Watercolors and Oils

With a lifelong interest in the fine arts, I finally decided to take up watercolors seriously around 2004, including taking a number of classes at the National Academy of Design. Like any hobby, the best thing is all the GEAR!  I had a great time assembling my brushes, paints, and equipment and will post some picks of my outdoor kit, etc.

One of my favorite modern landscape watercolorist is David Bellamy from the UK. I was greatly inspired by his exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art in the mid-1980's.  He hiked into the rugged landscapes of England, Scotland, and Wales in all seasons to do on-site watercolor sketches and some full works.  You can often see where the snow flakes and rain drops landed on his paper. He really captures two of my favorite things: hiking into the small wilds of crags and woodlands, and watercolor landscapes.

Another British watercolorist was was exposed to at the Yale gallery is Tony Foster.  He did a great series of on-site watercolors with graphic and sculptural elements made of natural materials gathered from the location of his paintings as he followed in Thoreau's footsteps in New England.  Again, a great combination of visiting beautiful natural sites and then trying to capture the feeling and the experience in rapidly executed watercolors.

Long an enthusiast of the English watercolor tradition, I've recently turned my hand to paintings of landscapes, stone structures, and the trap ridges of the Connecticut Valley.

What follows are various works in progress.  Hopefully, you will take them in the spirit they are intended...a hobby, a love of the outdoors, and a concern for the vanishing landscapes of the Connecticut Valley.

Glen Feshie, Cairngorms, Scotland
David Bellamy

Image completely owned and copyright by David Bellamy.
Western US landscape by Tony Foster.  I love his use of found material, here rocks from the location he was painting, also a clip of the topographic map.

Image totally copyrighted by Tony Foster, presented here only because I admire his work.
 Be sure to visit the artist's website!

Recently I've tried my hand at oils.  Coming from a watercolor background it is still amazing to me that I can actually
go back and repaint, scrape out, or paint over using oils.  With watercolors there really is no going back even though
you can try to lift out or scrape a little bit.  No matter how careful, it will always show as a weird bleb in the watercolor.

gothic bridge
Gothic Bridge - Central Park, 2012
This is my second oil, it won a First Prize at the 2012
Durham Fair amateur competition (!)
The Reservoir - Central Park, 2012
This is my first oil, it has a few problems but some bits work ok.

Some recent watercolors

Red Boat -  2012 (Scene from Westbrook)
Second Prize at the 2012 Durham Fair.
tree sale
Tree Sale, 2012  (Sold)

Stone structures:
sb3          sb1

Trap ridges:  

downwind  redbarn    

cliffview  salt-isl  

seaside  rock study                                        

nyc-moon  evening  

eastside                      obelisk  
All images copyright Peter M. LeTourneau, may not be used without specific permission of the author.