Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas

May all my fellow bloggers enjoy a most happy, healthy , Holiday  Season.
Another year coming to an end.   A new one is about to begin.

Today is Christmas Eve and Mike is in the kitchen preparing for the Eve
celebration of the traditional family fish dinner.

The weather on Long Island is rainy and warm, that's what I love about
the Island, you never know what kind of weather to expect.
If it stays warm after Christmas, I am going out to paint plein air.

This is the time to enjoy our families and loved ones, and of course friends.

So until next year, I am wishing you all health, safety, and happiness.

Happy Painting Everyone.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ending the Year with David Dunlop

watercolor on primed paper
For Sale
$45.00 plus shipping
If interested you can contact me at
jsicig@gmail.com

As you know I have been enjoying David Dunlop's latest dvd's
Landscape Through Time Season 2.  He is an amazing artist and wonderful
teacher.  Studying Turner via David, there was so much that I didn't know
about Turner and I have a new found appreciation for his work.

This again is a watercolor, this time on 140lb. cold press Bockingford.
primed with acrylic varnish before applying the paint, leaving the
surface erasable.  Don't care for the yupo paper a little too slick for
my liking.

Next I will continue probably the same scene in oil, keeping up with both
mediums.  Then  it is on to Winslow Homer and studying waves.

Happy Painting Everyone.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Still Experimenting.

Watercolor study on watercolor paper treated
with acrylic varnish, to give it the erasable paper.
Unfortunately while removing the tape, I tore the paper.
No worries, I will do over.   
Practice on Yupo paper. all I can say , this is going to be a
long  journey , in learning how to paint on this paper.

Friday, December 12, 2014

JMW Turner via David Dunlop

5x7 watercolor hot press 
Studying Turner

Have had the good fortune to receive my Christmas gift early this year.
My children gave me the wonderful gift of  David Dunlop's Landscape
Through Time Season 2.  David goes back  to the days of JMW Turner,
Sargent, Whistler and Guardi in Venice, also the Hudson River painters and
there methods of painting in watercolor and oil.

I have learned about watercolor paper and how they made it erasable  their method was
bathing the paper in glue and then hanging it to dry.  David also teaches , simply by coating
the hot press watercolor paper with Acrylic varnish and several methods can achieve the same
erasable affect.  Also simply purchasing Yupo paper I was told does the same.

While still working and studying these new techniques I look forward to the next
step and apply the similar approach to my oil painting.

With the arrival of cold weather plein air painting will be something to do on nicer days,
but I have the winter months to study and create in my studio.
So Happy Painting dear bloggers.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Let It Snow

Snow Day wip

While waiting for snow, I am having some fun working from photos
in Wet Canvas.  This is a watercolor on Bockingford paper
It was a quick sketch, hoping to possibly  do some oil paintings
soon.

Happy Painting Everyone.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Impressionism

Rolling Hills of Virgini
8x10 oil on canvas mounted on
foamcore board
Watercolor on treated watercolor paper
with gesso

Now that the year is coming to an end, and  looking back so that
I can go forward, there are some choices to be made.
Which on line website would be the best to show my work, what art organizations should
I join., and galleries, there are so many possibilities.

As for these two paintings, the Rollings Hills was done this past August and the second was done 2 years ago, which
won an award.  It's only a 5x7 watercolor, but because of the treated surface it was  very time
consuming  layering the paint, mistakes were easily erased.

I do love impressionism and have been a fan of the 19th Century Impressionist, but due to blogging
some of my fellow bloggers have introduced me to the English artist of today.  David Curtis, Brian Ryder
and Robert Brindley.

So it is fair to say my art education has been from the wonderful artist from the past and living,  We are very
fortunate to live in a time where we have access to the internet the vast world of wonderful
artist.  Happy Painting Everyone.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Order through Chaos

photo from wet canvas
photo from wet canvas
photo from free photos for artist

I love doing gesture drawing and quick watercolor paintings.  Thanks to
a very talented artist Nora Mac Phail who has shared her technique on her blog. I have always
admired Nora's lovely paintings.  In no way is my meager attempt to be a copy or imitation of
Nora's work, that would be impossible, but it was truly a fun exercise.
Thank you Nora for sharing. Happy Painting

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Millers Pond

Wishing all of my fellow bloggers a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Christmas Carols playing while the icy rain
pounds the windows, makes me aware of so many things to be thankful for, the simple things in life.

First and foremost Family, Mike and I are truly blessed to have our wonderful children and grandchildren.
Health, yes, something that is taken for granted, until we feel that first twinge or ache, so yes, thankful for
our health to be able to do whatever it is, even the most mundane task.
Happiness, to be a free spirit and enjoy the simple things in life, without anxiety or stress, self-imposed or
otherwise.
And last but not lease our faith in God, for without faith to get us through the rough times then we have nothing
to keeps us fortified until the brighter moment return.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND HAPPY PAINTING.



