Archive for the ‘Plein Air Paintings’ Category

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Flowers in the Can and Flowers in a Pot

June 20, 2018

Flowers in the Can – Oil on Canvas Panel – 16″ x 8″

Twice a year, Rockford holds ArtScene, an event intended to showcase the works of area artists. The event runs Friday and Saturday from late afternoon through the evening. One challenge is that generally 35 to 40 venues scattered around the city host artists. Another of the difficulties is that the event gets very little useful notice or promotion from the local media (sorry, but a photo in the Sunday paper or a short film clip on the Saturday late news, does not help). A few artists post invitations to their friends, but attendance is spotty.

The most recent event was challenging and we knew before the event started. Weather was predicted to be rainy and cold, not conducive for folks that might attempt to visit multiple venues. Rather than risk sitting around all weekend doing nothing, I decided to use a portion of my space to place a small Still Life display, set up my French Easel and create a painting during the event. I thought that my painting demonstration might stir up interest in my art and perhaps result in an off-the-easel sale. The painting, Flowers in the Can (above) was created Friday night. It was so much fun that I tackled the larger, Flowers in a Pot (below) on Saturday night (close to finish on Saturday, but needed a few finishing touches at home).

As any plein air artist knows, painting in public leaves one very vulnerable to comments. Several people did not realize that I had the display set up and wondered if I was making these paintings up out of my imagination. One person asked if I was painting in watercolors. I replied that these were oils, her response was that she felt that I should be painting in acrylics.  There were additional interesting comments, but I will refrain from sharing at this time.

Slow weekend. No sales, but I did walk away with two good paintings from the event. I plan to paint again at the next ArtScene this October. Hopefully to more favorable financial results.

 

Flowers in a Pot – Oil on Canvas Panel – 24″ x 12″

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Cleared Field

December 29, 2017

Cleared Field – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 16″

Ventured out to a quiet rural road. I had intentions of this scene and design. I had to make a few adjustments. The small building had been toppled by age and storms. I knew that I had made sketches of these buildings last summer.  So I painted the scene and imposed the small building by utilizing sketches from the book which I happened to have with me.

As often occurs, as I was busy painting this design, I noticed that this location offers additional opportunities. The painting “Fields to the Left of Me, Cows to the Right” is one of the designs. More paintings to come from this location.

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Flyer with Pumpkins

December 26, 2017

Flyer with Pumpkins – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

Had a nice harvest of pumpkins from the garden. I decided to use an old wagon to create this still life. I improvised the background to create more interest. As I set up and started to paint, I realized that our dog was at our back door. He was barking and I took that as a message that he wanted to come out and join me outside.

Our dog, Clawed Monet (sic), generally likes to relax underneath a tree to the north end of our yard. Today, however, he decided to lay down and relax in front of my set up. An artists version of a photo bomb.

Clawed Monet with Still Life Prop

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Trail Through Rock Cut

December 25, 2017

Trail Through Rock Cut – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Same general location which I painted from only a couple days earlier. Moved up the path by about fifty yards. It gave a different look to the design. Out in the open, I was interrupted a couple times by curious onlookers. Otherwise the painting moved swiftly. Productive autumn for me. I  do regret that I was not able to get more paintings completed this past autumn.

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Chilled Waters

December 24, 2017

Chilled Waters – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 16″

Finishing up a very productive week with a visit to a park south of Rockford. Although I have painted at this canoe launch before, today I found a different perspective. I was nestled in by some trees at the north end of the launch. Although a few people did venture into the area, it was fun to witness how long it would take before they realized that I was nearby painting.

I planned to finish this work within two hours, but it took a little longer. It was too fun to stop too early. Within a day of posting this work, two of the galleries sent requests to display this work. It is now placed and awaiting a new home.

Sad to say that following this day, we went through three plus weeks of gloomy, wet weather. By the time I could get out again, the foliage was gone. Now I await the snow.

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Cows to the Right of Me, Fields to the Left

December 22, 2017

Cows to the Right of Me, Fields to the Left – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Out to one of my favorite country roads. Found this spot between the fields. Liked the design possibilities. It was a bright sunny morning and I did not have my umbrella with me. Made for a greater challenge to work good values on the canvas.

The fun part of this was the field to my right. A few dozen cows grazing. As I set up and started to paint, the curious cows came over to check things out. A few stayed nearby until I was finishing the painting.

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Rock Cut Ride

December 21, 2017

Rock Cut Ride – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Another beautiful October morning. Traveled to Rock Cut State Park with a few options in mind. I found a small path which leads to one of the preferred fishing locations. It afforded me the opportunity to park off the path and within close proximity to my set up. I nestled into the tree line which gave me this design. Side benefit was that I was fairly well hidden from any passers-by (nice to work in solitude despite so many people passing by).