Archive for the ‘Cedarburg Wisconsin’ Category

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Warm Welcome

August 9, 2018

Warm Welcome – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 14″ x 11″

The competition paintings were turned in and being judged. Awards and sale later this day. As long as I was in town, I decided to get in another painting.

I had been past this house several times. Although not particularly noteworthy, this orange door always caught my eye. As I began this painting, the title came to me. Seems as though the title helped keep me on track with the value, color and temperature decisions. Fun painting.

While I painted, a nearby homeowner approached me. I wondered if I was going to be scolded for standing in the road. Interesting conversation as he was not fully aware of the Cedarburg Plein Air event. I was happy to see that our conversation was positive and that he was in attendance that evening.

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Haven Behind Sal’s

August 7, 2018

Haven Behind Sal’s – Plein Air – 12″ x 16″

After completing “Anvil Grille” and having lunch, I ventured onto the main street of Cedarburg. Although a number of artists were working on the typical main street scenes, I found this sight behind one of the stores. Nestled between two buildings and somewhat out of the view of pedestrians, I worked on this design. Started around 1 P.M., I made some assumptions about possible shadows (which did not happen to the extent I had hoped for) and a took a little artists prerogative concerning the flower pots (after all, it was early June). Not a prize winner, but I like it anyway.

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Anvil Grille

August 6, 2018

Anvil Grille – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 16″

Although on my short list of designs to tackle at this plein air event, I was on my way to another spot when I was about to pass by this location. I noticed two important factors. First, a very convenient and rarely available parking space was vacant. Second, the light and shadows were interesting.

I immediately altered my schedule, stopped the car and quickly set to paint this scene. The changes that occurred during my time painting were challenging. Hard to stick to your initial design when the shadows constantly evolve offering a myriad of possibilities and the shops and venues are coming to life before the late morning shoppers and diners start to arrive. At a very vulnerable and opportune time, a couple stopped to peruse the menu posted at the restaurant. Quickly slapped the figures in place and finished the painting.

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Steps of Scents

August 4, 2018

Steps of Scents – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 12″ x 9″

The Cedarburg Plein Air Festival began with a unique opportunity. The first day of the event, we had the chance to paint in the historic district and then exhibit (and possibly sell) our works that same day.

I completed a painting in the morning, had lunch and still had some time to burn before our efforts were to be submitted for the exhibition / sale. In walking around the main street, a colorful flower basket caught my eye. The homeowner had a lively flower basket hanging from their porch. I thought I might be able to capture a quick painting. As I stood in front of the home, trying to decide on a composition, it occurred to me that the display of potted flowers on the front steps offered a more appealing opportunity.

When the homeowner witnessed me drawing in my sketchbook, curious, she inquired to make sure that I was not with the tax assessors office. When she realized that I was just an artist, I was given permission to continue.

Not able to complete the painting that afternoon, I returned a few days later. While completing the work, I was a approached by the homeowners friend. Short discussion with the friend resulted in a sale off-the-easel. The friend planned to give the painting as a surprise gift. I trust that the painting has been presented by now.

Would like to have a better photo of the completed painting, but I am very grateful for the sale.

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On the Moo-ve

July 20, 2018

On the Moo-ve – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 24″

While competing in the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival, I asked one of the co-chairs for input. I was interested in capturing one of the local farms that would not require me to stand alongside a busy highway. Within moments, I had three women firing ideas at me. Among the suggestions, was a farm that was at the edge of town. I stood at the point where the speed limit changed from 25 mph to 45 mph. This was doable. One caveat, while the farmer did not mind painters painting the farm, we had to set up across the road, not too close to the pasture. No problem.

Took about forty minutes to play with sketches to decide on the design and format. Liked the idea of working this scene horizontally. Hard to capture the cows as they were constantly moving around. I found that I had to take several breaks from painting in order to grab my sketchbook and quickly capture their short term poses. Worked on this for about two hours when the weather changed. My lighting was lost. I decided to come back the next day. While I thought it might require an hour to complete, I spent a little additional time altering some colors.

