Friday, February 5, 2010

Painting in Northern Vermont

I went painting today with a few friends in Northern Vermont. Here is my friend T.M. Nicholas at his easel, slaying em as usual.

Here is T.A. Charron out with his third painting of the day.

Here is Mike Graves. His picture is going well I think. He is smiling. He needs to be extracted when its time to go home. Mike will often work for half an hour past when the light fails.

Here's Eric Tobin who is the local hero. He lives up here and always knows where to paint. He is real fast. Paints kinda like Emile Gruppe. We are incidentally in Gruppe country, just outside of Jeffersonville. There is endless stuff to paint up here, but they get a lot of gray weather.

Here is my morning painting. It is an 18 by 24. Tomorrow I will show you the steps I went through in making it. I shot a series of about six pictures of it as I worked on it and they came out OK, so I will use them as a post. I will take it home and finish it in the studio, which is what I usually do.

18 comments:

Linda Crank said...

How admirable!

billspaintingmn said...

Those cigars probably keep the misquitos away, here in Minnesota, they just never give up!
Truely good to see winter painters in their element. That alone is motivation, Thanks Stape.
That painting you did looks sweet.
I'm looking forward to see the steps, or process of it.
The Russian Museum is on Diamond lake road & 35w in Mpls.
I had a hand in its start up, back in the "90"s
Designing and gilding frames for
many of the paintings. My frames are even on some of the pieces now
in other museums.
(I'm a professional gilder, learning to paint.)

Jim Polewchak said...

Are you somehow channeling Hibbard?
I love it. I think I'll burn down my studio and move to New England. I miss it already.

willek said...

Wow! What a cast of characters. Are you all painting for an event at the Bryan? I notice that all have very clean easels compared to yours. .. and all are Rockports. Your picture is, once again just great. Now I am seeing the string of pearls, the accents left and right and of course, the lead in tracks which I'm sure you invented.
I noticed a slant to the verticals in your architecture. That happens to me a lot. I hate it when that happens. Might just be the camera angle in your case. But then, I have one leg longer than the other.

pennpaint said...

Nice painting. Just ordered a pair of blizzard boots from Cabela's and hope to get out and paint before snow disappears in CT. Can't wait to see the photos of your progress.

Nita Leger Casey said...

looks great! I painted a farm from a photo today , wish it was out in plein air , it was of a farm at the bottom of the hill from the Inn. Also have ordered the Beauford easel. You have been a great inspiration , I have bragged about you to all my artists friends. Have a great time with the second group , A bit warmer !

lynne vokatis said...

I love your painting! I thinks its great what youre doing ! HI Nita! you guys are brave...but I am seriously...intrigued....lynne

Deb said...

You're right... you do snow better'n anything. Love it.

I had to buy heating oil with my "art fun money" - how NOT fun is that? But I am hoping to get one of those easels....
Totally off topic: On my daily run late today I was privileged to see a BALD EAGLE - so close I could see individual feathers - he flew up from the ground off to the side of the trail. First one I've seen here EVER. So cool!

Stapleton Kearns said...

Linda:
Like a rear admirable?
............Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

I know roughly where that is. I need to see that museum.
................Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Jim;
We always need good artillery here in New Hampshire.
.................Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Willek,
No I am working for me. Yeah I did get a slant on that barn, I will check my verticals with a T square when I finish it up. That is the kind of thing that a studio is for.
...............SZtape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Penn;
I have been wearing my Cabelas boots for eight seasons now and they show no signs of wearing out,
......................Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Nita;
That farm is a great subject. I too have painted it. I am again in the inn, we had our first dinner at the big round table. Wish you were here.
..................Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Lynne:
Thank you . It only seems brave until you have done it. Everyone at Snowcamp quickly got over the outdoor hardship part and into the oil painting hardship part.
..............Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Deb:
The eagles grow ever more common. Soon we will be allowed to eat them.
Contact me before you buy an easel.
You gotta have heat.
....................Stape

jeffe said...

sometimes those old barns lean...

A Lady's Life said...

Very nicely done.:)