Friday, December 27, 2013


In July 2012, I attended a workshop with Russ Johnson in Princeton, New Jersey.  For the workshop, Russ had obtained special permission for our class to paint on the grounds of Princeton University.  The painting shows the bell at the 9/11 memorial garden created to honor the 13 Princeton alumni killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  The bell was designed by Toshiko Takaezu.  Painted July 12, 2012.  Not for sale.  Copyright 2012 Charles Snell.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Mercer Meadows

On June 23, 2013 I met with the group from Jerry's Artarama and we painted at the Mercer Meadows Pole Farm in Lawrence Township, Mercer County.  Previously this site was an important trans-Atlantic radio-telephone station.  Following its acquisition by the Mercer County Park Commission in 1998, the Pole Farm has been allowed to revert to natural fields and forest.  This painting was exhibited at the Bayonet Farm Arts and Music Festival.  Copyright 2013 Charles Snell.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bottle with lemon

I attended a workshop with David Rivera on August 18, 2012 at Artists of Yardley in Yardley, Pennsylvania.  The Janney House was the setting for the still life shown above.  Copyright 2012 Charles Snell.

Monday, December 16, 2013


Painted on July 20, 2013 as an entry in the Burlington County Farm Fair plein air painting contest.  A photographer from the Burlington County Times took my photo.  The day was hot and humid, and I sought shelter from the sun under one of the large tents.  The cow's name is Renesmee.  Copyright 2013 Charles Snell.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lambertville Station

Painted en plein air during a June 2012 weeklong painting workshop with Ken DeWaard.  The scene shows the Lambertville Station restaurant and was painted from a spot along the Delaware and Raritan canal trail in Lambertville, New Jersey.  Copyright 2012 Charles Snell.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Morning at Bayonet Farm

This painting was one of my entries at the Bayonet Farm Arts and Music Festival, held on September 22, 2013 in Holmdel, New Jersey.  It was painted en plein air, and was awarded the "Killian's Vanishing Landscape Award."  The medium density fiberboard (MDF) panel was toned with a mixture of acrylic gesso, powdered marble and a warm acrylic color.  Some of the tone shows through in the foreground.  Copyright 2013 Charles Snell.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Orchid Study

Here is another small floral painting.  At first I was using some cobalt violet for the petals, but the hue was too cool.  I mixed in some alizarin carmine to warm the tone.
Copyright 2013 Charles Snell.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cohansey River

I painted this scene of the Cohansey River en plein air from a quay in Greenwich, New Jersey.  The painting was submitted as an entry in the Cohansey Riverfest Plein Air Competition on August 24, 2013 and was exhibited at Gallery 50 in Bridgeton.  Copyright 2013 Charles Snell.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sunflower Study 2

Here is the same sunflower, facing toward us.  The sunflower has an interesting variety of textures to model, with smooth petals and an intricate disk.  Copyright 2013 Charles Snell.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunflower Study

This is a quick study of a sunflower, turned at an unusual angle.  Copyright 2013 Charles Snell.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Washington Crossing

Accepted for installation at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, New Jersey.  Copyright 2013 Charles Snell.