While working the second day, I was visited by the owner of the farm. He made mention of the horizontal format. Said he loved the placement of the cows and how I handled the scene to capture the buildings as well as the distant fields. Took him awhile before he noticed that I had improvised the big barn. While the current barn was dark grey and weathered, I added the red paint. He remarked that along time ago, it was that color. I guess that’s okay.

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Klenke’s Planter and Basket of Blossoms

January 31, 2018

Basket of Blssoms – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 11″ x 9″

Working on watercolors as ideas for a workshop this summer. The workshop is offered at the Peninsula School of Art in Door County Wisconsin. The pick up truck is one of the iconic scenes located at Klenke’s in Door County. The bicycle is from a sketch I made during the Cedarburg Plein Air competition. These worked out to be better than I expected. I may have to consider submissions to a couple watercolor competitions.

Klenke’s Planter – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

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Henhouse

January 6, 2018

Henhouse – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Preparing ideas for an upcoming workshop on watercolors, I utilized a plein air painting from Cedarburg Wisconsin as a basis for this watercolor. Having already worked out the challenges of this design in the oil painting, this watercolor moved effortlessly. Very happy with the brightness of the light off the front of this structure.

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October Drive and Flowers and Fence

January 5, 2018

October Drive – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Used a plein air oil painting as a basis for the scene from Rock Cut State Park. Restraint needed to leave the white of the paper to help illustrate the brightness of the sunlight across the foliage and road.

An oil painting from my Cedarburg trip was the inspiration of the flowers in front of a picket fence. Would like to have been a little looser with the application of colors for the flowers. Perhaps it’s worth another try.

Flowers and Fence – Watercolor on Arches 300# CP – 7″ x 10″

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Sittin’ by the Tracks

August 23, 2017

Sitting by the Tracks – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

The competition, replacement and Gems paintings turned in. Unsold paintings to be picked up from the venue late the next day. With an afternoon available, I grabbed my gear and set out for another painting.

I caught sight of this design a few days earlier. Decided to investigate this as an idea for next years competition. Went to the spot where first saw the scene. It was not good enough. I wanted to get closer to the rail crossing and orange truck. I made my way to the backside of an apartment building, to a closed street. Grabbed my gear and set up near the tracks on an abandoned siding. The painting was progressing well, when I was interrupted by a pedestrian. It was a worrisome resident of the apartment checking to see what I was up to. Realized what I was painting and exclaimed, “Don’t know why you’re painting that. It doesn’t look like a very pretty sight to me”. Critics.

I continued with my work and was interrupted again. This time by an older gentleman who was out for a bike ride along the adjoining recreational trail. He stopped, figured out what I was painting and offered the comment, “Well! When you finish that, you are going to have a very unique painting.” I’ll take that as a complement.

Due to the sun shining and a lack of available shade, this was one of the rare times when I set up an umbrella to shade my easel while I painted. Due to wind conditions, I had to paint most of this work while holding the umbrella with my free hand. Other than that handicap, the work seemed to paint itself.

My son had warned me about trains which regularly travel those tracks. Though I kept alert, no trains came through. I finished the painting, packed up my gear and as I pulled away from my parking spot, I heard a noise. The 4:05 train coming through.

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Cedarburg Gems

August 15, 2017

Blossoms at the Painted Swing – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Competition and replacement paintings turned in. Now to create a couple small, lower priced works for the Gems display. Found a nice shaded spot on the main street which gave me both of these flower designs.

Hanging Basket – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

 

Picture This – Oil on Canvas Panel – 10″ x 8″

Liked playing with the shadows and tackling the elliptic on this design. A shop owner from across the street came over to check out the progress on this painting and give me a bottle of ice water. Wow! That was an appreciated interruption.

Display at Kuhefuss House Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

Decided to try this scene as a watercolor. Unfortunately I made an error in the design and it did not work. I returned the next day to paint this design in oil. Painting went well and I had a nice conversation with a worker form the popcorn stand where I was working.