Monday, September 19, 2016

Lil's Walk

Lil's Walk - 8" x 10" oil on canvas

Also from the Chincoteague Plein Air Event is this painting of the sunrise over Assateague Island.  I was set up at the boat ramp and had a conversation with the owner of a cute puppy named Lil as they were taking an early morning walk.  (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Chincoteague Plein Air

Channel Sunset - 24"x18" oil on canvas
(private collection)
This week I participated in the annual plein air event sponsored by the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance.  Fortunately the hotel balcony provided a great view of the water and boats at the dock. (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Little Darby Creek

Little Darby Creek - 16" x 12" oil on canvas
In Skunk Hollow, there is a bridge over the Little Darby Creek.  I chose the view upstream to paint.  I propped up my easel on the bridge railing and was in the shade on a hot summer day. (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Water Wheel

Water Wheel - 12" x 16" oil on aluminum panel
At Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania there is a restored water wheel.  I tried a different painting surface this time, using an aluminum panel.  The initial block-in was done with transparent oxide red.  Some of that underpainting was left to show through. (c) 2016 Charles Snell

Valley Forge

Valley Forge - 16" x 16" oil on board
I chose one of the shelters at Valley Forge National Historic Park as my subject.  Compared with reality, my version is not as long.  I must have compressed it to fit the composition.  (c) 2016 Charles Snell.


Koi - 12" x 16" oil on board
Our neighbor has a backyard Koi pond.  The orange one is 'Princeton' and the yellow one is 'Michigan.'  (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ardrossan Barn

Ardrossan Barn 18" x 24" oil on canvas
Recently I visited the Ardrossan property with a group of plein air painters.  It was a wet, rainy paint day and my equipment got soaked.  (c) 2016 Charles Snell

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Paint It! Ellicott City 2016

Diamondback Memory (sold)
Last week I participated in the 2016 Paint It! Ellicott City plein air event.  Here is one of the two paintings submitted in the juried section.  The other painting was a small nocturne of Tersiguel's restaurant. These and other paintings are on exhibit at the Howard County Arts Council in Ellicott City, Maryland through August 19, 2016. (c) 2016 Charles Snell.  [Update: both paintings have been sold.]

Sunday, June 12, 2016

2016 Red Bank Battlefield Plein Air Competition

Approach - 14 in x 18 in oil on board
My painting "Approach" was awarded first place for the 2016 Red Bank Battlefield Plein Air Competition.  It was a clear but windy day of painting next to the Delaware River.   I used a limited palette.  Many thanks to the co-sponsors for the event: the Gloucester County Art League and the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission. (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016


Painted on Saturday, May 28.  Limited palette was expanded to include some brighter yellows and violets.  I added phthalo turquoise, cadmium yellow lemon and quinacridone violet to the mix. (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Barn at Plumsock Road

Barn at Plumsock Road
A weathered barn near West Chester, Pennsylvania caught my attention and became the subject of this painting on a damp, overcast May afternoon. (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Shipley Mansion

Shipley Mansion, home of the Red Dragon Canoe Club in Edgewater Park, New Jersey. (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Chestertown 2016 "Paint the Town"

Here is the display for the four paintings completed at the 2016 Chestertown Paint the Town event.  Fifty artists persevered through cool, rainy days to put together a great exhibit.  There was a quick draw event on Sunday, May 1.  Photos of paintings are shown below.  Palette: white (mix: flake, Ti, Zn); zinc white; Utrecht cadmium yellow light; Permalba permanent alizarin crimson; Vasari Prussian blue; Vasari raw umber; Permalba dioxazine violet.  Thinner: gum turpentine.  All surfaces were either MDF prepared with acrylic gesso, or Ampersand panel.  (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

(sold) Parker Farm Pond.  4 in. x 6 in.

Apotheosis Farm.  12 in. x 16 in.

(sold) Worton Creek. 11 in. x 14 in.

Perkins Hill Road.  8 in. x 16 in.

(sold) Waterfront View - 2 hour quick draw.  11 in. x 14 in.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Paint Snow Hill 2016

George Island Landing (sold)

Croppers Island Marsh
(won Honorable Mention at 2016 Robert Ransley exhibit)

200 Mumford (private collection)
This was my first year participating in a great plein air event in Snow Hill, Maryland.  Many thanks to all of the great people in Snow Hill who made it possible.  Here are some of my paintings from the exhibit.  (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Brandywine River

Painted February 27 at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, during the "Plein Air Inside Out" event.  I set up inside the cafe area along with several other painters.  The location provided a good view across the river.  Limited palette.  (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Notan Sketches

Ink, graphite and colored pencil on tracing paper.  These are preliminary sketches for a painting or a series.  Scenes from Bluffton, South Carolina.  (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Rancocas Creek

Painted on February 21, 2016.  It was a warm day and overcast. Still using a limited palette.  (c) 2016 Charles Snell.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Amico Island - Snowy Path

Painted today - the afternoon sunlight fell across the path at Amico Island.  Limited palette, using Utrecht white (mixed titanium/zinc), cadmium yellow light, permanent alizarin crimson, Prussian blue, raw umber and dioxazine violet.  (c) 2016 Charles Snell.