Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Quiet Scene

January on McReynolds Road
14" x 20" Watercolor

My son Jeff has been sharing pictures of his village, North Danville, VT. I know the area intimately as I walk the dirt roads every morning during visits to his family. There are five dirt roads, all steep hills, that take off from Bruce Badger Memorial Highway that is the main road through the village. The main part of town is 12 houses and a church. The hills are dotted with farms and homes. I always ask permission to paint from photos of others, so I don't violate copyrights. Jeff tells me he is honored. I started this piece Wednesday evening and it was one that painted itself. I did the sky and mountains very wet and let them run together. The remainder was wet onto dry. I added the finishing touches in the morning. I enjoyed mixing the gray tones in the lower left corner on the paper.

I love the shape element and simplicity. This is both. The only real addition to the scene are the weeds in the foreground which was a huge white field in the photo. The critique group yesterday gave me a thumbs up on the piece and made one suggestion to soften the diagonal line of weeds on the left and right edges. I may yet, but I am reluctant to touch the piece, which I have already finished in a nice wood frame, and I fear disturbing the freshness.

Below are my smallest framed pieces for the show, done on 7" x 10" Arches watercolor block, and framed in 11" x 14" metal frames. The top four are parts of my Room with a View series from my travels using a tiny Koi pan paint set. The left bottom piece was from another Jeff photo. The bottom right piece was en plein air with the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society paint sites group. We roam the Santa Clara Valley, painting, hiking, and sketching.

From left to right, top to bottom, 
"The Launderette," Aeroskubing, Denmark,
"Down the Hill," Pacific Grove, CA; 
"The Cathedral," Tallin, Estonia; 

"Fall Colors in San Jose" is featured near the bottom of the paint sites page of the society. I just discovered that the other day. I know that it simply means the plein air chairs are happy to have the leader among their faithful plein air painters. Of our 400+ members, their group numbers over 60, and on a given day, there are usually 8 to 20 artists painting on location.

I'm now up to 44 pieces for the show, a few of which remain to be framed. A few additional pieces still exist in my mind and may yet get painted!


Christiane Kingsley said...

This piece is so lovely, Mary. It has a serene quality that makes it very appealing. Really well done!
40 paintings for the show...that is super!

PAMO ART said...

44 pieces?!!! WOW! I'm astounded!

Your Quiet Scene is beautiful and I do love it's freshness. I agree with your gut on this one to leave it alone.

No wonder you're so good at art... you do it OFTEN! I'm in awe.


Mary Paquet said...

Christiane, you should see my house. It has framed paintings leaning against all the surfaces.

Pam, so nice to hear from you. I was amazed myself that I had so many pieces that had not been framed and I deemed worthy of the show. The last time I did a show as a year and half ago, so much has accummulated.

hw (hallie) farber said...

I made a short visit here earlier. I saw the top portion of January and was impressed; then I scrolled down. It's wonderful; I'd be hesitant to touch it.

I remember all these small paintings; Fall on Lake Eden is a favorite.

I'm betting you get those mind paintings done before your show.

Claire M said...

Very inspiring to see all of your pieces here. The latest snow picture is absolutely stunning!

CrimsonLeaves said...

I just love the minimalism to this piece. The dark colors are powerful and the composition draws me in and makes me want to visit the farm myself.

Mary Paquet said...

Hallie, the painting is going to remain as is, but I will apply that thought process to other pieces. My critique group has some very successful artists and I learn a lot from them. These are informal groups formed by members of our society. I was very fortunate to be recommended by a member. The group was totally full after I joined. Do you have enough artists in your area to get together once a month for critique?

Claire, thanks for the encouragement. This piece really captures my love Vermont.

Sherri, thanks! The farm is a very successful operation and very busy whenever I walk up the hill and past it.

jyothisethu said...

beautiful picture... nice to see the apt composition and color scheme you have used...


hmuxo said...

I wouldn't touch this piece, Mary. It's so beautifully painted...great job!!

Barb Sailor said...

This is beautiful! I love the soft washy touch on the mountains in the background.

Mary Paquet said...

Jyothisethu, thanks so much. The scene needed limited color.

Barbara, I love it when I can let the mountains and sky merge, and often they do in Vermont.

Mary Paquet said...

Hilda, thanks for your continued encouragement. Your wonderful pastels are inspirational.

Tim Robinson said...

Congratulations and I agree with "hmuxo". The piece looks great.