Vermont Crafts Council Open Studio Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28, 2017  –  10am  to 5pm  both days

Studio #126 — 206 Crescent Blvd, Bennington,  Vermont

This is my first year participating since 2013. There are plenty of new paintings to see, both framed and un-framed along with limited edition prints.

 

Here’s some of the work you’ll see!

“Cerulean Study” – watercolor still life painting

“Cerulean Study” – watercolor still life painting

Being a dedicated "en plein air" painter, it is clear that I like to work from direct observation. This is true, even for my studio work. As a general rule, I like to have an arrangement of various objects - a still life, if you will - set up in the studio all the...

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

“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...

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

“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...

“Marsh Morning” – en plein air landscape painting

“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...

“Snow Covered” – Plein Air Landscape Painting

“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...

“Holy Smoke Road”

“Holy Smoke Road”

"Holy Smoke Road" - Watercolor Plein Air Landscape Painting Sometimes there is no drama. Early Spring Landscape Without Drama Although spring has arrived and temperatures have moderated, it is still early in the season and there is still contrast between those things...

“Post Winter Blues”

“Post Winter Blues”

March 21, 2014 - "Post Winter Blues", 7" x 10" matted and mounted to a standard size of 11" x 14" Another winter-looking landscape for the first full day of spring. But, with a blue cast. The clouds in the sky, the distant and close mountains all had a blue-gray cast...

“Honey & Fig Jars on Table”

“Honey & Fig Jars on Table”

March 15, 2014 - "Honey & Fig Jars on Table", 7" x 10" Both of these clear jars are beautiful in their simplicity.  Crystal clear glass, well formed and without flaws.  In contrast to yesterday's post, these two actually distort the objects behind very little.  The...

“A Glass Vase”

“A Glass Vase”

March 14, 2014 - "A Glass Vase", 7" x 10" Another invisible object, made visible by the objects around it. This is one of my wife's vases.  It has an bulb shaped body  and a flared opening at the top. It shape is formed with rounded facets, so that reflections and...

“Blue, Green & Clear Glass on White”

“Blue, Green & Clear Glass on White”

March 13, 2014 - "Blue, Green & Clear Glass on White", 7" x 10" Talk about invisible!  Clear glass on a white background. So, the challenge with this still life painting was to bring clear objects out of the white background.  There was a bit of a cheat in since the...

“Two Jars, Two Bottles”

“Two Jars, Two Bottles”

March 12, 2014 - "Two Jars, Two Bottles", 7" x 10" matted and mounted to a standard size of 11" x 14 It's hard to take a landscape painter out of the landscape! You might call this one a hybrid.  The background scene out the window - on a sunny day this time - from...

“Two Bottles, Two Jars”

“Two Bottles, Two Jars”

March 11, 2014 - "Two Bottles, Two Jars", 7" x 10" matted and mounted to a standard size of 11" x 14" Another glass composition.  Two green bottles and two clear jars.  This painting is a close up, relatively, compared to yesterday's post. Only one of the objects is...

“Studio Objects II” – watercolor still life painting

“Studio Objects II” – watercolor still life painting

February 19, 2014 - "Studio Objects II", 7" x 10" Same objects, different day.  Outside the snow was falling again on a cloudy, gray day. But, with yesterday's still life still sitting on the table, it was easy to remove a couple, add a couple more, change my point of...

“Corner House” – watercolor landscape painting

“Corner House” – watercolor landscape painting

February 4, 2014 - "Corner House ", 7" x 10" The calm before the storm. A major snowstorm is forecast for tomorrow, but today it seems almost like spring. I see this scene often since it is a house that is more or less behind mine, on the next street over. This side...

Chimneys & Eaves

Chimneys & Eaves

"Chimneys & Eaves", 7 1/2" x 11", $300. Plein air watercolor painting, completed during the Quick Draw event at the Bucks County Plein Air Competition 2013.  This painting was awarded 1st Prize in their Quick Draw Competition.  The Quick Draw was held on the grounds...

My Studio

 

My Studio

Other area artists participating this weekend

Martha Beauchamp, The Quilted Jardin, Art quilts showing pets and landscapes, 117 Corey Drive, North Bennington – www.thequiltedjardin.com – Studio  #127

Jean Darmer, Mt Anthony Studio, Traditional Theorems- Craftsman-era and bird paintings, 1802 West Road, Bennington – www.calicojam.com – Studio #128

Ray Finan, Ray Finan Furniture Studio, Custom hand crafted wood furniture, 269 Old Depot Road, Arlington – www.finanstudio.com – Studio #129

Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Battenkill River Pottery, Ceramics, clay flutes, bowls, vases, and jewelry, 3456 Rte 7A, Arlington – www.jessicaputnamphillips.com