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Above the Mill Pond

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Above the Mill Pond Mixed Media - Acrylic and Oil 12" x 16" This painting began on a Sunday afternoon drive.  I did some on location Pen and Ink sketches and then explored the area as much as time allowed.  The small watercolor sketch below was done in studio and just a quick experiment to see how I might capture different aspects of the area in one painting. Below is the first pass at the subject with Acrylic paint.  I enjoyed the exercise of altering the perspective of the subject.  I also wanted to simply suggest the background bank of the mill pond rather than painting it directly.  Although this "draft" of the subject did capture some of what I was trying to achieve, it wasn't complete in my mind.  I set the painting aside and moved onto other subjects - which is something I do either consciously while I let things simmer in the background of my mind.  The more I paint and observe, the more I have to draw on for the next subject.  

Robert Kahler Landscape Paintings for Sale!

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Tired of hearing about the election?  Looking for a unique gift for the holidays?  Escape into Art! I have one watercolor and two charcoal drawings for sale at River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, ME.  Two of the three are pictured below.  These are sold without frames which allows a lower price for the holidays! If you are interested in any additional paintings on my facebook page or blog  or if you would like to potentially commission a painting please email me at robert.kahler65@gmail.com I work in oil, watercolor, charcoal, gouache, acrylic and pencil and I have paintings ranging in size from 4" x 6" to 2' X 3' Rainy Day at the Basin Watercolor and Gouache 12" x 18" $125.00 The Falls, Little River Topsham/Lisbon Charcoal on Paper 12" x 18" $100.00 If you'd like to learn more about the locations or my creative process, please explore my blog https://robertkahlerlandscapepaintings.blogspot.com Enjoy and be well. #robertkahlerlandscapepainting

Eastport Shades of the Past

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Shades of the Past Gouache on card stock I've been experimenting with small painted sketches, working out different ideas for subjects including utilizing differently cropped perspectives which keeps the subject focused yet implies a lot of distance outside of the view. This scene was taken from an on location watercolor I completed a few summers ago in Eastport, ME.  I was struck by the play of shadows on the sunlight face of an abandoned factory just off main street. As a student of history, I could just imagine the harbor filled with three and four masted schooners in its heyday and I decided to alter the pattern of the shadows on the factory to represent that history. #robertkahlerlandscapepainting #workingmethods #sketchingwithpaint #eastport #maine    

Overcast Day at the coast

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  Overcast Day at the Coast Acrylic 3" by 5" This is another small seascape I painted after doing some detail work on a larger painting.  It's an imaginary scene but based on many years of exploring the Maine coast.  I find these quick sketches to be very freeing.   I go through different phases of sketching.  A few years ago it was a deep exploration of pen and ink. Lately it's been small color sketches in watercolor and acrylic from imagination.  I keep being reminded of how each work informs future works.  While I was painting this small sketch I had a an unplanned trip.  I didn't do it consciously, but when I mixed the paints I flashed back to living over a garage in Westbrook, working on landscape painting with our new arrival (Ari) asleep in the living room.   It was just one brushstroke but as the paint mixed on the canvas I was transported back nearly a quarter of a century.   This is also what I love about painting on location.  The intense focus and obse

Islands Edge

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Island's Edge  Acrylic 12"x 16"  I had originally envisioned this painting with a bright clear sky with almost silver reflections off the sea.  But as I began to work on it, I wanted to focus on more color in the surf - which would lend itself more to an active storm.  I wanted to vary the colors in the sky more than a storm would allow so I decided to focus on after a storm with patches of blue sky and storm clouds breaking up.  It would take awhile for the surf to return to normal.  I also decided to have the time of year be late fall which would allow us to see through the wind  blown scrub brush clinging to the cliffs. I enjoy the creative process whether it goes exactly as I had planned or, as in this case, it goes in another direction.   

Small Seascape

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Seascape  Acrylic 3" x 5" While doing some detail work on a larger seascape, I began working on some small paintings for a couple of reasons. For one, I don't like focusing for a long time on small detail work, so I need to break things up.  Also, the yankee in me hates to waste any paint.  If I have paint left over I try to do a small painting - like the one above.  If the paints do not lend themselves to a monochrome or a painting like above, I will use it to put a first coat on a canvas if I have any about. Below are a few other examples of smalls.  Some of which will be simple studies and abandoned.  Others will lead to other painting journeys.  All, good or bad, complete or incomplete, do help inform my future paintings.  Any day painting is a good day!