Archive for the ‘Rock Cut State Park’ Category


October Drive and Flowers and Fence

January 5, 2018

October Drive – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Used a plein air oil painting as a basis for the scene from Rock Cut State Park. Restraint needed to leave the white of the paper to help illustrate the brightness of the sunlight across the foliage and road.

An oil painting from my Cedarburg trip was the inspiration of the flowers in front of a picket fence. Would like to have been a little looser with the application of colors for the flowers. Perhaps it’s worth another try.

Flowers and Fence – Watercolor on Arches 300# CP – 7″ x 10″


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.


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).


Tree Reflection

June 27, 2017

Tree Reflection, Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″

Aiming to reduce my inventory of 16″ x 20″ canvases, I played with this design. I like the idea of making the viewer look at a subject in a new or unexpected way.

Soon after posting this photo on my Facebook site, Tom Linden Fine Art, one of the galleries sent a message indicating that they wanted the work for their display. Season opens soon, we’ll hope for a quick move on this painting (supplies needed).


Spring Coming

May 23, 2017

Spring Coming – Oil on Canvas – 24″ x 18″

Wanted to play with another creek in winter scene. This worked caused some angst. I had not fully thought out my design and approach to execution. The berm on the right side was tough. The actual scene had thick brush and saplings on the right berm. I felt that it would be too cluttered and restrictive to follow the photo. Made a few sketches and thought that I had the design solved, but that was not to my liking. Re-thought it and started again. Oops, that one was not going to work either. Thank goodness, the third attempt sort of painted itself, which is to say, it worked to my satisfaction.


2016 Rockford Fall ArtScene

October 4, 2016

All set up and ready for this weekends Rockford Fall ArtScene. Friday October 7 (5-10pm) and Saturday October 8 (4-9pm). We will be at Bennie’s 126 N. 1st Street.

Framed 6" x 8" Oil Paintings on Canvas Panels.

Framed 6″ x 8″ Oil Paintings on Canvas Panels.


Selection includes Plein Air as well as studio works

Selection includes Plein Air as well as studio works


Dozens of smaller unframed works ranging from 6" x 8" up to 12" x 16"

Dozens of smaller unframed works ranging from 6″ x 8″ up to 12″ x 16″


Still Water at Rock Cut Overflow

September 5, 2016
Still Water at Rock Cut Overflow - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Still Water at Rock Cut Overflow – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 10

Found a quiet spot along the banks of the lake at Rock Cut. About an hour into the painting, I startled a fisherman. The fellow wandered from the parking lot, down the lane to the edge of the lake, about ten yards from where I was painting (I was tucked into the edge of a clump of trees). He began to cast his line into the lake. About the third cast, he let out a bit of a shriek as he finally noticed that I was there. We both laughed, shared a few comments, and went back to our tasks. After about ten minutes, they fellow decided to try his luck elsewhere on the lake.



Reflections at Rock Cut

July 26, 2016
Reflections at Rock Cut - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Reflections at Rock Cut – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 10

Traveled to Rock Cut to paint. It was a cloudy morning, but I thought that it might pose an interesting challenge. Found my design and set out to paint. About a half hour into the work, the clouds started to break up leaving me with a nice opportunity. Nice combination of clouds an clear sky. Normally not a good idea to change focus in the midst of a panting, but in this case, it turned out okay.

As I was putting the finishing touches to the painting, the clouds had given way to a clear day. No clouds, Over the course of the painting, the weather had gone from breezy and cool (sweatshirt and light coat) to about 15 degrees warmer (tee shirt and sweat). The fun of plein air painting.


Rock Cut Path

July 24, 2016
Path at Rock Cut - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Path at Rock Cut – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 10

My wife and I headed out to paint. Ventured over to Rock Cut State Park. Checked out a couple spots before settling on this out of the way venue. While my wife painted by the gate to a closed road, I chose this road to a fishing locale.

This is a spot where I have been able to paint without interruption before. Had never before observed people utilizing the close path, until this day. Three separate times, people came along on bikes and caught me by surprise. Never assume!

Loved the play of the shadows across the road.


Bayside Path

May 4, 2016
Bayside path - Oil on Canvas - 24" x 12"

Bayside path – Oil on Canvas – 24″ x 12″

Have a small, 8″ x 6″, plein air painting which was created a couple years ago. Pulled it out of the “idea” pile when I wanted to play with clouds and needed a landscape to go along with my idea. Grabbed a 12″ x 24″ canvas and went at it. Had to enhance the atmospheric perspective to add depth to the work, Also reduced to reflection of the mass across the bay to enhance the effect and allow me to infer the reflections of the clouds.