M. Stephen Doherty

M. Stephen Doherty
The editor of Plein Air magazine at work

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Quick 5" x 7" Sketches

Morning Paintings 

 Boating Scenes 

Wooded Areas Near the Water

I was just in Door County, Wisconsin where I judged the annual plein air festival hosted by the Peninsula School of Art, and I traveled with the 5" x 7" Guerilla Box I bought from Judson's Art Outfitters. It's perfect for travel when there isn't going to be enough time available to justify hauling a big tripod, pochade box, brushes, paints, etc. Like most people who do quick studies, I found that I didn't feel obligated to spend a lot of time planning the paintings or laboring over them. They were just fast, immediate responses to the changing scene. I did two within the space of about 90 minutes.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Summer Hudson River Paintings

It's been a while since I've posted anything, so I thought I would recap what I have been doing this summer. I like painting in series as it helps me quickly decide where to go each time I go out to with my supplies, and I can pick up on the ideas that concerned me during the past couple of sessions. In the spring the theme was woodland streams, and once the warm weather arrived I turned my attention to cloud formations above the Hudson River. Here are a few of the 9" x 12" oil plein air paintings I've done over past couple of months.

And here's one I photographed while I painted it: