Archive for the ‘Door County’ Category

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Birch Trees

August 11, 2018

Birch Trees – Watercolor on Aquabord – 10″ x 8″

I decided to play with watercolor on this surface. I utilized a simple reference photo from one of our Door County trips.

Once a very simple drawing was in place, I worked the negative areas, that is, the areas around the birch limbs and branches, in one continuous wash. I augmented the dark portions to separate the background from the mid and foreground grasses and finished with a few opaque applications of paint to accentuate the leaves.

I like to way that watercolor reacts on this surfaace and love the idea that completed watercolors can be framed without the need for glass or polycarbonate glazing. I am looking forward to working with this process en plein air.

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Morn on Cedar Court Part 2

July 17, 2018

Morn on Cedar Court – Oil on Canvas – 20″ x 20″

This is the souped up version.

This painting had been at a gallery for a few months. At the time of retrieval, I felt that the work needed “something”. I felt that the abstract design was decent, but something was failing. It sat in my studio for almost a year. It occurred to me that the painting needed to be brighter, more vibrant.

Late one afternoon, before finishing for the day, I put the painting up on my easel. I added a few strokes of brighter highlights near the focal point. Just a few. I decided to take a break and examine the changes to see if it would work. During dinner, we checked the work and decided it was a better direction. A few days later, I went drastic and, in essence, reworked the painting.

Much happier with it now.

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Farmers Market Find

May 9, 2018

Farmers Market Find -Oil on Canvas Panel – 10″ x 8″

While on vacation in Door County, my wife visited a local farmers market. In addition to some tasty food items, Helen decided to purchase a small bouquet of flowers. We borrowed a Mason jar from the manager of our cottage. I couldn’t resist painting this. Unfortunately, I was not able to finish the set up alla prima. The mostly finished painting sat in my studio for a few months. Recently, after completing a painting, I had a couple hours left in the afternoon. I pulled out the panel and completed this painting.

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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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Solace Along Country Lane and Farmington Way

January 2, 2018

Solace Along Country Lane – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Two recent watercolor paintings created from plein air oil studies.

Solace Along Country Lane is an interpretation of a scene in Door County Wisconsin. I removed a lot of trees, bushes and other growth to expose the house. I added the structure in back and augmented what I could see of the rise in the background.

Farmington Way is based on a scene near Belvidere, Illinois. I added the tree on the left and cleaned up the trees and bushes around the house.

Farmington Way – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

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Sunspot Jr. and Pumpkin with Water Can

December 30, 2017

Sunspot Jr. – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

One of the classes I conduct is for Studio Painting in Oil (and Acrylic). Trying to cater to my students interest, I aim to offer one landscape and one still life option at class each week. As if that is not enough strain for an instructor, I also have each scene started on small canvases to help my students visualize a looser beginning to their paintings. Once I get back into my studio, I like to complete the works for sale through my studio or by the galleries which represent my work.

Pumpkins and Water Can – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

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Sunspot and Klenkes

December 19, 2017

Sunspot Along German Road – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Preparing fresh images for an upcoming watercolor workshop, I played with these two designs.

Sunspot Along German Road, is a follow up to an oil painting. The work is from sketches made during a trip into Door County Wisconsin.

Klenke’s is worked from a reference photo. The site is a well known spot in Ellison Bay Wisconsin.

Klenke’s -Watercolor on Canson 140# CP – 9″ x 12″