Monday, November 24, 2014

Spreading My Wings

cardinal study in gouache on paper
copper pot and zinnia study in gouache
on Strathmore tinted paper

I never paint birds, maybe once a long time ago.  While going through the reference photos
on Wet Canvas, thought it would be a good time to start spreading my own wings and start
painting various subjects.  I always loved cardinals, not that I would go near one, ashamed to admit, one of
my phobias, fear of birds.  Silly isn't it, maybe if I paint birds it will help to conquer this silly phobia.
Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Change Is Good

The Grange Park in Sayville
Experimenting with Bockingfor watercolor paper
Sitting in Barns and Nobel  book store cafe, sketching people in pen and ink
Another sketch of The Grange Park sitting in the car

Had a fun filled weak playing with Bockingford paper and watercolor with pen and ink. Sometimes
it's good to change and try different mediums and techniques.  It keeps me excited about my art.
Now I look forward to getting back to my oils and acrylics.

In the meantime I hope everyone is enjoying this time of the year. Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Crab Meadow Beach plein air today

Today at Crab Meadow Acrylic wip
Crab Meadow Beach today plein air

Taking advantage of the beautiful weather on the Veterans Day.  Many heartfelt thanks to all the men and woman who have served.  So that we can enjoy our freedom.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pen and Ink

Pen and Ink
a study

Sometimes it is just fun to doodle with a pen.  In this case I
used my Rotring ArtPen. and a waterbrush. It is so relaxing and the
pen and ink flows nicely creating its lovely tones.
Happy Painting everyone.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Plein Air Today

 The Arboretum Today
plein air  6x8 oil on canvas panel

We are so fortunate, Mother Nature smiled on us , it was a magnificent
fall day today.  I chose this building, a garage.  I didn't capture all of
the beauty of the architecture, maybe next time.
I didn't really want it to be just about the building, because it is located
along the river walk.  So overwhelming when painting outdoors.
But it is the best way to spend a lovely fall morning.

Monday, November 3, 2014

For A Change

Brookwood Hall Fall colors

Did this watercolor study yesterday.  Need to switch medium for awhile.
The fall is a beautiful time of the year, thought this would be good practice
before we go out tomorrow.  These colors won't last long.
Happy Painting Everyone.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Another Big One wip

Another Big One
18x24 oil wip

Enjoying working big, this one was started last week.  Giving a break to go back with
a fresh eye.  Lots to do on this one, just want to keep a record on my blog, it's a way of keeping
a diary of what I have been painting.
Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Still Life

16x20 oil on canvas panel.
a work in progress

For a change, I started this still life months ago.  Sometimes we need a break from
themes we are used to, so , it's back to the still life.  It's a work in progress
so there is no need for me to try to finish quickly.

I will however continue my sketching and adding more variety to my work.  Happy painting everyone.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Small to Large.

5x7 to 18x24 oil on mdf

I have been busy in my studio the last few days.  Enjoying working on  a larger format.
Taking my mini oil sketches, either from my plein air paintings or reference photos.
It's challenging, but very enjoyable.

No plein air today, due to rain, so maybe some journal entries from a still life set up, happy painting
everyone.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Going Big

High Hopes

I love new beginnings, such high hopes of achieving what is in my own mind.  Even though it is
a simple composition, it aint easy.  I want to be able to paint a convincing sky and of course all the
lovely textures in nature.  I am in no hurry, it will be a labor of love and trial and error.

Hilda, it was great yesterday, will we get together soon, and I will keep you posted on any shows you may be interested
in doing.
Happy Painting Everyone.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

In my backyard

Oil sketch in my yard
oil sketch

Today was a relaxing day in the yard.  Just me and Mo.  After a wonderful time
at the Conklin House reception last night, and high light of the evening was
my blogging friend Hilda was there with a friend..  Hilda entered two of her wonderful painting one of the Horse and second
apples.  She is an amazing artist, and a beautiful person.  So very happy to have met her on the blog.

After always going a distance to find a interesting spot to paint only to be disappointed, today, I thought why not,
just go in the yard.  Packed my plein air gear, learning that less is best, my load was light, so
Mo and me enjoyed a wonderful day painting.
Now it's time for laundry and chores. Happy Painting everyon.

Monday, October 13, 2014

From a Distance

From a Distance

Mike has been suggesting that I paint the Bluff from the upper parking lot.  I took some
photos and painted this 5x7 oil on canvas mounted on foam board.
I do like the composition and will probably paint from the upper location.

Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sky and Cloud study

Cloud study in oil 5x7


Still doing studies of the Kings Park Bluff, wanted to capture the
magnificent  sky and clouds. Such a beautiful location.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kings Park Bluff sketches in watercolor

Second sketch wc sketch in my moleskine journal
watercolor sketch in my moleskine journal

Hopefully tomorrow I will get back to my oils.  Yesterday spent the sketching in
watercolor. And pen and ink.

Needed to take a break, but tomorrow so looking forward to painting in oils.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Journal entries

sketch in my journal
Brookhaven 
Pen and ink study
Monet

This past week was a week of simply sketching in my journal.  Mike and I
made an attempt to go to Cold Spring Harbor and of course we got lost. So
came home and did some sketching.  What is it about holding a pen or
brush I have found so soothing. Taking a break from plein air painting this week. It helps
to do some thumb nail studies for future studio painting. I also set up some objects around
the house.

