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.

Memorial Church, Harvard Yard

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

Memorial Church, Harvard Yard
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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 :

Mystic Bridge

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

Logan Airport

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Logan airport, Boston. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 13”x19”

I often have time to sketch in airports. It passes the time and the planes are lovely shapes to draw. The extra gubbins around them is also interesting. Even though this was an overcast day the contrast of the gray tarmac really shows off the shape of the plane.

Redbones in Davis Square

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Redbone, Davis Square. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 14”x11”

Stylistically something different. Much tighter than usual and it gave me all sorts of trouble. I had one of those - ‘it’s ruined so I can’t make it any worse’ moments yesterday. But I soldiered on and it came together quite well.

James and I have spent many evenings in the basement of Redbones. Brisket and enormous beers - happy days.

Just one intermediate today: This was at the end of the first session and I was somewhat glum

Southend at Dusk

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Southend at dusk. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 13”x19”

I’ve been wanting to do a dusk painting for a while. I snapped this scene on my phone back in November. Even though it was raining and the shot was rainy and out of focus it caught something of that magical time where the sky has wonderful color and the buildings are muted and shadowy. Not perfect by any means but I’m pretty happy for a first shot.

Cambridge in Fall

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Cambridge in Fall. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 19”x14”

This year is the year of entering into shows. I’ve got 3 submissions in already and one has already been accepted. The deadline for the New England Watercolor Society was today and I’ve been procrastinating. Part of the reason is that this is one of the more prestigious shows and I’ve been in two minds about submitting anything. I’ve also been undecided as to what kind of picture to submit. Having visited some shows over the past 6 months the pieces that get accepted have a certain ‘showiness’ to them. This isn’t something that comes easy to me as I either prefer the quiet subtle scenes or the very loose moment in time scenes. But in the end I plumped for this scene of Mt Auburn St in Cambridge. I’ve had a few goes at this before with varying results but have never quite nailed it.

This one is almost there and I bit the bullet and submitted. We will see how it does.

Arlington Center Sketch

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Sketch of Arlington Center. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 5”x8”

Just the one sketch today as taxes needed to be done and that took priority. Again this was fun to do and it wasn’t a great scene at first sight. Not as successful as some of the previous ones but it keeps my hand in.

Boston Skyline

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Boston skyline. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

Two tries today. Both of the Boston skyline. The intention was to keep the colors muted and the values subtle. Not too much detail but enough to suggest buildings. The first one above was definitely the most successful but even this one suffered from some bad brushwork in the water. Nice in parts though.

Here’s the second: