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Resting Along Bell Road

November 20, 2017

Resting Along Bell Road – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 11″ x 14″

As there is no safe place to park along the road and paint this scene, I was able to find a spot in a neighboring parking lot. Had to look between and around branches and brush to paint this.

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Where Woodstock Road Turns

November 19, 2017

Where Woodstock Road Turns – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 36″

Well this was ambitious. A 12 x 12 painting can be a challenge. A 12 x 24 format can be tricky to complete within a 2+ hour time frame. But 36″ wide?

Took two sessions to capture this scene. The format fits the subject well.

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Milk Bottle and Blossoms 2

November 15, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms 2 – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

While out of town on vacation, I received a call from one of  the galleries which represent my artwork. They called to let me know that they sold a painting which I had recently finished. The gallery assumed that I had the painting at my studio and could forward the work upon my return to Rockford. Slight problem. The work in question was currently on consignment with another gallery.

I offered to create a painting similar to the desired painting, but with a kicker. The gallery contacted the buyer-to-be and offered the deal. The buyer agreed to consider the idea. Upon return to Rockford, I set off to work on this painting. As soon as the painting was finished, I forwarded a photo to the gallery. Response was that the buyer was very interested, get the work to the gallery as soon as possible. A sigh of relief when word came back that the buyer was thrilled with this painting.

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Milk Bottle and Blossoms 3

November 9, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms 3 – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

I grew some Sunflowers in the garden this year. Always a treat for the many songbirds that visit. One morning, I noticed that a squirrel had damaged a stem on one of the plants. The branch drooped and the blossoms did not look to good. Decided to cut and trim the branch and bring the blossoms into the house. I figured we might get a few hours out of the group.

Within a couple hours, the blossoms were back up and looking good. I decided to use them for a painting. Started this late in the day and was unable to finish the painting. Almost wiped out the work because the blossoms were all on the same plane and facing my light source. I decided to think about it overnight.

The next day was nice and I went out to paint en plein air. It was almost two days before I was able to get back to this painting By then, time and nature intervened. The blossoms sagged a bit and gave me alternation for the design. I incorporated the changes. Happy with the outcome.

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Quiet on Chrysler

November 8, 2017

Quiet on Chrysler – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

A small abandoned house sits along a frontage road. I painted the front of this house last summer. I decided to return this year with an idea for a different design. Unfortunately, the front of the house just lacked for interest. I moved to the side and found a spot where the road shifts. I would be out of the way of any traffic and liked the view offered.

A few people traveled past while I painted. Some even slowed down to see what was going on. About an hour into the painting a car rolled up from behind me. A police officer. I asked if I was causing trouble. He indicated that I was alright. He asked a few questions and then told me that the office had received a call that someone was seen changing their motor oil in the vicinity. I replied that I was working with oil paints. The officer replied that he could report that the call and visit were justified. We laughed. The officer moved on and I finished the painting.

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Door County

November 7, 2017

Waiting for Calmer Weather – Plein Air – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 6″ x 10″

My wife and I went to Door County Wisconsin for vacation. Our youngest was able to take a few days of vacation and joined us. Not much time reserved for painting though I managed to use open time to my advantage.

One of the days was rather cool and very windy. Wife and son decided they wanted to do some reading down at the public beach. I managed a watercolor despite the best efforts of the wind to cause disruption.

One morning we spent time at a park which overlooks a harbor. Son read and slept. Wife read. Dog slept. I captured a watercolor while a yoga class was in session nearby.

My wife took in a local farmers market and came back with a few items including a bouquet of flowers. Over the next few days, I did a couple paintings of the bouquet.

Although not a very productive trip, as far as my art was concerned, but it was very relaxing for my wife and son.

Egg Harbor Morn – Plein Air – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 6″ x 10″

Door County Bouquet – Plein Air – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 9″

 

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Milk Bottles and Company

November 6, 2017

Milk Bottles and Company – Oil on Canvas Panel – 16″ x 8″

Created this work for a gallery that had a client interested in a work of this dimension. Took it as a challenge. Came up with this design. Had fun painting it. Although the client appeared to have interest in the digital image sent to the gallery,  they decided that this painting would not meet their needs. Oh well, it was a fun painting.