lake george

Evening Light: A Commission

“Evening Light”
24×48″ oil on canvas

Private collection in Saratoga Springs, NY

This is a recently completed commission.  It captures one of the many beautiful islands on northern Lake George just as the sun prepares to lower in the sky.

I thought I’d also share where it started:


I love starting a painting that will have cool local color with a warm underpainting. In my opinion, it helps to balance the temperature of the colors and light.

If you’re interested in commissioning a painting, please contact me to discuss.

Until next time…


Summer Evening on Lake George


“Summer Evening on the Lake” 24×24″ – oil


Private collection
I started this oil as a demo at the Colonie Art League earlier this month. I’ve worked on it for a bit every day for #creativefebruary, and it is now complete.

Many thanks for Dee Foley for inviting me to do the demo. I had a great time meeting the members of the Colonie Art League and discussing my process. Thanks to everyone for a great evening.

This painting will be available at the upcoming Faculty Show at Saratoga Arts. Here are the details:
Saratoga Arts’ Faculty Exhibition March 4 – April 30

Opening Reception: Friday, March 4 • 6pm-8pm

Until next time…

Recent Lake George Commissions

Twilight Sublime II
24×24″ | Oil


Before Nightfall II
12×24″ | Oil


These two paintings will join “Autumn Colors on the Marsh” in a lovely home in Lake George. Both are based on previous paintings that have already sold. The larger one was based on a teeny tiny 2×2″ pastel!! It was a wonderful experience sizing it up to a larger canvas and different medium.

A reminder that there are a few spots still open in my “Inspired by the Masters” workshop at Saratoga Arts this Saturday, 11/21 from 10 – 4 PM.

You can register online here:

Until next time…

Prospect View

“Prospect View” (Lake George) 12×6.5″ | Pastel on Uart 600

SOLD – Private collection in Concord, CA

This was my pastel demo for my “From Concept to Canvas” workshop at Saratoga Arts. It captures a large maple tree, and Lake George off in the distance on a warm Autumn day. For this piece, I used a new pastel surface for the first time and wanted to talk about that experience a bit.

I used Uart 600 grit pastel paper that comes pre-mounted to a rigid board. Right away, I loved the weight of the board, and the feel of the sanded surface.

After lightly establishing my major shapes with a pastel pencil, I chose to do an under-painting with NuPastel and water. I used the complementary colors for each area — orange for the sky, red for the trees, etc.

The paper took the wet pastel under-painting very well, and had some interesting drippy textures.
Once the under-painting was dry, I was ready to apply pigment. I typically start off with my hardest of the soft pastels, then work my way up to the softest for the final marks.

I found that I had to change the way I applied the pastel because the tooth of the paper was very textured and bumpy. It made for an effect that I was not too certain about in the beginning. Then I started to build the layers, and that’s when the magic happened! I absolutely loved the effect of blending colors on the paper.

Overall, I am extremely please with Uart and I’ve already ordered a couple more sheets. I really love the texture, and the fact that I can build lot and lots of layers, as well as use different wet mediums for an under painting.

Until next time…

Summer on the Lake

6×8″ | Oil
Framed size: approx. 10×12″
$350 (50% of the proceeds benefit the Lake George Arts Project)

Here’s another painting capturing a brilliant summer day on Lake George. This and several other Lake George themed pieces wll be exhibited along with at this years Art @ The Lake event.
Art at the Lake Gallery
4955 Lake Shore Drive
Bolton Landing, NY

Artists Reception, Sunday 7/12 4 – 7 PM
Exhibition runs from July 1 – 27, 2015
Hours: Thursday – Tuesday, 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM. Sundays 12 – 7 PM. Closed Wednesdays

Please mark your calendars! We hope you can join us!

Until next time…

Birches by the Lake (Wiawaka)

5×7″ | Pastel

Here are the birches at Wiawaka in Lake George. I visited there with my mother-in-law a couple years ago for the day. It’s such a wonderful place– I’d like to get back there this summer to paint.

This piece is headed to Art @ the Lake. I stopped by the gallery and had a sneak peek at the work – there are so many amazingly beautiful works there!! I strongly encourage you to check it out.

Until next time…

Wildflowers by the Lake

9×9″ | Pastel
Matted and Framed to 18×18″
AATL 2014 webt

I’ve been invited to participate in Art @ the Lake this year at the Top of the World Resort in Lake George. Art @ The Lake is a benefit for the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery. There will be music, food, and gorgeous artwork by over 50 regional artists celebrating Lake George! For more information, please visit:

Until next time…

Before Nightfall

Before Nightfall Framed

12×24″ | oil

I am please to announce that I am now represented by Silverwood Home and Galleries with locations in Saratoga Springs, NY and Bolton Landing, NY (Lake George). Please check them out if you’re close by:

Silverwood Home and Galleries
24 Caroline St. 4557 Lakeshore Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Bolton Landing, NY 12814
Mon- Sat 11-6 Sunday 11- 5
(518) 583-3600
Contact – Chelsea Hoopes Silver

Until next time…