Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The stomping grounds of James Fenimore Cooper


16"x20" oil/canvas



This is a piece I did recently. It is a scene that I see regularly as it is only a mile from our cabin in New York state. In the summer it feels remote. In the winter it feels like total isolation. That is my favorite time in upstate New York. Probably couldn't live there though. Winters are long. At any rate I'm a huge fan of James Fenimore Coopers writings and his leatherstocking tales were written about this area. I get a very alone feeling when I'm there and frequently imagine Uncas walking through the woods while I'm there also walking through the woods. I'm getting nostalgic but it is amazing what a good read can do alongside experiencing the place.......I'm still expecting to find an arrowhead someday....

More cows to come! I actually already painted another triptych. I'm busting for the upcoming Philly exhibit. I viewed the space and indeed its HUGE. I'm working on the 36 x 48's and 30x40's but these will even be relatively small. I'm putting in two little 6"x 6" triptychs. Sometimes in a huge space little things can grab the eye. The show starts in April and runs 3 months so I have to keep booth work also to last 3 months. It's hectic but exciting! More shows are a go so I'll be updating soon. Off to the framer thursday and then down to the Chester county studio tour meeting. I actually remember days that I thought "what should we do now?" There's no longer time for thinking...just doing..........

5 comments:

loriann said...

It's easy to feel the isolation in this piece. Great feeling to just have it all flow, no time for thinking and lots for doing? Looks like your painting is on one of those wonderful rolls. Enjoy!
PS Is that black in the dark? I can't tell with my computer screen.

SamArtDog said...

Beautiful painting of icy and isolated L. Otsego, I presume. It's wonderfully evocative; I know Otsego, Saratoga and Ulster counties well. You should be very pleased with this progression to much looser stuff.

Am excited about the man in brown driving the herd into the pasture today. I'll let you know. I'm sure the girls will be very glad to see the warm and muddy weather here. You would be, too!

brian eppley said...

Hi Loriann. yeah, sometimes I feel like I'm getting too loose then I look later and like it. It is a rollercoaster! No black here. The darkest values in this piece are a mix of Ultramarine blue, Permanent rose and a touch of Cad lemon. If it was to be a warm dark it would be Pthalo blue, cad red and cad yellow. These are the only colors I use on entire palette. If I could get a pic in natural light it would be more visible.

brian eppley said...

Hey Sam. How do you know upstate New York? This scene is actually a snow covered field just outside of Mt. Vision which is just south of Hartwick. I absolutely love Otsego county and have probably covered 80% of the county on either foot or cross country skies. The scene does look like Otsego Lake, which is the headwaters of the Susquehanna river, which I live right beside 250 miles downstream.


Ahhh, I just got the second paragraph. Well said, puzzler. You'll like Fridays post I think...

SamArtDog said...

Upstate N.Y...
school at Skidmore, friends in Oneonta, land on Guardian Mt.(now Overlook Mt?) in Woodstock.

The cows came in and are in my studio. Can't wait to see them in daylight. I can already see lots of gorgeous color I didn't know was there. And such expressive brushwork! Very very cool.