Description The first piece I'm uploading to my site, is the first in a new collection of paintings featuring scenes and subjects from the beautiful Lake Sunapee Region. First a light sketch is made to layout the proportions and locations of its features. Then using acrylic paint diluted with water, transparent washes are painted over the subjects. Finally, using a fine tipped black pen, the details are drawn in, giving it a 'sketch' quality. Personally I love the qualities that this style brings to my artwork.This 5x7 painting entitled, 'Sunapee South,' (its view is from the north, looking south) has three local landmarks. First, obviously the lake, Second the Ski Mt, (Mt. Sunapee,) and Third, one of the three famous lighthouses on the big lake, 'Loon Island Lighthouse.' Shedding some light on the history of this lighthouse, lighthousefriends.com says, 'In 1891, the steamer Edmund Burke struck an underwater ledge at Loon Island. The accident led to the construction of a lighthouse on this small island near the middle of the lake. The wooden tower was built in 1893 by the Woodsum brothers, owners of the steamships, at a cost of $400. In 1896, the lighthouse ironically caught on fire when the fire department was working on repairs. Using just the one bucket they had, the firemen extinguished the fire with lake water, and finished their repairs.The second tower was struck by lightning in 1960 and burned down. It was rebuilt in the same year, after a fund drive for private contributions. In the 1980s, solar panels were installed in the lighthouse.The Great Depression of the 1930s took its toll on Lake Sunapee, and as tourism declined the steamboats and grand hotels disappeared. Though steamboats full of summer travelers no longer cruise the lake, the Loon Island Lighthouse still guides the marine craft, which use the lake for recreation.'
Brandon Archibald, NH Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement Brandon Archibald is from Sanbornton, NH and was born in 1983. As part of a large family, pursuing the arts and developing abilities were strongly encouraged. Through his own studies of Art & Technique, Brandon is a self-taught artist.
His work exudes a sense of reality coupled with tangible evidence of an artist’s hand. Not only does it have the ’sketch’ qualities that appeal to him, through the pen and wash medium & its transparent splashes of color, there is a feeling of liberation and looseness.