Saturday, January 16, 2016

Painting Water

12x12 Oil on stretched Canvas
Original Available

This coastal Maine painting depicts the time of day near noon. A slight breeze was in the air and the water was calm.
To my dear friends who are learning to paint this year, here are a few basic tips for painting water and coastal scenes:
Examine the colors – Notice the changes from the shore to other areas. In this setting, the color appeared light purple in shallow water and darker in the distance.

Express the time of day – While sunsets and sunrises may produce dramatic shadows and amber tones, direct sunlight reduces them. During the daytime without cloud coverage, the sky is normally a different shade of blue than the water.
Paint reflections – Reflections of boats and other objects create areas of interest. Depending upon your viewing angle, the length will vary. Clarity of reflections also defines the character of the current.
Sense of depth – The position of islands, boats, and horizon line can affect the viewer’s perception of depth. Think about the layers and focal point. You can place details in one section and obscure  elements in another.
Express the mood – Before starting, determine the theme and mood. Select a color palette and base coat that matches the feeling you are trying to create. Whether you are painting plein air or from photographs, edit the composition to remove distractions, rather than attempting to include everything that is visible.

There are many books and videos available on the topic. These a just a few to get you started :)  
Enjoy the process!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Away with Wildflowers

16x16x1.5" Oil on Canvas
Original & Prints Available  

I hope this post reaches you with much excitement and possibilities for 2016!
This painting of white daisies is a continuation of the Maine series. It was one of the few patches of wildflowers that I saw in Acadia. The blooms were only about the size of a quarter. They were nestled near a bridge along the roadside and caught my attention with their bright yellow centers. I enjoyed using a more colorful palette.
Art Prints
Yes! I break for wildflowers :)) 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Homeward Bound

The Summer Home
20x16 Oil on Canvas 
This is a larger version of the Maine home below, using a lighter and more colorful palette. The focus was on the flower field and vegetation. I think the study looks like an autumn setting and this one has a spring / summer effect.
Thank you for all of your kindness and support this year! I greatly appreciate every email, card, tweet, and comment. It is inspiring to know you are there.
From our house to yours… Wishing you safe travels, Merry Christmas, and a happy holiday season!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Home Style

8x10 Oil on Panel

Exploring the highways of coastal Maine was as much of a sightseeing adventure, as hiking trails of Acadia. There were several distinct things about the landscape, including the structural aspects of homes and buildings that stood out to me. This painting study is one example of the brown wood siding that was most common.
It is interesting to note how each location has its own sense of style. The style is defined by the combination of natural elements and design-based decisions. In this Maine series, I am using mostly earth tones to describe the quiet and peaceful surroundings… with the exception of the sunsets, which are nothing like I have ever seen before. Coming soon!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Same Path

Shore Path Rosebush
12 x 12 x 1.5" Oil on canvas

This is the second painting of Sheep Porcupine Island as viewed from Shore Path. The scenery was only a few steps from the last. With a change in composition, colors, and addition of the rosebush, there is a similar, yet different angle.

At this rate, we’re likely to be hanging out along the coast of Maine well into next year… minus the snow ;)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sheep and Shore Birds

16x12 Oil on Linen

Walking along Shore Path, you can’t miss viewing Sheep Porcupine Island. In this painting, the island is the focal point. Foreground rocks and water play a role in defining the location and expanding the perspective. The rocks were mostly grey and rusty brown. It was interesting to note the color variations in the stones and they were even more evident from a distance.
Boating tours from Bar Harbor will take you to the surrounding islands. According to the flyers, a variety of bird species, including eagles and puffins, inhabit specific areas during the summer months. Seagulls were abundant, but I would have been thrilled to see a puffin!

… We've got to get back to the islands.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Shore Path 2

Available Soon

Here is the second painting of Shore Path. I selected a 16”x 20” stretched linen canvas. The first layer was a thin wash of burnt sienna. To me, there is a great difference in painting on panels and canvas. Softer edges are easier to obtain with linen and depending on the application, colors tend to be more vibrant with panels. What is your experience?

If I could go back a while and start all over again, I would definitely paint locations sooner. I cherish those rare instances when someone comments one of my landscapes, seascapes, or city scenes and says, “I have been there, and stood in that very place!”. 
The connection between artists and viewers brings an image to life and gives it special meaning ~ 

...ultimately, I would love for you to “Go there, and Do that” . In the meantime, tour your local museums and take a friend to the art festivals this Fall. Keep sharing your pictures and paintings.

Peer pressure, in the name of beauty, can be such a positive thing!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Shore Path View

8x10 Oil on Panel
Available (framed) at Etsy

While staying in Bar Harbor, I couldn’t get enough of this historic path. We must have walked it ten times going to the downtown area and back. This was my favorite section, probably because these pink rose bushes were in bloom. Seagulls were flying around and boats were heading to the bay. What a pretty scene. I have decided to make a larger version, showing a little more detail.
Shore Path has a wide open view of the ocean and adjacent islands.
The downtown entrance is near Agamont Park.
It is only a mile long. Home sites and hotels line the other side.
More about Maine to come! Thanks for reading :) ~ Eve

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Small Lighthouse Painting

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Framed 10x8 Oil on Panel
The only lighthouse I had the opportunity to visit in Acadia was the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. It is located approximately 30 minutes from Bar Harbor. Not to detour your visit, but the best way I can describe the size and scope of the lighthouse is ... “petite”.  I was surprised, because many photographs gave it a grander illusion. On the other hand, I thought about the significance of this small structure being a guide for even the largest of ships.
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”…
One of the first original paintings my parents ever purchased was by M.H. Jacobs – as he signed his work ( Marvin Jacobs). I was a teenager at the time and we lived in Maine.
They met Mr. Jacobs at an art festival and said he graciously took the time to discuss his collection of coastal paintings with them. The composition of their selection was horizontal, with a lighthouse positioned near the top right side. Below it were cliff rocks and ocean extending to the left side of the canvas. The art was nicely framed with a dark wood trim.
Wherever we lived, the painting was displayed in prominent place in our home. I admired it for the details and soothing colors, hoping someday that I could learn to paint in such a way.
During our trip to Acadia this summer, I noticed souvenirs in Bar Harbor shops that carried prints, greeting cards, and other items with M.H. Jacob’s artwork on them. I had flashbacks. Here it is, over thirty years later, and his artwork still plays an important role in sharing the beauty of coastal Maine. Wow!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hiking Acadia continued

Cadillac Sky Study
7"x5" Oil on Panel
Offered framed at Etsy

Hike continued...

We descended from Sargent Mountain by backtracking on the same trail. This led us to the Penobscot Mountain Trail, a path that paralleled Jordan Lake Pond. 

A mile into the hike, we were viewing the ocean from the summit of Penobscot Mountain.  While there, we took a break and spoke with a couple and their son about exploring Acadia and other magnificent American national parks to visit.

When we asked the best location to watch the sunset, they suggested a parking lot near the top of Cadillac Mountain. They advised arriving an hour early, because it fills up quickly.

Needless to say, I could hardly wait until sunset… It was the next box to check!