Friday, September 16, 2016

Watercolor: Heat Wave

Heat Wave
8" x 10"
Watercolor on Paper
The temperatures are more tolerable now that it's mid-September. This summer has been the hottest summer I have ever experienced. Whenever it gets hot and humid I like to escape to Olcott where I can relax by the water and cool off. I'll often drive out there with my brother on the weekends. We packed a lunch and spent the day relaxing by the lake. Before we left, we stopped by the marina to take some photos of the boats. I enjoy the sounds of the water and the seagulls, I think it's because I associate it with warm weather and summer fun. While the heat can be uncomfortable, it won't be long before the temperature drops down to single digits and then I'll wish it was "scorching hot" again! You can watch me paint this in the YouTube video below. The original painting is for sale. Prints of this painting are available..

Friday, September 9, 2016

Splash 17 Inspiring Subjects

A watercolor painting of the boat harbor in Buffalo NY.
Boat Harbor at Dusk
Watercolor on paper
8"x10"
Chris Breier © 2016

I'm honored to have my watercolor painting "Boat Harbor at Dusk" selected to be included in Splash 17: Inspiring Subjects, published by North Light Books. It's available on Amazon in the Kindle format and as a traditional hardcover. My painting is on page 133, I copied the caption that appears with my painting below. Prints of this painting are for sale.

"The Buffalo, New York, waterfront is a relaxing place to visit and find inspiration for watercolor paintings. I enjoy walking near the water and often bring my camera to take reference photos of the boats, people, industrial architecture and skyline. The boats provide a variety of shapes, and the surface of the water is constantly changing; in this instance it had a silvery reflective quality. I often combine pen and ink with watercolor because the pen allows me to quickly define the details, and then I can focus on applying the washes of color. I chose hot-pressed watercolor paper because the smooth surface works well with pen and ink."



Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Steel Factory


The Steel Factory
Watercolor and ink on paper
5" x 7"
Chris Breier © 2016

I recently started a series of abstract watercolor paintings. While I will definitely continue working representationally, I enjoy working in different genres because it helps me to learn.

I couldn't think of a title for this painting so I posted it on my Facebook page and asked for help. Steven Strenk came up with the title "The Steel Factory" because he says it has on an industrial feel to it. We both also agreed it looks like Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase," minus the nude... and the staircase. The original painting is for sale. Prints are also available.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Creekview



A watercolor painting of the Creekview restaurant in Williamsville, NY.
Creekview
Watercolor on paper
8"x10"
Chris Breier © 2016
The original painting is for sale. I was walking down Main Street in Williamsville New York when I saw the scene and recognized it immediately as a watercolor painting. I lined up the handrail of the bridge so that points at the subject matter, which are the people dining inside the restaurant.

The wet into wet technique helped to create soft edges between color transitions. I also didn't want to have too many sharp edges, I only added detail to the focal point.

There is a time lapse video of me painting this on YouTube, please check it out and subscribe! Prints of this painting are available.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Island Park Entrance

A watercolor painting of the bridge at island park in williamsville ny
Island Park Entrance
Ink and watercolor on paper
5" x 7"
Chris Breier © 2016

The original painting is for sale. I didn't have much time to complete this sketch of Island Park. The sun was setting and the scene would change dramatically as soon as the sun sets below the trees. My brother and I were on our way to pick up dinner and it was getting late. I walked around the park looking for subject matter to paint and I settled on this location where the path curves off into the distance. I started with the quick pencil sketch to make sure the proportions and the placement of the shapes was correct. When I was satisfied with the drawing I inked it with a micron pen and immediately put in some washes of color in the sky. Prints of this painting are available.


As you can see from the winter coat and the glove on my left hand, this painting was from April of this year. The cold weather didn't stop the mosquitoes from buzzing around my head. The good thing about the cold weather is the extra clothing provides a lot of extra pockets to stuff art supplies into!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wilson Marina


watercolor painting of boats at Wilson marina ny
Wilson Marina
8"x10"
Watercolor on paper
Chris Breier © 2016


The original painting is for sale. My brother and I spent the day at Wilson Marina working on paintings. At the end of the day we were going to head over to Bye's popcorn stand where they sell popcorn and caramel corn. It's a small white wood shack in the front yard of a house where they sell popcorn, it's very similar to a produce stand. We've been going there since we were kids. But first, I insisted that we stop at the boat harbor to take some pictures because it was "Golden hour" where the colors and shadows are dramatic.

