This is a scene from a nearby lake in my area. The first photo is my initial impression, however I reworked the painting by adding in more detail and color. I was unhappy with the clouds on the left as they were too light and threw the balance of the darks on the right in the water. I switched to a larger brush and made a mix of payne's gray and white,with a slight dab of cad red medium. I then softened the edges with my finger. I added in more highlights using white, cad yellow, and cad red, keeping the mix more to the white side, with just a hint of color. I then added in some of the dark cloud color into the water, highlighting the reflected sky with a medium values of phtalo blue grayed down with payne's gray. I then toned down the red along the horizon, adding in some white with cad red. Over all I'm much more pleased with the end result.
Every year, in the town of Belleville, NJ people from all over the Metropolitan area flock to see the Cherry Blossom Festival in Branch Brook Park. There are literally hundreds of these beautiful trees lining quaint little paths throughout the park, both a photographer's and artist's delight. I love walking the familiar paths, but still take hundreds of photos each and every Spring. Another favorite place of mine is Hudson County Park, in North Bergen, NJ. These paintings were inspired by scenes from these areas.
This is an 18x24 oil on stretched canvas. This is an Autumn scene of the Delaware River, east of the Delaware Water Gap, taken from a foot bridge. You have a clear view of the Gap off in the distance.
16x20 oil on canvas painting done from a reference photo taken by my daughter Lisa. She and her husband Paul visited the Franklin Roosevelt Estate in Hyde Park, NY a few years back on their anniversary and wanted to preserve the memory in a painting. This is a view looking eastward towards the Hudson River.
I frequently travel between NJ and Pa and always pass through the Delaware Water Gap area. Just before the bridge, coming from NJ, is a cut off leading to a recreation area on the East side of Rt. 80. It offers a close up view of the Delaware River and Gap . During the past several years there has been severe flooding and the area has been renovated with a new welcome center. This painting represents the area before the new fence was installed, not that anyone would probably even notice, but just thought I'd make a notation on that for those who would remember. Oil on canvas 18x24.
In this painting I was concentrating on picking up the subtle variations of green in the foiliage and the feel of fast moving water.