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Special Delivery, Lone Ranger, Patti’s Hen House

August 14, 2017

Special Delivery – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

One of the sites lined up for the event was a farm just north of Cedarburg. Spent several minutes moving around and capturing a number of thumbnail sketches of numerous subject and design possibilities. Found a display of three wagons with flowers. The middle of the three wagons held the most interest for me. I didĀ  not move the wagon, but rather, mentally edited the other wagons out. More than once I had to move from my easel in order to understand the angles and shadows. This was one of those works which “painted itself”. Had fun working this. Only regret is not going larger. Thrilled to see that this work sold before the exhibit opened to the public.

The title for this work was suggested by the owner of the farm. I liked it. Figure as long as we were spending so much time painting on their property, the least I could do is allow her to add an important contribution to my painting.

Lone Ranger – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 16″

Started this on a very warm (it was HOT) afternoon. Although I liked the design and wanted to finish this work, the heat was getting to me (although the chickens settled down around my easel was amusing). I decided to stop before I messed up a good start. Looking at the work that evening, I realized that the values were causing a problem. I needed to be more bold and push the values and colors to make it pop. Returned the next afternoon (it was a few degrees cooler). The planned adjustments were just the trick to make this painting work.

Patti’s Hen House – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 16″

Started this in the morning. I only had about two hours to work due to another commitment. Got pretty far, but unable to finish. Looked at the worked later, with fresh eyes and realized that painting the chicken coop as it is, was a recipe for disaster. I figured out an alternative color scheme that could work.

Returned the next morning. I was hoping the chickens would be out and about to help me give some life to the scene. The chickens were still in the coop. I set to completing the work. Much to my pleasure, the folks let the chickens out. I stopped painting for a few minutes and grabbed my sketchbook. I made some quick sketches of the chickens moving around near the house. Back to painting and I noticed the chickens making their way over to my easel. I continued painting while they checked out my shoes, paint bucket and panel carrier for food. Then they nestled down near my feet while I continued to paint. A St. Francis of Assisi moment.

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