It was a good day! The weather has been perfect. Easy completion tomorrow morning for all three. I'm beat!
I'm back in town, and lucky to have my same parking spot. This is coming along nicely, I'm getting a good response. Most people like this old inn and would love to have it preserved.
Lots to do here, but I'm happy with my day and this last underpainting. Four new starts today (see below). More to come on all these tomorrow.
I'm having a blast today! This is my third start of the day, a 16x20 oil on linen of a beautiful home and property from 1772. Imagine how many occupants have lived there.
I'm seeing it as a nocturne touched by a full moon. It will be dry enough to almost finish it tomorrow. All three fresh oils will be turned in by 2 on Friday for judging and the reveal at 6 PM.
OK! I'm stopping, I'll let this dry and hit it again tomorrow morning. I'm pleased, but much will have to change. I'm getting good reactions of the view I choose and the treatment of it as a nocturne.
I'm scrubbing in color to serve as a base underpainting and to sketch the scene as I've imagined it now for this 20x16. Unlike the previous nocturne below, painted on a black canvas, this one on white linen won't be quite so dark. Wagons and horses are planned, too.
That's good, now on to another view and a little different, smaller building, with a bit more sky, then room for the Colonial Inn sign.
I've checked in at The Arts Council and already started my first painting. It's a nocturne, of course, soon to add candle and lantern lights inside and out of the old Colonial Inn, which dates to 1759.
This is a 14x11 canvas study, and next I'll sketch in a larger 20x16, covering the entire piece of linen and aligning all the elements. Stay tuned! And please share the link.
Here's my first St. Croix painting, a view (without houses) from the Columbus Landing Beach, northwest of Christiansted near Salt River. It's oil on linen, about 10" tall by 14.5" wide and is not stretched, so it can be matted and framed with glass or mounted and framed flat, or mounted if preferred. I'm asking $400 for my first picture--below is the matching piece.
Signed J. H. Anglin St. Croix 2016
And this is my second St. Croix painting, a view from the Columbus Landing Beach looking east toward the Salt River Inlet and a favorite. It's oil on linen, about 10" tall by 14.5" wide and is not stretched, so it can be matted and framed with glass or mounted and framed flat, or mounted if preferred.
Signed J. H. Anglin St. Croix 2016
Moon Mill Nocturne oil on linen $200
unframed for framing with a mat & glass, mounting or stretching
One of the interesting things on the island of St. Croix are the many ruins of old windmills that were used in the production of sugar from cane. With the very consistent easterly Tradewinds it made sense to construct these towers to do the work of crushing and squeezing plants. Those who built them were harkening back to European design and specifically Danish style windmills.
Morning Mill oil on linen $125 unframed
All that remains today on St. Croix are these amazing stone conical towers, which at the ground floor doorway are 3 feet thick or more and are constructed of a variety of brick, stone and coral. On the walls you might see a piece of coral with fan striation next to colorful stone. It's a very attractive, eclectic kind of masonry. The blades and vanes of the windmill 'fans' are long gone, as are the superstructures that sat atop and housed the upper mechanism or transmission, if you will.
I'm starting to paint scenes and images from TheBuccaneer.com resort near Christiansted and their mill neat their check in point and now used for romantic dinners and as a venue for weddings. I'll paint many daytime paintings of it, to be sure, but I really like imagining the blades or vanes and other parts, for The Buccaneer Mill and others. And I do love my nocturnes.
A gallery visitor recently spotted these and recognized the colors on one as something like a Remington nocturne. I was fortunate to see many of those at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth as well as Remingtons in the Sid Richardson collection and they did have their effect on me. It's amazing how much color one can see in them once you start looking. This windmill and the others are fun things to paint! This is a 16 x 20 inch oil on linen, and in process, and probably will be for sale soon at The Buccaneer.
This is the well kept old barn on the curve of Highway 70 between Kinston and La Grange in eastern North Carolina. A great produce stand is open just to the west in the summer -by the gas station.
12x18 oil on canvas
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