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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Plein Air Oil Painting Update for Gordon van Vliet

Well it has been a busy, busy week. So not too much in the blog department. Sorry folks. I was painting tonight, but I won't post that painting for at least 1 week. Last Thursday I painted at Hillside Inn and that is turning out well but not yet finished.

Tomorrow is the annual meeting of the GVPAP and we will meet and paint at Pultneyville Harbor on Lake Ontario. Weather is great.

From there I leave for a mini-vacation and painting at Great Sacandaga Reservoir at Northville, New York in the Adirondack Mountains. So that will take my time until Monday when I come back. So next Monday or Tuesday will be the next post.

To the left are a couple of picture when I painted at the High Falls in downtown Rochester a couple of months ago. Everyone have a good weekend. I am off to paint.


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Today's Painting, "Reverie" by Gordon van Vliet

Today's painting, "Reverie" by Gordon van Vliet was oil paint on canvas 16"W x 20"H. She was a fun model to paint, a very sweet girl. As she relaxed into the pose her disposition became thoughtful. What does a model think of when being painted by several artists?

I particularly like the back ground of this painting, the vase, flowers and pedestal. I will do a small amount of work to her face... add warmth, perhaps a little more cheerful and reduce the strength of her fore leg. Her arm will be a little thicker.

Begun on Wednesday past.



Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Grandpa (Opa) was an Artist too

This is an extra post focusing a little on my historical roots. Many of you, particularly those outside the USA, have expressed an interest in my background. So I will share a little now and more as time goes on. Please, all of you, let me know how you enjoy these insights in to the creation of an artist.

My Opa (grandfather) Lendert van Vliet, or in short Leen (pron. lain) was an artist too. Back in March 1970 he painted this shorebird (known as a "kluut" in dutch) while living in Ermelo, NL. Opa gave it too me as a present when he came to visit in 1972. It is very much in the "colorist" tradition, very little tonalism. He created it with oil on a board measuring 9-1/4"W x 5-1/2"h. He painted a dog (basset hound I think) for my brother and also a painting of his new home for my sister.

Opa was a bit of a daredevil. My father told me he once used motorcycle to jump through a hoop of fire. He ran a furniture and millwork buisness and was in charge of the local fire department in Kootwijkerbroek, NL. Later my uncle had the same position at the fire department and also was a partner with another uncle in the millwork business. My uncle Lien showed me the fire station where a 12 year old painter was commission to paint a mural of the great fire in those parts.

It brings back fond memories to view this shorebird painting and also a reason to paint, continuity of a tradition. Family history is always interesting to me. My parents, brother an dsister the only members living in the United States. My parents combined had a total of 23 siblings in their family from the Netherlands. Now with my cousins, they live worldwide. It is interesting to understand the different cultures and the continuing histories of each one.

Here is a photo taken while my father was living in Aarlanderveen, NL around 1938. This is where the family lived for many years. They ran a buisness there making all the fine cabinets, windows and doors for new homes. Their shop was right on the canal. I believe this town is now part of a historic district.

Tony (left) was my Dad's older brother and was picked up by the Nazi's in WWII, never to be heard from again. My Opa and Dad (2nd left) both hid regularly during the war as did many men of their age group. Notice that my Dad and his brothers are all smoking except for the youngest. It amazes me in our culture today, to imagine an important family picture being taken, where the children are smoking at ages of approximately 10 years old.

"Aarlanderveen is a small village where all people know eachother and are very active in local associations. The Oranjevereniging (orange union) is one of the examples.

Originally a group of people who organised a nice day for the whole family at Queensday (30 april), is now also organising a party week in summer. And year after year it is a great succes. The mainstreet is decorated with little flags to make the partymood even better." tompt

Today's Painting, "Mary Waves Goodbye" Gordon van Vliet

Today's Painting, "Mary Waves Goodbye", by Gordon van Vliet is 9-5/8"W x 9-1/8"H oil on board. This was painted at the Corn Hill Landing in downtown Rochester, New York. The Mary Jamison is just leaving and waving her flag "goodbye".

The Genesee River seen here flows north, through the City of Rochester, over one of the largest water falls of any city worldwide. This is the reason Rochester grew in the early 1800's along with the Erie Canal project. Water power for milling and transportation for commerce. This area provides local artists with excellent reference material for lots of paintings.

I painted on Wednesday during a GVPAP event. This groups paints "en plein air". As it happens we received some welcome publicity. Please go to GVPAP for more information about it. Scroll down the first page a little bit to find the information about this and other past events. They have some nice pictures also. Can you find me?

