Michele Clamp Art

Lighthouses

Portland Head

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So what to do with the rest of the afternoon. Looking for something quirky I found this from a trip we made to Portland ME almost exactly a year ago. So why not? Not sure quite what to make of this one yet.

Maine Lighthouse

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Maine Lighthouse. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

Maine Lighthouse. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

Maine Lighthouse
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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

Kittery Point - Day 4. Portsmouth Harbor Light take 2

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I wasn't going to let lighthouse views on my back doorstep go to waste so I was out bright and early to have another go at this one.     I happily found a shady spot with a reasonable view down by the tennis court and set up ready to go.     This time I wanted to make the lighthouse more prominent and hopefully cut down on the foreground.     That didn't quite happen - we still have that dreaded foreground.    This was a strange one - usually if I'm enjoying a painting the end result is good.  I was enjoying this enormously and some parts were coming out well.  The sky behaved and the lighthouse itself I was very pleased with.   It kind of fell apart when it came to the house/sea/foreground which was a bit of a shame.   Never mind - it might grow on me over the next couple of days.  (Edit:  3 days later and no, it hasn't grown on me.)

Kittery Point - Day 3. Portsmouth Harbor Light.

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There are 2 lighthouses visible from our back porch.    Actually strictly speaking there are 3 but the third is so far away it doesn't really count in painting terms.    The prettiest is Portsmouth Harbor Light which is the traditional white with a dinky little red roofed house next door.


So what to say about this one?  I'm pretty happy I think considering I'm painting outside and generally screw up.   The composition leaves a lot to be desired but I'll give myself a pass on this as I'm happy otherwise.   Good color overall but had a big struggle with the foreground (again) but I think it was dragged back from the brink albeit a bit bedraggled.

Portland Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth

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I needed some respite from the seemingly never-ending birds so I had a soothing Saturday afternoon with a lighthouse.  This is Cape Elizabeth, Maine.   I have never really tackled sea and rocks like this and it came out rather well.   Much better than birds.

Lighthouse

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After the success of the lighthouse sketch I went on to do a larger version (11x14) on proper paper.  I wanted to see whether I could improve on the foreground foliage.   Didn't come out too badly.