While searching for new locations to spark my enthusiasm it helps to take a break and to think
about  What"s Next, for the moment, I don't have a clue.
Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Zorn's Palette and Primary colors

Primary colors
Zorn's palette in gouache

Today's agenda was just to have fun and practice my craft.  The first Sunflowers, using the
primary colors working in gouache on paper.

The second using Zorn's palette in gouache on paper. What I love about painting and drawing is
the never ending journey in learning.  We are never too old to learn from the masters who
have gone before us, and the master artist in our time. But the best teacher of all is nature,
and our desire to get up and paint and draw every day.  Someone once asked " Boudin why do you produce so
many paintings?"  He said, " What else would I do, I would be bored if I didn't., paint. He produced
4000 painting and thousands of works on paper. How wonderful is that, so my fellow artist, we are
all on this magnificent journey.  The topping on cake, is when we sell and of course that happens, but it dose not
compare with the joy of painting.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Spanish Pumpkin

Spanish Pumpkin
6x8 oil on paper

Still studying greens, neighbor Nurcy, who has a great vegetable garden
brought over this home grown Spanish Pumpkin.
I couldn't wait to paint it, simply fascinated by the pattern and
various shades of greens, from olive to cerulean bluish green.
I must give this one another try, on canvas.

I can understand why artist, are so attracted to studying nature,
This design would also make a wonderful dress or sweater.
Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

50 Shades of Green

50 Shades of Green Challenge
6x8 oil canvas on foam board

Enjoying the Indian Summer weather, picked a few Hydrangea's from my
garden, they are starting to change color.  Soft green and soft pink with just
touch of yellow ochre.  I missed the 30 day challenge some of my fellow bloggers
took part in, BJ and Julie, so very inspiring.

Well like I said, just looking and paying attention to the beautiful show mother nature is displaying is
enough to make an artist pick up their brush and try to capture what they see.  Behind the cup of hydrangeas is
a Spanish Pumpkin my neighbor brought over yesterday, She has a wonderful garden that reaps such
lushes veggies.  Last night it was egg plant parmesan.
Happy Painting everyone. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rainy Day Doodles

Garage Sale finds\
rotring ArtPen and water brush
On a rainy day, I love going trough my collection of garage sale finds.  These are crocks that have
been purchased throughout the years. Today is great just to do some pen and ink work  (Thank you JW Warts and Vic Errington) for inspiring me to practice and develop my drawing skills.  Happy Painting everyone.  Oh, I am in the process of changing my blog, I will be bringing back my side bar.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Plein air today

Kings Park Bluff plein air
6x8 oil on canvas panel
Available for sale
if interested  contact me through
my e-mail. jsicig@gmail.com

Today was another great day painting with, friends and my little side kick Monet.  Mike reading and I with fellow artist enjoyed the beautiful weather at the bluff.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Today's Work

Caleb Smith Park Pond
6x8 oil wip
The Bird Bath
6x8 oil


Had a productive day today.  Started 2 6x8 oils on canvas mounted on foam core board.  Tomorrow we are going to the Arboretum to paint on location.  Thought it was a good idea to play with a possible composition when on location. I know everything seems so different , but it helps to take the overwhelming feeling of not knowing what to paint.

Well that being said, hope everyone is enjoying their art.  Happy Painting!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Painting for this week

Blydenburg Park boat dock 6x8 oil on canvas mounted foam core boad
still more tweaking , waiting for paint to dry, so I can get sharper edges 
Kings Park Bluff 6x8 oil on canvas mounted foam core board
plein air



Once again I apologize for my lack of posting and visits.  I think this time my addiction to face book has been cured.  I something so difficult to understand., While there are artist that I truly admire who show their work on face book the same can be said for my blog.  So many of you have inspired me to achieve to a higher level on my journey of studying what I love, my art.
Well that being said, these are two painting that have been  worked on this past week. friends and I returned to the bluff to paint on location.  Always a joy.
The second painting is from my photo taken on a scouting trip Mike and I went on yesterday.  I did the Blydenburg dock from one of my photos.  I will go back there this week to paint on location.
I do hope everyone is well and have been enjoying the beautiful cool days , the colder days are coming, so it is important to enjoy studio painting as well as plein air.  Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

What's Next?

Peconic River, oil on mdf panel
Stony Brook, plein air oil sketch plein air
House on the Lane  wip
oil on mdf board, plein air
Sunken Meadow
18x24 acrylic
My most recent work, from this summer.  Who said, the more you know the less you know? After working on my art this summer, I realize that this feeling is coming over me, that I want to learn more about painting and of course, want to develop my drawing skills.  There is no end to this wonderful journey that we are on as artist, mean to say, no end to learning.

This summer we have painted in so many locations on Long Island, but there is something missing.  I keep asking myself, What's Next?.. I think the answer for me is to start with life drawing workshops, long and short poses.  In the meantime I will continue landscape painting, but also want to go back to still life work as well, it's endless.

Don't want to stay in a comfort zone where it's too easy to produce the same old, same old work.  It is time for a change. Happy Painting everyone.