Sunday, June 18, 2017

William Bliss Baker


By
Armand Cabrera




William Bliss Baker was born in New York City in 1859. At 17 he began studying at the National Academy of Design with Albert Bierstadt and Mauritz De Haas. Baker showed ability from the beginning of his studies and quickly became known to art critics. Baker won the Elliott prize during his first exhibit in 1879 at the academy and in 1885 Baker won the Julius Hallgarten Prize at the Academy for his painting Woodland Brook. 





Baker built a studio named ‘The Castle’ in Clifton Park on Ballston Lake and also maintained a studio in the Knickerbocker building in New York City. Baker was just beginning his career when he died from complications following a skating accident. In his short time working he completed just over 130 paintings before his death in 1886 at the age of 27.


                                                                             the castle


Bakers work shows a maturity and confidence for someone so young. His vision is fully formed and his statements carry authenticity and reverence for his subjects.






Bibliography
I couldn't find any books on WBB (Information for this bio came from Wikipedia and Quest Royal Galleries and other online sources)



Historic photo of ‘The Castle’ from John Scherer from an article in the Daily Gazettte by Bill Buel

Monday, May 1, 2017

Washington, VA Garden Tour Paintings


By Armand Cabrera


The Washington, VA garden tour auction was a success with all of the paintings selling for the artists involved. I started at 10 am and finished by 3 pm and did two 9x 12 paintings on Saturday. Even though the weather was in the low 90's that day, turnout for the tour was high. I talked to quite a few people and everyone was happy there were artists involved in the tour this year and the paintings were being sold.










people while I was painting.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Washington VA Historic Garden Club Paint Out

by Armand Cabrera


The time for the Garden Tour is almost here. Saturday, April 29th I will be painting at the Inn at Little Washington from 10 AM to 3 PM as part of the Town of Washington Historic Garden Club Tour Events. There will be a silent auction starting at 5 PM that evening. You must purchase tickets to attend the auction.
Wine Tasting at Tula’s Off Main from
3:30 to 5:30 PM followed by local
Plein Air Artists’ Silent Auction at 5:30 PM


I will be set up and be painting by 10 AM somewhere near the Inn itself either looking at the entrance or in the back in the herb garden.  Depending on the weather and light I should be able to finish two paintings in the allotted time frame. If you can't make the morning painting you will still have a chance to see me painting in the afternoon until 3 PM.  

Some past paintings I've made on the grounds of the Inn and you can see a number of my paintings of Virginia and the Piedmont at the Shops at the Inn right next to the post Office.



  Koi 10 x 8


 Late Day Shadows 12 x 9


 The Herb Garden 12 x 16


Gamekeepers Cottage morning 9 x 12

Sunday, April 9, 2017

2017 Bull Run Demo

by
Armand Cabrera

One of my favorite times of the year is finally here. Spring is slowly taking hold again which means it's time for bluebells. They only last a few days in early spring so if you live in Virginia get out and see them while you can. Today was a beautiful day with temps in the 70's. I went to one of my favorite bluebell spots The bridge at Bull Run in the Manassas Battlefield. This year did not disappoint. 

I set up and decided to try a 16 x 20 canvas. A little large for the angle of the light and subject but it's good to push yourself in the field.

After deciding on my subject I started to draw the landmarks with a big brush.

Next, I quickly blocked in the large flat poster shapes for my background middle and foreground locking in the lights and shadows for the image.

Working all over the canvas I started to pick out important details and add them to the mix.

I established my darks and strengthened my color in the places I thought it needed more emphasis.

I weave in colors to give the impression of branches and leaves and refine more of my shapes.


 I continue to refine shapes color and edges.




The finished painting Bull Run Spring 16 x 20 oil. Total painting time 3 hours.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

April Events

by
Armand Cabrera



On Wednesday, April 5th I will start and finish a painting for George Mason Students again at The Clifton Institute. The demo is not open to the public but I will take process shots and post them in a later blog article.  These are some of my paintings from past years.

 20 x 24 oil



 24 x 30 oil


 24 x 18 oil


18 x 24 oil


Saturday, April 29th I will be painting at the Inn at Little Washington from 10 AM to 3 PM as part of the Town of Washington Historic Garden Club Tour Events. There will be a silent auction starting at 5 PM that evening. You must purchase tickets to attend the auction.
Wine Tasting at Tula’s Off Main from
3:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by local
Plein Air Artists’ Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m.