Also in such a short time I have noticed that 29 countries have viewed this blog. Where do they all come from? To see the latest statistics view this link at Extreme Tracking. Thanks for all your support in making this blog a success and spreading the word to your friends.

Last night I went boating on Lake Ontario with some dear friends instead of painting. The stars last night surely inspired this artist. More paintings will come soon.

Just and added note from our friends who invited us boating last night.

"Hi Gordon,
Thanks so much for coming and buying us dinner and all the snacks plus
dessert! It was so great to spend some time with you guys.We can just be
ourselves with you.
I am a huge fan of your work. I think you are really good and I'm not
just saying that to be nice, I mean it.
We will have to get out again some night in September, (with our
sweaters!) and watch the sun set.
Take care,"
name kept private

Thank you for the wonderful night also and your encouraging words.



Saturday, August 19, 2006

Today's Painting, "Dream on Fire - Study" Gordon van Vliet

Today's painting is titled "Dream on Fire - Study" by Gordon van Vliet. It is an oil painting on canvas measures 16"W x 20"H.

This is a study that I did this past Wednesday night. Finishing this one will include unifying some flesh tones, adjusting mouth posture and repainting the chair cushion.

Yesterday I painted with GVPAP. I will post that one soon. The group was filmed by R-news, a local cable news channel and a reporter from the Democrat & Chronicle came by to gather information for a story. I will post links as they become available.



Thursday, August 17, 2006

Today's Painting, "Great Blue Morning" Gordon van Vliet

Today's painting is newly titled "Great Blue Morning". The original title was "Summer Thoughts". SOLD

This was painted in July of 1992. After viewing some painting shows on television I was inspired to create three paintings from my imagination. The world inside of me, no photo or visual reference. So today I share this one with you. My thoughts were features from a midland beaver pond in the Rocky Mountain range of the United States.

If I were to do this oil painting today I would consider a lighter value background to give the allusion of distance and lighter shadows in the two main trees to de-emphasis the foreground. I would aso create midrange light at the heron.

All in all I like this painting. It is oil on canvas board and measures 18"W x 14"H.

I just figured out today how to turn of the date stamp on my camera so you will not see the date in the future images.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Today's Painting "Eldorado" by Gordon van Vliet

Today's Painting is one I created on a carved sugar pine panel back in 1979. Originally this piece was constructed as a pair of carved doors on a cabinet featuring dovetail construction, zebrawood shelving and a velvet lined interior. After a house fire in the early 1980's the doors were fastened together, then a small amount of re-carving and re-painting were also accomplished.

The image represents the fabled city of "Eldorado" which the Europeans were sure existed in South America as the source of the natives gold. It was never found, but its legend continued. In the center of the image, below the waterfall, can be seen the mist of the rising from the powerful falls, like a ghost of the past. Like a ghost some believe the legend is true. And the treasure hunt continues.

The sugar pine panel measures 1-1/8"T x 27-1/2"W x 35-1/2"H. It was hand carved and painted with fine oil paints and stains. Varnish protection. There is about 1" at the bottom of the panel with additional tree roots that is not visible in this image due to cropping. About forty hours work.

by: Edgar Allen Poe

Gayly bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

But he grew old,
This knight so bold,
And o'er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow:
``Shadow,'' says he,
``Where can it be,
This land of Eldorado?''

Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,''
The shade replied,
``If you seek for Eldorado!''



Friday, August 11, 2006

Today's Painting, "Gibson's Landing" Gordon van Vliet

I painted with the GVPAP on Thursday August 10th and we had good attendance. GVPAP will likely post some more paintings on their website. Many talented artists are among the members so be sure to check out the gallery of painters there. We painted at the summer home of Susie Covert. She and her husband were great hosts and I hope to paint with them again.

This painting was fun to do. It is oil on board and measures 8-1/8"W x 8-7/8"H. Underpainted with a peach color. The composition is strong and simple. Because of the slick painting surface (board vs. canvas) I painted most of this with a sable brush where I normally use bristle. I used quite a bit of thinner to allow the paint to set up and only a little medium for finer details like the mooring lines. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

The day began overcast and brightened to a crisp blue sky in the afternoon. This week promises the best weather of the year with temperatures in the 70-80F range and low humidity. At one point on this fair day a motor boat came down the lake with six teenage girl water skiing in tandem behind it. All the painters stopped to watch this sight and all the girls looked to be having the time of their life. Wow, what fun!

