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Floating

Floating 6x9" Oil on masonite ©2013 Lucinda Howe

Floating
6×9″
Oil on masonite
©2013 Lucinda Howe

On the boat tour of the Adirondack lakes, we floated by several small islands like this one.

This painting was done in the studio with a two-step process.  I painted the darks with black acrylic gesso and let it dry.  Then I painted a thin warm underpainting over the gesso drawing, and finally applied opaque light colors using thick strokes.

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A Day in June

Day in June

A Day in June
6×9″
Oil in masonite
@2013 Lucinda Howe

 
“And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays;
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;”
— James Russell Lowell
 

On the tour of the Adirondack lakes in late June, the water was quiet and the camps were just starting to come alive for the summer season.  The verdant landscape reminded me of this poem by James Russell Lowell.

 

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Camp Limberlost

Camp Limberlost

Camp Limberlost Garden
12×9″
Oil on panel
Plein air
©2013 Lucinda Howe

The lakes of the Adirondack Mountains are home to fabulous rustic compounds known as the “great camps”.   On the last evening of the Publisher’s Invitational Paintout, we were invited to a party at Camp Limberlost on Upper St. Regis Lake.  The  party was lively fun, but the real treat was being invited back to paint on the grounds the next morning.  As usual, I was more attracted to the garden than the lake.  I tried to capture the characteristic white birches surrounded by evergreens and perennials.

This painting was started by scrubbing in a thin yellow ochre underpainting on an oil primed panel.  After building up the many variations of green in the trees and lawn, I scraped out the trunks of the birches almost back to the white of the panel and finished with the contrast of the purple in the flowers.

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Adirondack Boat Tour

Adirondack Boat Tour
9×12″
Oil on panel
@2013 Lucinda Howe

At the Adirondack paintout in June, I had the opportunity to take a boat tour of the lakes around Paul Smith’s College.   Lower St. Regis, Spitfire, and Upper St. Regis Lakes are the location of many of the famous great camps of the Adirondacks owned by wealthy people who use them only during July and August.  We couldn’t see much of the main lodges from the water, but the boat houses were amazing, often having 3-5 bay doors for boats and living quarters on the upper level.

In this painting, I wanted to capture the peaceful feel of the sparsely populated lake surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains.

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St. Regis Falls

St. Regis Falls
12×9″
Oil on panel
Plein air
©2013 Lucinda Howe

At the Publisher’s Invitational Paintout in the Adirondacks in June, 100 painters scouted the best locations within a 50-mile radius of the Paul Smith’s College campus.  Lakes, mountains, old barns and historic churches attracted many painters, but the most popular places were the waterfalls.   Because of the recent rains, the falls were gushing.

This piece was painted at St. Regis Falls starting with a yellow ochre underpainting because there was so much of that color in the muddy water.

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St. John’s in the Wilderness

St. John’s Cemetery
12×9″
Oil on panel
©2013 Lucinda Howe

Near Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks is a small historic church, St. John’s in the Wilderness Episcopal Church.  I was fascinated by the shapes and odd angles of the old tombstones.  This painting started with a red ground to contrast with the greens and blues of the landscape, and was completed almost entirely on location.

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Adirondack Creek

Adirondack Creek
5×7″ Oil
Plein air
©2013 Lucinda Howe

On the painting trip last month, Barbara Yongue, Glenda Keyes and I spent a few days in Vermont, then took a ferry over to the Adirondack Mountains of New York.  We were part of a group of 100 artists at the Publisher’s Invitational Paint Out at Paul Smith’s College.

The first morning we painted at the Visitor Interpretive Center where miles of trails provided a variety of eco systems and beautiful views.  The bridge at Heron Marsh was a poplar location with several painters elbow to elbow in direct sun.  Since my first rule of plein air painting is to find a spot in the shade, I walked further along the path and came to a bridge over a small creek.  Dappled sunlight highlighted moss on the rocks and contrasted with the cool greens in the shade.

For this painting, I started with a board toned with yellow ochre and used a variety of greens and earth colors.  I used a narrow range of values to create a quiet atmosphere and to capture a bit of intimate nature that others might pass by in search of a grand vista.

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P.S. If you subscribe to Plein Air Magazine, look at page 86 of the new issue (September 2013) and see if you can spot Glenda, Barbara, and me in the middle of the 100 painters.  I hope you have a strong magnifying glass.

 

 

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Gone Painting…

 

This week I’m excited to be participating in Eric Rhoads’ Publisher’s Invitational Paint Out – Paint the Adirondacks.  We’re exploring the beautiful mountains and lakes of upstate New York that inspired the Hudson River School of landscape painters.

It will be a treat to see a new area and spend the week with a group of 100 plein air painters.

If you would like to know more about the event, visit the event’s Facebook page for updates throughout the week.

Because of travel, I may not be able to post or email next Tuesday, but I will have new paintings to show the following week.

 

 

 

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