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Maine Lighthouse

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 Maine Lighthouse. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

Maine Lighthouse. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

Maine Lighthouse
250.00

11”x14”/16”x20” matted.

One of a series of lighthouses in a more naturalistic, subtle style.

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Another go attempting something with subdued color.   Maybe a little too tentative in places but hangs together well.

A couple of intermediate shots below. I decided to use masking fluid for the lighthouse so I could sweep the sky in wet in wet. In the end I’m not convinced it was worth the trouble.

Here is a shot after the sky went in and I’m half way through the rocks. Always a bit of a gamble rocks but they’re progressing well here. Part of the secret is to be confident, vary the colors but don’t delineate every rock outline.


Kittery Lighthouse - An Experiment

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Kittery Lighthouse. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

I have a bit of a tendency to overdo the colors in my paintings. For this one I decided to try and mute back everything, gray out the blues and the greens etc. It didn’t turn out to be a beautiful painting but there’s lots here I like. The scrubby brushwork on the rocks came out well as did the partial wet in wet for the lighthouse itself. All in all I think it’s positive

Barn Swallow

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 Barn swallow.  Michele Clamp Watercolor 11”x14” 

Barn swallow.  Michele Clamp Watercolor 11”x14” 

Not a great photo as my daylight lamp is now in an awkward place after my studio reorganization.

Nice and loose bird though. Keeping those edges soft without losing definition.

Small Paintings - First Baptist, Marlborough

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I don’t usually do copies of paintings but I was in a bit of a bind this morning. The deadline for the small works exhibition was today and I had absolutely nothing of the right size to enter. As time was short I settled on painting one of my favorite subjects in recent months in a 5x7 format as opposed to a 11x14. Turns out it takes as much time painting a small painting as it does a big one - with extra fiddlyness.

Church of St Paul, Cambridge MA

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Church of St Paul, Cambridge MA. Michele Clamp watercolor. 10”x8”/16”x12” matted.

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10”x8”/16”x12” matted.

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This is a view of St Paul’s church as you walk down Quincy St in Cambridge MA. I used to pass this weekly on my way to Central Square and the sight always made me happy. So of course I had to paint it. Came out nice and loose and I’m rather pleased.

I had meant this to be my entry into the next round of Post Road Art’s small works show. Stupidly I made it too big as the length + width can only be 25” and I’m at 18” without a mat or frame. The deadline is tomorrow and I have nothing else small enough left in the archives to enter. Nothing for it but to get up early and measure first before I paint.


Subtlety and Restraint

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Coming back to painting after a break is tricky. Normally when painting every day (or almost) . new ideas come quickly out of recent paintings. Sitting down at the easel cold after a couple of weeks away and there’s a period of indecision where you’re asking ‘So what shall I paint?’ Normally a quick bird can get the brushes flowing again but I did one yesterday and wasn’t feeling the pull today.

The outcome was a couple of quick(ish) sketches on cheap paper. The first came out a little garish so in the second I tried for more restraint in color and value but without making things insipid. I’m actually quite pleased and the cheap paper didn’t give me too much grief either.

Nuthatch

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Nuthatch. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

Phew it’s been a while and I was getting a bit antsy without getting any painting in. Working my way back in gently with a quick nuthatch.

Saw-Whet Owl Revisited

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An owl commission came in last week for a saw-whet owl. There’s always a bit of pressure with commissions as you never know whether the magic will appear at the right moment. After a little bit of a shaky start this little chap came together well. I wanted to keep the intensity of the eyes and everything else a little loose. Very pleased - let’s see if the customer likes it as much as I do.

Crested Coua

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Today was one of those days where I completely forgot how to paint. The rest of the bird was terrible but the head wasn’t too bad.


Martial Eagle - People’s Choice Winner!

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I’ve been working larger on the last couple of paintings. Having seen my sunflowers up on the wall at Post Road Art and visiting the North East Watercolor Exhibition I can certainly afford some more paper real estate.

Going large has it’s own problems. Getting too tight and detailed is one. Not using a big enough brush and ending up with lots of little dabby strokes is another. Also the larger space allows you to put in much stronger color. In fact it needs it otherwise things look very washed out.

So this eagle looks pretty good to me. I may revisit and soften up some edges but it’ll depend what it looks like in the morning.


Edit: Great news! This won the People’s Choice award at Marlborough’s Post Road Art Center Open Exhibit. A nice Christimas present for me and I’m sure I’ll be stocking up on supplies from them with the prize money. Many thanks to all who voted and Randi et al at the Center.

Martial Eagle
350.00

19”x13”/24”x18” matted.

Many thanks to all who voted for this at the Post Road Art Center. He won the People’s Choice award!

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