Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Greetings to All,

Any time you finish a painting that you started outside or completed in the studio from your sketch in the field -- in fact any time you have any painting you would like to share, if you send me an image, I'll post it -- along with any comments you might want to make. Maybe you just like it or you feel it represents growth for you or you can't quite figure out what isn't working, or you just want some feedback from other artists... there's no reason not to use this forum for follow up, critique, or just to share your vision. And, of course, you know you also may just comment constructively on a prior post by clicking on the comments link at the bottom of the post...

Since I wimped out and left early last week, I shot photos of the paintings earlier than usual. Recognizing that Tina always finishes in the field, I asked her to send me an image of the completed painting. Here it is, with her comments:

                      "Not crazy about this one .Maybe because I hear pounding when I look at it!"

Call to Paint - 28 May 2015 - 9 AM

Greetings to All,

Let's try Guilford Docks. The threat of showers seems to have mostly dried up, and if the wave comes through faster than expected, we might even get some sun. Well, that's probably a bit too hopeful... They're still talking about the possibility of a stray thunderstorm. So probably cloudy with not much breeze from the south and mid-60's. That should work.

They usually have picnic tables, and it's been feeling like summer, so if you're inclined, byo.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Connecticut Watercolor Society 75th Annual Exhibition

Greetings to All,

I was beginning to wonder if the announcement would ever come, even though I had it on good authority that there would be a show in New Haven in June of this year. Now at last, it has been announced.

John Slade Ely House, Trumbull Street, New Haven
June 13 through July 12, 2015
Juror:  John Massimino

Receiving:  Monday, June 8, 12:30 - 3:30 PM and 6:30 - 7:30 PM                
                    Tuesday, June 9, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Notification:  Wednesday, June 10 after 5 PM - Check ONLINE at
Reception:  Sunday, June 21,  2 to 5 PM
Entry Fees:  Members - $15 for one or two paintings; Non-members - $20 for first, $35 for second

This promises to be the last time that CWS shows in this beautiful venue, since the John Slade Ely House is being sold. Let's hope that that CWS continues to bring their annual exhibition to New Haven every other year, in spite of this loss.

I've not yet posted a paint-out for this week, because the forecast still looks tentative. It is looking less unfriendly as we get closer. Let's see what they're saying tomorrow.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Schedule

Greetings to All,

I guess it's time to assemble our summer schedule. I've begun to lay it out, but I know that some of you have or know of private places which can be special venues for us to paint. If you have a pleasant spot that you would like to share, or if you know of a place where you might help us gain access, this would be a good time to set it up and let me know. We would not expect you to provide refreshments. We all are accustomed to bringing our own. What we're interested in is the scenery and of course the camaraderie that goes with sharing a special place.

Please give me a heads up soon if you are thinking about hosting the group. We can work out the details together.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hammonasset - West Side Swan Pond - May 2015

Greetings to All,

When I arrived at Hammonasset, I was confronted with a huge expanse of construction fence beginning at the turn into our painting spot. The driveway was blocked off, so I turned into the West Beach parking area. It's just a short walk in to the pond and stream, but things were unkempt. It looked like there had been very heavy foot traffic all around the water, and there were broken branches and trash apparent everywhere. But I decided there was enough inspiration to paint, so I fetched my gear from the car. Tina and Betsey agreed, and we all set up to paint. Ultimately, we had eight painters - we three and Anne, John, Tom, Jane, and Pam. While I was talking with Pam, the pile-drivers began hammering, so she said she was heading off to paint elsewhere and would return later.

The rest of us hunkered down and tried to ignore the noise, which kept up with periodic short breaks through the morning. A swan courted us for handouts and finally found a regular visitor who came through.  The swan mounted a solid defense of the pond, driving off three geese that had landed. His mate was stolid on the nest across the pond. Anne kept imagining that the swan was about to chase us away from the water's edge, and she did a quick sketch of him keeping an eye on me as I moved around.

By 10:30, I decided I was finished with my painting, and Betsey said she was calling hers finished also. So I whiled away some time shooting photos and chatting. But the sun had pretty much gone into hiding, and the breeze was cutting up. And the noise was hammering. So Betsey, Anne, and I packed up and called it quits, leaving four artists still hard at work and forgetting all about Pam. That's why there is no group photo today, and why most of the paintings are not in a finished state.

I've not had time to think about next week yet. Maybe something in Guilford. Do you have any suggestions?

Hammonasset Swan Pond


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Call to Paint - Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 9 AM

OK, Hammonasset is it. And for a change, let's turn right and paint at the little pond and stream between West Beach and the campground. We painted there once before. I'll try to remember to put up my spare easel with an arrow where you turn right off the road to West Beach.  So at the rotary, go right (west) down the road to West Beach and go I think about one third of the distance to the end. There will be a dirt path that goes to the north into a field, leading to a little bridge that is blocked off with a chain.

If you have trouble finding it, give me a call - 203-641-7427.

I'll hope to see you there.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Photos on the Blog

I cropped a lot of the photos into tall vertical format this time. If you want to flip through the photos one at a time in larger format instead of scrolling them, it's easier if you go to the blog.  Then you can just pop one up and navigate through them with your forward arrow. I don't know about you, but I can't do that on my computer if I look at them in the email message.