Wednesday, August 5, 2015

"The Humble Farmer's Cow", Step by step demo!

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"The Humble Farmer's Cow", 16x20 oil on linen panel

This painting is a result of a visit to a unique farm in Maine near Port Clyde called "The Humble Farmer".  A few of us stopped by for what was for me, basically a photo shoot.  I got some pretty good reference of these white face cattle and decided to do one immediately while it was fresh in my memory!  I hope you enjoy the seven stage demonstration.  Until the next post, thanks for listening to my ramblings!
Hodges Soileau   OPA

Monday, August 3, 2015

2015 Summer trip to Maine!

We just returned last week from another great summer trip to Maine.  This year we spent three weeks relaxing and doing a little painting.  I didn’t paint as many days this year as I did last year, or previous years….more hanging out, and enjoying the cool weather.  We stayed at Nanatuck house in Port Clyde for two weeks, and the rest of the time in the Portland area.  It was great hanging out with great artists friends….old and new! 

As much fun as it is to get away for a while, and in spite of returning to this awful heat….it’s always good to get home, and routine.  I basically don’t like the road, and living out of a suitcase.  I can only do that for short periods of time.  Some folks stay on the road, and travel from one thing/event to the next….just not my favorite thing!  The dislike for this type of living probably started when I was a teenager working in the summer on a couple of suitcase jobs (away jobs) in the oil fields of Louisiana….yes, that’ll do it! 

These shots below were taken by Marilyn of me painting a few of the locations around Port Clyde!  Until my next post, thanks for listening to my ramblings!

Hodges Soileau  OPA

Painting on Co Op Rd in Port Clyde

My 12x16 Field Study

Painting the Marshall Pt. Lighthouse 

Painting a foggy morning painting

Anchor at the Lighthouse

One of several Lobster dinners we enjoyed

Painting a tug in for repairs in Rockland

Tide going out in Tennants Harbor