Michele Clamp Art

Paris Scene

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Paris scene. Watercolor. Michele Clamp 11”x14”

It’s been a bit of a struggle at watercolor towers recently. A lot of frankly sub par painting and much frustration. This has been the best of the bunch recently (thanks to Gary Tucker for the inspiration).

The drawing - enjoyed doing this. Second time through doing this scene and the previous versions helped get some interesting shapes in.

Below is the first effort. Ugh.

Sketch of a Victorian House, Hudson, MA

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Victorian House, Hudson, MA

I had a real stinker of a painting day earlier this week. I wanted to work up one of the Naval Shipyard scenes from our plein air session a couple of weeks ago. Failed so badly I’m too ashamed to post it. So it was back to the drawing board to work out what went wrong.

This was an attempt to work on capturing shadows on buildings in a more subtle way. I wanted to capture the effect of sunlight on the building - especially the roof areas that had just enough value change but no more. I’m fairly happy with this. I could maybe have gone a little darker in the shadow sides (or may be a little lighter on the sunlit sides) but it has a sense of strong sunlight which I like. I’ll probably revisit this and push it slightly to see what happens.



Dome Gallery Show

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Very excited to see that our paintings are up at the Dome Gallery in Cambridge MA. Many thanks to Judith Belt-Smith for hanging the show and congratulations to my fellow exhibitors Patricia Stimpson and Ching Lai. Paintings will be on show for two months until October 31st.

It’s a lovely space to hang paintings as you can see.

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I have five paintings in the show - all New England scenes from our travels over the past few years.

All paintings are for sale through the Dome Gallery and through this website. Paintings will be available for shipping and/or collection after the end of the show on October 31st.

Memorial Church, Harvard Yard

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Memorial Church, Harvard Yard. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 14”x11”

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I started this yesterday and was in two minds as to which way it would go. As it turned out it wasn’t a disaster but not a triumph either. I had quite a lot of trouble with the trees and in hindsight I should have cropped closer. Not a bad effort though.

A couple of intermediate shots :

Outstretched Penguin

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Outstretched Penguin. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 20”x16”

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The nice thing about painting is that you get to choose what to paint. And sometimes there’s no real rhyme nor reason to it - you just fancy painting a subject in a certain style. And so here we are with a penguin. Just a penguin. I wanted him quite large - this is 20”x16” and I consciously tightened up the painting to give a smoother, more finished feel. I originally wanted to put more texture into the white fur with splashes and backruns and maybe some salt but that idea was jettisoned pretty quickly. Very enjoyable doing this one. The large size really helped - gives me some elbow room to push the paint around. I think I’ll be doing some more along these lines.

Inca Tern

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Inca Tern. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

Feels a bit strange going back to the birds. I’ve been doing so many tightly composed city and landscape scenes that a single bird on the page feels like something is missing. That’s not to say that it’s easier though. Getting the pose right and tying the body to the plain(ish) background still take quite a bit of thought.

He came out rather handsomely though I think.

Edit: Forgot an intermediate photo.

This was after the drawing and the first wash being careful to brush through the outlines to create some fuzziness in the edges and to tie the bird to the white background.

Chinese Golden Pheasant

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Chinese golden pheasant. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

Why not do a bird I thought. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a bird and they’re so much easier than complicated city scenes. Well I was wrong on the last part. This gave me all sorts of trouble but a lot of it came together at the end.

Mystic Bridge

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Mystic Bridge. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 19”x13”