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Random Musing No. 1

August 4, 2018

The human eye has a range of 120°, mostly peripheral vision, compared to the camera’s typical 200° or more. That is why the figures sometimes seem distorted at the edges of a photograph. We make up for this seeming deficit by moving our focus (in movements called “saccades”) around a scene to build up a gestalt awareness of its appearance.
A painting, curated by human intelligence, is superior in every respect to a photograph, except for how long it takes to make it. If cameras took three hours to create the exact same image as they do now in a split second, there would be no question as to which medium people would choose when they needed an image recorded.

Maine Paintings

July 5, 2018

Back from my daughter’s wedding in Maine! One of the benefits of being a helpless male is that during the preparations for important events like this you are actually in the way and so are encouraged to take off and do your own thing. My wife insisted I go off and do these paintings! I know better than to ignore a direct order from my wife.

This is a painting of Ripley Creek, at a little bend in the road in Tenants Harbor.

It’s directly opposite my wife’s favorite view, which I painted in 1998:

The second, done the day after the wedding, is a view of the Camden Hills from Rte 133.

I love the Camden Hills and my original intention, when my wife suggested I bring my paints, was to redo one of the views I had painted more than 20 years ago, in 1996 and 1997.  I was very disappointed to find that the views I had painted years earlier were now marred by new construction and ticky tacky, but I did manage to find this almost untrammeled view.

Here are the 1996/1997 paintings:

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New Portraits

June 5, 2018

Kris (left) and Dave.

Plein Air Season!

June 5, 2018

Just getting started on outdoor painting. Here are a few new ones.

 

 

Reasonably pleased with the results from last night’s drawing session. The model was tall and athletic–at first I thought she was a guy–and, for a change, no tattoos! Here are the nicest ones.