Gallery Exhibit – ""Fresh Paint, Hot Pots, Dressed Wood"

Calla Lilies In Bold, watercolor floral painting by Vermont artist Tony Conner

The latest exhibition of North Adams Artists Co-op  continuing members’ latest masterpieces and the introduction of our newest members to the public. While “fresh paint” will fill the air with “just off the easel paintings”, “hot pots” will emerge from the kiln with surprises in store for both artist and viewer.

My watercolor painting “Calla Lilies In Bold”, along with four other works are included in this latest NAACO Exhibit.

The Opening Reception will be held tonight, Thursday, January 28 from 5pm to 7pm – the public is invited and encouraged to attend.  The exhibit will remain open through February 22, 2010.
Contact me if you have an interest in this or any other paintings on the site. Email me at tc@tonyconner.com or by phone at 802-375-5548.

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"Barn Snowscape" – new watercolor landscape painting

"Barn Snowscape"

“5 x 7″

This small work began as a study for a larger composition and took on a life of its own.  The main challenge for this work and for the larger painting was in balancing the warm and cool areas and in unifying the colors.  The background went in first with yellows, oranges and mixed violets for the forest and the trees.  I wanted to use blue  for the snow shadows – primarily cerulean and ultramarine – which I did.  The problem was that the foreground and back ground did not relate.

The solution was to pull background color into the mid and foreground, while bringing the cool blues up into the sky areas.  The barn itself contains colors from all areas of the painting.  Because of this and because it is the focal point of the painting,  it created a great deal of harmony and unity on its own.

There are three other significant locations where color was added specifically to create unity – the silo, where an intense spot of cerulean blue was added high, so that it would overlap the background, while using the deep violets from the woods on the lower parts;  the left forground snow cover has both violets and a spot of warm orange mingled with the ultramarine; and the fence post to the right, which anchors in the foreground and overlaps the mid-ground and background.  The post was the last item painted and received cool blues where it overlaps the background and warm orange-grays where it overlaps the cool snow shadows.

This and other works on this site are available for purchase. Contact me if you have an interest in this or any other paintings on the site. Email me at tc@tonyconner.com or by phone at 802-375-5548.

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"Rural Route" – watercolor landscape painting

“Rural Route”

5″ x 22″

This watercolor painting is unusual in several ways.  It began as a warm up excercise using  an oddly shaped leftover piece of watercolor paper and leftover paint from the mixing areas of my studio palette.  Using a single brush for the entire painting – one of my favorite 1″ flats (Winsor Newton Series 295 aquarelle) and drawing no lines first, I picked up some palette gray.   Palette gray is a term I use for the pools of leftover pigments left on the palette during and after a painting session.  The colors tend to mingle freely creating areas at the edges of the pools where multiple colors have run together forming unusual grays and browns.

The first stroke placed on the paper ultimately became the facing wall of the small, dark gray farm building near the center of the picture.  Once placed, both the color and shape reminded me of a weathered old barn and of a previous winter farm composition – http://tonyconner.com/2008/11/18/new-work-designing-winter/ – and that  became the point of departure.

Trying to stick to the original exercise, I continued to use only the 1″ brush and the gray and brown leftovers from the palette.  The building roofs were created by painting the negative areas of sky and trees around them.  Wanting to add some color punch to the forground I did pick up some cerulean blue for the left foreground and some Ultramarine mixed with some of the “palette brown” for the muddy road.  By the way, I have recently begun using Ultramarine Blue by M. Graham & Co.  I find it to be a terrific watercolor paint, with great color character and intensity.

I finished up the painting by placing the falling down fence in the forground and glazing on some deeper and darker color on the faces of the building that were not catching direct light.
This and other works on this site are available for purchase. Contact me if you have an interest in this or any other paintings on the site. Email me at tc@tonyconner.com or by phone at 802-375-5548.

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Winter Watercolor Class

winter watercolor landscape painting by Vermont artist Tony Conner
“East Bank, West River”


Winter Watercolor Warmup
Saturday & Sunday, February 6 & 7, 2010 – 10am to 4pm

This studio class is the perfect way to warm up your watercolor skills.  This two-day workshop will be held in the Classroom space of the Taraden Bed & Breakfast Media Barn, North Bennington, VT.

We’ll begin each day will begin with an instructor demonstration focused on the fundamental techniques required to create a successful watercolor painting and will end with a relaxed review of the day’s work.  In between, each class participant will be able to work on a still life set up in the studio or from their own reference sketches and/or photos.

The instructor will provide tips and demonstrations on some of the most fundamental techniques required to create successful watercolor paintings including; value relationships, glazing, wet-on-wet and other wash methods, palette selection, value and color composition, light, highlight, shade and shadow, color theory and color schemes.

The workshop is open to participants at all levels of experience and ability.   It is recommended that participants have abilities in basic drawing and the fundamentals of watercolor painting and technique.

Saturday & Sunday, February 6 & 7, 2010 – 10:oo am – 4:00 pm
Class will be held at Taraden Bed & Breakfast, Media Barn Classroom, North Bennington, VT  Cost per Session – $150

Limited space – registration on first come, first serve basis.

Download class information flyer and registration form here.

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"Farmyard" – New Watercolor Landscape Painting

“Farmyard”

9″ x 13″

$325

 

This is one of what I often describe as one of my “drive by” paintings.  Most of my paintings are the result of series of sketches and studies that culminate in a so-called finished painting.  Sketches completed on location are usually the starting point in this process, and I very much enjoy the “en plein air” painting experience.  Although I always have sketching gear with me when I am away from the studio, I don’t always have the time to stop and sketch.

 

That was the case with this work.  I spotted the scene as I was driving by, back in early December.  Late in the afternoon, with only a small amount of snow on the ground at the time,  I passed by this forlorn looking building surrounded by fields that looked as if they had not been tended in quite some time.   Along with the building was a single tree – sapling really – casting a long shadow across the yard.   My car flashed by as I did my best to commit the scene to memory.   Within a day or so, I had sketched out a composition on paper and begun to paint.  After several sessions of studio work – this painting emerged.

 This and other works on this site are available for purchase. Contact me if you have an interest in this or any other paintings on the site. Email me at tc@tonyconner.com or by phone at 802-375-5548.

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"Woods Edge – Afternoon" – watercolor landscape painting

"Woods Edge - Afternoon"  watercolor landscape painting by Vermont artistst Tony Conner

"Woods Edge - Afternoon"

5″ x 7″

$95

This small painting  begun as a quick sketch study for a larger watercolor work. The painting itself has a nice feel on its own and so became a more finished work.

This and other works on this site are available for purchase. Contact me if you have an interest in this or any other paintings on the site. Email me at tc@tonyconner.com or by phone at 802-375-5548.

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"Uphill Farm" – New Watercolor Painting

Uphill Farm

9″ x 13″

$325

 All of the recent snow has made begin to think of days when there is no snow on the ground.  This work is the end result of a series of on site and exploratory sketches – the whole process is described on my artists’ blog.  The work depicts bright sunshine and surprisingly spring-like color on a November day here in the northeast.

 

This and other works on this site are available for purchase. Contact me if you have an interest in this or any other paintings on the site. Email me at tc@tonyconner.com or by phone at 802-375-5548.

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