Ice and Fuel

Acrylic on canvas, 16 by 20 inches.  This is a painting of the fishig boats at the pier, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  It was a dreary damp day and I had set up to paint at a covered picnic table on a small island a few hundred yards away.  About two thirds of the way through the painting the drizzle started and before long the acrylics were too slick on the canvas for me to add more paint.  to it.  I took a photo and finished the painting at home.  Alas there is a story to go with every painting.

Ice and Fuel is on the sign, on the bait shack just above the boats.

I've been showing only my oil pastels, I guess I should show an acrylic or two.

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About Hal

I'm a geezer:  retired Air Force Pilot, retired corporate accountant, and I have squeezed painting in, when I could around my day jobs.  I paint in acrylic and pastel primarily and I've been painting for 37 years.  I've had a few college art courses and studied with various artists, some nationally prominate via workshops too numerous to list.  My favorite activity is painting plein air. 

I am or have been member of numerous artist associations: ASMA, NH Plein Air Society, NH Pastel Society, I'm a past president of the Seacoast Artist Association of New Hampshire.  I have shown in a number of local galleries, and was president of a co-op gallery for a number of years.  I decided that the co-op gallery was too much work.  Now I show in local venues and local art fairs.  Last year, 2012 my oil pastel "Texas Gothic" took first place in the Oil Pastel Society's, 2012  Member's Show (associates division).

Awards range from best in show (alas only once) through the full range down to numerous honorable mentions.

My avatar is of Gus and me.  He's the first dog I've had since childhood.  I had forgotten how wonderful dogs can be and I love this one more than I realized was possible.