Archive for the ‘Fields Project; Oregon, IL’ Category


Before the Entrance

November 7, 2011

Before the Entrance, Oil on Canvas 24" x 18"

Although the final colors of autumn were calling, I worked on this painting as a submission to a competition. I would rather have been outside trying to capture the last hurrah’s before the really cold stuff settles in, but deadlines are deadlines.

This is an idea that has been brewing for a few months. I witnessed this scene during the Fields Project in June.  I love to look up at the sides of these buildings just as I enter them. The patterns, the lines, the foreshortening get to me. I like to find these designs which most people do not see.

A forecast of rain for tomorrow. I hope that the rains and wind are calm, leaving a few leaves and colors for me to capture en plein air later this week.


Nearing Haldane

September 27, 2011

Nearing Haldane, Oil on Canvas 20" x 16"

This is a studio work created from a sketch made early one morning during the Fields Project. An “L” armature which gains strength from the vertical format.


McGregor Road

September 22, 2011

McGregor Road, Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Created this painting from a sketch made during the Fields Project. Utilized Transparent Red Oxide to sketch the scene and establish values in select portions of the painting. Played the red/green complementary range.


June at Vogel’s

September 20, 2011

June at Vogel's, Oil on Canvas 20" x 16"

View at Vogel's - Study, Oil on Canvas Panel 10" x 8"

Due to a foot problem, I could not go out to paint. I could not stand at my easel. But I could sit and paint.

I played with a sketch made during the Fields Project in June. The view is looking northeast from inside a barn. I edited some of the scenery out. Played with the small painting first. Satisfied, I took it to a larger size.


West Ogle Morn

September 8, 2011

West Ogle Morn, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Painted in my studio from some sketches made during the 2006 Fields Project.

Early morning and I am meandering over gravel roads on my way to a breakfast. I gathered sketches and a few photos along the way. Following breakfast, I created a couple small watercolor paintings of the folks farm.


Barn Sketch

August 30, 2011

Barn Sketch, Oil on Gessoed Paper 8" x 6"

Worked with a pen sketch made during the Fields Project. An old out building at a farm. I intended to just work this as a value painting and got carried away. Hey! It was fun.

I started with a basic block in with brush. Although I could have stopped at that time, I decided to finish off the painting by using a palette knife to give the feel of paint chips. Then the sky and tree.


Broderick’s Abode

August 24, 2011

Broderick's Abode, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

I used a sketch created during the Fields project to create this painting. I enjoyed playing with the reflections of the trees on the windows.


June Morn at Chapel Road

August 17, 2011

June Morn at Chapel Road, Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"

I created this painting in my studio, using sketches created in between rains during the Fields Project.

After doing an initial oil sketch on my canvas, I put a light wash of Alizarin Crimson in the sky. I love the way that the essence of the crimson comes through the body paint used in the sky. Works well with the greens of the foliage.


Path at Croft’s Shed

August 8, 2011

Path at Croft's Shed, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

I used a small study created during the Fields Project to create this work.


Path by Croft’s Shed

July 25, 2011

Path by Croft's Shed, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

It was predicted to be 90+ degrees, high humidity and a heat index in excess of 100. The Eagles Nest group opted to cancel the days paint out. After traveling down to Dixon to retrieve my painting from the Illinois Watercolor Society exhibition, I decided to use the afternoon as a dry run in preparation for Saturdays Dockside Paint Out competition in Door County.

I utilized a plein air sketch from the recent Fields Project as my guide. The goal, to complete the painting in two hours. No interruptions allowed, other than a fire alarm, perhaps. I turned on the stereo, loaded up the palette with paint, and set an 11″ x 14″ canvas in position on my easel. I noted the time on the clock and let the paint fly.

The original sketch was created only four weeks earlier. As I painted I recalled that day at the Crofts farm. The sights, the smells, the bugs; the essence of being at the site painting was still very fresh in my mind.  The time passed quickly and before I knew it, the painting was complete. Just under two hours. Great.