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What follows is an example of a recent email newsletter that I sent out
to my subscribers - who, for the most part are collectors of my work.
While I plan to send out periodic emails that showcase my work, what
I'm doing and thinking and where I'll be showing and painting.... I additionally plan to send newsletters
periodically that I think will educate and interest my collectors.
Notice that throughout this newsletter, I make a connection between the
work of the Hudson River School artists and my recent work.
My Recent Collector Email
I own a number of
beautiful coffee table style books which showcase the works of
prominent painters from the Hudson River School Era. Two of my favorite
painters, Sanford Robinson Gifford and William Trost Richards, were
part of the Luminist group of the HRS painters. Examples of their
paintings are shown below.
New England Landscape Sanford Robinson Gifford
Moat Mountain Sanford Robinson Gifford
top painting is considered a sketch. It's about 8x15 inches. Click on
his name to view more of his paintings. Sanford
Winter 09 Watercolor
the Winter 09 issue of Watercolor Magazine, my article included step by
step demonstrations - copying several paintings by William Trost
Richards - who painted seascapes in oil, but he was primarily known for
his stunning watercolors. Copying the masters is one of the best ways I
know to improve my work - by doing so, I absorb the thinking patterns
of these past masters. For example, as I was copying, I noted that each
part of the landscape contained the same colors that were present in
all the other parts of the landscape. This practice is called "using
Below is one of the
paintings that I copied for the article - the original was painted by
Sutton Palmer, a British Watercolor painter.
After Sutton Palmer, by L.Woodward Simons 12x16
Below is an original
by William Trost Richards,
"Squam Lake" The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY City
here to see more paintings by William
Summer 09 Watercolor
month, I completed a new article for Watercolor Magazine -- the editors
asked if I would write on the subject of painting from photographs. So
for the article, I painted Duck Pond, a quiet, serene place at Acadia
National Park. As I composed this painting with a step by
step demonstration for the magazine article, I couldn't help but be
influenced by Sandford Gifford's and William Trost Richard's paintings
Here is my photo reference of Duck Pond
Below is the study I painted on location, in artist terms painting from life is called "en plein air"
Below is the
final painting for the article. I referred to both my photo references
as well as my plein air study (Watercolor Magazine, Summer 09) On
bookstore shelves mid-June
Duck Pond By L.Woodward Simons 10x15 watercolor
I plan to paint a larger version of Duck Pond - but this time, it will be painted with oil on linen canvas.
The small watercolor above will serve as my study.
Below is another painting from my travels to Acadia National Park.
"The Bubbles at Jordan Pond" Acrylic on paper. 11x14
June, I'll make my annual trek to the Maine coast with my artist
friend, Cindy Nixon, whose work is represented by Argosy Gallery
Harbor. I have an appointment with the owner of that gallery; however,
I think for the time being that I will continue to offer my work solely
from my website, and forego the gallery route. Time, and the number of
paintings I can get done before then, will tell.
in early August I'll be painting in Boothbay Maine and writing an
article for American Artists' Workshop Magazine about Master Painter,