Archive for the ‘Midway Village’ Category


Plein Air – Midway – Anticipating Blossoms

August 2, 2013
Anticipating Blossoms; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Anticipating Blossoms; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

Rain threatened. Rather than travel far and lose the day to rain, I drove over to Midway Village. Quickly set up with a view of the gardens by the Breckenridge house.

The overcast/cloudy conditions made it rather comfortable to work. Enough of the right light to yield some degree of shadows and yet offer protection from the glare of the sun.

The painting worked well. I had to pay attention to alter the greens.  Too much of the same color can be overbearing. To minimize the “green”, I started by putting a light wash of Alizaron Crimson in areas which would be foliage thus using a complimentary color as a background. I would liked to have had color from flower blossoms, but that was not to be. Good day for painting. Oh, by the way, it started to rain as I started to pack up my gear.


Plein Air – Midway June 11

July 2, 2013
View at Breckenridge; Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

View at Breckenridge; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

The weather appeared “iffy”. Rather than travel back up to Beloit to generate additional works for the Edge of the Rock plein air competition, I traveled over to Midway Village. I was told that I could be there in the morning, however, they did have groups scheduled for afternoon tours. So I kept it small and quick.

Found this view at the west end of the village and moved fast. Had some sunshine initially but about halfway through the painting, clouds moved in and overcast conditions prevailed.  Rained later in the afternoon.


Plein Air – Midway Village June 4

June 14, 2013
Early June; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 9 x 12

Late Spring Light; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 9 x 12

Back at Midway Village. The weather this morning is not promising. Overcast. I want to get a couple paintings done for practice and resource. The next couple days are predicted to be rainy and the Edge of the Rock Plein Air competition, a ten day affair, begins tomorrow.

The first scene to jump out at me includes an 1850 era barn. The sky is a real challenge. About halfway through the painting, the sun started to pop out from the clouds. Full sun on my painting and palette  made it very interesting to finish my work.

After finishing the first painting, I decided to tackle another. Had to find shade first and then determine a scene to paint. Found a nice, quiet, secluded spot which focused on the light and shadows on the back sides of a couple of the Victorian structures, a scene which few visitors would recognize.

Behind Midway Hospital; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Behind Midway Hospital; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″


Midway Village – Ralston House

June 13, 2013
Ralston House - May 2013; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Ralston House – May 2013; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

This past April, I had the opportunity to display some of my work at Midway Village during the Rockford Spring ArtScene.  It was tMidway’s first time participating in this event. The foot traffic was a little light but all the artists made a few sales so that was successful as far as we were concerned. One of the board members indicated that she hoped that I would return again for the autumn edition. This invitation gave me an idea.

Midway Village includes a museum containing items and stories of local interest. It also has  a Victorian village comprised of  26 historical buildings filled with artifacts. ( ).  I thought that it could be interesting to create and display plein air paintings of the village at the next ArtScene.

Starting with the board member, I pitched the idea of creating plein air paintings of the village. Several contacts later finally put me in contact with THE decision maker that could yield permission to have access to the village to pursue this project. I have to be cautious to stay out of the way of group tours of the facility and have to be out by 4pm.

After the first day of painting I am already seeing loads of potential subjects. I have a few plein air competitions over the next few weeks which will inhibit painting time here, but I am confident that I will be able to have enough paintings together by October. I trust that this will be able to bring attention to Midway Village as well as my artwork.