Archive for the ‘Plein Air Paintings’ Category

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Barn at Beaver Creek

October 9, 2018

Barn at Beaver Creek – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 9″ x 12″

Another play with watercolors. Used artist prerogative on this. This structure used to be a barn. Several years ago it was converted to a ceramics workshop and display room on the ground level and a home on the upper level. The front has a lot of windows. The barn has been allowed to age to dark brownish gray patina. Rather than paint this painting in its current state, I wanted this structure to look barn-ish.

I could see the indications of the former sliding door entrance to the barn and the opening for the hay loft. I also felt that changing the color to something more indicative of a barn would help.

Not sure that the owner was very excited with my choices, but I am.

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Blooms at Breckenridge House

October 4, 2018

Blooms at Breckenridge House – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 9″ x 12″

In search of a building to interpret in watercolor, I ventured over to Midway Village.  I walked the grounds and decided to take on the Breckenridge House. I embraced the challenge of the flowers. To interpret each planting. To instill unity and yet successfully elude to and instill depth to the scene.

While I painted, a few of the volunteers worked tending to the flower beds. I opted not to include the workers in the scene. I was in a hurry and the many options for placement of the workers required more than I wanted to invest. Before I finished the painting, a couple of the gardeners came over to check out my work. One was put out that I did not include the whole house. Funny look on her face when I responded that I found the product of their efforts to be of more interest.

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Guirl’s Outbuilding

September 25, 2018

Guirl’s Outbuilding – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 9″ x 12″

Made a visit to a ceramics workshop a few miles east of Rockford. The workshop and shop are in a renovated barn. The owner gave permission to paint on their property. Many, many possibilities. Spent about a half hour walking the main part of the compound making quick pen sketches and taking some reference photos. Decided to do a quick watercolor painting to make the trip worthy and then back to my studio to ponder future designs at this site.

This is the old chicken coop. No chickens around anymore. The background was done wet on dry. That is, I started on dry paper by painting left to right the tree, then some sky, gently touching the tree. Continued across the paper. This process allowed me to somewhat control the flow of the green into the blue and create a soft transition between the trees and sky. This gives an effect of atmospheric perspective.

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Oak Ridge July

August 25, 2018

Oak Ridge – Oil on Canvas – Plein Air – 11″ x 14″

After spending a frustrating day painting in the heat a couple days earlier, I ventured out to paint at a park that had held fair inspiration in the past. It had been a couple years since I painted at Oak Ridge.

Arrived and had to scrap my anticipated design. An oak tree that sat prominently along the river was no longer there. Heavy rains a few days earlier yielded a high waterline and negated the opportunity to get a favorable river view. As I played with ideas for capturing the river, this view of one of the field trees caught my attention.

The sky was overcast. I figured that it could be interesting and opportunistic if the conditions changed offered cloud patterns. My wish eventually came through. I worked the trees and meadow nearly to completion, when the sky began to break Before I could complete the painting, the clouds gave way to clear skies. With the sun to my back, the glare was too much. Back in the studio, about twenty minutes of fine tuning was all it took to finish this work.

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Wine and Roses

August 23, 2018

Wine and Roses – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 11″ x 14″

Competing in a plein air competition, I found this opportunity around the corner from the check-in/stamping station. Very hot day made for an additional challenge to this work. Took a bit longer to complete this, but I am happy with the results.

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Barn Along Beaverton Road

August 22, 2018

Barn Along Beaverton Road – Oil on Canvas – Plein Air – 8″ x 10″

Looking at an area map, I noted a road which I had not yet explored. Nothing really popped. Came upon a small gap in a thickly forested spot. Gave me a glimpse of this barn and that was about it. Not much time available so I tackled this scene with a small canvas. The road was fairly quiet yet I felt safe I will be back for additional painting ventures.

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Blue Shed

August 20, 2018

Blue Shed – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

The spot I planned to paint at was not going to work. What I expected to find wasn’t available. Alternate site obscured by hay bales covered in plastic sheeting.

Ventured the back roads a bit. Made my way into a small town. Nothing grabbed my interest. Started to head back home and opted for a minor detour through a small town. Spied this shed and decided to take a shot. Had to do some “clean up” and edit a few things, like an above ground pool. Found a couple other opportunities while there. May have to venture back again soon.