Keuka Lake is situated in the Finger Lakes region of New York State about one hour southeast of Rochester. This is New York's wine region. Great climate for growing grapes and a thriving wine industry. The receding glaciers from the last ice age carved out the magnificent topography that is home to lakes and grapes.

Gibson's Point is located halfway down the west shore of Keuka Lake just below the Y-formation. The Keuka Yacht Club is located here and has a fabulous web site. The Esperanza Rose also plies these waters. The GVPAP will be staying at the mansion for a paint out this fall. Some great painting and good times are sure to come from this outing.

And finally, small is beautiful!



Today's Painting, "Repose No. 2" Gordon van Vliet

Today's painting was begun on Wednesday night and the model is the daughter of another model that is often my subject. The story is she is awaken from deep sleep by her admirer bearing a gift of a white rose and she is about to deliver her reponse. What will it be?

This pose is intriguing, but still in the rough sketch stage. The main anatomical feature to adjust is her left arm where the forearm appears too long. Her face is rendered well and only needs minor refinement. The hair on the left forehead will come forward a bit.

I believe I will darken dramatically the background both above the model and below the fabric. The highlight on the fabric needs a value lower than on the model.
All the value need adjustment up and down to give depth.

This piece is oil on 16 x 20 stretched canvas.

Later today or tomorrow I will post a nice landscape painted at Gibson's Landing at Keuka Lake, New York. Come back soon folks and tell your friends. I really have appreciated all the encouragement via email and the comments. Thank you very much.



Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Egyptian Fantasy

Today I thought I would show you a beautiful mural, truly outstanding that a friend of mine, M. Moquin, commissioned for his Egyptian Revival Palace here in Rochester. You can see more of Michael DeLuca's work by clicking on his name. M. Moquin's home is adorned in the most exquisite manor, sporting old work cat iron fountains under the spot lights, multi towered facade in clad in fine Italian marble and just as real as life Rhino mount in the kitchen. You haven't dined until you've dined at the hand of the best host in Rochester. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

I started a new figure painting last night and tomorrow will begin also with a new model. On the 10th I will be in wine country painting in Branchport, NY at Keuka Lake.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Today's Painting, "Poetry" Gordon van Vliet

Poetry by Gordon van Vliet is a study establishing the poetry being read by the young lady juxtaposed against the poetic setting where the lotus flowers opens in bloom during the painting session as a metaphor of tribute. The GVPAP was in attendance and I am sure they will have many nice paintings to show from this outing. The George Eastman House has invited us back again to paint. Many museum goers enjoyed the event as a bonus to their anticipated outing.

Tomorrow the Park Avenue Festival, in Rochester, New York begins only a block away from the subject of today's painting and Rochester is set for another fantastic weekend with tens of thousands in attendance. A few members of GVPAP will be showing and selling their paintings in that venue. Come on down if you are in the area and enjoy the event for yourself.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Today's Painting, "Repose" Gordon van Vliet

Titled Repose, today's painting is a sketch study in oil to observe a certain pose of this wonderful model. She has a great body and face with great angular features. We have studied her several times and she is always a pleasure to work with. This was done last night at the Boxart Street Studio. Todd Ryan had perhaps the best rendition of the evening. Tough night to paint with temperature at 96F, however the oil paint was smooth as silk.

Today on Wednesday, August 03, 2007 I painted out at Lake Ontario with the GVPAP. Again it was hot and humid. I did not spend much time on this one but it was fun working at painting this little channel flowing under the bridge from a pond to the lake. A feww fish braved the hot weather to jump. The rest just hid on the botoom. I painted in oil as my normal practice. This painting is on canvas, 11 x 14 .

A few months ago I painted this model. I like the way she appeared on the canvas. The bright and cheery rendering certainly captures her personality. It was a fun night. Painting is 18 x 24.

Tomorrow morning I will be with GVPAP painting at the George Eastman House gardens with model Brittany. This event should produce some nice pieces. Brittany is exquisite both in her natural beauty as well as her fine modeling skills. We have used her for portrait and figure work several times. I'll show a few paintings of her from other artists as well.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Painting Today, "Afternoon Dreaming" Gordon van Vliet

Today's Painting is 11 x14 oil on canvas. The sketch took about two hours at this point and will probably continue or start a new piece based on this. "Afternoon Dreaming" inspired by the hot, hot weather in upstate New York. Enough to make mirages appear and the mind escape. I need a better camera, so much is missed by the grainy shots.



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