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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!




At 8:28 AM, Blogger Todd said...

Gordon, that's really fantastic.
the water is quite well done, with the slight reflection of the pier.


At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from dA for "Gibson's Landing"

I have somehow missed seeing this. It's a wonderful painting.

Again, there's more in this than a plain landscape. I refer especially to the boat things (excuse me, I can't think of the term).

Gordon, I like your Gibson's Landing a lot.


Thank you Robert. :)


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