Wednesday, June 22, 2016

summer lake

The first day of summer was breezy and hot. It was strange to have 90 degree weather with so much breeze, so much motion on the lake surface. A good day for painting at the Burlington waterfront, although the wind made it a bit of a challenge, especially in the morning.

Perkins Pier, Breezy Morning

Oakledge, First Day of Summer

Paintings by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor and graphite on paper, 6/20/16)


In honor of the lake and the longest days of summer, I offer this video combining poetry, music, and waterfront footage:

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Spring Light

A clear April day brought a range of blues, of changing light and shadow, with the lake surface as still and calm as ever I have seen it. A perfect time to celebrate spring with a day of painting outdoors.

Paintings by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor, graphite, and marker on paper, April 2016.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Liminal Reflections

                                            SAILBOATS, LAKE CHAMPLAIN
                        Painting by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor and graphite on paper, 2015

Winter weather appears to be on the horizon at last here in Vermont, after what seems to have been the longest autumn ever.  This calm stretch has been strange, but it has also offered extended opportunities to contemplate big skies, bare light on the bare landscape, and reflections on waterways that seldom remain open and free of any ice so late into December.
Reflections, light, and water were important to me in 2015, coming up again and again in my painting and writing. So, as the year ends, it seems fitting that I take some time to go inside and reflect upon the currents, shapes, shadows, and light-falls that have guided my explorations.
Among these thoughts are those of deep gratitude for you who follow the words, images, and sounds I share. It is an honor to have you partake of these offerings, these energies I receive and transmit as best as I can. Thank you for your part in the confluence!
I look forward to new adventures and explorations in 2016, including the publication of the fifth book in the Liam Dutra New England mystery series, THE ISLAND OF ANCIENT LIGHT, sometime in the fall.
I wish you all wonderful things, for right now--and the year ahead!


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Winter Light

From Oakledge, Lake Champlain, December- Painting by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor on paper, 2015.

As the year turns, I once again give thanks for the lake that has taken hold of my heart and soul, inspiring so many explorations of mystery, power, landscape, water, shoreline, and sky...

Thanks  to all  of you who share these adventures with me here. I hope you'll be back in 2016!


Saturday, October 31, 2015

October Sketches

In autumn the shores and waters of Lake Champlain seem to hold on to summer colors and textures quite a bit longer than do the surrounding areas. You can see fall higher up in the mountains all around, and in the changing angle of light on the water and islands, in the flocks of geese in motion, the rust and gold of grasses and some copses of trees-- yet there are those remaining suffused blues and grays of sky and water, and still so much green all around. Eventually November winds will strip away the late summer vestiges, and snow and ice are likely to take over. But in October it is the way the light strikes and suffuses that offers the truest sense of autumn.-KMB


Paintings by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor on paper, 2015.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Look Back at Summer ( watercolor painting)

Last week, beginning a watercolor commission, I found myself preparing an autumn palette. 
With the light changing and the leaves turning, I thought I might look back and post one last Lake Champlain painting from the amazing, almost-endless summer of 2015.  

                                From Oakledge, August.
                                Painting by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor and graphite on paper, 2015.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Painting Journal, Summer's End.

Summer’s hold has been strong this year in Vermont—and it has made for a long and satisfying season of lakeside watercolor painting. It seems that there has been so much light and color to explore, with endless surprises and variations.
Here I will a share a day’s work of paintings from late August.
 As usual, I began at the Burlington Waterfront, with boats and reflections ( and a very large iced coffee.) The water was ruffled by wind, and the strong morning sun made bright fields of reflected color. It was a bit of a struggle to keep things from blowing away, making for a very physical, almost athletic, session of painting.

I packed up my very portable painting gear ( see the photo at the bottom of the page) and ran for a while along the shore, stopping to paint at the urban beach south of Perkins Pier. The wind quieted, and thin high clouds veiled and filtered the sun now. I found myself re-wetting and reworking quite a bit to capture the strange flat light. The end result seems to me to have the look of a work in pastels and gouache.

After more running, I settled in and set up on the rocks at Oakledge Park. I met another painter there, and we had an inspiring conversation. Later, after swimming, and sunning on the rocks, I made a few paintings of the long view, toward Shelburne Point and beyond to the Adirondack Mountains. The afternoon light here is ever-changing and full of energy—I never grow tired of painting this view.

In the late afternoon the light simply suffuses the harbor and marinas, washing out colors and creating high contrasts. I made a very quick monochromatic sketch of a boat inside the breakwater, before I had to run again and catch a bus home. 
The summer light will stay with me, inside me, I am quite sure.   -KMB

All paintings by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor and gouache on paper, 2015.