|Comeau Series #12 Sawkill Overflow|
|#13 "Long Falls"|
|#9 Comeau Series "Which Path Will You Take?"|
|Comeau Looking West across the Great Lawn #1 Comeau Series|
Here' is my first "oil" painting-actually acrylic-on canvas. It's a bit of an interpretation of the view from the "Supervisor's Cottage" on the Comeau property in Woodstock, NY. The Comeau and I have a long history going back over a decade. This is a beautiful 76 acre park in the center of town with huge vistas, trails, wildflowers, and yes, a few soccer fields. And this is the Town property former Supervisor Jeremy Wilber proposed be developed for a huge Town Highway Garage-right next to the soccer fields in fact. That didn't happen, due to a large outpouring of support to keep it unchanged and forever a park. It is now, after a very long legal battle, two referendums, and some pretty inept politicians, under conservation easement. Whew.
I always intended to take up painting and finally have the time-I used to sit and watch my father(Bob) paint with oils, usually in the evening after dinner and his several glasses of scotch. Sometimes I would play the piano for him on our old out of tune upright. Other times he would be listening to "Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass" believe it or not. He was a natural artist who drew as a kid in Scotland and who won the New York City Art Award around 1930 which earned him a full scholarship to Columbia University. He was courted by Walt Disney to come to California and work in the fledgling animation art division(wish I had that letter). If he hadn't met my mother in Vermont right before his scheduled trip, history may have been much different for us Veitch's.
I remember the first time seeing him set up to paint-it was on Swan's Island, Maine. We had rented a summer place overlooking the bay and a lighthouse-I was 8 years old. It was 1963-a full solar
|Longyear meadow looking North|
|Sturm Over Woodstock|
All the paintings are on fairly large wood frame canvases -60x60 cm or 60x80cm- I mix the colors here using dry pigments-I have the good fortune of being very close to a large art university and there are great stores that sell this amazing stuff fairly cheap-I haven't found any that sell 45 rpm singles however.
|Sunrise on the Sawkill|
|"Clouded Moon Over Comeau"|
#6 in my Comeau Series. Found a photo I liked in the Draft Citizen's Stewardship Plan. Many thanks to whomever took it. I'm liking this style that is developing. And the water is fun too.
|Sawkill at Comeau Winter Scene-#8 Comeau Series.|
|Comeau Series #10 "Western Edge"|
|#14 "Last Light" Comeau Great Lawn.|