Life Class


Life class again last night – this was the last of the session. I thought the session had gone pretty well over all but I didn’t check over my work until this morning. Experience has shown me that how I feel the session went is not necessarily reflected in the result viewed later so I opened the sketch pad warily. But it seems my impressions were right this time. Hooray! I’m really feeling my way round the shapes much more confidently and even the hands and (sometimes) the feet are coming together.

So, as usual, we started with some 2 minute poses :

There’s some very nice stuff in here. I started off a little sketchily (first photo) and I had a few thoughts of ‘how do I do this again?’ but got into my stride quite quickly. Quite happy with these considering they’re only 2 minutes each.

Next a 10 and three 15 minuters.

Even had some time to do some shading on the 15 minute ones. Still having trouble with feet and hands but it’s a world away from where I was a while ago.

Finally 2 twenty minute poses.

Again I was fairly happy with these. Some screwups on the hands and feet but then there usually are. A good nights work.

Finally many thanks to Andrew Cefalu for organizing and monitoring the session and to Lindsey our model.

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted grosbeak. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 14”x11”


Rose-Breasted Grosbeak


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14”x11”/20”x16” with mat.

Always love the color combination in these birds. A mixture of bold and subtle contrasts.

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Haven’t done a bird in a while and fancied something with some strong contrasts. This one never disappoints.

Some intermediates


The drawing. For once I carefully measured the length of the bird with respect to the body – 5 bird heads high.


The initial washes. Very light and I make sure I splosh through the edges to give a fuzzy underpainting. I only take care to avoid the eye area where I want to keep the white paper.


The next layer of the bird. A lot of this will be the final layer apart from the finishing darks. It often looks a bit meh at this stage.


Almost there. The feet and the branch are in and I’ve darkened up the head and put detail in the eye.


Done. A little light shading around the shoulders to bring out the white and a little touch of white gouache in the eye to bring back the sparkle.

Boats at the Naval Yard, Boston Harbor

Boats at the Naval Yard, Boston Harbor. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 14”x11”


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I’ve been saving this scene for a bit since our painting trip to the Naval Yard in Boston. I had a disastrous outing with a previous scene but couldn’t resist the boats for any longer. I’m pretty happy – the effect of strong sunlight is there and the composition is pleasing. A good days work.

Grist Mill, Sudbury, MA

Grist Mill, Sudbury, MA. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”


Grist Mill, Sudbury MA


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Don’t let anyone ever tell you painting is relaxing. I’ve been suffering a bit of mojo deflation recently and nothing has been coming out well. Until today that is!

This is a scene of the
Grist Mill in Sudbury

which was built as an ‘improved’ mill by Henry Ford (yes that one) in 1924. After spending some time on site earlier this year I’ve held off painting a full painting as I wasn’t sure how to attack such a traditional scene. But I think it came out pretty well. Very happy and the mojo is restored.

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Paris Scene

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

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.

More News! Daily Paintworks Featured Artist for September 2019



Mystic Bridge, CT


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It’s been a hectic week! Great news yesterday that I’m a featured artist in the
Daily Paintworks August

2019 competition for my Mystic Bridge painting.

Breaking News! Art Classes this Fall


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I am very excited to announce that I’ll be teaching my first watercolor class at
Post Road Art Center

here in Marlborough this Fall. Classes start on Sept 30th and run through until Nov 18th.

For further details and sign up forms please see the
Post Road Art website.

Many thanks to Randi and Kira for setting this up.

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.