Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pennington Park

Painted using a palette of cobalt blue, prussian blue, permanent alizarin crimson, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light, raw umber, and titanium white.  The view is from Pennington Park in Delanco, New Jersey looking towards the Rancocas Creek.  (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rancocas Creek

Rancocas Creek, painted in Delanco, New Jersey on November 27.  Again this was with a limited palette of white (mixed titanium, zinc and flake), permanent alizarin crimson, prussian blue, cadmium yellow light, raw umber and dioxazine purple. (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bailey with Goggles

Bailey took a swim, with goggles! 45" x 36" oil on linen. (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Autumn Strawbridge Lake

Painted with a limited palette of permanent alizarin crimson, prussian blue, cadmium yellow light, mixed titanium/zinc white, raw umber, and dioxazine purple.  (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2015

Paintings from Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2015.  The paintings were exhibited at the Winterthur visitors center October 23 through 25.  (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Display Panel of Seven Paintings
Tea House. Painted at Oberod. 12 x 12 oil on panel.
Autumn. Painted at Oberod.  9 x 12 oil on panel.
Hills. Painted at Bright property.
6 x 6 palette knife oil on panel.
Granogue Vista.
7 x 5 oil on canvas panel.
1918 Cadillac to M.I.T.
11 x 14 oil on panel.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Winter Tour

This week I painted at the Plein Air Brandywine Valley event.  The painting shown is from the Frederick property (Ashland Hollow) in Hockessin, Delaware.  A path leads through the woods, to a door with the word WINTER.   The view through the door caught my attention.  The exhibit is at Winterthur and closes Sunday October 25, 2015.  (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

High Bridge Paint Out

My painting "Solitude" was awarded honorable mention at the 2015 High Bridge Paint Out.  The exhibit happened on October 4, 2015.  Judges for the paint out were Timothy Conway and Robert Albrecht.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Historic Burlington Plein Air 2015

"Sunrise" 20" x 24" oil on board

"Sunset" 16" x 16" oil on Board
The two paintings in today's post are my entries in the Historic Burlington Plein Air 2015 exhibit at 28 East Gallery in Burlington City, New Jersey.  Copyright 2015 Charles Snell.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Color Chart

A few years ago I did a color chart shown above.  Each color is tinted with titanium white.  Left to right: Utrecht cadmium yellow light, Winsor & Newton yellow ochre pale, Utrecht cadmium red light, W&N venetian red, Utrecht manganese violet, W&N French ultramarine blue, Utrecht cobalt blue, Utrecht viridian, Utrecht burnt sienna, W&N raw umber.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Artists Paint OC (Maryland)

"OC Boardwalk" (oil, 6 in. x 6 in.)

"Surf Beach" (oil, 12 in. x 16 in.)

"Rita Diane" (oil, 11 in. x 16 in.)
During August 6-9, 2015 I had the pleasure to participate in Artists Paint Ocean City in Ocean City, Maryland, sponsored by the Art League of Ocean City.  The paintings shown above are three works I painted during the event.  "OC Boardwalk" is from the Quick Draw competition.  "Surf Beach" is in the exhibit at the Center for the Arts at 502 94th Street in Ocean City until August 30.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Burlington County Farm Fair 2015

I participated in the plein air competition at the Burlington County Farm Fair, along with two dozen talented artists.  It was a two-day event, with high temperatures in the nineties.  My entry "Super M" won first prize as well as a purchase prize!  The photo shows Jill Rupinski (judge), myself and the new owner Matthew Edson.  Many thanks to Gene D'Agostino, Denise McDaniel, Melanie Stackhouse and others who organized and volunteered for the event.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Paint It! Ellicott City 2015

During the past weekend I participated in the Paint It! Ellicott City 2015 plein air event in Ellicott City, Maryland.  The first two paintings below are on exhibit at the Howard County Arts Council/Center located at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City from July 14 through August 21.  The photo shows a work in progress during the Quick Draw event.  For a photo gallery of painters, see this link.   Mike Giuliano's review of the exhibit can be found at this link to the July 31 edition of the Baltimore Sun.

Ellicott Brewing Co. 11" x 14" oil
Diamondback Afternoon 11" x 14" oil
Quick Draw - Breezy Willows.  Farmers Market on Main.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

High Bridge Paint Out (Circa)

Here is the second painting from the High Bridge Paint Out.  The painting depicts the Circa restaurant, located on Main Street in High Bridge, New Jersey. (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

High Bridge Paint Out (Solitude)

The painting is of the Solitude House in High Bridge, New Jersey, built ca. 1710-1725.  It is one of two paintings I created during the 2015 High Bridge Paint Out. (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Arneys Mount

Yesterday I painted with the Burlington County Art Guild.  We painted in Springfield Township and the scene shown is a view towards Arneys Mount.  The Burlington County Art Guild's 43rd Annual Robert Ransley Open Juried Art Show runs from June 1 through June 30 at the Dr. David Flinker Memorial Gallery, at Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, 175 Madison Avenue, Mount Holly, NJ.  My painting Jersey Java is part of the exhibit.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Whitemarsh Plein Air 2015

The two paintings shown here were my entries in the Whitemarsh Plein Air 2015 event, held in Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania.  The first painting was awarded the Whitemarsh Twp Award for Excellence (sponsored by Amy Grossman).  Copyright 2015 Charles Snell.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


I did a study of the iris that are blooming.  For the violet shades, I experimented with using cobalt violet, manganese violet, Winsor violet (dioxazine), and a mix of phthalo blue with quinacridone magenta.  For this composition, Winsor violet was the best.  Copyright 2015 Charles Snell.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mt Holly - White St.

Recently I painted in Mt. Holly, New Jersey with the Rancocas Valley Plein Air Painters.  The painting is a view of White Street.  Most of the work was done with a painting knife.  (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Manor House

The manor house at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is shown above.  This painting will be on exhibit at the academy. (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 Paint the Town - Chestertown Maryland

Last week I participated in the 2015 Paint the Town event at Chestertown Maryland.  The painting shown is of the Culp Garden with Widehall shown in the background.  On Sunday I also participated in the quick draw event and won first place for my painting of the sailing ship Martha White.  Photos from the quick draw event are at this link. The painting shown above will be in the Perkins Center Members & Faculty Exhibition at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, New Jersey.  (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Park at Strawbridge Lake

A sunny morning at the park at Strawbridge Lake in Moorestown provided a pattern of shadows that caught my interest.  (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Strawbridge Lake (after snowstorm)

Painted in Moorestown, New Jersey at Strawbridge Lake, the morning after a spring snowstorm. (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Strawbridge Lake

I painted today at Strawbridge Lake in Moorestown.  It was warm (about 50 deg F) but there was still ice on the lake.  Palette included Permalba white, Indian yellow, Gamblin Portland Gray Deep, ultramarine blue, chromium oxide green, burnt sienna, and permanent alizarin crimson.  (c) 2015 Charles Snell.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Still Life

I set up a still life scene and painted it on a 6 in. x 6 in. Ampersand smooth finish panel.  It was fun to use transparent oxide red along with ultramarine blue in the darker tones. (c) 2015 Charles Snell.