I painted this in one session in my studio. You can watch the entire process on YouTube, the video is below. Prints of this painting are also available.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tree Study


Tree Study
Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper
5" x 7"
The original painting is for sale. I worked on this study of a tree while I was having the brakes repaired on my car. I don't like sitting around in the waiting room mindlessly watching television, so whenever I have my car worked on I bring my watercolor supplies with me. I handed my keys to the mechanic and immediately bolted out the door to look for something to make a painting from.

This tree was on a walking path not too far from the shop. I began sketching it with a micron pen, and once I was happy with the drawing I used a brush pen to thicken up up some of the lines. When I added the water to the drawing the ink began to run a little bit but I think that made it look more interesting. I started with the color of the sky and when that was dry I added the color of the branches.

A few runners and walkers passed by me while I was working on this painting. They probably thought I was nuts, most people don't encounter artists drawing outside. I once had someone ask me if I was taking a survey. I think it's because I'm holding a board and it looks like I'm writing things down. This happened at Canandaigua Lake and I jokingly said "Yes, I'm counting how many boats are out on the lake today!". Prints of this painting are available.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Watercolor Painting: Sunlit Church

Sunlight Church
Watercolor on paper
8" x 10"
Chris Breier © 2016 
The original painting is for sale. My brother and I took a walk around Williamsville and it quickly turned into a photo expedition. It was windy and colder than normal for June, which was kind of annoying. It felt like winter because the wind was making my ears and face burn, by the end of the walk I couldn't wait to get back inside.

At first I didn't get too many good photos, but I was glad I persisted because this scene was a watercolor painting waiting to happen. What caught my attention was the dappled sunlight and the orange wooden doors of the church.

If you're interested in seeing how this was painted, please watch the YouTube demo below. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Shea's (SOLD)


A watercolor painting of Shea's located in Buffalo, NY.
Shea's
Watercolor on paper
12"x18"
Chris Breier © 2016

The Shea's Performing Art Center is located in in downtown Buffalo. I spent an afternoon walking around the theatre  district looking for subject matter for my paintings. I took a number of photographs of this vantage point of Shea's but I realized that it needed something.

I took a few more pictures, trying different composistions but nothing worked. Then I spotted the metro rail in the distance and it happened to be red! I waited until it was in the perfect position and took a few pictures. The metro rail added a much needed focal point and the red created a nice contrast to the overall blue tone of the painting. Prints of this painting are available.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The January 30 in 30 painting challenge is complete!

A sample of the 30 paintings
that I posted over the past month.
This is the second time that I've participated in the 30 in 30 painting challenge. I had a lot of fun with the subject matter, I even painted a vintage bicycle and a lighthouse. I appreciated all of the encouraging comments on facebook and my blog. To continue to see my paintings follow this blog or follow me on social media (Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Flickr).

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Main & Cayuga

A gouache painting of the intersection of Main Street and South Cayuga in Williamsville NY.
Main & Cayuga
Gouache on paper
5”x7"
Chris Breier © 2016



The original painting is for sale. I was walking home from the local farmers market when I took the reference photo for this painting. It was hot and I was carrying a backpack filled with sweet corn, tomatoes, and blueberries. What I wouldn’t do now for fresh tomatoes and sweet corn, I have to wait another 5-6 months!

