watercolor sketch

This is a favorite nearby painting spot that makes you feel like you are on top of and at the edge of the world. From here, the rough dirt road drops deep into the valley where the village of Pownal, Vermont sits and the Hoosick River flows. I paint here from time to...
Sketch of the Day – Sky and Clouds in Watercolor

Sketch of the Day – Sky and Clouds in Watercolor

I’m often asked during my classes and workshops, to demonstrate how to paint skies and clouds.  They seem to be some of the most difficult landscape elements for many folks. The good news is that watercolor is tailor-made for this sort of subject.  It’s...
Surprising Color in the Early Spring Landscape

Surprising Color in the Early Spring Landscape

As a dedicated plein air painter, I spend a lot of time painting on location.  The immediacy of the scene and impact of atmosphere and sunlight provide a visual impact that I find both intimidating and inspiring. As a resident of Vermont, I paint a lot of winter...
Sketch of the Day – November 10, 2013

Sketch of the Day – November 10, 2013

A little delay in posting this quick sketch.  My wife and I visited my daughter in Burlington, Vermont over the weekend. Being an early riser, I was able to get up and out for a bit of a sketching session on Sunday morning, while everyone else slept. This view is from...
Sketch of the Day – November 4, 2013

Sketch of the Day – November 4, 2013

I’ve been taking the time to do more plein air painting lately, rather than sketching.  Often I’ll have two paintings going at once, so the sketchbooks get ignored.  Today, I was a little pressed for time so I started one plein air painting looking in one...