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Spring paintings

Postby mdmattin » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:04 am

A couple of of things to bring in spring. This is the Norwottuck Rail Trail bridge for cyclists and pedestrians across the Connecticut River, which I've done from other points of view before. This one is from the Calvin Coolidge bridge, which runs parallel to it and is for cars mainly, with a bit of sidewalk for walking on the side. As I stood on the bridge sketching this idyllic scene there was a perpetual traffic jam behind me, with horns, exhaust fumes, etc.

bike bridge from coolidge bridge 2.jpg
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watercolor 4" x 6"

This is an oil painting of farmland with vernal puddles in the tractor ruts. I started it on site and finished in the studio.
East Hadley Road sm.jpg
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oil 8" x 10"

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Re: Spring paintings

Postby Andre Jute » Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:54 am

I'm intrigued by your river surface, wondering whether the wind is whipping it up or whether it is weed-choked.
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Re: Spring paintings

Postby mdmattin » Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:51 pm

Hi Andre,
The surface patterns are mostly caused by the edges of the piers spawning chains of eddies and vortices which flow with the current and interact with each other downstream. There may have been some back wash from the bridge I was standing on. I was trying to evoke that sense of fluid dynamics and constant flux, rather than the literal appearance, which was more dull gray in keeping with the sky. Now I want to go back and add a hapless jetskier sargassoed by the weeds.
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Re: Spring paintings

Postby Andre Jute » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:39 am

Aha! I hadn't even considered backwash interference from the unseen bridge on which you were standing.
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Re: Spring paintings

Postby Moonshadowe » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:24 pm

I really love the oil painting of the field. It reminds me of the field next to my grandmother's house.
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Re: Spring paintings

Postby RajeshS » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:19 pm

Wow Matthew - the East Hadley Road is so good in all respects. The composition, the colors and the depth!

It so reminds me of "Renaissance" master paintings

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