This painting was done entirely with gouache which is opaque watercolor. I normally use it small amounts to add highlights to a watercolor. It’s water based and opaque like acrylic but it’s easier to achieve gradients and subtle blending effects with it. Maybe I should do more of these. What do you think? Buy a print of this painting.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Williamsville Path

Watercolor painting of a walking path in williamsville, NY.
Williamsville Path
Watercolor and Gouache on paper
5”x7"
Chris Breier © 2016


The original painting is available. I’ve taken walks here many times, at the end of it there’s a small flower garden that includes a small tree. In the background you can see some of the surrounding homes. I couldn’t figure out why the painting didn’t look finished and then I added in some highlight details with gouache and that pulled the painting together. Buy a print of this painting.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Boatyard on Niagara

Watercolor painting of a boatyard on the Niagara River.
Boatyard on Niagara
Watercolor on paper
8”x10”
Chris Breier © 2016
The original painting is for sale. For this painting I used a limited palette of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, although I used a small amounts of other colors towards the end. I like working in a limited palette because it simplifies the color choices and I can focus more on the values. Buy a print of this painting.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Seagull

A watercolor painting of a seagull standing on a wood piling.
Seagull
Watercolor on paper
8”x10”
Chris Breier © 2016

The original painting is for sale. This seagull was giving me the “evil eye” when I was taking pictures at a boatyard in Wilson NY. I figured I’d paint his portrait. The background was a mishmash of odd boat parts and buildings so I handled in an abstract manner to make it less distracting. I used some gouache to paint the textures on the wood piling. Buy a print of this painting.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Footbridge

A painting of a footbridge used for crossing ellicott creek.
Footbridge
Acrylic on wood panel
8”x10”
Chris Breier © 2016

The original painting is for sale. This painting is the result of taking a walk with my brother when the sun was about to set. He rolled his eyes at me when I pulled my camera out and stopped to take pictures. I couldn’t help myself, the light was amazing! Buy a print of this painting.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Delaware Park

Painting of Delaware park in Buffalo NY.
Delaware Park
Acrylic on wood panel
8”x10”
Chris Breier © 2016

The original painting is for sale. I visited the Albright Knox with my brother to see the impressionist exhibit at the Albright Knox. The exhibit was entitled “Monet and the Impressionist Revolution.” Afterwards we took a walk around Delaware park. It was a sunny day but it was extremely cold. This section of the path is near the Marcy Casino which is a popular location for wedding receptions. Buy a print of this painting.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Old City Hall, Lockport

Watercolor painting of the old city hall in lockport ny.
Old City Hall, Lockport NY
8" x 10"
Watercolor on paper
Chris Breier © 2016

The original painting is for sale. I stumbled upon this building when I was on my photo expedition of Lockport this past summer. It was towards the end of the day and I was exhausted from spending the day painting and taking pictures.

The building is the old City Hall, it currently houses a winery and a restaurant. The old stonework attracted my attention, and I used the granulating effects of watercolor to capture the coarse and textured surface of the walls. Buy a print of this painting.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Buffalo Waterfront


A painting of the Buffalo waterfront
Buffalo Waterfront
Acrylic on wood panel
8”x10”
Chris Breier © 2016

The original painting is for sale. This is a view of the city of Buffalo from the observation tower at Erie Basin Marina. I took the reference photo last fall when I took a day off from work to take advantage of the warm weather. I spent the afternoon at the waterfront walking around and taking pictures. The walk to the top of the tower was part of my exercise for the day. When I got to the top there were a number of birders with binoculars and cameras on tripods taking pictures of the birds flying over Lake Erie. Buy a print of this painting.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Wooded Path

A watercolor painting of a walking path in the woods.
Wooded Path
Watercolor on paper
5”x7”
Chris Breier © 2016

The original painting is for sale. While reviewing my paintings I realized that I spend a lot of time walking through the woods. I was thinking about what made me take the reference photo for this painting, it was the way the light was illuminating the green foliage. The way the light passes through the leaves makes the green appear brighter than if it was just reflected off the tops of the leaves. It reminds me of how light passing through a transparent stain glass window creates saturated colors. Buy a print of this painting.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

View of the Skyway

A painting of the skyway located in buffalo ny.
View of the Skyway
Acrylic on paper
5”x7”
Chris Breier © 2016

The original painting is for sale. Anybody from Buffalo will recognize the Skyway in this painting, if you look closely you can see the rectangular shape of a semi tractor trailer passing over it. The First Niagara Center is located along the left. I painted the entire painting with a variety of blues with a few neutral colors for the street and concrete areas. Buy a print of this painting.