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Late In The Day – en plein air watercolor winter landscape painting

“Late In The Day” – 7" x 11" The golden hour. I find this kind of light and this time of day to be as challenging to capture as anything. The warm glow infuses everything with a golden warmth, yet there is still a definite contrast between cool shade and warm sunlight...

Breese Hollow – en plein air watercolor winter landscape painting

“Breese Hollow” – 7" x 11" This painting is sold! Find interest in movement and opposing elements. Cloudy days and a heavily blanketed snow-covered landscape can make for some monotony.  Flat light seems to make snowy hills roll on, in an endless monotone. One way to...

Near Fields And Far – en plein air watercolor landscape painting

“Near Fields and Far” – 7" x 11" Early January is cold and snow lays heavy on the ground.  The winter landscape often seems silent, still and cold. But, when closely observed, there is much vibrancy, movement and subtlety. As it was on this particular morning. The...

“Low Land” – plein air winter watercolor landscape painting

“Low Land” – 7" x 11" A cold but sunny winter afternoon.  In warmer months, this area is actually a swamp. A recent arctic cold has frozen just about everything and covered it all with foot of snow. So the swamp looks like a flat field at this point. Just out of the...

Tunbridge Hills – en plein air watercolor landscape painting

“Tunbridge Hills” – 7" x 11" This painting is sold. This was a record even for me! At the time I set up to paint this scene, the temperature was -17, the coldest it has ever been for me to be out painting.  Although it is still working from direct observation, in...

Christmas Eve Morning – en plein air watercolor landscape painting

“Christmas Eve Morning” – 7" x 11" As the title suggests, this painting was done on the morning of December 24, It's a new viewpoint from a spot just over the Vermont/New York state line, but looking back toward the northeast into Vermont.  Some warmer weather brought...

The Beginning – en plein air winter landscape painting

“The Beginning” – 7" x 11" The first painting of a new winter series.  This one was done on December 22, 2017 - the first full day of winter.  The scene is along Harrington Road in North Bennington - a favorite painting location.  Fields showing light snow cover,...

Which Way – en plein air watercolor winter landscape painting

“Which Way?” – 7" x 11" A cold and overcast winter day left me looking for a compelling scene. Without the light effects from the sun, most of the snow-covered landscape looked flat. At this country intersection, four roads converged. The recent snow cover created...

“High Meadows”- Summer Evening En Plein Air

Summer Greens... By June, the landscape is filled out with the rich greens of summer.  It stays that way, with only subtle changes well into September.  This creates two challenges for the artist. The first is "the green problem".   Green is known to be a difficult...

“Almost No Snow” – winter en plein air landscape painting

Winter of 2017 has so far been warmer and less snowy than usual.  The "warmer" temps have brought rain, instead of snow, which often turns to a glaze of ice over night. Such is the case this morning, as I set up on Harrington Road in North Bennington.  The road...

“In Weston” – Morning Light in the Plein Air Landscape

Un-monotonous greens. This is a scene from a prototypical Vermont village - that of Weston Vermont. Despite the look of the sunlight and the deep summer greens, the temperature was quite cool at set up time.  It took a couple cups of coffee from The Vermont Country...

Sun & Rain – en plein air watercolor landscape painting

It's like winter again! A beautiful afternoon turned stormy just as I headed out to do some painting.  I was expecting to be painting outside, but ended up painting "du siege avant" - just like winter time. The forecast was calling for storms and then clearing. It...

Setting Sun – en plein air watercolor landscape painting

  This one really is just light and landscape. Painting what the sun leaves behind is often what en plein air painting is all about. Usually what's left behind is something like this - long trails of alternating light, shade and shadow. This painting would seem to be...

“Early Spring On The Battenkill” – en plein air watercolor

Subtle light greens signal spring's arrival. It's often drama we want in our paintings.  But it is subtlety that reigns in this scene.   Bushes and shrubs line the bank of the Battenkill river. on this early spring day, their emerging buds gave them the soft look of a...

“Mettowee Morning” – early morning en plein air

Early morning scenes are generally contrasts of warm and cool, light and dark. Often, the first touches of direct light can be seen in thin ribbons of warm colors piercing large swaths of cool and dark.  Such was the case along Rt. 30 in Rupert, Vermont on this fine...

“State Line Road” – the spring landscape en plein air

"State Line Road"  Warming sun on a chilly day. Spring is a season of contrasts and illusions.  On many bright, sunny mornings, one can get the impression that it is safe to leave the house in short sleeves and without a coat.  On days like today, that would be a...

“Marsh and Snow” – watercolor en plein air landscape painting

My first "en plein air" landscape painting of 2017, and the beginning of a new series of winter landscape paintings.  I'm not really a winter person and would rather spend the cold months hibernating indoors.  Yet the winter landscape offers a variety of looks and the...

“Factory Street, Back End” – winter en plein air landscape scene

Missed my trip to Florida so went to Jamaica (Vermont) instead! A winter storm combined with cancelled flights on a small, low-budget  airline meant that my trip to Florida was disrupted. So, instead of painting Florida greens, I'm painting Green Mountain white again....

“Halfway” – Winter En Plein Air Landscape Painting

We're halfway there! We are at the halfway point of winter - a couple days beyond actually. Imbolc, the cross-quarter day that marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox occurred on February 4th in the Eastern Time zone. Depending on...

“Over The Orchards” – early morning en plein air

Light effects are always best early and late in the day. In this part of Vermont, most towns and villages are snuggled deep into the narrow valley formed by the Walloomsac River. It can take a while for sunlight to reach into the valley. So if, one is out early...