Archive for the ‘Plein Air Paintings’ Category

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Midway Willow

January 21, 2017
Midway Willow - Plein Air - Oil on Linen Panel - 10" x 8"

Midway Willow – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

Warm sunny day in November. Lots of color as not all of the leaves had dropped yet. Not many of these days available before it gets cold. Sometimes, you travel to an area anticipating a good, exciting scene to paint and end up disappointed. This was not one of those times.  This stop gave me a better, livelier subject than I had anticipated. Made for a really fun morning of painting.

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Limestone Road at Edson

January 16, 2017
Limestone Road at Edson Plein Air - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 8" x 16"

Limestone Road at Edson Plein Air – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 16″

A warm sunny morning. Early autumn. Where better to spend time painting than a relatively quiet country road. Dealt with an occasional vehicle passing by. The relative quiet otherwise disturbed by the rustling of ripened corn plants. At least I thought that it was the corn.

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Rock Cut Trail

December 21, 2016
Rock Cut Trail - Plein Air - Oil on Oil Primed Linen Panel - 10" x 8"

Rock Cut Trail – Plein Air – Oil on Oil Primed Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

Let the purging begin!

Throughout the year, I encounter dud efforts. Sometimes they are out in the field. Sometimes they are studio doomed. Hopefully I recognize the errors of my ways early enough that I can transfer the slop from my support to paper towels then to the garbage, thereby saving the support for another effort (a.k.a. battle). Fortunately, Rock Cut Trail was not one of the dud works.

Some duds are real stinkers. The kind that make me exclaim “What was I thinking?”. Other clinkers are not worthy of seeing the light outside of my studio but, for some reason, I believe that they may offer the seed of an idea to be utilized for a better work.

As the year winds down, I take time to clean up the studio. Beyond the dust and dirt, I find that the studio begins to get swallowed up by too many dud paintings. Time to purge. As of today, 38 works sit in the studio which “bit the dust”. Gone. Cease to exist. About a third of these are good canvas panels which have been sanded and oil primed. About a third are panels which are beyond help and are trash bound. About a third of the clinkers remain. They are canvas on stretchers. The spent canvas will be removed in the next few days, new canvas will be cut to size and stapled onto the stretchers (not a lot of fun, but since my son is not around to do this, the task is mine).

On one hand, inventory of available works has been decreased. On the other hand, my inventory of available supports is ready for the new year.

May 2017 be a more productive and successful year.

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Baxter Road

December 19, 2016
Baxter Road - Plein Air - Oil on Oil Primed Linen Panel - 8" x 10"

Baxter Road – Plein Air – Oil on Oil Primed Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

One of the last relatively mild days of autumn. Ambled my way to this road. Thought that I had a good subject, a homestead down the road to the left. Spent several minutes making thumbnail sketches to test designs. None of the designs was working for me. Then it occurred to me that the view ahead of me would work.

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Little Red

November 30, 2016
Little Red - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Little Red – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Painting at the house of a friend, I found this abandoned wagon sitting at the edge of a flower bed. The play of light on this find caught my eye and refused to let go. I had no choice but to paint it. Made a few quick sketches to get a feel for the effect of the sunlight, then moved fast to lock the drawing and shadows in place. Once the shadows and light were in place, the rest went relatively easy, although the background was a concern. Had to indicate the foliage without getting caught up in all of the details.

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River’s Edge

November 17, 2016
Rivers Edge - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Rivers Edge – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Used a poorly rendered, quick plein air study from May, to create this little work for a gallery’s point-of-purchase display. Like this one better than the original.

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Character on Chrysler Drive

November 8, 2016
Character on Chrysler Drive - Plein Air - Oil on Linen Panel - 9" x 12"

Character on Chrysler Drive – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Although I have driven past this frontage road dozens of times, I had never explored it. Recently ventured and found this abandoned abode. Did a small painting which “had bones” but was not “it”. After a few days of looking at the painting, I figured out how I could alter the design to “read” better. Happy with this effort. Found out this place has been vacant for six or seven years. Hope that it lasts for awhile longer so I can gather some additional paintings out here.