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“Depot Road” – en plein air watercolor painting

Warm light on a cold morning! These white barns sit just off of Old Depot Road, in Arlington, Vermont. They are striking any time of year, but actually stand out less in winter, because they blend into a snow-covered landscape. The temperature hovered around 17 as I...

“Little Hill” – en plein air watercolor landscape painting

When the season fails to inspire, find the familiar places! It's been tough to find a 'winter' scene this winter.  It is normal for fields with deep covers of snow to dominate the landscape.  In those conditions, it is easy to find an inspiring scene, even on a cloudy...

Olden Times – en plein air watercolor landscape painting

"Olden Times"  - painting is  approx. 7 1/12" x 11", matted and mounted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing. It takes only some bright sunshine to remind us again of autumn.  This is a scene I pass often in my travels.  It is situated along Myers Road, in...

“Shadows & Mist” – en plein air watercolor landscape painting

Here's something you don't see every winter day. It's common to see mist on spring and fall mornings, when cool temperatures and warm ground produce hovering mist and vapor. It's not as common in winter, when the temperature difference between earth and air is not so...

“Three Fields” – Winter Returns

"Three Fields"  - painting is  approx. 7 1/12" x 11", matted and mounted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing. What a difference a day makes! Yesterday's painting "Crossroads" was done on a moderately sunny day in an early winter that had not seemed very...

“Crossroads” – Surprising Look In The Winter Landscape

"Crossroads"  - painting is  approx. 7 1/12" x 11", matted and mounted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing. What season do you see? I am captivated by the cycle of seasons and especially those times of transition, when one season is becoming another.  In Vermont,...

“Boxing Day” – En Plein Air Watercolor Painting

"Boxing Day"  - painting is  approx. 7 1/12" x 11", matted and mounted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing. Mild sky for a mild winter! Not only has this winter been mild, it's been downright warm! As of December 26th - Boxing Day - warm temperature records have...

“Partial Clearing” – Winter Day That Looks Like Spring

"Partial Clearing" - painting is approx. 7 1/2" x 11" and is matted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing.  This second day of winter 2015 featured an early Spring look and more cloudy day saturated color. By afternoon, the clouds that brought rain on the first day...

“Solstice Day” – watercolor en plein air painting

"Solstice Day"  - saturated color in the early winter landscape It would have been a monster snow storm! Instead, with temperatures in the low '50's it was rain instead of snow. By this time in December, this part of Vermont can be buried in snow. This year has been...

“Banks of the Walloomsac” – light and atmosphere in late autumn

"Banks of the Walloomsac"  - painting is 7 1/12" x 11", matted and mounted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing. Sometimes it pays to look the other way! This small painting was done as a distraction from another en plein air painting underway at the same time.  I...

“Marsh Morning” – en plein air landscape painting

September 23rd, 2015. The day of the Autumnal Equinox. This painting is one of three paintings done that day. This is the second one, done after dense fog had burned off the marsh area. The sun was bright but still low in the sky. It cast...

“Golden Blue” – Early Sun On Snow Landscape Painting

Mingle of Warm and Cool Color In The Winter Morning Landscape Winter on the wane. With clear skies the sun was bright and imparted a warm glow to everything, including the snow which took on a warm glow as golden sunlight mingled with blue shadow.  Hard to...

“Abstract Afternoon” – Patterns in the Winter Landscape

Painting Simple Patterns in the Winter Landscape All realistic paintings are exercises in abstract design. Yet the abstraction creates the visual effect of representation, if not realism. In winter, the combination of flat light, deep snow cover and leafless trees...

“Quiet” – Vermont Winter Landscape In Morning Light

Painting is 7 1/2" x 11", matted and mounted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing.  Shipping is $6.95 to any US address. Depicting Quiet Winter Morning Light In A Landscape Painting Quiet in sound and quiet in color. Muffled by cold and...

“Canary Car” – A Splash Of Color In The Winter Landscape

Painting is 7 1/2" x 11", matted and mounted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing.  Shipping is $6.95 to any US address. Like a canary among a flock of snowbirds! It's hard to resist splash of color on a winter day. Whitman's is the name of...

“8AM” – Watercolor Plein Air Landscape Painting

Creating Visual Credibility in a Soft & Subtle Watercolor Landscape Painting The landscape is covered in several layers of snow "blankets" now. This deep cover of snow has the effect of softening the look of the landscape by softening rough features and edges and...

From Burrington Road – Afternoon Light in Summer

"From Burrington Road"  - painting is 7 1/12" x 11", matted and mounted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing. "From Burrington Road" - an early morning painting in Pownal, Vermont. Looking to the northwest from Burrington Road is this view of Pekham's Farm. Clear...

“Winter Pond” – Plein Air Landscape Painting

"Winter Pond"  - painting is  approx. 7 1/12" x 11", matted and mounted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing. It's a wonder that there is still any moving water around. Arctic air set in early this year and the mercury has been below freezing and hovering closer to...

Spring Landscape – Many Greens Early In The Season

"Spring Landscape"  - painting is 11" x 7", matted and mounted to 11" x 14" for easy, low-cost framing. Another shot at getting a spring scene to look right! We think of spring as bright and green and pink and white.  But it's not always. On this spring evening, there...

“Snow Covered” – Plein Air Landscape Painting

It takes the winter sun some time to reach the hollows. Between sunrise and the time sunlight reaches the low spots,  the snow covered landscape reflects the colors around it - mostly blue from the sky, but also warm colors from trees, brush and even a little of the...

“Nine Fifteen” – Plein Air Landscape Painting

Painting titles usually come easily to me.  Most of the time, the title pops into my head, while putting the initial drawing on the paper. In this case, a good title really never occurred to me. So "Nine Fifteen" becomes the title, only because it was 9:15 when I...

“Moonfall” – Winter morning at sunrise

Weak winter sun brings not so much light as glow to the highest hills at sunrise.  The moon reflects only enough light to make it barely visible as it slips away on a morning. Within ten minutes of beginning to paint, it was gone. This painting is both a continuation...

“Background Glow” – Light and a bridge in a snowy landscape

Warm and cool. Few seasons are as evocative in transition as autumn when it is changing to winter. Transitions between seasons are often marked with subtle contrasts like the warm golden glow of the background against cool grays and blues in the foreground. The "eye"...

“Low Key” – the last color in the November landscape

Last Color In the Autumn Landscape Cold drains color from the landscape. Our first pre-winter cold snap has come and gone. Four days and nights of below freezing temps have faded what color remained. Whats left is a landscape quickly changing to gray and brown.  Flat...

Post Show – Light and Color in the November Landscape

It pays to stick around after the show. For me, this is Vermont's Fifth Season. Beauty in the landscape is overlooked and unappreciated this time of year, because it follows the peak foliage "show". The leaves are down, but the landscape is still a collection of color...

“Preview” – Watercolor Landscape Painting

Seasons are fluid rather than fixed. Sometimes we get to look back, sometimes we look forward. Today is a look forward. A bit of snow fell two nights ago. A cold snap has kept it from melting and added a skim of ice on the surface of ponds. The foreground pond is...

“The Last Glow” – Watercolor Plein Air Landscape Painting

We think that what follows fall is winter. But it's not true.  What follows fall is a season of it's own. A peaceful time of warmth and splendor, fading color and fading light. Bright foliage against bare trunks and limbs becomes more brilliant by contrast. We stop,...