Archive for the ‘landscape’ Category

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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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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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Berm Along Farmington

July 18, 2018

Berm Along Farmington – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

Last summer, I created a plein air work of an abandoned farm house. The road afforded me an opportunity of capturing the back of the farmstead. I liked the finished product but felt that something was missing. It needed something more.

During the autumn and winter, I often looked at the plein air work and mulled ideas of how to improve the work. Early this spring, it occurred to me that the work could be improved by improvising. I altered the format from a 12″ x 24″ and went with this 18″ x 24″ format. I pushed the farmstead further in the background. This helped add linear and atmospheric perspective to the work. Much happier with this effort.

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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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Bucket of Blossoms

May 30, 2018

Bucket of Blossoms – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 16″

A scene from a summer plein air expedition was my inspiration. That display was a bucket suspended from and old metal headboard in a garden. The bucket contained a few very small flowers, or perhaps they were weeds. Anyway, they were small, scraggly and a bit unappealing. It was also very shaded.

I decided to use this idea and instead of the metal headboard, I opted to place the bucket on an old wooden fence. I used a small plein air study to work in the flowers. Added the bright  sunshine too.

 

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Barn Along Limestone / Mulford Barn

May 21, 2018

Mulford Barn – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

These two little guys were created using plein air sketches from summer 2017. These began as demonstrations for my Oil painting class. Liked the starts enough to finish them and place those with a gallery for point-of-purchase sales. Took some liberties with the background trees for design.

Barn Along Limstone – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″